What does the usb.exe file do?
The usb.exe process is also known as USB EXE and is a part of Hewlett-Packard Company USB EXE. This software is produced by Hewlett-Packard Company (www.hp.com). An obsolete or defective version of usb.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- USB EXE has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- USB 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)
- usb.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module usb.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about usb.exe USB EXE
usb.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Usb.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
The file size is 102,400 bytes.
The usb file contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). It is no part of Microsoft Windows. Usb.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs. For this reason, 29% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A usb.exe file has a 36% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 36,352 bytes. This usb program is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
A usb.exe file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 220,863 bytes. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. This usb program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The usb file is not part of the Windows operating system.
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 usb.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 usb?
|Most probably a malware (further information...) |
Summary: However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Hewlett-Packard Company USB EXE
To remove USB 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 USB EXE in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if usb.exe (USB 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 USB EXE. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for USB 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 usb.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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