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Should I remove ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,793
United States Rank #2,675
Reach 0.2199%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.97 days
589.18 days >
Average installed length: 309.57 days


VersionDistribution 9.27% 64.04% 11.01% 1.08% 2.33% 6.98% 3.76% 1.39% 0.14%

ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software

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What is ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software?

ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software is a Biometric logon application that enables the user to logon to their personal computer through the use of the biometric fingerprint reader in replacement of a password.

About  (from AuthenTec)

ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software is a desktop security and convenience product. Its components provide a sophisticated security architecture protecting your computer from attacks by unauthorized persons. ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software offers top-level user convenience, it is easy to install and easy to use. ThinkVa...  Read more


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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. 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 main program executable is ctlcntrv.exe. The software installer includes 44 files and is usually about 45.1 MB (47,289,645 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.lenovo.com
Help link: www.authentec.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{479016BF-5B8D-445F-BE15-A187F25D81C8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 45.1 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software

Program executable:ctlcntrv.exe
Name:ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software
ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software Application
Path:C:\Program Files\thinkvantage fingerprint software\ctlcntrv.exe
Additional files:
  • bio.dll - ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software (Biometrics support)
  • bioset.dll - Biometric settings
  • bpwb.dll - WinBio Bio Provider
  • calibset.dll - Sensor calibration GUI
  • ctlcntr.exe - Control Center Launcher
  • ctlcntrx.exe - Fingerprint Control Center
  • devinsp.dll - Device inspector
  • elevset.exe - Settings Helper for Vista
  • enrollbtn.exe - Fingerprint Enrollment
  • enrset.dll - PS QL User Enrollment
  • fsdelev.dll - Fingerprint Software Deelevator for Windows Vista
  • fselev.exe - Fingerprint Software Elevator for Windows Vista
  • homefus2.dll - PS QL Logon Kernel
  • homepass.dll - LocalPassport
  • infql2.dll - Infrastructure utility library
  • launcher.exe - Fingerprint Launcher
  • launchte.exe - Tutorial Launcher
  • lgnset.dll - PS QL Logon Settings
  • provider.dll - Windows Vista and Windows 7 Credential Provider
  • ps2css.dll - PS QL to Lenovo CSS interface
  • pscssint.dll - Lenovo CSS interface
  • psqlpwd.dll - Logon stub
  • psuiteax.dll - ActiveX component for PSQL
  • psver.dll - Protector Suite QL
  • qlbase.dll - Common PSQL utility library
  • qlclr.dll - QL Infra Sharp
  • qlclrsrv.dll - Ql Infra Sharp on server
  • rgbfe.dll - RGB Bitmap Effect
  • secuset.dll - PS QL Security Settings
  • smihlp.sys - SMI helper driver
  • sndset.dll - PS QL Sound Settings
  • startmui.exe - PS QL Help Launcher
  • sysset.dll - PS QL System Settings
  • tbxset.dll - Power-on security configuration
  • upeksrvc.exe - Upek service
  • upeksvr.exe - Fingerprint Server Process for Vista
  • UPKRGBFilterBitmapEffect.dll
  • vtapiclr.dll - VTAPI Sharp
  • vtapipql.dll - VTAPI+ Interface
  • vtapipql.dllvtapipql.dll
  • vti.dll - PS QL API interface

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • vtapipql.dllvtapipql.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NPSWF32_11_7_700_224.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • vtapipql.dllvtapipql.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a Browser Helper Object with the class of {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D}.
Scheduled Task
  • vtapipql.dllvtapipql.dll is scheduled as a task with the class '{A1D1AD24-F8F1-4892-A238-C656160B00FA}' (runs on registration).
  • upeksrvc.exe runs as a service named 'Upek Service' (UpekSrvc) "Provides access to system for fingerprint software".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • launcher.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PSQLLauncher' which loads as "C:\Program Files\ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software\launcher.exe" /startup.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.07 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000791116%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00004408%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003504%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:43,372
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.59 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:6 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software?

Quickly and completely remove ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software 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 ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software, 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 ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 72%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.47%
Windows 10 25.14%
Windows XP 1.13%
Windows Vista 0.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 53.62%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.26%
Windows 10 Pro 7.76%
Windows 7 Enterprise 7.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.75%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.62%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.37%
  Germany 7.33%
  Canada 3.71%
  United Kingdom 2.90%
  France 1.94%
  DK 1.94%
  Israel 1.71%
  Norway 1.56%
  Switzerland 1.35%
  Italy 1.29%
  India 1.19%
  Finland 1.13%
  Sweden 1.10%
  Australia 1.08%

About AuthenTec

AuthenTec manufactures fingerprint authentication sensors for personal computers, wireless devices, and building security.
Publisher URL: www.authentec.com


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