What is USBTip.exe?

The genuine USBTip.exe file is a software component of USBTip by Pinnacle Systems.
This application detects when a Pinnacle or Dazzle USB 2.0 device is plugged into a USB 1.0 port. It relays a message to the user indicating that the USB port does not support the hardware. Dazzle is the name of Pinnacle System's HD DVD recorder, and comes with it's own software suite for editing HD video.

USBTip stands for USBTip MFC Application

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 USBTip.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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USBTip.exe file information

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

The process known as Pinnacle USB Tip - for Multi Media eXtensions or USBTip MFC Application belongs to software Pinnacle USB Tip or USBTip Application or Pinnacle Video Driver by Pinnacle Systems GmbH ( or Pinnacle Systems (

Description: USBTip.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file USBTip.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 192,512 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 199,752 bytes, 196,608 bytes or 202,312 bytes. 
The USBTip.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Pinnacle Video Driver or Pinnacle Bender x86, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Pinnacle Video Driver or Pinnacle Bender x86 in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify USBTip.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as USBTip.exe. Therefore, you should check the USBTip.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

It can be for Pinnacle Studios for " Multi Media eXtensions"
usbtip.exe is part of USBTip Application developed by Pinnacle Systems.

Summary: Average user rating of USBTip.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving USBTip issues

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