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What is usb.exe?


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Windows Process Description:

The process usb.exe is an executable utility from the software Hewlett-Packard Company USB.EXE It provides Windows-based utility to locally partition, format, and copy necessary files to a USB flash media device such as HP Drive Key through the Windows environment.

The program usb.exe recognizes the HP Drive Key as a supplementary drive and assigns it a drive letter. It allows the files on the system hard drive to be moved or transferred to the device, much as would be done with a diskette drive. With the integrated data protection light, the HP Drive Key device will blink until the data is safely stored.

The usb.exe application puts a shortcut in HP System Tools in the Programs start menu folder. To make your drive key bootable and/or capable of flashing firmware: Place your HP Drive Key in an available USB port and select the program usb.exe and complete each step presented by the application.

The usb.exe application is also utilized by other manufacturers for their USB devices such as Memorex for its USB scanner and Olympus for its Camera C700.

The usb.exe file is typically located in the subfolder of C:/Windows/System32/. It has a known file size of 102400 bytes on Windows XP. The file usb.exe is a trusted file from Microsoft signed with a digital certificate to ensure the program software came from the publisher itself and protects the software from alteration after publication.

The program usb.exe starts with the Windows load process. It creates auto-run registry entries in the system registry with the following registry keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run. It displays a non-visible window that works quietly in the background. The usb.exe application has the ability to hide itself.

The usb.exe file does not appear to be a security risk. However, some malware camouflage themselves as the usb.exe process most especially if it is located the Windows System32 directory. It can be safely disabled or removed from your system if you do not have a USB device attached to your system.

Author: Hewlett-Packard Company.

Author URL: http://

Part Of: Hewlett-Packard Company USB.EXE

Memory Usage: Low, it uses only 99 KB of physical RAM.

System Process: No

Application: Yes

Background Process: Yes

Uses Network: No

Uses Internet: No

Hardware Related: Yes, used with USB devices.

Common Path: C:\Windows\Sytem32\usb.exe

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