What is SynTPStart.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 SynTPStart.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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SynTPStart.exe file information

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

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

Description: SynTPStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SynTPStart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 102,400 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 204,800 bytes, 120,320 bytes, 180,224 bytes or 35,844 bytes. 
The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. It is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Synaptics Pointing Device or Synaptics Pointing Device Driver)
  2) ask the developer,, for support.

Recommended: Identify SynTPStart.exe related errors

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

Touchpad support (hence "TP" in the process name), killing the process will reduce functionality of a laptop touchpad. Killing the reg key is probably like unplugging your mouse.
  Mobius   (further information)
Synaptics Pointing Device Starter. Synaptics TouchPad, Mouse, and Multimedia sidebar Enhancements driver for laptops. The TouchPad and Mouse (whether you are using an external mouse or your finger on the touchpad) actually work perfectly well without this program. The main purpose of this program, however, is to enable the user to configure the special features through the Mouse icon in the Control Panel, such as, for example, the Media Center keyboard touchbar on the right-hand side of your Media Centre laptop keyboard on some laptops.

Summary: Average user rating of SynTPStart.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving SynTPStart issues

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