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Should I remove HP File Sanitizer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,869
United States Rank #3,856
Reach 0.1405%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.01 days
413.34 days >
Average installed length: 217.18 days


VersionDistribution 10.55% 5.56% 0.04% 20.80% 0.25% 0.14% 0.11% 5.81% 6.32% 24.63% 2.67% 23.11%

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HP File Sanitizer


HP File Sanitizer is a software program developed by Hewlett-Packard. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named HPFSService.exe. The setup package generally installs about 20 files and is usually about 3.49 MB (3,660,288 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 46% of users of HP File Sanitizer come from the United States, it is also popular in France and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Hewlett-Packard.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hewlett-packard\file sanitizer\firefoxbho
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{6D6ADF03-B257-4EA5-BBC1-1D145AF8D514}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by HP File Sanitizer

Program executable:HPFSService.exe
Name:HP File Sanitizer
HPFSService Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\HPFSService.exe
Additional files:
  • firefoxbho.dll - HP File Sanitizer (FireFoxBHO)
  • HPPMDesktopIcon.dll - HPPMDesktopIcon
  • ShredContextMenu.dll - ShredContextMenu Dynamic Link Library (HPFileSanitizerContextMenu DLL)
  • HPFSService.exe - HPFSService Application
  • IEBHO.dll - IEBHO
  • SecuritySetupFileSanitizer.dll - HP Client Security 2013 (Setup Wizard - File Santizer Plugin)
  • ConsolePlugin.dll - ConsolePlugin
  • DigitalPersona.Application.SDK.dll (by DigitalPersona) - DigitalPersona Pro (DigitalPersona.Application.SDK)
  • FSScheduler.dll
  • hpUIFramework.dll - hpUIFramework
  • System.Xaml.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® .NET Framework
  • TrayPlugin.dll - TrayPlugin
  • HP.SupportFramework.dll - HP Support Assistant (HP.SupportFramework)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ShredContextMenu.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ShredContextMenu' with a class of {85EFA470-665A-4322-AB1E-1EB9C70F61C8}.
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).
  • HPFSService.exe runs as a service named 'HP File Sanitizer' (HPFSService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • CORESHREDDER.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HP File Sanitizer' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\File Sanitizer\Coreshredder.exe.

How do I remove HP File Sanitizer?

You can uninstall HP File Sanitizer 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 HP File Sanitizer, 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 HP File Sanitizer.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by HP File Sanitizer you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 75%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.38%
Windows 10 24.62%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 72.92%
Windows 10 Pro 7.02%
Windows 8.1 6.01%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.10%
Windows 8 2.06%
Windows 7 Home Premium 2.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.09%
  France 4.22%
  United Kingdom 4.07%
  Netherlands 3.13%
  Germany 2.98%
  Italy 2.95%
  Norway 2.39%
  Czech Republic 1.98%
  Canada 1.77%
  Australia 1.74%
  Belgium 1.65%
  Sweden 1.65%
  Mexico 1.56%
  Austria 1.53%

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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