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Should I remove Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,239
United States Rank #6,254
Reach 0.0729%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.76 days
435.43 days >
Average installed length: 228.79 days


VersionDistribution 18.31% 24.51%
6.0.300.2731 9.47% 1.32% 45.61% 0.21%
5.0 0.56%

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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, 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. 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The software installer includes 34 files and is usually about 94.77 MB (99,374,995 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 7. While about 44% of users of Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools come from the United States, it is also popular in Netherlands and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Embedded Security Software\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{43BE25B8-E69F-42CF-9414-7DDCF891629B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 94.77 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools

  • Infineon.SecurityPlatform.Reporting.dll (by Infineon Technologies AG) - Infineon Security Platform Reporting (Infineon.SecurityPlatform.Reporting)
  • IfxEAps.dll (by Infineon Technologies AG) - Infineon TPM Software (Enhanced Authentication Provider Proxy/Stub DLL)
  • IfxPsdSv.exe - 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
  • 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
  • IFXTPMCP.dll - TPM Cryptographic Provider
  • IfxTrsMs.dll - TCPA TSS Message Table
  • 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
  • PSDmsg.DLL - PSD Message DLL
  • PSDrecovery.exe - PSD Recovery Tool
  • PSDrt.exe - PSD Runtime Application
  • PSDShExt.dll - PSD Shell Extension
  • SpBackupWz.exe - Backup Wizard
  • SpInitWz.exe - Quick Initialization Wizard
  • SpMgtShellPlugIn.dll - Embedded Security Settings Tool
  • SpMigWz.exe - Migration Wizard
  • SpMUIHlp.exe - MUI Helper
  • SpP12Wz.exe - PKCS #12 Import Wizard
  • SpPwdResetWz.exe - Password Reset Wizard
  • SpTPMWz.exe - Initialization Wizard
  • SpUpgrade.exe - Upgrade-Tool
  • SpUserWz.exe - User Initialization Wizard

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • PSDShExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'APSDShExt' with a class of {E08BF9C5-191E-4B15-8F67-2622B4DB5580}.
Scheduled Task
  • SpBackupWz.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Embedded Security Backup Schedule' (runs daily at 12:00).
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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools.

Win 7 (SP1) 92%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 96.31%
Windows 10 2.92%
Windows Vista 0.49%
Windows XP 0.28%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 90.84%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.36%
Windows 10 Pro 2.59%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.12%
Windows 7 Enterprise 0.98%
Windows Vista Business 0.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.82%
  Netherlands 4.15%
  France 3.47%
  Canada 3.36%
  Germany 3.30%
  Norway 2.62%
  Sweden 2.62%
  United Kingdom 2.39%
  Belgium 2.28%
  Switzerland 1.99%
  Finland 1.76%
  Poland 1.59%
  Australia 1.54%
  South Africa 1.48%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 99.58%
Acer 0.21%
Dell 0.14%
ASUS 0.07%
Common models
HP ProBook 6560b 11.46%
HP ProBook 6570b 10.18%
HP EliteBook 8460p 9.76%
HP EliteBook 8560w 7.43%
HP EliteBook 8560p 6.15%
HP EliteBook 8570p 5.59%

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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