What is ATSwpNav.exe?

The genuine ATSwpNav.exe file is a software component of AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System by AuthenTec.
The AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System is a program that scans and verifies fingerprints for identification purposes. ATSwpNav.exe runs a process that monitors the fingerprint reader. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. The AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System (AFSS) is a software application that offers biometric security to personal computers. The program allows users to secure their system through a fingerprint scanner instead of a password. AuthenTec, Inc. was an American company that specialized in semiconductors, biometrics, computer security, mobile security, identity management, and touch control solutions. AuthenTec was founded in 1998 as a spin off from Harris Semiconductor. The company was acquired by Apple, Inc. on 27 July 2012 for $356 million. AuthenTec was headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, USA.

ATSwpNav stands for AuthenTec Swipe Navigation Application

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 ATSwpNav.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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ATSwpNav.exe file information

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

The process known as ATSwpNav Application or AFSS ATSwpNav Application belongs to software ATSwpNav Application or AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor or Fingerprint Sensor Minimum or AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System (AFSS) by AuthenTec (

Description: ATSwpNav.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ATSwpNav.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,102,848 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 1,138,688 bytes and 8 more variants. 
ATSwpNav.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ATSwpNav.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) completely remove AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor or ATNavigation (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) visit the website
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify ATSwpNav.exe related errors

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

Gehört beim Aldi-Medion-Laptop zur Fingerabdruck-Erkennung
  Jürgen Quast  
Fingerprint Sensor beim Packard Bell
fingerprint sensor software. definitely safe.... unless you don't have a fingerprint sensor.
Gehört auch bei Fujitsu-Notebooks zum FingerPrintSensor
  Gerhard S  

Summary: Average user rating of ATSwpNav.exe: based on 2 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think ATSwpNav.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users don't grade ATSwpNav.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ATSwpNav issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ATSwpNav. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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

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