What is ELAN.exe?

The genuine ELAN.exe file is a software component of ELAN by Alcatel Microelectronics.
ELAN.exe is an executable file that is associated with ELAN, a product that belongs to Alcatel Microelectronics. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Alcatel Microelectronics is a manufacturer of semiconductors with facilities located in Oudenaarde, Belgium. It was acquired by STMicroelectronics in 2001.

ELAN stands for ELAN Delete program

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 ELAN.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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ELAN.exe file information

The process known as ELAN Delete program belongs to software ELAN by Alcatel Microelectronics (

Description: ELAN.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ELAN.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 32,768 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. ELAN.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The ELAN.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ELAN.exe related errors

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

is it a trojan
i think it is a process from a belgian adsl setup
It's used for your laptop's touch-pad.
its an etd touchpad service
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ELAN Input Device

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Summary: Average user rating of ELAN.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade ELAN.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ELAN issues

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