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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,486
United States Rank #2,650
Reach 0.2500%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.96 days
618.35 days >
Average installed length: 324.90 days


VersionDistribution 0.16% 0.08% 0.16% 0.20% 0.28% 0.08% 9.03% 1.36% 3.63% 3.51% 0.32% 0.99% 0.41% 13.35% 14.80% 5.20% 3.29% 0.63% 6.84% 3.57% 1.08% 1.81% 4.20% 25.01%

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Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools

What is Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools?  (from Hewlett-Packard)

HP ProtectTools uses the best way possible to protect the information on your hard drive—full volume encryption using proven McAfee technology. HP ProtectTools is a suite of security tools that lets you manage security for your entire fleet of business laptops and desktops from one central point. Thanks to its modular ...  Read more


Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools is a software program developed by Hewlett-Packard. It is typically pre-installed with most new Hewlett-Packard computers. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named EpePcMonitor.exe. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 42.93 MB (45,014,435 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 44% of users of Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools come from the United States, it is also popular in France and United Kingdom.

This program is pre-installed on some PCs

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Drive Encryption\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{8A0041CD-277C-4C1F-BFE4-7AC508B20B4C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 42.93 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools

Program executable:EpePcMonitor.exe
Name:McAfee Endpoint Encryption
McAfee Endpoint Encryption Encryption Monitor
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Drive Encryption\EpePcMonitor.exe
Additional files:
  • EpeHpDpHostPlugin.dll - Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools (McAfee Endpoint Encryption Host Plugin)
  • EpeHpFve64.dll - McAfee Endpoint Encryption FVE Proxy
  • FDEBMODL.dll (by Absolute Software) - Installation/Management Application
  • DPAdminFVE.dll (by DigitalPersona) - HP ProtectTools Security Manager (DigitalPersona Drive Encryption Snap-in)
  • DPAdminFVE64.dll (by DigitalPersona)
  • DPAdminFVEmsg.dll - DigitalPersona Drive Encryption Messages
  • DPAdminFVEmsg64.dll
  • EpeOpalEncryptionProviderPlugin.dll - McAfee Endpoint Encryption (McAfee Endpoint Encryption Encryption Provider Plugin)
  • EpePcEncryptionProviderPlugin.dll
  • EpePcMonitor.exe - McAfee Endpoint Encryption Encryption Monitor
  • EpeOpalATASec4SATA.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • EpePcMonitor.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MfeEpePcMonitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Drive Encryption\EpePcMonitor.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • EpePcMonitor.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Drive Encryption\EpePcMonitor.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:836 KB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00001004%
0.016088% average

How do I remove Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools?

You can uninstall Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Drive Encryption For HP ProtectTools.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 96.19%
Windows 10 3.65%
Windows XP 0.16%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 75.36%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.12%
Windows 10 Pro 2.26%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.22%
Windows 8 Pro 0.90%
Windows 10 Home 0.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.33%
  France 3.32%
  United Kingdom 3.28%
  Netherlands 2.78%
  Germany 2.77%
  Canada 2.52%
  Italy 2.27%
  Czech Republic 2.17%
  Belgium 2.05%
  Sweden 1.98%
  Brazil 1.50%
  South Africa 1.47%
  Spain 1.40%
  Austria 1.28%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 99.22%
Intel 0.35%
Acer 0.18%
Dell 0.14%
Lenovo 0.08%
ASUS 0.02%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 22.56%
HP ProBook 4540s 10.37%
HP ProBook 4730s 5.69%
HP ProBook 6560b 3.68%
HP EliteBook 8460p 3.35%
HP ProBook 6570b 2.97%

About Hewlett-Packard

HP provides products, software solutions and services to consumers, from enterprises to consumers including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Publisher URL: www.hp.com


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