What is hpqSRMon.exe?

The genuine hpqSRMon.exe file is a software component of HP Photo Smart Essential by Hewlett-Packard.
HP Photo Smart Essential an image editing, organizing and publishing application developed by Hewlett Packard. HpqSRmon.exe runs the service monitor process, a background poller that runs the HP Photo Smart Essential program when it detects an external device connected to the computer such as a USB drive or an SD card. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. HP Photo Smart Essential is a basic image editing application that provides the 'bare basics' of editing tools such as one-touch buttons to modify brightness, contrast, crop and saturate or desaturate. The program is intended for novices who do not require more powerful features. The application also features automatically importing images from mounted drives and SD cards, an image library, printing and online publishing. HP Photo Smart Essential is available for the Windows platform. Hewlett-Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, two Stanford graduates in electrical engineering, in 1939. It started out in Packard's Garage in Palo Alto, California. For the major part of the 20th century, the company focused on a wide range of electronic products but slowly grew out into producing computing-specific hardware from the 1970s onwards. Today, it provides hardware, software and services to consumers and various types of businesses and large corporations. Hewlett-Packard is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA.

HPqsrmon stands for HP Compaq service monitor

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the hpqSRMon.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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HpqSRMon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqSRMon
HpqSRMon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HpqSRmon or HP Photosmart Essential (version 2.5)

belongs to software HpqSRmon Application or HP Photosmart Essential or HP Smart Web Printing or HP Driver Diagnostics or Adobe Flash Player (version 10 ActiveX) or HP Photosmart Premier or HP Photo and Imaging (version 2.0) or RK Launcher iVista Leopard

by Hewlett-Packard (

Description: HpqSRMon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HpqSRMon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 80,896 bytes (49% of all occurrences), 150,528 bytes, 150,016 bytes or 81,920 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with hpqSRMon.exe, you can also search for help on the company's website or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of or HP Photosmart Essential (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify hpqSRMon.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpqSRMon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hpqSRMon.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

look like Useless HP junk parts
  Pasan Indeewara  
HP Photosmart Essential Image Unloader Application. This background task, which shows as an icon in the System Tray, is a monitoring task - as soon as it detects that you have connected to the printer's memory card reader or USB port, a device which holds pictures/photos (e.g. a memory card, a digital camera, or a USB pen drive with photos & pictures on it), it fires up the HP Photosmart Essential Productivity Suite photo downloading, photo editing, and photo printing program. By default this task monitors only the printer's memory card reader and the printer's USB port; however, in some vers
  Russell Reno Limprecht   (further information)
part of Hewlett-Packard printer software
  meetoo   (further information)
Forces PhotoSmart to open if you connect a SD or Memory stick, can be safely disabled

Summary: Average user rating of hpqSRMon.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think hpqSRMon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving hpqSRMon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hpqSRMon. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the hpqSRMon.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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