What is DTS.exe?

The genuine DTS.exe file is a software component of Data Transfer Service by AuthenTec.
DTS.exe is the executable file for the Data Transfer Service that was originally created by AuthenTec. It transfers client information to fingerprint applications. IBM thinkpad fingerprint software is just one example of what the application is used for. Authentec was a semiconductor, biometrics, computer security, and touch control development company. It was acquired by Apple in 2012.

DTS stands for Data Transfer Service

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 DTS.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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DTS.exe file information

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

The process known as Data Transfer Service belongs to software Data Transfer Service or Lenovo Fingerprint Software by UAB Akovana.

Description: DTS.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file DTS.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 98,304 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall Lenovo Fingerprint Software software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), ask the software vendor,, for advice or update the program.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as DTS.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DTS.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.


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Best practices for resolving DTS issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DTS. 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 DTS.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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