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Should I remove Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,252
United States Rank #13,418
Reach 0.0235%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.52 days
398.83 days >
Average installed length: 209.55 days


5.7.100 8.99%
5.7.001 13.82%
5.7.000 17.54%
5.6.000 23.90%
5.5.100 0.22%
5.5.000 7.68%
5.0.301 5.70%
5.0.3 3.95%
5.0.2 9.87%
5.0.1 8.33%

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Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools

What is Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools?  (from Hewlett-Packard)

HP introduces HP ProtectTools, a family of business PC security products, services and features, with new offerings on business desktops, notebooks and workstations. HP ProtectTools Embedded Security is a hardware security chip, called the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that integrates the core elements of trust into th...  Read more


Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools is a program developed by Hewlett-Packard. The most used version is 5.6.000, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is IfxPsdSv.exe. The software installer includes 61 files and is usually about 80.41 MB (84,313,623 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 40% of users of Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Embedded Security Software\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{1626FA93-8BB2-4324-80D2-D176F29BB0CC}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 80.41 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools

Program executable:IfxPsdSv.exe
Name:Infineon TPM Software
PSD Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Embedded Security Software\IfxPsdSv.exe
Additional files:
  • IfxEAps.dll (by Infineon Technologies AG) - Infineon TPM Software (Enhanced Authentication Provider Proxy/Stub DLL)
  • IfxPsdSv.exe (by Infineon Technologies AG) - PSD Service
  • IFXSPArc.dll - Archive Access DLL
  • IfxSpMgt.dll - Management Provider
  • IFXSPMGT.exe - Security Platform Management Service
  • IfxSpMps.dll - Security Platform Service Proxy/Stub DLL
  • IfxSpURsBR.dll - Resource DLL
  • IfxSpURsCH.dll
  • IfxSpURsCHT.dll
  • IfxSpURsFR.dll
  • IfxSpURsGR.dll
  • IfxSpURsIT.dll
  • IfxSpURsJP.dll
  • IfxSpURsKR.dll
  • IfxSpURsRU.dll
  • IfxSpURsSP.dll
  • IfxSpURsUS.dll
  • IFXTCS.exe - TCPA TSS Core Service
  • IFXTCSps.dll - TCPA TSS Core Service Proxy/Stub DLL
  • IFXTPM.dll - TCPA TSS Device Driver Library
  • IFXTPMCK.dll - TPM Cryptoki Provider
  • IFXTRsBR.dll - TCPA TSS Resources
  • IFXTRsCH.dll
  • IFXTRsCHT.dll
  • IFXTRsFR.dll
  • IFXTRsGR.dll
  • IFXTRsIT.dll
  • IFXTRsJP.dll
  • IFXTRsKR.dll
  • IfxTrsMs.dll - TCPA TSS Message Table
  • IFXTRsRU.dll
  • IFXTRsSP.dll
  • IFXTRsUS.dll
  • IFXTSP.dll - TCPA TSS Service Provider
  • IfxUAGps.dll - User Authentication Proxy/Stub DLL
  • IfxUAGUI.exe - User Authentication GUI
  • IfxXmlRs.dll - TCPA TSS-XML Resources
  • Psd.dll - PSD middleware layer
  • PSDCFGWZ.ocx - PSD Configwizard ActiveX-Control

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Services
  • IFXTCS.exe runs as a service named 'Trusted Platform Core Service' (IFXTCS) "The Trusted Platform Core Service manages access to the Trusted Platform Module of this computer. If this service is stopped, the trustworthiness of this computer no longer can be verified. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.".
  • IFXSPMGT.exe runs as a service named 'Security Platform Management Service' (IFXSpMgtSrv) "Provides management services for the Security Platform.".
  • IfxPsdSv.exe runs as a service named 'Personal Secure Drive Service' (PersonalSecureDriveService) "Personal Secure Drive service for encrypted drives".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • IFXSPMGT.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'IFXSPMGT' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Embedded Security Software\ifxspmgt.exe" /NotifyLogon.

How do I remove Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools?

Quickly and completely remove Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Embedded Security 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools, 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 Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.77%
Windows XP 22.37%
Windows Vista 16.67%
Windows 10 2.19%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 46.04%
Microsoft Windows XP 22.25%
Windows Vista Business 15.42%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.39%
Windows 7 Home Premium 4.41%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.20%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.71% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.71%
  Germany 5.65%
  Netherlands 4.19%
  Spain 3.46%
  United Kingdom 3.28%
  Australia 3.10%
  Canada 2.91%
  Italy 2.91%
  Sweden 2.55%
  Finland 2.00%
  France 1.82%
  Mexico 1.64%
  Czech Republic 1.64%
  Belgium 1.46%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 97.56%
Acer 0.89%
Dell 0.67%
Lenovo 0.22%
Intel 0.22%
ASUS 0.22%
Common models
HP EliteBook 8440p 9.75%
HP EliteBook 2540p 6.69%
HP EliteBook 8540p 6.41%
HP EliteBook 8540w 5.57%
HP Compaq 6910p 5.29%
HP EliteBook 6930p 3.62%

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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