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.
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. (www.alps.com).
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 "C:\Documents and Settings".
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 50,736 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 66,856 bytes and 17 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.
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.