|FYI, the installation also creates a Avago-HP *HIDDEN* directory in %programsfiles%.|
The HP LaserJet P1006 Status Monitor is HP1006SM.EXE (SM, NOT MC).
The HP1006MC.exe virus-like file can be found in %windir%\system32\spool\drivers\W32X86\3
It's identified as SMLMProxy Module developed by Software 2000 Ltd, a Brit outfit located in Oxford.
It's launched as a child process of the DCOM Server Process Launcher by the command:
You can rename the offending file if you boot in Safe Mode, with, AFAIK, no adverse effect.
I totally share your opinion about HP Software.