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Should I remove ThinkVantage Active Protection System?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,067
United States Rank #818
Reach 0.6467%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.03 days
590.94 days >
Average installed length: 310.49 days


VersionDistribution 0.03% 1.88% 0.29% 6.63% 0.82% 2.11% 14.82% 3.20% 3.63% 2.20% 7.56% 2.10% 8.36% 4.16% 4.54% 1.52%
1.76 9.98%
1.75 5.51%
1.74 5.34%
1.73 4.61%
1.72 3.02%
1.71 3.73%
1.70 1.88%
1.64 0.05%
1.63 0.38%
1.62 0.08%
1.61 0.91%
1.54 0.26%
1.53 0.12%
1.52 0.20%
1.51 0.04%
1.50 0.01%

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ThinkVantage Active Protection System

What is ThinkVantage Active Protection System?

The Active Protection system is enabled by default whenever the computer and operating system are operating. The system will not be able to access the hard disk drive during the time that the Active Protection system has unloaded the hard disk drive heads due to a tilt or drop motion being detected.

About  (from Lenovo)

When the Active Protection system is enabled, it protects your hard drive when the shock sensor inside your ThinkPad computer detects a situation that could potentially damage the hard drive. The protection system stops your hard drive by moving the read/write heads of the hard drive to areas that do not contain data, ...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The main program executable is TpShLP.dll. The software installer includes 14 files and is usually about 7.06 MB (7,407,742 bytes).

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Lenovo PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-53150
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\TpShocks\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{46A84694-59EC-48F0-964C-7E76E9F8A2ED}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 7.06 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ThinkVantage Active Protection System

Program module:TpShLP.dll
Name:ThinkVantage Active Protection System
TVT Message Support DLL
Path:C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\TpShocks\TpShLP.dll
Additional files:
  • TpShCPLR.dll - ThinkVantage Active Protection System
  • TpShocks.dll

How do I remove ThinkVantage Active Protection System?

You can uninstall ThinkVantage Active Protection System 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 ThinkVantage Active Protection System, 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 ThinkVantage Active Protection System.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 8.1 0%
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.41%
Windows 10 29.66%
Windows XP 2.70%
Windows Vista 1.24%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 49.09%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.54%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.72%
Windows 10 Pro 7.38%
Windows 8.1 6.10%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.01% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.01%
  Canada 3.90%
  United Kingdom 3.25%
  Australia 1.88%
  DK 1.72%
  Israel 1.63%
  Germany 1.40%
  Taiwan 1.39%
  Netherlands 1.23%
  Norway 1.22%
  Italy 1.19%
  Czech Republic 1.18%
  India 1.18%
  Finland 1.09%

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a PC hardware and electronics company whose products include personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices and IT management software.
Publisher URL: www.lenovo.com


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