What is TpShocks.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 TpShocks.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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TpShocks.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with TpShocks
TpShocks.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

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

by Lenovo ( or IBM ( or Lenovo, Ltd. and IBM (

Description: TpShocks.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. TpShocks.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 106,496 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The TpShocks.exe file is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\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 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > ThinkVantage Active Protection System or ThinkVantage Active)
  2) look for help on the website.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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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Best practices for resolving TpShocks issues

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