What is FF_Protection.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 FF_Protection.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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FF_Protection.exe file information

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

The process known as FF_Protection MFC Application or FF_Protection belongs to software FF_Protection Application by STMicroelectronics (

Description: FF_Protection.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. FF_Protection.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 686,704 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 2,384,896 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. It is digitally signed. FF_Protection.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  1) uninstall AccelerometerP11 or Accelerometer software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)
  2) ask for help from Support [1][2].

Recommended: Identify FF_Protection.exe related errors

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


User Comments

Program usually for Dell computers to attempt to protect the harddrive if it senses it is in freefall
Belongs to STMicroelectronics Accelerometer
Accelerometer and Free Fall protection for Dell laptop?
It the Free Fall protection program for the Free Fall sensors in the harddisk drive on Dell laptops
It's a FreeFall protection application that protects your computer, see it a lot on Dells. You can goto control panel and find it, FreeFall Data Protection. Toshiba Is HDD protection and so on.
FF_Protection is hte process behind FreeFallProtection application. Used to protect HDs using accelerometers
  Ariel Yaroshevich   (further information)
Important. Dell Freefall
Used to protect the harddrive from free fall in dell/alienware laptops
It is a freefall protection off a dell notebook or other mobile device. It maybe made to protect your device but can cause some problems with power bevaivior and closing/ opening device cover (staying active or goin to sleep mode in the process). The programm uses alot of your memory and can cause bluescreens. There is no reason to say its more important and safe than it could be harmfull. I reccomend uninstalling
It's a Dell Program that detects freefall and attempts to protect the HDD
  Don Thanderlus  
Its a program found on dell computers to help the harddrive incase it starts to free fall
  Darragh Staunton  
I have no hard drive, just SSD. So FF_prot is a waste for me.
Part of the STMicroelectronics Accelerometer. This is to protect the hard disk (and the data on it) from damage if the laptop is dropped. If it detects the laptop is travelling too fast it put the hard drive read write head in the parked position so it cannot touch the the surface of the disc platters when if the laptop suffers impact on a floor or other hard surface.
I disabled it since it was causing a "Error Handle" error at startup. Once disable no more errors.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of FF_Protection.exe: based on 14 votes with 14 user comments. 7 users think FF_Protection.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving FF_Protection issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FF_Protection. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the FF_Protection.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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