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What does the HPHipm09.exe file do?

The HPHipm09.exe process is also known as PML Driver and is a part of HP PML. This software is produced by HP (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of HPHipm09.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about HPHipm09.exe PML driver

HPHipm09.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file HPHipm09.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. The file size is 77,824 bytes.
The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. This HPHipm09.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. HPHipm09.exe is capable of modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 30% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves HPHipm09.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about HPHipm09?

I think is a hp photosmart (or other printer) processus.
Rikardo (france)
at windows sign on says unable to start driver
I started seeing it after I downloaded a HP photosmart 1115 driver from there site, however it cannot be deleted without uninstalling the whole driver. When I start up my computer it says it could not start up HPHipm09 so I dont think its needed because my printer still works. (further information...)
HP PhotoSmart Printer Driver
i think that is a Hp process from my printer

Summary: One user judges HPHipm09.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall HP PML

HPHipm09.exe PML driver fix

To remove PML driver from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for HP PML in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if HPHipm09.exe (PML driver) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of PML driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for PML driver or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or HPHipm09.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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