What is Apoint.exe?

The genuine Apoint.exe file is a software component of Alps Pointing-device Driver by Alps Electric Co..
Apoint.exe is an executable file that runs the device drivers for touchpads manufactured by Alps. These drivers are usually preinstalled on laptops. Terminating the process may result in problems with using the laptop touchpad. Alps Electric Co. is a Japanese company that manufactures electronics. The company was founded in 1948 as Kataoka Electric Co. The company has produced over 40,000 kinds of electronic components for thousands of device manufacturers such as Sony, Toshiba and Dell. Alps Electric has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

APoint stands for Alps Pointing-device Driver

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 Apoint.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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Apoint.exe file information

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

The process known as Alps Pointing-device Driver or NX PAD

belongs to software Alps Pointing-device Driver or ALPS Touch Pad Driver or Dell Touchpad or Touch Pad Driver or Alps Pointing-device for VAIO or ThinkPad UltraNav Driver or Alps Touch Pad Driver or Admiral Quality Poly-Ana VSTi

by Alps Electric Co. (

Description: Apoint.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Apoint.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\Apoint\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 159,744 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes and 79 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Apoint.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:

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

Found on a non-DELL computer, Uninstaller does not work.
Touchpad settings file. Loads settings on Touchpad driver.
I deleted it and my touch pad still works fine. I wonder what it was really doing?
slows connection speed to any URL.(dramatically).May be the that I got it from a non trustworthy source for my DELL laptop. But, things have been running fast since I deleted. I use a wireless mouse on the laptop.
i never noticed it in my fujitsu and i removed it and my touchpad works fine still, probably can be used for malware
  destroy hackers  
Compaq touchpad driver
its got a virus trojan.
Touchpad Driver (Dell, in my instance)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Apoint.exe: based on 72 votes with 9 reviews. 58 users think Apoint.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. 4 users suspect danger. 2 users think Apoint.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade Apoint.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Apoint issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Apoint. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 Apoint.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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