What is ASAPHook.dll?

ASAPHook.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if ASAPHook.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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ASAPHook.dll file information

The process known as Cognizance Application Protection Hook belongs to software Cognizance Identity and Access Management by Cognizance (

Description: ASAPHook.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ASAPHook.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 5,120 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. ASAPHook.dll is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. ASAPHook.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. ASAPHook.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program HP Credential Manager for ProtectTools or HP Credential Manager for using Windows Control Panel
  2) search the support area on the HP website.

Recommended: Identify ASAPHook.dll related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ASAPHook.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ASAPHook.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving ASAPHook issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ASAPHook. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ASAPHook.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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