During the next update in Windows 10 and 11 an
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During the next update in Windows 10 and 11, an application for HP printers was installed unexpectedly

Owners of PCs with Windows began to report en masse that they spontaneously received the HP Smart application from Hewlett Packard with the next update. The situation also affected those who do not own the manufacturer’s devices and have never connected them, including the editor of our website.

    Image source: Windows/unsplash.com

Image source: Windows/unsplash.com

The Windows Update mechanism is widely used to deploy third-party software, according to the resource The registrySomeone at Microsoft may have unintentionally included an HP application in the package. However, system users were discouraged by the appearance of HP Smart – they claim that they did not install it themselves, and many simply do not have HP products, although the Microsoft Store event log accurately indicates the date and time of the application’s installation. In addition, it appears not only on physical computers, but also on virtual machines, the resource clarified Windows Latest.

The HP Smart app is harmless. It is used to work with HP printers and can be removed with just one click. But the question, of course, is how and why it could occur on machines to which the manufacturer’s devices are not even connected via the network. Microsoft said the company is aware of the user’s complaints and will provide more detailed information later.

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