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What is dphostw.exe?

Part of DigitalPersona Personal by DigitalPersona

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How does dphostw.exe run?

Service - dphostw.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'DpHost' (Biometric Authentication Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Biometric Authentication Service runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the dphostw.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of dphostw.exe users, 15.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is dphostw.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00356% CPU35566.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
27.79 MB RAM129.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
44 context switches/sec44.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\digitalpersona\bin\dphostw.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by DigitalPersona Personal.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
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File details

File name: dphostw.exe
Publisher: DigitalPersona, Inc. (verified)
Name: DigitalPersona Personal
Description: DigitalPersona Local Host
Size: 295.06 KB
Original file name: DPHOST.EXE

Digital certificate

Issued to: DigitalPersona
Certificate authority: VeriSign

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0064138855%
Privileged CPU: 0.0028572645%
User CPU: 0.00355662107677%
Privileged CPU time: 764.4 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 487,781,325
CPU cycle count /min: 668,212
Context switches /sec: 44
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 119.49 MB
Peak committed memory: 124.61 MB
Paged memory: 27.79 MB
Peak paged memory: 30.61 MB
Paged system memory: 162.07 KB
Non-paged system memory: 9.91 KB
Working set memory: 14.7 MB
Peak working set memory: 17.66 MB
Min working set memory: 13.87 MB
Private memory: 27.79 MB
Page faults: 12,911
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 46
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 6.46 KB
Read transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total write operations: 58
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 5.84 KB
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,285
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 24.95 KB
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Handle count average: 378
Thread count average: 9
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Child Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin\DpHostW.exe"

Service details

Name: Biometric Authentication Service
Service name: DpHost
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Provides fingerprint authentication of account logon.”

Image hashes

MD5: db162274197796ac5b3d54da7eca1909
SHA-1: 02ee0efbe6ac21f8d7e5e256f8c0b5944f4178c7
SHA-256: ea3e615dd71831abf814e3410f0f21b5ec0614db984278ed2d4f6dbdc86ba5b5

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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