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Should I remove TOSHIBA Password Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #398
United States Rank #299
Reach 1.5837%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 0.18 days
5.32 days >
Average installed length: 2.79 days


v3.0.0.1 0.74%
v2.1.0.27 0.09%
v2.1.0.26 0.24%
v2.1.0.24 0.01%
v2.1.0.23 0.50%
v2.1.0.22 2.51%
v2.1.0.21 0.09%
v2.1.0.20 0.00%
v2.1.0.15 1.81%
v2.1.0.14 6.02%
v2.1.0.13 0.01%
v2.0.0.9 0.21%
v2.0.0.7 2.40%
v2.0.0.6 0.01%
v2.0.0.11 0.08%
v2.0.0.10 4.06%
v1.0.0.9 1.15%
v1.0.0.8 11.10%
v1.0.0.14 0.23%
v1.0.0.12 0.18%
v1.0.0.11 0.04%
v1.0.0.10 0.11% 0.02% 0.06% 0.21% 0.12% 0.34% 0.04% 0.01% 0.23% 3.47% 0.05% 0.70% 0.09% 1.00% 0.69% 1.16% 0.02% 1.58% 2.87% 0.11% 4.26%
4.17.000 0.77%
4.16.000 1.22%
4.15.000 0.04%
4.13.000 0.04%
4.12.000 0.01%
4.10.000 0.70%
4.09.000 0.25%
4.06.000 1.51% 0.05%
118 versions

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TOSHIBA Password Utility

What is TOSHIBA Password Utility?

TOSHIBA Password Utility lets you set and maintain password security that restricts access to the computer. This program is part of the TOSHIBA Value Added Package (TVAP) which is bundled on most new laptops.

About  (from TOSHIBA)

The TOSHIBA Password utility adds additional password security to your Toshiba computer. After registering a user password, you will be required to input it when booting the computer or starting the Password Utility. When setting a password, you can apply it to the HDD. The TOSHIBA Supervisor Password utility adds addi...  Read more


The most common release is v1.0.0.8, 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. The primary executable is named tospu.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 2.23 MB (2,337,545 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.toshiba.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\PasswordUtility
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{B1786E63-2127-42C9-95A3-146E5F727BF1}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 2.23 MB

Program filesFiles installed by TOSHIBA Password Utility

Program executable:tospu.exe
Name:TOSHIBA Password Utility
Path:C:\Program Files\toshiba\passwordutility\tospu.exe
Additional files:
  • tsccall.dll - tsccall Dynamic Link Library (tsccall DLL)
  • StartMenu.exe - RealMuiConfig Application
  • TPU_StartMenu.exe - StartMen Application
  • TPUStartMenu.exe
  • TpuForTSS.dll - TOSHIBA Password Utility dll
  • TosPwChk.dll - TosPwChk
  • tsdtoken.dll - tsdtoken (tsdtoken DLL(x86))
  • TPUDll.dll - TOSHIBA Password Utility (TPU MFC Application)
  • TpuMui.dll - TPU Shortcut dll
  • TPUname.dll - TOSHIBA Password Utility MUI Support File
  • readLM.exe - readLM
  • GFNEXSrv.exe - GFNEXSrv
  • GFNEX.dll
  • GFNEX64.dll
  • TosPU.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • GFNEXSrv.exe runs as a service named 'GFNEX Service' (GFNEXSrv) "The important service that bypass BIOS S3/S4/S5 commands to system.".
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • readLM.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #5' which loads as C:\Program Files\Toshiba\PasswordUtility\readLM.exe /RestartByRestartManageC:95FA2A6F-E91A-45ab-9C78-361FD3EA5FCC /RestartByRestartManageC:5BCD097C-5A59-47c2-8163-EB464668C513 /RestartByRestartManager.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • readLM.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name '1.TPU_Reg' which loads as C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\PasswordUtility\readLM.exe.

How do I remove TOSHIBA Password Utility?

You can uninstall TOSHIBA Password Utility 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 TOSHIBA Password Utility, 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 TOSHIBA Password Utility.

Win 10 99%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 99.06%
Windows 7 0.67%
Windows XP 0.28%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 51.02%
Windows 10 Home 24.04%
Windows 8 13.51%
Windows 8.1 Connected 3.22%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 2.64%
Windows 8 Single Language 1.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

64.80% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 64.80%
  United Kingdom 6.40%
  Australia 3.08%
  France 2.89%
  Germany 2.83%
  Italy 2.55%
  Canada 2.40%
  Netherlands 1.28%
  Spain 1.24%
  Mexico 0.84%
  Belgium 0.81%
  Portugal 0.81%
  New Zealand 0.65%
  Saudi Arabia 0.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.96%
ASUS 0.02%
Acer 0.02%
Dell 0.01%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 8.31%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-B 5.95%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 5.15%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855 3.13%


Toshiba electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation that is a diversified manufacturer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, Internet-based solutions and services, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
Publisher URL: www.toshiba.com


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