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Global Rank #2,943
United States Rank #3,144
Reach 0.2014%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.96 days
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Average installed length: 293.82 days


VersionDistribution 0.03% 8.52% 1.39% 0.40% 15.65% 4.54% 9.12% 1.21% 11.89% 0.38% 3.53% 42.53% 0.83%

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File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools

What is File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools?  (from Hewlett-Packard)

File Sanitizer makes it easy to remove files that could be used to identify, contact or locate users. Choose manual or scheduled sanitizing, multiple levels of security and ensure free space is completely clear. Permanently delete files, folders and identity information from laptops and desktops to help protect users’ ...  Read more


File Sanitizer 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. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. 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 programs's main executable is HPFSService.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.3 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 27.97 MB (29,333,718 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 7. While about 44% of users of File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools come from the United States, it is also popular in France and United Kingdom.

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.Hewlett-Packard.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{6D6ADF03-B257-4EA5-BBC1-1D145AF8D514}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 27.97 MB

Program filesFiles installed by File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools

Program executable:HPFSService.exe
Name:File Sanitizer For HP Protect Tools
HPFSService Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\HPFSService.exe
Permanently delete files, folders and identity information from laptops and desktops to help protect users’ personal information.
Additional files:
  • coreshredder.exe - File Sanitizer For HP Protect Tools (File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools)
  • FSSetup.dll - Setup Dll
  • HPFSService.exe - HPFSService Application
  • HPPMDesktopIcon.dll
  • IEBHO.dll
  • PTPMPlugin.dll
  • FSSetup64.exe - File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools (Setup Exe)
  • SecuritySetupFileSanitizer.dll - HP Client Security 2013 (Setup Wizard - File Santizer Plugin)
  • TrayPlugin.dll - HP File Sanitizer (TrayPlugin)
  • ConsolePlugin.dll - ConsolePlugin
  • hpUIFramework.dll - hpUIFramework
  • HPFSCleanup.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • IEBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'HP File Sanitizer' with the class of {3134413B-49B4-425C-98A5-893C1F195601} (BHO_Startup).
Scheduled Task
  • coreshredder.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PII ShredderDateTime_Oliva' (Next runs on 2017-05-01 at 18:25).
  • HPFSService.exe runs as a service named 'HP File Sanitizer' (HPFSService).
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • coreshredder.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #0' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\coreshredder.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • CORESHREDDER.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'File Sanitizer' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\CoreShredder.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.3 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003523250%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00034672%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000561%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:6,680
8,062,084 average
Memory:1.89 MB
Total CPU:0.0013000694%
Kernel CPU:0.00129925%
User CPU:0.00000082%
CPU cycles/sec:2,318
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools?

You can uninstall File Sanitizer 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 File Sanitizer 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 File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 97.13%
Windows 10 2.69%
Windows XP 0.18%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 75.37%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.18%
Windows 10 Pro 2.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.96%
Windows 10 Home 0.35%
Windows 7 Home Basic 0.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.67%
  France 3.61%
  United Kingdom 3.21%
  Germany 3.05%
  Netherlands 2.61%
  Canada 2.55%
  Italy 2.18%
  Belgium 2.03%
  Sweden 1.97%
  Czech Republic 1.91%
  South Africa 1.64%
  Spain 1.47%
  Brazil 1.41%
  Austria 1.37%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 99.65%
Acer 0.20%
Dell 0.13%
Lenovo 0.03%
Common models
HP ProBook 4530s 23.59%
HP ProBook 4540s 8.41%
HP ProBook 4730s 5.92%
HP ProBook 6560b 4.18%
HP EliteBook 8460p 3.45%
HP ProBook 4535s 2.93%

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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