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What does the DpAgent.exe file do?

The DpAgent.exe process is also known as DigitalPersona Local Agent and is a part of HP ProtectTools Security Manager or, as the case may be, HP SimplePass Identity Protection. This software is produced by DigitalPersona (www.digitalpersona.com). An obsolete or defective version of DpAgent.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about DpAgent.exe DigitalPersona Local Agent

DpAgent.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. DpAgent.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 739,664 bytes (17% of all these files), 386,416 bytes as well as 18 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The DpAgent file is not part of the Windows operating system. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. DpAgent.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 34% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves DpAgent.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about DpAgent?

I think "Digital Persona" is the program (on HP computers at least) that manages the fingerprint scanner.
Kevin Mack
It is part of the Digital Persona fingerprint scanner software. dpagent.exe can cause problems with msn/windows live messenger. If autorun is removed from registry it still starts on system boot. just rename the .exe to dpagent.exe.bak or something if your messenger acts weird.
Andreas Späth
DpAgent.exe belongs to the fingerprint identity solution provided by DigitalPersona. Works on Dell laptops. (further information...)
It is run from the Digital Persona on HP computers. Digital Persona runs the fingerprint scan/face recognition for login. On any non-HP system, it might be a problem.
Simon L
We installed our software at a customer's computer and wondered why the windows return the result imeediately instead waiting for a button press event. For showing windows we used the API SendMessage function which usually calls the window procedure for the specified window and does not return until the window procedure has processed the message. We spent one day to find out that if we shutdown the DpAgent.exe the SendMessage function works properly.

Summary: One user judges DpAgent.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall HP ProtectTools Security Manager or HP SimplePass Identity Protection

To remove DigitalPersona Local Agent from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate HP ProtectTools Security Manager or HP SimplePass Identity Protection in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if DpAgent.exe (DigitalPersona Local Agent) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of DigitalPersona Local Agent. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for DigitalPersona Local Agent or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or DpAgent.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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