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Should I remove ThinkVantage Active Protection System?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #42,504
United States Rank #35,673
Reach 0.0023%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 140.94 days
630.42 days >
Average installed length: 331.24 days


1.41 53.13%
1.40 34.38%
1.34 6.25%
1.33b 3.13%
1.33a 3.13%

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ThinkVantage Active Protection System

What is ThinkVantage Active Protection System?

The Active Protection system is enabled by default whenever the computer and operating system are operating. The system will not be able to access the hard disk drive during the time that the Active Protection system has unloaded the hard disk drive heads due to a tilt or drop motion being detected.

About  (from Lenovo)

When the Active Protection system is enabled, it protects your hard drive when the shock sensor inside your ThinkPad computer detects a situation that could potentially damage the hard drive. The protection system stops your hard drive by moving the read/write heads of the hard drive to areas that do not contain data, ...  Read more


The most used version is 1.41, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The main program executable is tpshocks.exe.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-53150
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\TpShocks\
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\engine\6\INTEL3~1\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{72806716-7088-

Program filesFiles installed by ThinkVantage Active Protection System

Program executable:tpshocks.exe

How do I remove ThinkVantage Active Protection System?

Quickly and completely remove ThinkVantage Active Protection System from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall ThinkVantage Active Protection System from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ThinkVantage Active Protection System, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove ThinkVantage Active Protection System.

Win XP 81%
Win 7 (SP1) 3%
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 96.88%
Windows 7 3.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 96.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.28%
  United Kingdom 10.26%
  Canada 7.69%
  Taiwan 5.13%
  Italy 5.13%
  Israel 5.13%
  Philippines 2.56%
  Indonesia 2.56%
  Czech Republic 2.56%
  Hong Kong 2.56%
  Hungary 2.56%
  Belgium 2.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 83.33%
Sahara 12.50%
Dell 4.17%
Common models
IBM 1836Q4U 12.00%
IBM 8183WR4 12.00%
LENOVO 1951F8G 8.00%
LENOVO 1951BY8 8.00%
IBM 2668CMU 4.00%
LENOVO 07612GU 4.00%

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a PC hardware and electronics company whose products include personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices and IT management software.
Publisher URL: www.lenovo.com


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