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Process name: PML Driver

Product: HP PML or Pml Driver HPZ12 or HP Photo and Imaging or HP LaserJet or PML Driver or Pml Driver HPZ12, Pml Driver HPZ12

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Company: HP (hp.com) or Hewlett-Packard (hp.com)

File: HPZipm12.exe

The drivers for a wide variety of Hewlett-Packard printers under Windows XP and 2000 in 2007 to 2009 installed this as a background task to handle bidirectional communications between the printer and computer regarding non-printing functions such as low levels in the ink cartridge or paper tray. HP issued a security update in 2007 to fix a possible vulnerability allowing outside attack on the system which indicated relevance to Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 only. Available descriptions refer mostly to HP printers or all-in-ones involving inkjets. Most online error reports appear to date from 2007 to 2009.

Users who installed HP printers and then later uninstalled the drivers may still have this process loading at system startup. It has a tendency to fill up the system event log in about 72 minutes by issuing 3 events every 5 seconds, which can leave no room for storage of other significant error information, should one occur. HP uninstall logic is said to be poor at removing it and a full data backup followed by a system restore may be necessary to eliminate it from the computer. If you want a detailed security rating about your HPZipm12.exe (and all other running background processes) read the following user opinions, and download the free trial version of Security Task Manager. www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/hpzipm12.exe.html 

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  • 15815 users ask for this file. 46 users rated it as not dangerous. 8 users rated it as not so dangerous. 25 users rated it as neutral. 8 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 7 users rated it as dangerous. 11 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about HPZipm12.exe:
Annoyingly you have a pop-up as I open up my computer with he message"unable to find driver.I don't want this!!
HP PSC software uses it. May support Printer Management or Physical Markup Language  See also: Link Bill Tolson
part of the hp printer files spencer
Driver for PSC multifunction printers. Prevents XP from hibernating. tex
Hewlett-Packard printer driver Garth Wayne Gairrett
Make sure you Do your HP Updates, it will be a pain on dialup though! Any Errors Can be fixed via updates teknuhdyne
annoying usage of the cpu 96-99%, doesn't hurt to end the process. grdtatman
i to have had a problem hibernating with hp printer connected shane
printer driver it looks for the printer to see if it is active or not, most common for the psc printers like the ones that are use as scanner and like mine a photo printer which can also read mem cards billinoi
this file was in my windows system files. i got rid of it and i can still print fine with an HP 7450 printer puzz
hogs the CPU, very annoying.
HP Printer driver
It wont stay away. I end the process, then a couple minutes later it pops back up. Same with the spoolsv.exe. Anthony
I have a HP printer. Probable safe.
When I start the PC, "unable to open it" pops up. I just click on OK. So far no problems.
This is more than likely spyware... considering every device these days comes with software that seems to record EVERYTHING you do... something to that effect. It seems to me that when you buy a PC product it should contain an area on the outside of the box (or in the advertisement) exactly what the software contains, so you know, as a buyer, if you want these files on your PC. It's getting really bad with the way companies want to know your every liking... it's bad enough that we pay outrageous amounts for these products; then for the company to want to trash our PC's with garbage files... ME
It has a memory leak consuming ~25k every 2-3 seconds. Mark
processlibrary.com says it is "essential" andyl60640
Dont Start Auto, as above, hogs RAM & CPU, WHY is it running when not using HP device Shadowfax
Hp Printer driver monitoring tool. does not cause any problems snapfish
annoying service that can stop USB disconnects, just disable it in services...leave the file...it's harmless! MoToR Dave
It's HP printer drive Oscar García
near as I can tell it has to do with service management and it will determine whether or not your hp director will recognize your printer or scanner. correct me if I am wrong Paul
used for HP printer; remains after uninstalling HP printer software;
i agree that it hogs the cpu, and that is so annoying. I removed it and everything seems to work fine, so... smeagol
HPZipm12 is associated with the PML Driver service that is needed by HP multi-function printers. This is the service that handles bi-directional communication between the printer and computer, and without it, the HP Director, Scanning, and other functions will not be able to operate. If you find this process takes a lot of CPU power, you may have a fake version installed, or you may have some spyware that has infected your computer since it does NOT draw much CPU usage. Targon
This file doesn't use CPU cycles and if it does then you have something else wrong. It's part of the HP print driver Leave it alone. Randall
HP in general should stop making printers, its all bull Deede
Doesn't hog the CPU at all. Closer to 0% cpu usage then 1%. However, it does use over a meg of ram. Not a huge amound but I like my ram free. Tim
Have this on multiple PCs, some have problems with it using 99% CPU every 2 weeks or so, despite nightly reboot, while other PCs do not have any problem with it. Ending task is OK, looks like it restarts itself but at a reasonable CPU% Don
hp printer driver - also hogs cpu on my pc often - more of the hp driver files show annoying behaviour Jan
HP Universal Printer Driver (PCL5)
HP driver file
This is a driver HP printers cyberwarrior
Hp Printer Device/Driver, Not Dangerous spidergod
This process contact to a server in Washington DC, everytime I start the printer, so it does more then just connecting to ypur printer. Henk
It is using 1.7 MB RAM on my notebook but I don`t have any HP device so I think it can be (but not to be) spyware or trojan... SK Romanecko
Just letting every1 know this is a TYPE of driver for the hewlatt package thing! (PRINTER)! IF u uninstall the printer driver and software it doesnt unistall HALF of it! Same as MacAffee (uninstall i get rid of half the rpogramme) MINI ME
It's definitely HP printer drive derek
I don't even have an HP printer and this file showed up. WTF Rich
Interferes with administration modification of services.  See also: Link John
This is "The Printer Management Language (PML) service ( HPZ12 or PML driver HPZ12)" Mike
it is a process associated with HP multitasking printers, it should be harmless, However, our personal information has become priceless to companies looking to advertise directly to you, SO HP started a program called costumer participation and unfortunately they started to embed trackers in ALL their software, In my opinion they have become obsessed with personal information gathering and so, they started include so much additional garbage attached to their drivers that many IT professionals have completely erased HP from their purchase lists. HP sucks
Installed by the HP instalation package with a HP Multifunction Prin Scan & Copy. Will still work when set to Manual Start. Neil
It's occasionally been a very "busy" process -- and, I first noticed it when my HP printer was OFF. It was using anywhere from 5-50% CPU, and was running Page Faults like mad (PF delta 20,000 per tick). HP needs to fix this driver -- there's no reason to use that much CPU. Tricky
The file is shown as "Pml Driver HPZ12" in the services list on my Windows XP SP2 os. Glenn Brett
I just ended the process on my cp and both my printers work fine. (HP deskjet 5850 & HP Photosmart D5145) Thanx for the info. BIG B
Like with all my annoying little programs, I find the file, rename it with an "x" prefix, then put the file in a special folder containing all the other annoying little executables. If I run into a problem, I'll put the file back in its proper place without the "x" prefix. Example: xHPZipm.exe. Works every time. I've got a slew of executables isolated like this. taj
Any driver with this many problems reported means do not buy the device it is associated with. I returned my HP all in one printer because I don't want to deal with this crap.
not of any danger but a unneeded process wastes cpu Elliot
HP uses the service to communicate with your printer over the internet. If your almost out of ink, for example, it will let you know ahead of time. If the printer needs to be serviced soon, it will tell you. You don't need it. After I changed printers and uninstalled HP drivers, the service remained. I had to use hihackthis to remove it. Terry
HP driver AmarU_
Part of the processes installed when you set up your HP printer. Not a threat or memory hog. Anthony Stanton
It installs with the latest non networked version of the HP drivers for in my case the 8250 Photosmart printer. Jeff Hyder
Needed for HP All-In-One Products... See Tims' comment above for RAM and CPU usage... follow link for more info and fix for those of you getting the error message on startup.  See also: Link *JS*
Used for an HP device (located in c:\Program Files\HP\) Blue_Beaver
If you have XP its much worse than Vista & if you have a satellite internet conection its also a persistant low volume user of bandwidth Al Price
It tries to connect to internet (Trend Micro) every 30 or so seconds, very annoying. Logikal68
I'm going to delete this file since i have a Lexmark printer now Brian Niemi
My antirootkit scanner found it, as dangerous. I scannned my PC becouse it was very slow. I have a HP multifunctional from some time, but I never had any problem with it. This was never found on my PC at previous scans. I think is a rootkit that use a HP name **B**
If it is not located in C:\Program Files\HP, then IT IS A VIRUS  See also: Link Bizz
Part of the processes installed when you set up your HP printer. Not a threat or memory hog. samson
Definately has to do with thmy 6100 printer BEING SHUT OFF! It must be some sort of communicatin as in 2 way communication as posted in another comment. Thanks to tricky I discoverd this! It does not use cpu when the printer is on - only when sut off and then it goes nutz! Rj
From HP website - Workaround: If the preceding solutions do not help, leave the PML driver service set to Disabled . Most printing functions will work without it, and print quality and speed are not affected by this setting. However, other functions of the printer driver might be disabled. If a function does not work, manually start the PML driver service as described earlier in this document. Remember to disable the PML driver service again before restarting the computer.  See also: Link MT
it causes my comp to go into hibernation and i cant it to come out. have to restart the comp. only happens with my online game though
I have a HP printer (Photosmart 8230) and hpzipm12.exe is neither page-faulting at +20000/tick, connecting to the internet or leaking 25k every couple of secs. Although it does take up 1meg of real RAM, somewhat unreasonable for what's essentially a card reader. Maybe you guys have spyware versions of the file... :P (the link is HP's admission that it's not required for anything)  See also: Link nick
Part of HP Drivers for All-In-One devices. Not really necessary, but useful. SatyrMage
It belongs to the HP printer driver. If you disable this service in the service section you will still be able to print. But if you run into troubles for scanning, it's better to leave this service running. Cobra
this is not a dangerous file ! ... it is part of hp printer ! :)) if you cancel this process ! u cant find the file anymore :)) ! hope this help ! m3hku
Using Windows XP - having lots of grief with comp. some symptoms mentioned here. Frequently have script warning pop ups, low virtual mem warnings, freeze ups, etc. I have viruses, malware and spyware with frequent Telus Security scans. I suspect other problems but want to start by removing this damn HPZipm12.exe file. It pops in and out on the applications tab in task manager. When I trap it with a right click it won't allow me to "end process". I can't find the file using search. Could not trace it even by manually searching entire HP files tree. Help! jb
My avast software blocked it  See also: Link Hossein
It has bogged down my computer soooo bad that i cannot do anything with it except check out my processes which shows over 1000 of this stupid file and multiplying daily. too bad i cannot connect to the internet to download fix as it prevents me from doing so nick
HP print subsys. Not harmful in itself, but leaks memory until eventual exahustion. Shockingly poor piece of coding. trs
It pops in and out of the task manager when my HP printer is switched off - like it is constantly looking for something - I am having real problems with internet access and am systematically trawlling each applicayion looking for the culprit. This .exe certainly seems to use up RAM and cpu unneccessarily Zucco
BitDefender pops up with "...has blocked a potentially malicious or infected application"
Not Essential for Printing  See also: Link cms
After having a battle Royalle with HP support over their lousy practice of selling known bad spares to their reseller channel the priority on HPZip12 was exagerated. The file lives in %win$\system32. Oddly after I set the start to manual HPZinw12.exe appeared in task manager. Slow your update speed down in Task Manager, and then you can grab the process name more readily HP is Evil
One of many process that get installed with a Hewlett Packard printer. Unfortunately, this was still running on my computer after I uninstalled the HP printer. Why does HP think it's okay to flood your OS with loads of files, and worse yet, get sloppy about their removal? z3n
I removed my HP Printer completely, uninstalled all drivers and everything. (It should also be noted that I never had an All-In-One printer, just the D1300 or whatever. This process remains, it actively restarts itself whenever I end-task it, and I cannot delete it. Any non-system process that restarts itself and prevents you from deleting it, treat it as virus. Format your drive to get rid of it.
It and several others were installed when I installed an HP printer driver so I could use a hotel's printer with my laptop. I deinstalled the printer driver years ago but these 8 files remained: HPZidr12.dll, hpzids01.dll, HPZinw12.exe, HPZipm12.exe, HPZipr12.dll, HPZipt12.dll, HPZisn12.dll, hpzll4pi.dll. The two exe files were located in Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging--I had installed the driver in Program Files\HP--and the dll files were in WINDOWS\system32. I removed them all. All had the same internal Date Created of 5/16/2007 10:20 PM. When I presented them to my virus scanner, it found no problems. Conclusion: Cycle-stealing but harmless crap left behind by a bad HP deinstallation program. As I am not now using, nor have I ever purchased or used an HP imaging product, HP thus dishonestly installed unnecessary software. EngineerLee
I don't even have a printer, but for the past two days, this HPZip.exe has started running when I start up. It freezes my PC until I stop it. (Which isn't easy). Fed-Up
If HPZipm12.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 73,728 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes, 65,795 bytes, 81,920 bytes or 65,536 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. File HPZipm12.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. HPZipm12.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HPZipm12.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HPZipm12.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat.  See also: Link Susan Wolfson
Just annoying and waste of time annoyed user
Known to cause issues with Older XP systems running Older IBM and AMD processors. HP is still unable to resolve this issue. Recommend a full data back up and system restore (do not reinstall the printer) for anyone getting High CPU spikes after installing this driver. Easytech 1318
Loaded up with the sftware on an HP F300 scanner/printer, but wasn't uninstalled when I got rid of the printer. Its there everytime the computer starts up, but can be disabled thru Task Manager, and has no side effects. DT

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