What is DpHostW.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the DpHostW.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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DpHostW.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DpHostW
DpHostW.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DigitalPersona Local Host belongs to software HP SimplePass Identity Protection or HP ProtectTools Security Manager or DigitalPersona Pro for Active Directory or DigitalPersona Personal by DigitalPersona (

Description: DpHostW.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DpHostW.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 299,008 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 444,680 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to visit the support page or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP SimplePass Identity Protection or HP ProtectTools Security Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DpHostW.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DpHostW.exe 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 DpHostW issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DpHostW. 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 DpHostW.exe 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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