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Should I remove VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,934
United States Rank #4,461
Reach 0.1378%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.42 days
248.36 days >
Average installed length: 130.49 days


VersionDistribution 10.90% 23.54% 9.76% 0.59% 55.21%

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VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin

What is VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin?  (from Sony)

VAIO Care can help and the ASSIST button is a shortcut that allows you to open VAIO Care. I’d like to explain the benefit of this program. Whether you enter VAIO Care from the ASSIST button or start menu, this utility can guide you through troubleshooting steps, system updates, configuration tools and system tune-up op...  Read more


VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin is a software program developed by Sony. The most common release is, 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 primary executable is named vhd.exe. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 24.01 MB (25,173,515 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 43% of users of VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and India.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Recovery\plugins
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{EC153498-00E1-4C9C-89BE-81527C6750BE}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 24.01 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin

Program executable:vhd.exe
Name:VAIO Hardware Diagnostics
VAIO Hardware Diagnostics Component Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\vaio recovery\plugins\vhd.exe
Additional files:
  • bdrom.dll - VAIO Hardware Diagnostics (VAIO Hardware Diagnostics DLL)
  • cdrom.dll
  • CommLib.dll - CommLib DLL
  • cpu.dll
  • dvdrom.dll
  • hdd.dll
  • HwConfig.dll
  • InformationCheck.exe
  • lan.dll
  • MemoryStick.dll
  • ODD.dll
  • ODDDiagchk.exe
  • ODDInfoCheck.dll - ODDInformation.dll
  • Optical.dll
  • Resbitmap.dll - Resbitmap DLL
  • SD.dll
  • SmartInfoCheck.dll - SMARTInformation.dll
  • usb.dll
  • vhdMediachk.exe
  • video.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • InformationCheck.exe is scheduled as a task named 'VHDInformationCheck32' (runs monthly on Mondays at 22:00).

How do I remove VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin?

You can uninstall VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin 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 VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin, 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 VAIO Care Hardware Diagnostics Plugin.

Win 10 100%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 99.60%
Windows 7 0.40%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 43.71%
Windows 10 Home 13.03%
Windows 8 11.59%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 10.34%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.83%
Windows 8 Single Language 6.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.99% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.99%
  United Kingdom 11.76%
  India 6.32%
  Canada 4.20%
  Australia 2.94%
  Saudi Arabia 2.12%
  Netherlands 1.88%
  Belgium 1.54%
  Sweden 1.33%
  Vietnam 1.26%
  Indonesia 1.26%
  United Arab Emirates 1.20%
  Portugal 1.16%
  Poland 1.16%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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