What does the HPWA_Main.exe file do?
The HPWA_Main.exe process is also known as HP Wireless Assistant and is a part of HP Wireless Assistant. This software is produced by Hewlett-Packard Company (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of HPWA_Main.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- HP Wireless Assistant has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HP Wireless Assistant has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HPWA_Main.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module HPWA_Main.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about HPWA_Main.exe HP Wireless Assistant
HPWA_Main.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file HPWA_Main.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 363,064 bytes.
The HPWA_Main file is not part of the Windows operating system. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). HPWA_Main.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. This HPWA_Main.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 20% 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 HPWA_Main.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 HPWA_Main?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall HP Wireless Assistant
To remove HP Wireless Assistant from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate HP Wireless Assistant in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if HPWA_Main.exe (HP Wireless Assistant) 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 Wireless Assistant. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HP Wireless Assistant 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 HPWA_Main.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.