What does the HPFSService.exe file do?
The HPFSService.exe process is also known as HPFSService Application or, as the case may be, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools and is a part of File Sanitizer For HP Protect Tools or, as the case may be, HPFSService Application. This software is produced by Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of HPFSService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- HPFSService Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HPFSService Application has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HPFSService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module HPFSService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about HPFSService.exe HPFSService Application
HPFSService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file HPFSService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 297,984 bytes (50% of all these files), 372,824 bytes, 298,496 bytes or, as the case may be, 320,512 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The HPFSService file is not part of the Windows operating system. HPFSService.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 29% 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 HPFSService.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 HPFSService?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall File Sanitizer For HP Protect Tools or HPFSService Application
To remove HPFSService Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate File Sanitizer For HP Protect Tools or HPFSService Application in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if HPFSService.exe (HPFSService Application) 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 HPFSService Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HPFSService Application 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 HPFSService.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.