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What does the hpqcmon.exe file do?

The hpqcmon.exe process is also known as HpqCmon MFC Application or, as the case may be, HP Photo and Imaging (Version 2.0 - Photosmart Cameras) and is a part of HP Photo and Imaging (Version 2.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.0 - HP, 1.2 - Photosmart) or, as the case may be, HpqCmon Application. This software is produced by {&Tahoma8}Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of hpqcmon.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 hpqcmon.exe HpqCmon MFC Application

hpqcmon.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Hpqcmon.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (often C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Unload\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 90,112 bytes (65% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 69,632 bytes.
This file contains no information about the producer or the version. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel This hpqcmon program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 36% 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 hpqcmon.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 hpqcmon?

Comes with Hewlett-Packard digital camara drivers. This runs in the background and auto launches the imaging software when your digital camera is connected to your computer.
it runs my recources down with its brother files hpgs2wnf, hpqcmon, hpgs2wnd. its a problem when any program you dont want running all the time and on start up and has no option to stop it .this is a asshole operation thanks assholes
tim l.
Can be useful for some, but not all.
Launches imaging software....Harmless....Can be shut down in Windows Task Manager after pc startup (push "control/alt/delete" at same time)....Can be disabled in Windows Defender Software Explorer---free at Microsoft "windowsupdate.com"....Can be quarantined not to start/run in Neuber Security Task Manager.
Comes pre-installed with Hewlett-Packard computers, for built-in WebCam. This runs in the background and auto launches the imaging software when your digital camera is connected to your computer.

Summary: One user judges hpqcmon.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted hpqcmon.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall HP Photo and Imaging or HpqCmon Application

hpqcmon.exe HpqCmon MFC Application fix

To remove HpqCmon MFC Application 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 Photo and Imaging or HpqCmon Application in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if hpqcmon.exe (HpqCmon MFC Application) 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 HpqCmon MFC Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HpqCmon MFC Application 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 hpqcmon.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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