What is SynTPLpr.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 SynTPLpr.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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SynTPLpr.exe file information

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

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

Description: SynTPLpr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SynTPLpr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,394 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 110,592 bytes and 22 more variants. 
The SynTPLpr.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. SynTPLpr.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Synaptics TouchPad or ThinkPad TouchPad come up, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program
  2) consult Synaptics’s Customer Service [1][2]
  3) update [1][2] the program.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SynTPLpr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.anvz (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Adclicker (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the SynTPLpr.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

Was suspiciously located located in C:\windows folder, whre it has no business to be. poses harmless but could potentially log n send ur keystrokes. pretty face..evil
my computer keeps telling me I need this file. I would like to know how to delete this message.. I dont have the file and dont need it. but want to delete this message from my computer.. any advice would be appreciated
  Freda jones  
Mouse Touchpad
simply my laptop's touchpad's driver, i bot my pc allready with this soft.
Was suspiciously located located in C:\windows folder, whre it has no business to be. poses harmless but could potentially log n send ur keystrokes. pretty face..evil
Synaptics Mouse Touchpad
It's perfectly fine, just another driver
From reading other comments, I have it on my laptop and concluded it is not dangerouse
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SynTPLpr.exe: based on 54 votes with 9 reviews. 49 users think SynTPLpr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks SynTPLpr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 5 users don't grade SynTPLpr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SynTPLpr issues

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