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Should I remove Synaptics Pointing Device Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #343
United States Rank #360
Reach 2.0828%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.78 days
347.41 days >
Average installed length: 182.54 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
12.1.5.0 0.16%
12.1.4.0 0.19%
12.1.3.1 0.77%
12.1.3.0 0.09%
12.1.0.0 2.38%
12.0.5.0 0.04%
12.0.4.0 0.07%
12.0.2.0 0.04%
12.0.1.0 0.01%
11.2.15.0 0.07%
11.2.11.0 0.08%
11.2.4.0 12.79%
11.2.2.0 0.24%
11.2.1.0 1.36%
11.2.0.0 0.29%
11.1.22.2 0.01%
11.1.22.0 0.41%
11.1.21.0 0.32%
11.1.18.0 3.30%
11.1.16.0 0.07%
11.1.9.0 0.08%
11.1.7.1 0.11%
11.1.7.0 0.37%
11.1.4.0 2.76%
11.1.3.2 0.90%
11.1.3.0 8.27%
11.1.2.0 0.10%
11.1.1.2 0.13%
11.1.1.1 0.20%
11.1.1.0 0.09%
11.0.7.0 10.77%
11.0.6.0 0.01%
11.0.4.0 0.14%
11.0.2.0 1.54%
10.2.7.0 0.45%
10.2.4.1 0.90%
10.2.4.0 4.99%
10.2.3.0 0.17%
10.2.2.0 0.30%
10.2.1.0 0.01%
10.1.8.0 7.12%
10.1.7.0 1.45%
10.1.6.0 0.29%
10.1.2.0 1.23%
10.0.19.0 0.99%
10.0.17.0 0.04%
10.0.15.0 2.13%
10.0.14.0 0.66%
10.0.13.2 4.70%
10.0.13.0 0.02%
10.0.12.0 0.97%
150 versions

Typically installed together

Synaptics Pointing Device Driver

What is Synaptics Pointing Device Driver?  (from Synaptics)

The Synaptics device driver is customized to meet the specific requirements of your device manufacturer. To ensure that you get the appropriate device driver for your system, download your Synaptics device driver from your system manufacturer's support website. Installing a generic driver may result in the loss of OEM-...  Read more

Overview

Synaptics Pointing Device Driver is a software program developed by Synaptics. The most common release is 11.2.4.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named instnt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 13.19 MB (13,835,389 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 46% of users of Synaptics Pointing Device Driver come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.synaptics.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\synaptics\syntp
Uninstaller: rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynISDLL.dll",standAloneUninstall
Estimated size: 13.19 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Synaptics Pointing Device Driver

Program executable:instnt.exe
Name:Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
TouchPad Driver Installation Application
Path:C:\Program Files\synaptics\syntp\instnt.exe
MD5:eb96e7f77511bdd5474a6e7cf40a2b3e
Additional files:
  • SynAsus.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Driver (Asus Custom PlugIn Application)
  • SynISDLL.dll - Install Resource Strings
  • SynMedion.exe - Medion Custom PlugIn Application
  • SynMood.exe - MoodPad
  • SynToshiba.exe - Toshiba Custom PlugIn Application
  • SynTPCOM.dll - Synaptics TouchPad Interfaces
  • SynTPCpl.dll - TouchPad Control Panel Extensions
  • syntpenh .exe - Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements
  • SynTPEnh.exe
  • SynTPHelper.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Helper
  • SynTPLpr.exe - TouchPad Driver Helper Application
  • SynTPRes.dll - TouchPad Resource Library
  • syntpstart .exe - Synaptics Pointing Device starter
  • SynTPStart.exe
  • SynZMetr.exe - Synaptics Pressure Graph
  • Toshiba.exe
  • Tutorial.exe - Synaptics Pointing Device Tutorial

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • SynTPEnh.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{76B31BE8-89BD-4DB7-BF49-255A2716AD5F}' (runs on registration).
  • InstNT.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E2009D29-6FA5-45E4-8549-B7E8D1A96FCD}' (runs on registration).
3 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • SynTPEnh.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SynTPEnh.
  • syntpenh .exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements.
  • SynTPStart.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SynTPStart.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • SynTPEnh.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SynTPEnh' and executes as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe.
  • SynTPStart.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SynTPStart' and executes as C:\Program Files\synaptics\syntp\syntpstart.exe.
5 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SynTPEnh.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Synaptic mouse' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe".
  • SynTPLpr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPLpr' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe".
  • SynTPStart.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPStart (1)' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPStart.exe.
  • syntpstart .exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPStart' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPStart.exe.
  • syntpenh .exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SynTPEnh' which loads as C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SynTPEnh.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

SynToshiba.exe
Memory:1.14 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001183183%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007443%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004389%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:25 Bytes
435.61 KB average
syntpenh .exe
Memory:2.51 MB
Total CPU:0.0011329027%
Kernel CPU:0.00080045%
User CPU:0.00033245%
CPU cycles/sec:2,577,963
Switches/sec:1
I/O reads/min:5 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
SynTPEnh.exe
Memory:3.22 MB
Total CPU:0.0062691672%
Kernel CPU:0.00517097%
User CPU:0.00109820%

How do I remove Synaptics Pointing Device Driver?

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Or, you can uninstall Synaptics Pointing Device Driver from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Synaptics Pointing Device Driver, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Synaptics Pointing Device Driver.

OS VERSIONS
Win Vista (SP2) 51%
Win 8 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 61.11%
Windows 7 22.42%
Windows XP 12.15%
Windows 8 4.31%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 47.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 10.82%
Windows 7 Home Premium 9.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.55%
Windows 7 Professional 3.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.18%
  Germany 7.68%
  United Kingdom 6.74%
  France 4.19%
  Italy 3.94%
  Canada 3.57%
  Spain 1.96%
  Netherlands 1.87%
  Australia 1.70%
  Belgium 1.34%
  Sweden 1.12%
  Poland 1.09%
  Brazil 0.93%
  Portugal 0.92%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.75%
Toshiba 24.98%
Acer 18.30%
Dell 4.86%
Samsung 3.28%
Medion 2.81%
Sahara 2.43%
Gateway 1.50%
ASUS 1.13%
American Megatrends 0.59%
Sony 0.52%
Packard Bell 0.45%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 7.77%
HP G60 Notebook PC 6.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite L300 4.31%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 4.11%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.32%
TOSHIBA Satellite A300 2.91%

About Synaptics

Synaptics develops human interface solutions for many OEMs whcih are pre-installed and included with PCs and laptops for companies such as Apple, Asus, Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP, Sony, Toshiba and numerous others.
Publisher URL: www.synaptics.com

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