What does the kbd.exe file do?
The kbd.exe process is also known as KBD EXE and is a part of Hewlett-Packard Company KBD EXE or, as the case may be, Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution. This software is produced by Hewlett-Packard Company (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of kbd.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- KBD EXE has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- KBD EXE 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)
- kbd.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module kbd.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about kbd.exe KBD EXE
kbd.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Kbd.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (mostly c:\hp\kbd\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 61,440 bytes (93% of all these files), 94,208 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The kbd file is not part of the Windows operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). Kbd.exe is capable of hides its presence from system tools. For this reason, 46% 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 kbd.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 kbd?
|needed when you use the multimedia keys on Logitech's Multimedia keyboards. |
|locks up on startup if you have service pack 2 installed, stupid hp |
|Installs over 1000 spywares |
|I have SP2 installed and I also downloaded Java JRE2 and everything works FINE. |
|Takes 99 of 100 cpu, which makes the computer unusable (HP computer), delete the 'process' with msconfig and then tick off the process "kbd.exe", reboot computer. |
Summary: 46 users judge kbd.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 7 users consider it harmless. However, 6 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 9 users have already deleted kbd.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Hewlett-Packard Company KBD EXE or Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution
To remove KBD EXE from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Hewlett-Packard Company KBD EXE or Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if kbd.exe (KBD EXE) 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 KBD EXE. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for KBD EXE 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 kbd.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.