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What’s hpPE.exe (hpPE)? Is it safe or a virus?

hpPE.exe is a process that belongs to HP Inc. and is associated with the app description "hpPE."

This executable file is part of the HP Print and Scan Doctor, which is a free tool designed to help resolve printing and scanning problems with HP printers. When users encounter issues with their HP printers, they can run the hpPE.exe file to diagnose and troubleshoot the problems. The file helps to identify connectivity issues, outdated drivers, and other common issues that may affect the performance of the printer. It provides users with step-by-step guidance to resolve the issues and ensure a smooth printing and scanning experience with their HP printers.

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Who makes hpPE.exe (hpPE)?

We’ve found HP Inc should be the publisher of hpPE.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 30, 2024

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