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Process name: Hewlett-Packard Multimedia Keyboard Driver

Product: Hewlett-Packard: Configuring Multimedia and Internet Keyboard Buttons

Support: Help link   Update link   Uninstall tool  

Company: Hewlett-Packard Company (hp.com)

File: kbd.exe


Keyboards from HP, Logitech, and Compaq, and certain Hewlett-Packard notebook computers with built-in keyboards, have programmable multimedia keys to simplify control of email, Web page launching, audio volume, and other functions. This driver module is included in HP computers to enable those keys to operate and simplify user configuration of them. (The Hewlett-Packard support site says that multimedia and Internet keyboard buttons cannot be configured if the PC is running Windows 7 or Vista.) The actual coding of the module bearing this name, ("kbd.exe"), appears to vary depending on the model of the PC and the version of Microsoft Windows being used on it. Problems with the driver, such as tenfold expansion of CPU usage when multimedia keys are pressed, are best resolved by going to the HP Downloads website and requesting the appropriate keyboard/mouse driver for the PC model and Windows version that you use. A special keyboard and mouse driver update package for Windows XP users is available: HP Multimedia Keyboard/Mouse Driver Update - sp26752. If you want a detailed security rating about your kbd.exe (and all other running background processes) read the following user opinions, and download the free trial version of Security Task Manager. http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/kbd.exe.html 

Note: Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk. If a "non-Microsoft" .exe file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan or worm infection! Check it out!


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Users Opinions

Average user rating of kbd.exe: based on 87 votes. Read also the 80 reviews.

  • 3696 users ask for this file. 48 users rated it as not dangerous. 7 users rated it as not so dangerous. 17 users rated it as neutral. 6 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 9 users rated it as dangerous. 11 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about kbd.exe:
needed when you use the multimedia keys on Logitech's Multimedia keyboards. Jon Ullmann
locks up on startup if you have service pack 2 installed, stupid hp Ryan
Installs over 1000 spywares Petter
I have SP2 installed and I also downloaded Java JRE2 and everything works FINE. Mike
Takes 99 of 100 cpu, which makes the computer unusable (HP computer), delete the 'process' with msconfig and then tick off the process "kbd.exe", reboot computer. Isabella
keyboard and mouse related. display really ennoying sticky popup when battery are gone. can be disable safely
as long as it is the HP/KBD.EXE then its the software to run function buttons on keyboard such as media buttons and internet buttons chris
Microsoft has a KB to remove it  See also: Link Dan
this app is required for special features on some wirless keybaords. it does not install 1000 spywares, should be located in C:/hp/KBD/KBD.exe on HP machines. HP representitive
Pops up whener I open up one of my media players like windows media and winamp. Michael Gadaleta
this file comes with the computer when you buy it, it is not a spyware or anything. it is used on major programs. good with computers.
located in the same place as the hp representive gave, not dangerous, takes up only 4meg of my ram, and dosent use hardly an processing time brad
It's a Hewlett Packard keyboard handler. Zell
My computer uses it to watch for Multimedia Keys on my HP keyboard such as Email and Volume. Programs like this only use alot of memory when something else causes an Unknown Fatal Error that blocks the program from responding. Does not install spyware, does not interfere with SP2, but some other PS2 and USB devices not from HP may interfere. If you get an new keyboard, you MUST remove this program prior to installation. James Cox
Existed on every HPs I bought and have had no problems from it. Scooter
Can cause slowness; Optional; Can be disabled.  See also: Link Keith
Got this error after installing XP KBD.EXE software on a win2000 machine -"The procedure entry point GetGeoInfoA could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.DLL" Matt
hp is crap  See also: Link Mikey
This is a Key board process and is mainly runs when you have a wired keyboard.....some times gives a error if you have a wireless keyboard....kbd.exe encountered a error.....do a MSconfig and it shud resolve the error. Khalid
KBD.EXE is generating an error message on start up that it had trouble and had to be shut down. Have no idea what is causing this and it is located in my windows/prefetch folder on an HP computer Mike
Creates error msg on start-up. Can I delete kbd.exe just by using Add and Delete Programs? Eric
The page at the link show how to get rid of this app., but why not just use "Add and Delete Programs" -- wouldn't that work?  See also: Link Eric
it gives me an N.R.B. whenever it starts up Juan
Installs over a million spywares Pettter
Why isn't my message showing up, it's been more than a week! Eric
Its only an application for driving multimedia keys on wireless keyboards supplied with HP Pavilion computers, & it simply closes after encountering an error. M5
Ever since my computer shut down due to blackouts, a Microsoft error dialog box keeps appearing, every time i start the computer, how do i remove this "error" message? :) mike
It is nothing dangerous, if KBD.exe is givig u malware/spyware/viruses then its not the real KBD process, it is merely a virus/malware/spyware that was designed to overwrite the existing KBD.exe process.Comeing from a first hand view (im an ex-hacker) this is quite easy but brillant all the same. Your computers boot configuration doesnt check for the verification of KBD.exe it just boots a program in a certian location with a certian name (much like a shortcut). If you are not useing a keyboard with special features, it would be best to remove the program or find a program to allocate RAM useage Joel Burchell
there is a fake version entitled under the same name that is known by some to install spyware...but it is standard as a Keyboard process that can be removed by accessing your drive under "YOURDRIVE:\HP\KBD" and deleting "kbd.exe", then open regedit and go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" and accessing the right menu, you can delete "KBD.exe" and restart your comp to stop it from running. I believe it is uneeded and crunches your CPU, now I know why my levels were at 100 often and before ihad ZoneAlwarm Security Suite runing it was hrd to prtct agnst threats Headshot
I had this on my computer, it crashed on startup, not knowing how to disable it I just deleted it  See also: Link HOSISCOOL!
As said before, this is standard H-P keyboard special key interface program. It does not install spywares. H-P has issued an updated KBD.EXE which you can download from their site if you have an older H-P system. Go to H-P, click on "Software & Driver Downloads" then enter KBD.EXE in the search box and go from there.  See also: Link Jim (no affiliation with H-P)
My file appears to be missing...how can I get another copy of this keyboard file? Gayle Grant
Cannot delete from add/remove programs. used for HP MM keyboard extensions Dave
HP Keyboard Gaud
needed when you use the multimedia keys on Logitech's Multimedia keyboards tosh
I don't know evrything about it, just I can see an error on my screen while I stat my Pc
On Add/Remove programs as "Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution" with uninstall string "C:\HP\KBD\Install.exe /u" bobh
If you have a HP wireless keyboard - try reloading the driver -  See also: Link Russell Holmstoel
Reinstall Mouse/Keyboard Drivers to Fix Error  See also: Link Jim
A new multimedia driver is available from HP for download that fixes this problem. Look for sp26752 on the HP download site  See also: Link Sailbad
can cause fatal loops that make your computer incredibly slow; other processes reacting to it go on overload also. My computer went to 100% CPU usage because of this process. stephen
If you want to fix it... choose your kind of keyboard here...  See also: Link Alex Rods
The keyboard driver has become corrupted, you need to delete the driver and reload it. I emailed HP with the problem, telling them my PC model etc and they sent me a link to down load the new driver Russell
It's harmless whether it's enabled or disabled, nothing to lose sleep over...LOL  See also: Link
This program is some how conected to my wireless keybord. But after a while an error occures, and it is shut down. Then I cannot use the multimedia keys. It is quite annoying, because then I can't paus my music while gaming. But it isn't dangerous at all... (not very good at english) Daniel
Used for special features on HP keyboards. Moosa
It gave me over 1000 S.T.D.'S ....YIKES !  See also: Link si philus
It's an HP Keyboad driver that unfortunately crashes on every boot on my computer. Non-essential Crash
pops up with new HP computer. More annoying than anything else. Shaunj
Installs over a billion spyware. Uknown Soldier
A free virus program that I was testing removed this file for me and rendered my computer unusable. It is a necessary file if you are using certain keyboard configurations.
I am not using a wireless keyboard. I am just using a normal keyboard supplied to me when I bought HP Pavilion Slimline. Will my keyboard become unstable or unusable if I uninstall it? Like, will my buttons on the keyboard such as volume up/down, eject, play, pause, forward, backward, stop working? If this program is not necessary, I want to delete it because it is using 3536K of my memory because it is always running. I'm paranoid! Darmananda
update your driver for multimedia keyboard and mouse at hp's website. it will fix the problem dp
Found all hp computers to run the keyboard that has shortcut links to the internet, volume, and so on. Pwned.
I think this entire site is a joke. KBD or not, where's someone who knows more than me.
I thought it installed trillions of spyware trigger
It is used to control media buttons on your keyboard or internet or sleep buttons. It is installed with your computer when you buy it so I am assuming it's safe because Microsoft or your computer manufacturer wouldn't put a virus in your computer. It may attracted viruses easier but I'm not sure. I haven't had any problems. You don't need it if you don't use your controls on keyboard. Troy
It's for your keyboard (thus "kbd") . Completely harmless and DOES NOT install millions of spyware! Randy
So one could assume that KBD stands for KeyBoard Driver.....sounds harmless enough to me. My CPU usage has been hitting 100%, only due to a problem with internet explorer that i can't quite figure out (when i start the program, it opens the explorer window which remains white and locks up the comp). That's what Firefox is for :) Raoul Duke
Controls the multimedia buttons on your HP keyboard. Chris
This file was on my HP computer and appeared and told me when I needed to change the batteries in my mouse or keyboard. During one of the various update procedures, it disappeared. When the batteries started losing charge I would get the KBD.EXE error. I went to HP and performed the KBD.EXE download and install and not it works properly again. A. T. Tyler
its on my hp pavilion and it works fine, and it does not run in my task manager. so leave it alone. dont fix it if it isnt broken
lol if you dont want it to run and freeze ur taskbar jus unplug ur ether net wait mins the plug back in and ur all good, thats whgat i do even though i removed it.,.. ( i think) but i dont wana take any risks unless im % sure SgtNeems
installed with new HP computers... harmless... uses: shortcuts on keyboards... JoJackJohnson
Makes this certain key right next to the tab key open some website; very annoying because I keep pressing it accidentally KristopherWindsor
It doesnt do any harm other than consuming most of your CPU's resources. DappsDeGrt
It's the multimedia keys mananger Fastlof
it is damned annoying. keeps popping up on my computer endering it useless. nothing works it wants to send an error report, but when I tell it to the computer just freezes kris jensen
It's part of Logitech's media software, and gets installed when you install a logitech product, such as a webcam. It does NOT have spyware, it is NOT dangerous, and it is up to you as to wheter or not it needs to be there. Don't sweat it, it's not going to hurt you, but if you're running into errors with it and decide to disable it, that also will not hurt you. It is a non-essential process that may enhance your logitech performance, but is not a necessity.  See also: Link Erica
I use the HP keyboard on a linux and a XP machine I built myself. Keyboard works great with the extra keys working. Neither of the computers I built have KBD.EXE, which errors out on my HP computer. Paragot
its keylogger watch out guys!  See also: Link Lamer
hp keyboard drivers Phillip
It's indeed a keyboard driver (it also goes with my Compaq keyboard). Since I never use it it dropped to around 300 kB in the list of processes. Then I used one of the buttons and it went up to 3,600 kB. I uninstalled it. Jellow
If you get an error messege 'KBD.EXE has encountered a problem and needs to close...', go to HP support page (linked) and download the file and install it. This will stop the error message. Nothing to do with virus or spyware or anything like that! Good luck  See also: Link Ted Iwata
It does not install more than 100 spywares. Ed
it can and HAS been hijacked so that it randomises which key operates the explorer search function, and decides which page to show. This hijack is invisible to Malwarebytes, Norton, Avast as of 6/6/2010 darke
It has been running on my HP computer all afternoon & I can't use the computer. McAnally
trying to get a HP keyboard working right. Goodn
This program is from Logitech, and it is a Multimedia related software program. This is considered a safe program and it is not spyware. This also comes installed on many HP (Hewlett Packard) computers. It also allows you to configure additional keyboard keys. Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about any spyware, as often spyware will use a very similar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. Many malware programs will often use similar names, so always check to make sure the hard drive location is correct for this file. This program should be found i Beecher
Seems troubelsome for HP users and nonessential for all users. I am running a gateway and this proscess has never given me any trouble, plus having the quick volume controlls and calculators and email and other such shortcuts on my keyboard is a nice feature. it is a luxury but not necessary Cloud

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