What is ETDService.exe?

The genuine ETDService.exe file is a software component of ELAN Smart-Pad by ELAN Microelectronics.
ELAN Smart-Pad is a touchpad usually found on laptops. ETDService.exe runs a core process associated with the ELAN Smart-Pad. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. ELAN Smart-Pad is an input device used for finger tracking. This device is often sold to original equipment manufacturers such as Samsung. The trackpad features two and three finger gestures as well as intuitive scrolling, zooming in and out, rotation, magnification, window-switching, tapping, and more. ELAN Smart-Pad supports the Windows platform. The ELAN Microelectronics Corporation is a Taiwanese company that designs microchips and integrated circuitry. ELAN specializes in the development of Smart Human-Machine Interface applications and is heavily invested in the research of Capacitive Touchpad. The company was founded in 1994 and is currently headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park, Taipei, Taiwan and owns offices in the US, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

ETDService stands for Elan Trackpad Device 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 ETDService.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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ETDService.exe file information

The process known as Elan Service or ELAN Windows Service or Elantech belongs to software ELAN Smart-Pad or Elan Smart-Pad by ELAN Microelectronics.

Description: ETDService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ETDService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 144,072 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 147,688 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous.

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

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