What is uphclean.exe?

The genuine uphclean.exe file is a software component of User Profile Hive Cleanup by Microsoft.
Recommended for network machines that utilize roaming profiles, this application runs on logoff and checks for processes that have hooks in the user's profile. If any are detected, that process is terminated immediately. This keeps processes free for other users and ensures that network profiles are not connected to remote processes at any given time after logoff. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

UPHClean stands for User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

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 uphclean.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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Uphclean.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with uphclean
Uphclean.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as User Profile Hive Cleanup Service belongs to software User Profile Hive Cleanup or User Profile Hive Cleanup Service or UPHClean_16D by Microsoft ( or Windows® Codename Longhorn DDK provider.

Description: Uphclean.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Uphclean.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\UPHClean\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 241,725 bytes (73% of all occurrences), 399,872 bytes, 192,573 bytes, 262,205 bytes or 196,669 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program User Profile Hive Cleanup using Windows Control Panel
  2) go to the support area of the Microsoft website
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify uphclean.exe related errors

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

I had Userenv issues so I installed MS UPHClean. Then I went to Control Panel AdminTools Services - located MS UPHClean's dependencies in Properties and re-started each service listed. The Userenv issues vanished. But I still keep MS UPHClean installed 'cos it keeps my uncertainties at bay
if not a virus, it uses only 1532k thats for me though. so defenitely not a logout for roaming profiles
private bytes 636K and CPU 0% - not a resource hog at all
  Jack Over IP  
not a threat
It helps to log out without log errors.One of the most useful things From Microsoft!!! you must have
  Xphell   (further information)
it hogs 70% of CPU as shown in task manager,hangs most applications
One version of Symantec classifies this as a virus. Any information?
Helps terminate poorly coded or hung apps at logout. Is a MS app written for a known problem. See the link.
  Mike   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of uphclean.exe: based on 31 votes with 9 reviews. 18 users think uphclean.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think uphclean.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving uphclean issues

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