What does the SynTPStart.exe file do?
The SynTPStart.exe process is also known as Synaptics Pointing Device starter and is a part of Synaptics Pointing Device Driver. This software is produced by Synaptics (www.synaptics.com). An obsolete or defective version of SynTPStart.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Synaptics Pointing Device starter has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Synaptics Pointing Device starter has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- SynTPStart.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SynTPStart.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SynTPStart.exe Synaptics Pointing Device starter
SynTPStart.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. SynTPStart.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 102,400 bytes (66% of all these files), 120,320 bytes or, as the case may be, 204,800 bytes.
The file contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This SynTPStart.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. SynTPStart.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 14% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves SynTPStart.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about SynTPStart?
|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. (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: 2 users consider it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
To remove Synaptics Pointing Device starter from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Synaptics Pointing Device Driver in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SynTPStart.exe (Synaptics Pointing Device starter) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Synaptics Pointing Device starter. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Synaptics Pointing Device starter or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or SynTPStart.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.