What is upeksvr.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 upeksvr.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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Upeksvr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with upeksvr
Upeksvr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Fingerprint Server Process for Vista belongs to software Protector Suite QL or Upek Touchchip Fingerprint Reader or Fingerprint Reader Suite or ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software or Protector Suite (version 2009) or AuthenTec by UPEK ( or Authentec (

Description: Upeksvr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file upeksvr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 21,504 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 50,952 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. Upeksvr.exe is not a Windows core file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software or Protector Suite QL) or visit the website.

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If upeksvr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 12% dangerous. The file size is 84,816 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 71,944 bytes, 57,168 bytes, 85,352 bytes or 50,952 bytes. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. Upeksvr.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Upek Touchchip Fingerprint Reader or AuthenTec, Inc.) or visit the [1][2] website.

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

Trojan Horse (Virus)
  John Buchanan   (further information)
Fingerprint scanner software
  Joe   (further information)
i have it for along time
Lenovo fingerprint software. Delivered with Lenovo devices with fingerprint reader (eg. Keyboard, Notebooks..)
part of fingerprint authentication system by UPEK on ibm thinkpad
  James   (further information)
Fingerprint scanner process. Legitimate. My lenovo e420 came with it, so if you have a laptop with a fingerprint scanner, its legit!
It is used by toshiba fingerprint security
  James Buchan  
I have a fugure print reader on my Dell XPS and I have thie process
  Stephen Smith .Net Engineer  
upeksvr.exe is the fingerprint software included by Dell. Only needed if you have the fingerprint reader.
  Dylan Mitchell  
It won't uninstall. I can't even find it in the Add/Remove Programs window.
It appears as running in Windows Task Manager (Windows 7, Dell desktop), but the process can't be ended. It fails to appear in a search of my hard drive, and nothing related to it appears in Control Panel's Uninstall list. Malware programs don't report a problem, but I'm having serious problems with extended and intensive hard disk usage even when I'm running few or no programs.
  Peter J. King  

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Summary: Average user rating of upeksvr.exe: based on 12 votes with 11 user comments. 6 users think upeksvr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks upeksvr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving upeksvr issues

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