What is kbd.exe?

The genuine kbd.exe file is a software component of Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution by Hewlett-Packard.
Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution is a configuration tool for keyboards. Kbd.exe runs system drivers that are required for mapping hotkeys as well as for several other functions. This file is usually preinstalled on laptops manufactured by HP. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution provides utility options for keyboard configuration and several OSD (on-screen display) features such as displaying brightness and sound level when certain hotkeys are hit. The application often modifies the system registry in order to launch at system startup and may slowdown system performance. This software supports the Windows platform. Hewlett-Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, two Stanford graduates in electrical engineering, in 1939. It started out in Packard's Garage in Palo Alto, California. For the major part of the 20th century, the company focused on a wide range of electronic products but slowly grew out into producing computing-specific hardware from the 1970s onwards. Today, it provides hardware, software and services to consumers and various types of businesses and large corporations. Hewlett-Packard is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA.

Kbd stands for Keyboard Driver

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 kbd.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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Kbd.exe file information

The process known as KBD EXE belongs to software Hewlett-Packard Company KBD EXE or Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Kbd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Kbd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. c:\hp\kbd\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,440 bytes (92% of all occurrences), 67,128 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Kbd.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with kbd.exe, you can also completely remove Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Seems troubelsome for HP users and nonessential for all users. I am running a gateway and this proscess has never given me any trouble, plus having the quick volume controlls and calculators and email and other such shortcuts on my keyboard is a nice feature. it is a luxury but not necessary
This program is from Logitech, and it is a Multimedia related software program. This is considered a safe program and it is not spyware. This also comes installed on many HP (Hewlett Packard) computers. It also allows you to configure additional keyboard keys. Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about any spyware, as often spyware will use a very similar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. Many malware programs will often use similar names, so always check to make sure the hard drive location is correct for this file. This program should be found i
trying to get a HP keyboard working right.
It has been running on my HP computer all afternoon & I can't use the computer.
it can and HAS been hijacked so that it randomises which key operates the explorer search function, and decides which page to show. This hijack is invisible to Malwarebytes, Norton, Avast as of 6/6/2010
It does not install more than 100 spywares.
If you get an error messege 'KBD.EXE has encountered a problem and needs to close...', go to HP support page (linked) and download the file and install it. This will stop the error message. Nothing to do with virus or spyware or anything like that! Good luck
  Ted Iwata   (further information)
It's indeed a keyboard driver (it also goes with my Compaq keyboard). Since I never use it it dropped to around 300 kB in the list of processes. Then I used one of the buttons and it went up to 3,600 kB. I uninstalled it.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of kbd.exe: based on 87 votes with 9 reviews. 48 users think kbd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 17 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 9 users think kbd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade kbd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving kbd issues

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