Is kbdstub.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of kbdstub.exe:

kbdstub.exe file purpose and description:

KbdStub.EXE is a program that most likely was on your computer the day you purchased it, as it may have been pre-installed. The actual file location is shown below. To help identify that this is not spyware, always verify the file is in the proper location. This software is part of Hewlett Packard and it is part of their keyboard software which handles multimedia keys. This KbdStub.EXE file is not critical and can be terminated if you are not using it, as it always runs during bootup. You will most likely see this as a system tray icon, but this file is considered safe and is not virus or spyware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This file will be found at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\KbdStub.EXE

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, kbdstub.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of kbdstub.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!