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What does the uphclean.exe file do?

The uphclean.exe process is also known as User Profile Hive Cleanup Service and is a part of User Profile Hive Cleanup or, as the case may be, UPHClean_16D. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, Windows® Codename Longhorn DDK provider. An obsolete or defective version of uphclean.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 uphclean.exe User Profile Hive Cleanup service

uphclean.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Uphclean.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 directory (as a rule C:\Program Files\UPHClean\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 241,725 bytes (77% of all these files), 399,872 bytes or, as the case may be, 192,573 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 32% 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 uphclean.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 uphclean?

Helps you to log out and closes handles left locked at variours resources by applications, normally preventing a proper logout. Great for roaming pofiles. Compeletely safe (further information...)
D. Kalnęs
it deffendly help my computer , no more crasches
This file is not dangerous. It simply allows for a proper log out. (further information...)
Creature Of Habit
Avg viruse protector calls it a worm and put it in a vault.
Gloria Jean
I installed it one half ago, works fine, reduces shutdown dramatically

Summary: 15 users judge uphclean.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted uphclean.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall User Profile Hive Cleanup or UPHClean_16D

uphclean.exe User Profile Hive Cleanup service fix

To remove User Profile Hive Cleanup service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for User Profile Hive Cleanup or UPHClean_16D in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if uphclean.exe (User Profile Hive Cleanup service) 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 User Profile Hive Cleanup service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for User Profile Hive Cleanup service 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 uphclean.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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