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1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,439
United States Rank #7,013
Reach 0.0896%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.51 days
280.43 days >
Average installed length: 147.35 days


8.0.16 0.06%
1.6g 0.06%
1.6.36 51.25%
1.6.30 43.15%
1.5.21 5.21%
1.5.20 0.23%
1.5.18 0.06%

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User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

What is User Profile Hive Cleanup Service?  (from Microsoft)

The User Profile Hive Cleanup service helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending. This ca...  Read more


User Profile Hive Cleanup Service is a program developed by Microsoft. The most used version is 1.6.36, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is _6FEFF9B68218417F98F549.exe. The software installer includes 338 files and is usually about 710 KB (727,040 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 35% of users of User Profile Hive Cleanup Service come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Taiwan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6676
Help link: support.microsoft.com/kb/837115
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{7D15B945-2725-4443-AB3F-D900556612FE}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{FF77941A-2BFA-4A18-BE2E-69B9498E4D55}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 710 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

Program executable:_6FEFF9B68218417F98F549.exe
Additional files:
  • atl.dll - Microsoft (R) Visual C++ (ATL Module for Windows XP (Unicode))
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • dpinst.exe - Driver Package Installer (DPInst) (Driver Package Installer)
  • dxsetup.exe - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Microsoft DirectX Setup)
  • expand.exe - Microsoft(R) Windows NT(TM) Operating System (LZ Expansion Utility)
  • feedsync2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework
  • filesyncprovider.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework File Sync Provider
  • metastore.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Store
  • microsoft.synchronization.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization
  • microsoft.windowsapicodepack.dll - Microsoft Windows API Code Pack for .NET Framework (Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack)
  • microsoft.windowsapicodepack.shell.dll - Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell
  • msfdb.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Storage DB
  • msfdbqp.dll
  • msfdbse.dll
  • npolw.dll - Microsoft Office Live Plug-in for Firefox (Office Live Update v1.5)
  • officelivesignin.exe - Microsoft Office Live Add-In (Microsoft Office Live Add-in Sign-in)
  • olconnector.dll - Office Live Add-in for Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office Live Add-in)
  • olconnectorresources.dll - Microsoft Office Live Add-in Resources
  • synchronization2.dll
  • system.windows.interactivity.dll - System.Windows.Interactivity

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npolw.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npOLW.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npolw.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@microsoft.com/OfficeLive,version=1.3' with a plugin key of '@microsoft.com/OfficeLive,version=1.3' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • officelivesignin.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A69444D3-9693-4EC6-9543-D259C3ECAD33}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove User Profile Hive Cleanup Service?

You can uninstall User Profile Hive Cleanup Service 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 User Profile Hive Cleanup Service, 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 User Profile Hive Cleanup Service.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by User Profile Hive Cleanup Service you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win XP 93%
Win Vista 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 95.81%
Windows 7 3.11%
Windows Server 2003 0.51%
Windows Vista 0.40%
Windows 10 0.17%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 96.42%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.33%
Windows 7 Professional 0.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.58%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 0.35%
Microsoft Windows Server ... 0.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.18%
  Germany 16.63%
  Taiwan 6.24%
  United Kingdom 3.45%
  Canada 3.12%
  Japan 2.79%
  France 2.46%
  Turkey 2.30%
  Italy 2.19%
  Russia 1.91%
  Netherlands 1.81%
  Australia 1.04%
  UA 0.98%
  Romania 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.35%
American Megatrends 14.19%
Intel 13.84%
Sahara 9.27%
Hewlett-Packard 8.12%
Acer 5.72%
ASUS 2.63%
Compaq 0.92%
Toshiba 0.80%
NEC 0.80%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7204 2.43%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2C 2.18%
Dell Latitude D610 2.18%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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