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What does the hpnra.exe file do?

The hpnra.exe process is also known as Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent and is a part of HPNRA. This software is produced by Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of hpnra.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 hpnra.exe Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent

hpnra.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Hpnra.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. The file size is 49,152 bytes.
It does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The hpnra file is not part of the Windows operating system. It is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. For this reason, 55% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A hpnra.exe file has a 44% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 61,440 bytes. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Hpnra.exe can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file.

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 hpnra.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 hpnra?

Its a printer driver.
Larry Davis
it applies network support for the HP printer/ It is not an essential service
david finney

Summary: 2 users judge hpnra.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall HPNRA

hpnra.exe Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent fix

To remove Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent 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 HPNRA in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if hpnra.exe (Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent) 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 Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Hewlett-Packard Network Registry Agent 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 hpnra.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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