What is SynTPEnh.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 SynTPEnh.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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SynTPEnh.exe file information

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

The process known as Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements belongs to software Synaptics Pointing Device Driver or Synaptics Pointing Device or IBM ThinkPad UltraNav Driver or ThinkPad UltraNav Driver or Synaptics TouchPad or Progressive Touch by Synaptics (

Description: SynTPEnh.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The SynTPEnh.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 (typically C:\Program Files\synaptics\syntp\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 688,218 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 512,000 bytes and 178 more variants. 
The SynTPEnh.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. SynTPEnh.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can uninstall the program Synaptics Pointing Device or ThinkPad UltraNav Driver, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to or to update it, go to or for support, or go to Synaptics Pointing Device or ThinkPad UltraNav Driver in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SynTPEnh.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_MEREDROP.RE or TROJ_Gen.CE50S0 (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan:Win32/Meredrop or VirTool:Win32/VBInject.DD (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the SynTPEnh.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 eats up a good 6% of cpu sometimes and causes lower end machines to lag a little. It lets you scroll and zoom with the touchpad, as well as some other features
hogging cpu. asus laptop. closed process in task manager, no ill effects other than zoom not working.
Went crazy one time... Restarted my PC
I found a PF-file named In map C:\Windows\Prefetch It takes 18 kb. I dont Know if it is a virus or something. Im using Windows Xp on a Eee Pc laptop.
If you value your touchpad, don't mess with anything labled as Synaptic. The newest versions allow for multi-touch pinch-to-zoom features, and it only uses 1 mb of Random Access Memory (yes, I felt like typing out the whole name :P)
uses up to 25% cpu, on a 4 thread dualcore cpu : slows down everything, need to be killed. , even after updating it's still glitched. probably badly optimized fo my system (alienware laptop)
same here with MrData-Pasadena-CA. killed it, and fan rampage and cpu heating are gone. it could be infected with some malware I think
it's true about useing CPU just delete it and you won't have to think when it's gonna lose control!
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SynTPEnh.exe: based on 77 votes with 9 reviews. 37 users think SynTPEnh.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 12 users think it's probably harmless. 16 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 6 users think SynTPEnh.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade SynTPEnh.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SynTPEnh issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SynTPEnh. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 SynTPEnh.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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