What is Hpcmpmgr.exe

HP Component Manager - hp coretech (COmponent REuse TECHnology) - Hewlett-Packard Company

File description

Hpcmpmgr.exe with description HP Component Manager is a process file from company Hewlett-Packard Company belonging to product hp coretech (COmponent REuse TECHnology).
The file is not digitally signed.

What is hpcmpmgr.exe?
This is the Hewlett-Packard Component Manager. Its purpose is to automatically check for and download updates for HP software and drivers. It is included in the drivers for HP printers, scanners, cameras, and other media devices.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system and can safely be disabled. Note that by killing this process you will lose the automatic driver updates that it facilitates.

Dangers of hpcmpmgr
As this is a legitimate executable that comes with the drivers for most HP products, 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 as this process but be stored somewhere other than in %ProgramFiles%\HP\HPCORETECH. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one 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 should never be more than one instance of hpcmpmgr.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have any HP peripherals, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • This process prevents the system from shutting down properly
    • This is a known problem for which HP has released a patch. Go to the HP website, search for "hpcmpmgr.exe", and you will find the patch that you need.
    • If the problem persists, you can safely disable the service.
  • This process interferes with DirectX games
    • This is a known problem. It is recommended that you disable or uninstall the service.
  • This process interferes with the screen saver
    • This is a known problem. It is recommended that you disable or uninstall the service.
  • This process interferes with full-screen programs
    • This is a known problem. It is recommended that you disable or uninstall the service.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
073 %windir%\Tasks

Digital signatures found for this file

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MD5 security rating in our database

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