What is SynTPHelper.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 SynTPHelper.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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SynTPHelper.exe file information

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

The process known as Synaptics Pointing Device Helper belongs to software Synaptics Pointing Device Driver by Synaptics (

Description: SynTPHelper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SynTPHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 103,720 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 121,640 bytes and 37 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The SynTPHelper.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. It is digitally signed. The SynTPHelper.exe file is not a Windows system file. SynTPHelper.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Synaptics provides an uninstall program (Control Panel->Software->Synaptics Pointing Device Driver or Synaptics Pointing Device).

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If SynTPHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 45% dangerous. The file size is 74,752 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Módulo de Proteção Santander.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SynTPHelper.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example W64.Xpiro.F or WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Mal/Generic-S (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the SynTPHelper.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

SynTPHelper.exe is Synaptics touchpad driver.
Do not mess with any Synaptics components on your computer, as without them, your touchpad will not work.
not working properly... i can drag pointer only after double click..
Required for most laptops

Summary: Average user rating of SynTPHelper.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think SynTPHelper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SynTPHelper issues

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