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Should I remove ELAN pointing device?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,741
United States Rank #11,702
Reach 0.0137%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.49 days
103.06 days >
Average installed length: 54.15 days


VersionDistribution 0.37% 0.37% 1.11% 12.59% 11.85% 2.59% 1.11% 0.37% 1.48% 0.37% 1.11% 0.37% 2.59% 0.74% 2.22% 0.37% 0.74% 6.67% 4.44% 8.52% 36.30% 0.37% 0.37% 2.96%

ELAN pointing device


ELAN pointing device is a program developed by ELAN Microelectronic. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is etdctrl.exe. The software installer includes 23 files and is usually about 83.07 MB (87,100,287 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 71% of users of ELAN pointing device come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.emc.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\elantech
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Elantech\ETDUn_inst.exe
Estimated size: 83.07 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ELAN pointing device

Program executable:etdctrl.exe
Name:ELAN Smart-Pad
ETD Control Center
Path:C:\Program Files\elantech\etdctrl.exe
Additional files:
  • ETDDeviceInformation.exe - ELAN Smart-Pad Tool (Device Information Catcher)
  • ETDSMBus.sys - ELAN SMBus Driver
  • ETDAniConf.exe - Elan Smart-Pad (ETD Ware Control Panel Extensions)
  • ETDApi.dll - ELAN Smart-Pad (ETD API)
  • ETDApi32.dll
  • ETDApix.dll - ETD Driver Function Dll
  • ETDCmds.dll - ETD Driver Command
  • ETDCtrlHelper.exe - ETD Control Center Helper
  • ETDFavorite.dll - ETD My Favorite Library
  • ETDIntelligent.exe - ETDIntelligent
  • ETDMag.exe - ELAN Microelectronics Corp.
  • ETDMcpl.dll
  • ETDService.exe - Elan Service
  • ETDUn_inst.exe - ETD Ware Un_inst Application
  • ETDUninst.dll - ETD Ware Uninstall Application
  • LenovoAPI.dll - ELAN API
  • TouchpadEnableDisable.exe - TouchpadEnableDisable
  • ETDTouch.exe - ETDTouch
  • ETD_DLL.dll - ETD_DLL
  • Lenovo.exe - Lenovo
  • Lenovo_Win8.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • ETDCtrl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
  • ETDService.exe runs as a service named 'Elan Service' (ETDService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ETDCtrl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ETDCtrl' which loads as C:\Program Files\Elantech\ETDCtrl.exe.

How do I remove ELAN pointing device?

You can uninstall ELAN pointing device 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ELAN pointing device, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 ELAN pointing device.

Win 10 89%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 88.89%
Windows 7 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 63.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.41%
Windows 10 Pro 7.04%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 7.04%
Windows 7 Professional 2.59%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

70.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 70.98%
  United Kingdom 5.18%
  Australia 2.59%
  Germany 2.59%
  Netherlands 2.07%
  Russia 1.81%
  Italy 1.81%
  Poland 1.30%
  France 1.04%
  Sweden 1.04%
  Spain 1.04%
  Singapore 0.78%
  New Zealand 0.78%
  TN 0.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 98.88%
Alienware 0.75%
Acer 0.37%
Common models
LENOVO 20FY0002US 17.54%
LENOVO 80T7 14.55%
LENOVO 80SR 7.84%
LENOVO 80ST 4.48%
LENOVO 80TJ 3.36%
LENOVO 80R9 2.61%

About ELAN Microelectronic

ELAN Microelectronics Corporation is an IC designer and provider of microcontrollers and PC Peripheral ICs.
Publisher URL: www.emc.com.tw


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