What is DpHostW.exe?

The genuine DpHostW.exe file is a software component of DigitalPersona by CrossMatch.
DigitalPersona is a suite of security applications designed for large, corporate and enterprise networks. DpHostW.exe runs the local host windows for DigitalPersona. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. DigitalPersona features a collection of programs that provide two-factor VPN authentication, single sign-on, full disk encryption, fingerprint and multi-credential authentication, and much more. The applications are designed to protect systems based in corporate enterprises, financial, healthcare and government networks. DigitalPersona is available for the Windows platform. CrossMatch is a privately-held American company that develops and markets solutions in biometric identity management. CrossMatch was founded in 1996. It currently employs over 300 employees and serves customers in over 80 countries in markets which include retail organizations, financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, governments, defence departments, as well as private enterprises. CrossMatch is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA.

DPHostW stands for DigitalPersona Local Host Window

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 DpHostW.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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DpHostW.exe file information

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

The process known as DigitalPersona Local Host belongs to software HP SimplePass Identity Protection or HP ProtectTools Security Manager or DigitalPersona Pro for Active Directory or DigitalPersona One Touch for Windows SDK or DigitalPersona Personal by DigitalPersona (

Description: DpHostW.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DpHostW.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 299,008 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 444,680 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to visit the support page or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of DigitalPersona Personal or HP ProtectTools Security Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

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