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Should I remove Validity FMA?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #34,877
Reach 0.0035%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 0.35 days
10.43 days >
Average installed length: 5.48 days


VersionDistribution 91.18% 8.82%

Validity FMA


Validity FMA is a software program developed by Validity Sensors. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. 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 setup package generally installs about 25 files and is usually about 53.01 MB (55,580,508 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 32% of users of Validity FMA come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Brazil.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.validityinc.com
Help link: www.validityinc.com/support.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Validity Sensors
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{9FCB0231-EDAD-4CCC-ADF8-6DF354E22D5C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 53.01 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Validity FMA

  • valDSM.dll - Fingerprint Sensor Software Suite. (OSTP DSM API)
  • vcsAPIFORWBF.dll - Validity VCS Extended API Library
  • wbf_vfs_0010.dll - Validity WBF Driver
  • wbf_vfs_0011.dll
  • wbf_vfs_0018.dll
  • wbf_vfs_003c.dll
  • wbf_vfs_003d.dll
  • wbf_vfs_003f.dll
  • wbf_vfs_0050.dll
  • wbf_vfs201.dll
  • wbf_vfs300.dll
  • wbf_vfs301.dll
  • wbf_vfs451.dll
  • ValBioService.exe - ValBioService
  • SwipeMonitor.exe - SwipeMonitor
  • BioControl.exe - BioControl
  • FPManager.resources.dll - FPManager
  • ValidityFMA.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ValidityFMA.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E20B83E7-141A-4A62-9BE9-300D2DF042C9}' (runs on registration).
  • ValBioService.exe runs as a service named 'ValBioService' (ValBioService) "Validity Biometric Monitoring Service".

How do I remove Validity FMA?

You can uninstall Validity FMA 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 Validity FMA, 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 Validity FMA.

Win 10 68%
Win 7 6%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 67.65%
Windows 7 32.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 Pro 35.29%
Windows 7 Professional 19.12%
Windows 10 Pro 8.82%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.82%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 7.35%
Windows 8.1 4.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.47% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.47%
  Germany 11.69%
  Brazil 5.19%
  Italy 5.19%
  Belgium 3.90%
  India 3.90%
  Iran 3.90%
  Switzerland 2.60%
  Austria 2.60%
  Canada 2.60%
  Kazakstan 1.30%
  MA 1.30%
  Singapore 1.30%
  South Africa 1.30%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 89.23%
Dell 6.15%
Acer 3.08%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 11.94%
HP EliteBook 840 G1 5.97%
HP ProBook 4540s 5.97%
HP ProBook 450 G1 5.97%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.48%
HP EliteBook 8740w 2.99%

About (from Validity Sensors, Inc.)

Founded in 2000, and headquartered in San Jose, California, Validity is the world leader in Natural IDâ„¢ authentication, providing fingerprint sensor solutions with the highest levels of performance, security, cost-effectiveness, and design flexibility.
Publisher URL: www.validityinc.com


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