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Should I remove HP ProtectTools Security Manager C3?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,661
United States Rank #42,012
Reach 0.0027%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 249.63 days
803.84 days >
Average installed length: 422.36 days


2.00 C3 100.00%

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HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 C3

What is HP ProtectTools Security Manager C3?  (from Hewlett-Packard)

HP ProtectTools Security Manager is now available on a wide array of Business Notebooks and select Business Desktops and Workstations. Built on open standards and HP intellectual property, HP ProtectTools Security Manager can be configured to prevent unauthorized access using Smart Cards, TPM Embedded security chips, U...  Read more


HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 C3 is a program developed by Hewlett-Packard. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is pthost.exe. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 3.48 MB (3,652,083 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 37% of users of HP ProtectTools Security Manager C3 come from the United States, it is also popular in Spain and Sweden.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\HPQ\HP ProtectTools Security Manager
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\00\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{9
Estimated size: 3.48 MB
Language: Polish

Program filesFiles installed by HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 C3

Program executable:pthost.exe
Name:HP ProtectTools Security Manager
Path:C:\Program Files\hpq\hp protecttools security manager\pthost.exe
Additional files:
  • hpqtpm.dll - HP ProtectTools Security Manager (HP ProtectTools)
  • HstVer.exe - HstVer
  • pthosttr.exe - Adds Security Manager System Tray functionality
  • hpqcom.dll - hpqcom Dynamic Link Library (hpqcom)
  • PTServs.exe - PTServs Module
  • msvcm80.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcp80.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr80.dll
  • PTFilter.dll (by © Copyright 2004-2006 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P) - HP ProtectTools Filter

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • pthosttr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PTHOSTTR' which loads as C:\Program Files\HPQ\HP ProtectTools Security Manager\PTHOSTTR.EXE /Start.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • pthosttr.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\HPQ\HP ProtectTools Security Manager\PTHOSTTR.EXE'.

How do I remove HP ProtectTools Security Manager C3?

Quickly and completely remove HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 C3 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall HP ProtectTools Security Manager C3 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 HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 C3, 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 HP ProtectTools Security Manager C3.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 92.45%
Windows 7 7.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 92.16%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.92%
Windows 7 Professional 1.96%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.96%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.67%
  Spain 6.67%
  Sweden 5.00%
  Hungary 5.00%
  Switzerland 3.33%
  Greece 3.33%
  Japan 3.33%
  Croatia 3.33%
  Czech Republic 3.33%
  Poland 3.33%
  MA 1.67%
  Singapore 1.67%
  Taiwan 1.67%
  UA 1.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 90.57%
Toshiba 1.89%
Sahara 1.89%
Compaq 1.89%
ASUS 1.89%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 2.00%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.00%
Hewlett-Packard nc6400 2.00%
HP xw8400 Workstation 2.00%
HP EliteBook 6930p 2.00%
HP Compaq tc4400 (RA302AT... 2.00%

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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