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Is SynTPEnh.exe safe?

SynTPEnh.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if SynTPEnh.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


SynTPEnh.exe file information

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 (www.synaptics.com).

Description: SynTPEnh.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SynTPEnh.exe 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 7/XP are 688,218 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 512,000 bytes and 178 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/syntpenh.exe.html 
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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. SynTPEnh.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You can uninstall the program Synaptics Pointing Device or ThinkPad UltraNav Driver, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to www.synaptics.com/support/drivers or www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-73704 to update it, go to www.synaptics.com/support or www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-73704 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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If SynTPEnh.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 139,264 bytes. The software has no file description. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "SynTPEnh" can run at start up. Synaptics touchpad tray icon. Displays status and provides quick launch to touchpad features such as scrolling and tap zones. Required on IBM Thinkpads with UnltraNav (pointstick and touchpad combo) if you don't want to loose the advanced pointstick features such as scroll

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.



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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
  Jamin  
hogging cpu. asus laptop. closed process in task manager, no ill effects other than zoom not working.
  Amy  
Went crazy one time... Restarted my PC
  Zvilich  
I found a PF-file named SYNTPENH.EXE-183D6069.pf 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.
  Saber  
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)
  Leviathan  
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)
  tgum  
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
  feo-tr  
it's true about useing CPU just delete it and you won't have to think when it's gonna lose control!
  krle  
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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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