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What does the hpqimzone.exe file do?

The hpqimzone.exe process is also known as HP Photosmart Premier or, as the case may be, PhotoGallery and is a part of hp digital imaging or, as the case may be, HP Photosmart Premier Software. This software is produced by Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P (www.hp.com) or, as the case may be, Hewlett-Packard Co (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of hpqimzone.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 hpqimzone.exe HP Photosmart Premier

hpqimzone.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Hpqimzone.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 479,232 bytes (73% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 475,136 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 31% 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 hpqimzone.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 hpqimzone?

I _think_ this is a legit service that is part of "HP Image Zone" an image viewer provided with HP scanners.
ZoneRanger
takes up resources. Not necessary unless you need to update the kodak software but it uses resources all of the time.
Anthony R Rasmus III
It sure slows down computer shutdow!!!
Search for hpqimzone.* finds 4 files inside HP folder on Dell 2400 Desk pc
joyrang
It hangs up my computer during shutdown
Rod Walli

Summary: 5 users judge hpqimzone.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall hp digital imaging or HP Photosmart Premier Software

hpqimzone.exe HP Photosmart Premier fix

To remove HP Photosmart Premier 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 digital imaging or HP Photosmart Premier Software in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if hpqimzone.exe (HP Photosmart Premier) 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 HP Photosmart Premier. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HP Photosmart Premier 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 hpqimzone.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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