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What is HSON.exe?

HSON.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if HSON.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

HSON.exe file information

The process known as HotStartOn belongs to software TOSHIBA Value Added Package or TOSHIBA Face Recognition by TOSHIBA (www.toshiba.com).

Description: HSON.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. HSON.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 55,416 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 52,912 bytes, 55,160 bytes or 54,608 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/hson.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The HSON.exe file is a Verisign signed file. HSON.exe is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You may also ask the software vendor, www.TOSHIBA.com, for advice or uninstall TOSHIBA Face Recognition or TOSHIBA Value Added Package software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 7/Vista).

Recommended: Identify HSON.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HSON.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HSON.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

hson.exe is part of Instant-On Utility from TOSHIBA Button Support developed by Toshiba
  Tommy Lee  

Summary: Average user rating of HSON.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment.
One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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