What is HostStorageService.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 HostStorageService.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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HostStorageService.exe file information

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

The process known as Host Storage Application belongs to software Dell ControlVault Host Components or Dell ControlVault Host Components Installer or Broadcom USH Host Components by Broadcom (

Description: HostStorageService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file HostStorageService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 27,040 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 36,768 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. The HostStorageService.exe file is not a Windows core file. HostStorageService.exe is a Verisign signed file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using HostStorageService.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Dell ControlVault Host Components Installer or Dell ControlVault Host Components (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or ask the developer,, for support.

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

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