What is Syntpenh.exe

SynTPEnh - Synaptics Pointing Device Driver - Synaptics, Inc.

File description

Syntpenh.exe with description SynTPEnh is a process file from company Synaptics, Inc. belonging to product Synaptics Pointing Device Driver.
The file is digitally signed from Synaptics Incorporated - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from Synaptics Incorporated

What is SynTPEnh.exe?
SynTPEnh.exe is a part of the Synaptics touchpad drivers. Its purpose is to display a system tray icon and provide options to configure features such as scrolling and tapping zones.

This process is not critical to the operation of the system; however, some users may need it for their touchpad to work properly. If you use an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad laptop, you should keep this process running if your laptop has UltraNav (touchpad and pointing stick). Killing or otherwise disabling it will disable these advanced features.

Dangers of SynTPEnh
As this is an executable that is common on laptops with a Synaptics touchpad, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name but be stored somewhere other than in %ProgramFiles%\Synaptics\SynTP. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to it but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There is typically no more than one instance this process running at a given time. The presence of more than one instance in the Task Manager may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have a Synaptics touchpad, your system should not have this program. In this case, its presence would indicate a possible malware infection.

Common problems
  • "Syntpenh.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."
    • This is known problem in Windows XP that is corrected by installing an updated version of the Synaptics touchpad driver.
  • This process uses 100% CPU time
    • This is known to occur in isolated cases. Ensure you have the latest Synaptics touchpad drivers.
    • If you have the latest touchpad drivers and the problem persists, you can safely disable SynTPEnh.exe.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
004 All users startup startmenu
005 Current user startup startmenu
007 Roaming Start Menu\Programs\Startup
073 %windir%\Tasks
166 HKCU Policies\Explorer\Run

Digital signatures found for this file

    Certificate 
430 Synaptics Incorporated - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
396 Synaptics Incorporated - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
110 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
74 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - Microsoft Timestamping Service
63 Synaptics Incorporated - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3
51 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service
21 Synaptics Incorporated - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
1 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service CA SW1
1 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - Microsoft Time-Stamp Service

MD5 security rating in our database

140 files (Not yet rated and not signed)
332 files (Not yet rated and digitally signed)
12 files (Safe and not signed)
840 files (Safe and digitally signed)
Some versions of this filename have not yet been checked for safety.
Warning: Some malware might rename itself to syntpenh.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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User comments

Part of Synaptics Touchpad driver (have it on my laptop and know for sure)
Part of Synaptics TouchPad driver on my laptop


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