The case of the very annoying hpqtra08.exe

I recently bought an HP dv7t laptop and also got one of those HP multi-function printers. So far so good. After installing the printer's drivers and apps, I noticed a significant slowdown. Opened up taskmgr and lo and behold, hpqtra08.exe was taking up 100% of my cpu.

I debugged it and it seemed to be in a tight loop doing a strcmp, so I tried contacting HP support and tried to explain to them that their app was buggy but the customer service rep would not buy into that 🙁

So I decided to take matters into my own hands... I opened procmon, and noticed that it was calling CreateFile on a bunch of temp files...I went to c:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp and there were thousands, thousands of verXXXX.tmp files. All of these ver.tmp files were 0 bytes in size. Procmon also pointed to hpqtra08.exe reading from C:\ProgramData\hp\mars\usg.ini.

These files apparently get created only when hpqtra08 can read some config data from usg.ini. So I renamed usg.ini to something else so hpqtra08 couldn't find it. Lo and behold. No more 100% (50% in some cases) CPU usage, and no more ver.tmp files created! I can go to sleep now without worrying my laptop will catch on fire from spinning 100% for too long 🙂

Comments (3)
  1. eyeofthetiger says:


    What version of windows do you have and what AIO do you have?

    In my windows 2000 machine, I do not have the files you mentioned, nor on search, with all hidden and system files showing, can I find usg.ini.  I have a L7555 AIO HP box.

    However I have the same annoying problem.

    When I open task manager I find that CPU time over the last 24 hours is devoted to hpqtra09.exe 10.44 minutes and services.exe 7.09 minutes.  Normally not a problem with so little time, but the problem is they are not usuing CPU in the background, they are using it when I am on the machine, making my HD light up causing the machine to slow and me to always have to wait until the HD stops whirling and I can go onto the task at hand. Opening programs becomes slow etc.

    MSMPeng.exe Windows defender uses 27.54 minutes, but never is it on when I am trying to use the machine, so its process is operating in the background when the machine is idle.


  2. Sharon says:

    Thanks for posting this…worked for me! My desktop was having the same problem!

  3. Dan says:

    This was great.  It fixed my problem.  Thanks for the tip.

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