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Should I remove Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,038
United States Rank #3,048
Reach 0.1933%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.25 days
538.49 days >
Average installed length: 282.94 days


VersionDistribution 11.31% 9.61% 5.46%
7.01.4525 12.60%
7.00.4518 1.52%
6.00.4407 19.27%
6.00.4399 0.10%
6.00.4356 1.29%
6.00.4348 1.26%
6.00.4345 2.13%
6.00.4321 4.72%
6.00.4303 30.73%

Typically installed together

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Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools

What is Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools?

This program provides the Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools Module for the supported notebook models and operating systems. The Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools module integrates with HP ProtectTools and, on webcam-equipped notebooks, enables users to log in using Face Recognition.

About  (from Hewlett-Packard)

Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools is an easy-to-use, fun way to log on to your PC. Instead of entering passwords to log into Windows, you can use Face Recognition and your webcam for authentication. Face Recognition can be utilized by one or multiple users to log in to a single account or multiple individual account...  Read more


It is typically pre-installed with most new Hewlett-Packard computers. The most common release is 6.00.4303, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named cbtplaysound.exe. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 13.17 MB (13,806,500 bytes).

This program is pre-installed on the PC

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\Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{D3A775F2-2674-4452-8D80-1FC1446052EE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 13.17 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools

Program executable:cbtplaysound.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\hewlett-packard\face recognition for hp protecttools\cbtplaysound.exe
Additional files:
  • BSWPTAuthUI.dll (by Cogent Systems) - Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools (Face Recognition Authentication for HP ProtectTools)
  • BSWPTPlugin.dll (by Cogent Systems) - Face Recognition Plugin for HP ProtectTools
  • BSWPTToken.dll - Face Recognition Token for HP ProtectTools
  • HPFaceVer.dll - Face Recognition Plugin Version for HP ProtectTools

How do I remove Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools?

You can uninstall Face Recognition 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 Face Recognition 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 Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools.

Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 90.51%
Windows 10 9.39%
Windows XP 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 67.18%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.05%
Windows 8 3.84%
Windows 8 Pro 2.13%
Windows 10 Pro 1.87%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.71%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.10%
  France 3.42%
  Netherlands 2.80%
  Czech Republic 2.65%
  Germany 2.65%
  Canada 2.59%
  United Kingdom 2.29%
  Belgium 1.87%
  South Africa 1.61%
  Sweden 1.61%
  Italy 1.49%
  Australia 1.38%
  Austria 1.25%
  Norway 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 99.63%
Acer 0.16%
Dell 0.13%
Lenovo 0.03%
ASUS 0.03%
American Megatrends 0.03%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 23.85%
HP ProBook 4540s 16.21%
HP ProBook 4730s 5.87%
HP ProBook 6560b 4.19%
HP ProBook 6570b 3.74%
HP EliteBook 8460p 3.44%

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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