What is Hotsync.exe?

The genuine Hotsync.exe file is a software component of HotSync Manager, Palm Desktop by Access Systems Americas.
Hotsync.exe is the main executable for the HotSync Manager, a utility that allows Palm devices to synchronize their data with a computer. Access Systems Americas, Inc. (formerly PalmSource) develops the popular Palm OS PDA operating system. The Palm OS operates on over 38 million devices and has been available since 1996. It operates on hardware manufactured by Palm, Inc., Samsung, IBM, Fossil, Inc., Kyocera, Sony, Symbol and more.

HotSync stands for HotSync® Manager 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 Hotsync.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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Hotsync.exe file information

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

The process known as HotSync® Manager Application belongs to software HotSync Manager or Palm Desktop by ACCESS or HotSync Manager, Palm Desktop or Palm by PalmSource ( or Palm (

Description: Hotsync.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hotsync.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 471,040 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 1,392,640 bytes or 299,008 bytes. 
Hotsync.exe is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). Hotsync.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Palm Desktop by ACCESS or Palm occur, you can do the following:

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If Hotsync.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files" folder, the security rating is 33% dangerous. The file size is 263,680 bytes. Hotsync.exe is not a Windows system file.

External information from Paul Collins:

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

Palm Hot Sync
  Erich   (further information)
Palm HotSync
Palm Hotsync
Allows Palm devices to hot sync with your PC
Palm HotSync - Anwendung die die Daten von dem PALM HandHeld mit dem PC synchronisiert
  Oliver Sahr   (further information)
notwendig für Palm-Datenaustausch
Used by palmcentro phone for for computer link to phone
  Frederick Rodney Welsh  

Summary: Average user rating of Hotsync.exe: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments. 11 users think Hotsync.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving Hotsync issues

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