What is Cpqset.exe


File description

Cpqset.exe with description Cpqset is a process file from an unknown company belonging to an unknown product.
The file is not digitally signed.

What is cpqset.exe?
This is the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq default settings software. Its purpose is to allow you to configure settings on your HP or Compaq laptop computer. It is pre-installed on most HP and Compaq laptops.

This process is not essential to the proper operation of the system and can safely be terminated. By terminating it, however, you will lose the ability to use the aforementioned configuration tool. If you do not need or want this feature at all, it is recommended that you uninstall it.

Dangers of cpqset
As this is a relatively common process that exists on most HP and Compaq laptops, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name but be stored somewhere other than in a subdirectory of %ProgramFiles%\HPQ\Default Settings or C:\compaq\cpqsetup. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to it but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There is typically only one instance of this process running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. Furthermore, if you see this process and you do not have an HP or Compaq computer, it is likely that your system is infected with malware.

Common problems
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • This is known to occur in some instances. As this software is not necessary for the proper operation of your system, you can safely remove or disable it.

Automatic startup locations

002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User

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