What is sysdown.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 sysdown.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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Sysdown.exe file information

The process known as HP ProLiant System Shutdown Service belongs to software HP ProLiant System Shutdown Service for Microsoft Windows by Compaq Computer ( or Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Sysdown.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sysdown.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 6,656 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 9,216 bytes or 31,744 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Sysdown.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with sysdown.exe, you might want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP ProLiant Remote Monitor (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify sysdown.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as sysdown.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sysdown.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

Utility that will automatically shut down a server if critical events are discovered.

Summary: Average user rating of sysdown.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving sysdown issues

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