What is ApMsgFwd.exe?

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 ApMsgFwd.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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ApMsgFwd.exe file information

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

The process known as ApMsgFwd belongs to software Dell Touchpad or ALPS Touch Pad Driver or Alps Pointing-device for VAIO or Touch Pad Driver or Alps Touch Pad Driver or ThinkPad UltraNav Driver by Alps Electric Co. (

Description: ApMsgFwd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ApMsgFwd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 50,736 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 66,856 bytes and 19 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. ApMsgFwd.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Dell Touchpad or ALPS Touch Pad Driver.

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

It has something to do with Alps Touchpad, which are included in some(atleast in my) dell laptop.
File for the touchpad on most laptops.Alps Pointing Device (mine is a Sony VAIO laptop)
  Really smart girl - lol  
Seems to Context thrash on Windows 7 32 bit.
size of exe checks out 50 736
  George Hewitt  
I would like to know if this program could be used as a spy program to detect what was typed on the keyboard
well obviously if it is verisigned and a microsoft signed file that means it passed microsofts WHQL or windows hardware quality labs tests then it is safe for one and for two it is for the touchpad/mouse on laptops
After Avast updates to the latest edition, it started to give alarm on ApMsgFwd.exe. I've upload file to, nothing showns up. Thinks that it is a false positive.
yeah it is from touch pad as mine is a dell one
It is on my dell lattitude which has an Alps touchpad. It does thrash in Win 7 ...
Verisigned file for alps touchpad
It uses up a lot of resourses in this Dell Lappy.
Using Win7 32bit on my Sony Vaio VGN-SZ330P it seems to be needed for the touch pad. But this is obviously a back door. Windows is such a piece of crap and Sony is too for not supporting upgrades beyond 5 years.
For touchpad. Without it your touchpad does not work on your laptop.
  Hell Angels   (further information)
I agree that it comes with Dell laptops and that it's related to the touchpad, but I stopped it along with two other Alps Touchpad processes and my touchpad is still working...
I have a dell latitude series laptop and I got it pre-installed. I have read on kaspersky lab's forum that it is not a key logger. This is a proactive antivirus notification.
  Asad Ali  
receiving conflict on port with lanmessenger, I tried to end the task and touchpad still working, im using hp laptop
It's part of the touchpad driver on my Sony Vaio laptop.
  Vaio owner  
Version dated 8/27/2014 has size of 72,496 bytes. The stated version in the file properties is

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ApMsgFwd.exe: based on 19 votes with 18 user comments. 9 users think ApMsgFwd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade ApMsgFwd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ApMsgFwd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ApMsgFwd. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ApMsgFwd.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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