A backend process for Logitechâ€™s SetPoint mouse driver, khalmnpr.exe, or Kernel and Hardware Abstraction Layer Main Process, is used for advanced configuration and diagnostic of Logitechâ€™s range of multimedia products.
By default, the file is located in a subfolder of the %programfiles% folder. Also, the process is designed to launch itself everytime you boot Windows.
Note: %programfiles% is a variable and stands for the Program Files folder on your hard disk. By default, the path is C:\Program Files
The biggest criticism of this process is that it often consumes huge amounts of CPU resources (in excess of 90%) and can cause system slow downs and freeze ups.
Whatâ€™s the Alternative?
Currently, there is no solution for this issue, other than to update your SetPoint version in case you are running an old one.
The only permanent solution for this problem is to remove the process from your computer.
Is it Safe to Remove Khalmnpr.exe?
Before we get into this, letâ€™s understand a fact â€“ this process is not required for your Logitech mouse to work. With that said, you need to understand that if you wish to use the additional featuresâ€”other than the standard buttonsâ€”included in your Logitech mouse, then you should not terminate this process.
One of the more important jobs of this process is to prevent your Windows mouse settings from interfering with the settings that you have chosen using the SetPoint program. For instance, if you disable this process, you canâ€™t get your mouseâ€™s scroll wheel click to equal a Windows double-click without editing the registry.
Coming back to the question â€“ is it safe to remove this process? The answer is yes. Removing this process makes sense, especially if you do not use the additional features included in your media mouse.
To get rid of this process, you need to complete the following four tasks:
- Terminate the process.
- Delete the file.
- Remove the process from your startup sequence.
- Remove registry entries related to this file.
Terminating the Process
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
- Click the Processes tab.
- Locate and select khalmnpr.exe, and then press End Process.
Deleting the File
- Click Start, click Search, and then click All files and folders.
- Type khalmnpr.exe in the box below All or part of the filename.
- Select All Local Hard Drives from the Look in drop-down list, and then click Search. The search results will appear in the right-pane.
- Right-click khalmnpr.exe in the right-pane and click Delete.
Removing the Process from your Startup Menu
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- Type msconfig, and then press Enter.
- Click the Startup tab in the System Configuration Utility dialog box.
- Uncheck the box before KHALMNPR entry.
- Click Apply, and then click OK.
Remove the Registry Entries
Warning: The following steps require you to edit the Windows registry. We recommend that you only proceed if you are comfortable in editing the registry. Further, ensure that you make registry backups before making any changes. You can back up the registry either manually or using an advanced registry maintenance software.
- Click Start > Run.
- Type regedit and then press Enter.
- Click the Edit menu, and then click Find.
- Type khalmnpr.exe in the Find What box, and then click the Find Next button.
- Delete all the entries related to khalmnpr.exe.