What is tphkload.exe?

The genuine tphkload.exe file is a software component of On screen display by Lenovo Group.
The Thinkpad On Screen Display Utility for Windows displays the function keys on the desktop screen; and also provides some enhancements of ThinkPad function keys. With the latest versions of the ThinkPad Configuration Utility programs, the On Screen Display program must be installed with it's own setup program. Lenovo Hotkey Client Loader runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.

TPHKLoad stands for ThinkPad Hot Key Message Client Loader

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 tphkload.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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Tphkload.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tphkload
Tphkload.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ThinkPad Message Client Loader belongs to software On screen display or On Screen Display or Lenovo On Screen Display by Lenovo Group (

Description: Tphkload.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tphkload.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 99,328 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 125,432 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The tphkload.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Tphkload.exe is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall On Screen Display or Anzeige am Bildschirm, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on On Screen Display or Anzeige am Bildschirm in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

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

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