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What is TpShocks.exe?

TpShocks.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 TpShocks.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.

TpShocks.exe file information

The process known as ThinkVantage Active Protection System or IBM Active Protection System or IBM Hard Drive Active Protection System or Active Protection System or IBM System für aktiven Festplattenschutz

belongs to software n/a TpShocks or ThinkVantage Active or ThinkVantage Active Protection System or Active Protection System or ThinkVantage Active Protection

by IBM (www.ibm.com) or Lenovo, Ltd. and IBM (www.lenovo.com) or Lenovo (www.lenovo.com).

Description: TpShocks.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. TpShocks.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 106,496 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/tpshocks.exe.html 
The TpShocks.exe file is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > ThinkVantage Active Protection or ThinkVantage Active)
  2) look for help on the www.lenovo.com's website.

Recommended: Identify TpShocks.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "TpShocks" must run at start up. Responsible for controlling the IBM Hard Drive Active Protection system found on newer models of IBM Thinkpads, including T41, T42, X40, R50, and R51. The Hard Drive Active Protection system is based on a technology similar to that used in automobiles to deploy airbags on contact: An accelorometer on the motherboard detects physical acceleration--such as when the notebook falls--and in response the system temporarily parks the hard drive's read/write head until stability returns

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

IBM Hard Drive Active Protection System driver package on Windows 2000 and Windows XP ThinkPad platforms
IBM Hard Drive active shock protection system
  D Grove  
IBM ThinkVantage Active Protection System Service
Protects Harddrive
scheduler proxy
Program Files\Apoint2K
HardDrive Fall Protection by LENOVO exspecially for lenovo notebooks (i.e. x121e)
Thinkpad Active Protection System
  aadada   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of TpShocks.exe: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments.
7 users think TpShocks.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade TpShocks.exe ("not sure about it").

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