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What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,880
United States Rank #27,440
Reach 0.0138%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.09 days
887.64 days >
Average installed length: 466.39 days


3.3.1 5.15%
3.3.0 22.68%
3.1.3 16.49%
3.1.2 1.55%
3.1.1 20.62%
3.1.0 8.76%
3.0.0 24.23%
2.5.2 0.52%

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HP Connection Manager

What is HP Connection Manager?  (from Hewlett-Packard)

Wireless connectivity made simple. With HP Connection Manager you get full control over your wireless connections, including 3G and 4G mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth® through a single user interface with support for most networks worldwide. It even offers power control of individual wireless components...  Read more


HP Connection Manager is a program developed by Hewlett-Packard. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Hewlett-Packard computers. The most used version is 3.0.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software installer includes 53 files and is usually about 85.58 MB (89,738,170 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 7. While about 18% of users of HP Connection Manager come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Finland.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Connection Manager\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{8E75A020-78D2-4381-98F7-84D9091D9C83}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 85.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by HP Connection Manager

  • Hpqpm.dll - Hpqpmdll Dynamic Link Library
  • SmithMicro.Interop.dll (by Smith Micro Software) - SmithMicro.Interop Dynamic Link Library
  • SMApplication.dll (by Smith Micro Software) - SMApplication Dynamic Link Library
  • QuickAccess.dll - QuickAccess Dynamic Link Library (QuickAccess)
  • QuickAccess.exe - Mobile Broadband Self Activation
  • SMManager.exe - Smith Micro Connectivity Manager (SMManager Application)
  • MaaaClient.dll (by SmithMicro) - MaaaClient Dynamic Link Library (MaaaApi)
  • CVUsrIfc.dll (by Broadcom) - Broadcom CV Host Component 1.0 (CV User Interface)
  • SMCommon.dll - SMCommon Dynamic Link Library
  • SMConfig.dll - SMConfig Dynamic Link Library (SMConfig DLL)
  • SMConfiguration.dll
  • SMDevices.dll - SMDevice Dynamic Link Library
  • SMMessages.dll - SMMessag Dynamic Link Library
  • SMMPB.dll - Smith Micro Mobile Phone Book
  • GenUtil.dll - GenUtil Dynamic Link Library (GenUtil DLL)
  • HPInstallUtilities.dll - HPInst Dynamic Link Library
  • SmithMicro.WwanDiagnostics.dll - SmithMicro.WwanDiagnostics
  • SmithMicro.Resources.WPF.dll - SmithMicro.Resources.WPF
  • SmithMicro.SharedUI.WPF.dll - SmithMicro.SharedUI.WPF
  • SmithMicro.UI.ViewModel.dll - SmithMicro.UI.ViewModel
  • SmithMicro.Application.dll - SmithMicro.Application
  • HP Connection Manager.exe (by Smith Micro Software, Inc) - HP Connection Manager
  • HpcmConsole.exe - HpcmConsole
  • SmithMicro.Common.dll - SmithMicro.Common
  • SmithMicro.Message.dll - SmithMicro.Message
  • SM80211Lib.dll
  • SMI1XLib.dll
  • SmithMicro.UI.Models.dll - SmithMicro.UI.Models
  • SMActivationManager.dll - SMActivationManager
  • SmithMicro.Controls.dll - SmithMicro.Controls
  • btwapi.dll (by Broadcom) - Bluetooth Software (WBTApi DLL)
  • QCDiagnostics2k.dll (by QUALCOMM) - QUALCOMM Gobi 2000 (QUALCOMM Gobi 2000 Diagnostics Interface)
  • HP.ShinyNoire.UI.dll - HP.ShinyNoire.UI
  • SM1XLib.dll - QuickLink Wi-Fi (802.1x Library)
  • QCDiagnostics.dll (by QUALCOMM) - QUALCOMM UNDP (QUALCOMM UNDP Diagnostics Interface)
  • QCWWAN2k.dll - QCWWANCMAPI2k (QUALCOMM Wireless WAN Connection Manager API for Gobi 2000)
  • HP.Controls.dll - HP.Controls
  • QCWWAN.dll - QCWWANCMAPI (QUALCOMM Wireless WAN Connection Manager API)
  • ConvertBin.exe
  • SMBIOSController.dll
  • SmithMicro.Application.XmlSerializers.dll
  • SmithMicro.Message.XmlSerializers.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • HP Connection Manager.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{70680381-ED8B-47A1-B958-21B8BC1B79AF}' (runs on registration).
  • SMManager.exe runs as a service named 'HP Connection Manager Service' (SMManager) "SMManager for HP".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • HP Connection Manager.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HP Connection Manager.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Connection Manager\HP Connection Manager.exe".

How do I remove HP Connection Manager?

Quickly and completely remove HP Connection Manager from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall HP Connection Manager from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HP Connection Manager, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove HP Connection Manager.

Win 7 (SP1) 80%
Win Vista (SP2) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 93.30%
Windows XP 3.09%
Windows 8 2.58%
Windows Vista 1.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 57.51%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.17%
Windows 7 Starter 9.84%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.11%
Windows 10 Pro 2.07%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.56% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.56%
  Germany 7.80%
  Finland 5.85%
  South Africa 4.88%
  Norway 4.39%
  Sweden 4.39%
  Israel 3.90%
  Switzerland 3.41%
  El Salvador 3.41%
  Netherlands 3.41%
  Canada 3.41%
  Poland 3.41%
  Spain 2.93%
  Turkey 2.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 97.87%
Acer 1.60%
Toshiba 0.53%
Common models
HP ProBook 4520s 7.85%
HP EliteBook 2540p 6.28%
HP EliteBook 8540p 6.28%
HP EliteBook 8440p 5.76%
HP ProBook 4320s 4.19%
HP ProBook 6550b 3.66%

About Hewlett-Packard

HP provides products, software solutions and services to consumers, from enterprises to consumers including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Publisher URL: www.hp.com


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