What is tppaldr.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 tppaldr.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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Tppaldr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tppaldr
Tppaldr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TPP Auto Loader Application belongs to software TPP Storage Adapter by In-System Design or Cypress Semiconductor (

Description: Tppaldr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tppaldr.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder—generally C:\Windows\ or C:\WINDOWS\Drivers\LaCie\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 118,784 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Tppaldr.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Tppaldr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as tppaldr.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the tppaldr.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

USB-Harddisk driver for some external HDs
  painless   (further information)
TPP Auto Loader Application. Background task installed with the drivers for DataStor’s USB 2.0 based external cases for DVD, CD-ROM, and CD-Writer drives, or also installed by the Ahead’s InCD packet writing software (direct write to rewritable CDs). Many DataStor products are re-badged by other manufacturers so this task will be found in other manufacturers’ products (e.g LaCie).
  Jason   (further information)
I have a external cd writer & I use WinXP's internal burning software.
  Lisa   (further information)
With the Archos jukebox external HD don't worry
It is use by Archos external HD
Archos jukebox external HD driver
Recent on my computer; Think it was installed by my Intuix usb key software
also used by Iomega external hard drive (250 gb)
Archos jukebox
Used by the Medion external hard disk drive USB box.
Came with Archos-USB Hard disk driver installation
Came up after I installed Archos USB drive/MP3

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of tppaldr.exe: based on 13 votes with 12 user comments. 11 users think tppaldr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade tppaldr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving tppaldr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tppaldr. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 tppaldr.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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