What is Hpzipm12.exe

Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP PML - HP

File description

Hpzipm12.exe with description Pml Driver HPZ12 is a process file from company HP belonging to product HP PML.
The file is digitally signed from Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
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What is HPZipm12.exe?
This is a core part of the HP Universal Printer Driver. It is installed as part of the HP printer drivers and is used to facilitate most functions of the printer.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, disabling this service will prevent you from being able to print to your HP printer. Therefore, if this service does not cause any problems for you, it is recommended that you leave it running.

Dangers of HPZipm12
As this is a program that runs on most systems with an HP printer installed, 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 but be stored somewhere other than in %SystemRoot%\System32 . 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 will typically be 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. If you do not have an HP printer and you see this process, your system may be infected with malware.

Common problems
  • You get an "unable to find driver message"
    • This is likely related to a partially installed or partially uninstalled driver. Reinstall your HP printer driver.
  • Parts of the HP printer driver still exist (including this process) even after uninstalling it!
    • This known to happen frequently. If you are sure that you have uninstalled the HP driver, you can safely delete any remaining parts of it.
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • This can happen on occasion; however, there are no known fixes. Try uninstalling and reinstalling your printer driver.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

Digital signatures found for this file

7 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
6 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service

MD5 security rating in our database

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