What is OneTouch.EXE?

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 OneTouch.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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OneTouch.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with OneTouch
OneTouch.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as One-Touch or Maxtor OneTouch Detection or HP One-Touch belongs to software Dritek System Inc. OneTouch (version 01.30.2003 ( VC60 ), 10.05.2002 ( VC60 ), 03.13.2003 ( VC60 ), 2.9.2001 ( VC60 )) or Maxtor OneTouch II or Maxtor OneTouch or Maxtor OneTouch III by Dritek System ( or Maxtor (

Description: OneTouch.EXE is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. OneTouch.EXE is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\Maxtor\OneTouch\Utils\ or C:\Program Files\HPQ\One-Touch\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 106,496 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. OneTouch.EXE is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to get help from the software vendor Custhelp or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMaxtor OneTouch III or Maxtor OneTouch.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

It enables the special keys on Compaq laptops
Its the software for the buttons on Compaq & HP computers
Maxtor USB HD driver to start backup by pressing key on HD
It's maxing my CPU
  A. Noyed  
must be enabled or the touch pads will not work on HP notebooks
  bill schill  
In HewlettPackard Laptops, it enables special buttons
its installed with maxtor external hdd and controls the one touch key on the external drive - no idea why people are saying it controls their laptop special buttons!
Maxtor HD back-up utility
People are giving two explanations here, so there must be two programs with the same name.
MaxtorOne Touch Detection
OneTouch is also the name of a diabetic glucose testing meter system by LifeScan ( and is very beneficial to download medical data to PC's for charting.
  GlucoseMeter_User   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of OneTouch.EXE: based on 13 votes with 11 user comments. 11 users think OneTouch.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade OneTouch.EXE ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving OneTouch issues

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