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Should I remove VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,170
Reach 0.0165%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 190.77 days
581.28 days >
Average installed length: 305.42 days


VersionDistribution 22.84% 49.57% 6.90% 1.29% 19.40%

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VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin


VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin is a program developed by Sony. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is vhd.exe. The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 21.77 MB (22,830,143 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 75% of users of VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin come from Germany, it is also popular in Austria and Switzerland.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Recovery\plugins
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{EC153498-00E1-4C9C-89BE-81527C6750BE}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0407 -removeonly
Estimated size: 21.77 MB
Language: German (Germany)

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin

Program executable:vhd.exe
Name:VAIO Hardware Diagnostics
VAIO Hardware Diagnostics Component Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\vaio recovery\plugins\vhd.exe
Additional files:
  • bdrom.dll - VAIO Hardware Diagnostics (VAIO Hardware Diagnostics DLL)
  • cdrom.dll
  • CommLib.dll - CommLib DLL
  • cpu.dll
  • dvdrom.dll
  • hdd.dll
  • HwConfig.dll
  • InformationCheck.exe
  • lan.dll
  • MemoryStick.dll
  • ODD.dll
  • ODDDiagchk.exe
  • ODDInfoCheck.dll - ODDInformation.dll
  • Optical.dll
  • Resbitmap.dll - Resbitmap DLL
  • SD.dll
  • SmartInfoCheck.dll - SMARTInformation.dll
  • usb.dll
  • vhdMediachk.exe
  • video.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • InformationCheck.exe is scheduled as a task named 'VHDInformationCheck32' (runs monthly on Mondays at 22:00).

How do I remove VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin?

Quickly and completely remove VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin 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 VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin, 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 VAIO Care-Hardwarediagnose-Plugin.

Win 8 99%
Win 7 (SP1) 1%
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 99.14%
Windows 7 0.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 74.57%
Windows 8.1 Pro 9.91%
Windows 10 Home 7.33%
Windows 8 5.60%
Windows 10 Pro 1.29%
Windows 7 Enterprise 0.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.43% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 75.43%
  Austria 16.81%
  Switzerland 2.16%
  United States 2.16%
  United Kingdom 1.29%
  Sweden 0.43%
  AL 0.43%
  Spain 0.43%
  Netherlands 0.43%
  DK 0.43%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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