Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:41 AM
I have an HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus. A box popped up asking if it would be okay for HP to report usage data and such. My girlfriend was on the machine and clicked okay, along with the box to 'Notify each time'. I would have just said no to start with, but it isn't the end of the world.
However, it wants to report in monthly and is damned insistent about it. If I click "No", then it pops up at least every hour and there is no option anywhere to stop this thing. I've asked HP about it and their advice is uninstall/reinstall. I don't think the sledgehammer approach ought be needed. (Plus, I should just be able to turn the thing off - but then everyone would do that.)
With the nag window up I opened Task Manager and the only thing that I can readily identify as HP is hpwuschd2.exe
It is in the HP Software Update folder, along with hpwucli.exe and SoftwareUpdate.dll
Am I giving up any functionality or benefit from genuine updates if I rename this file and just let it sit? Will renaming be enough to stop it from wanting to report home? Or should I change permissions through properties?
I haven't been able to find out exactly what this file does. Mostly I have found references that it is an updater, but I have also found a reference that it reports usage data.
If I can't turn the thing off, I'll just have to check the box that lets it report it automatically because I'm not going close the damn thing every hour of every day.