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What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,539
United States Rank #5,535
Reach 0.0677%


VersionDistribution 52.51% 2.02% 18.73% 4.79% 1.35% 6.59% 2.85% 4.49% 1.20% 3.82% 0.15% 1.35% 0.15%

ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software

What is ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software?  (from UPEK)

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. ThinkV...  Read more


ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software is a program developed by UPEK. 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 ctlcntrv.exe. The software installer includes 41 files and is usually about 45.59 MB (47,801,456 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 54% of users of ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: www.upek.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{502EE63C-9A62-4330-8F8B-1EAB51B7BB46}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 45.59 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
  • vti.dll - PS QL API interface

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • 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.

How do I remove ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software.

Win 7 (SP1) 78%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 82.10%
Windows XP 8.24%
Windows 10 8.09%
Windows Vista 1.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 65.31%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.97%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.92%
Windows 10 Pro 7.01%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.00%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.85%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.97%
  Germany 5.48%
  Canada 3.73%
  United Kingdom 2.28%
  Israel 1.93%
  DK 1.81%
  Australia 1.69%
  France 1.52%
  Norway 1.52%
  India 1.46%
  Taiwan 1.34%
  Finland 1.23%
  Poland 1.11%
  South Africa 1.05%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 98.14%
Dell 1.86%
Common models
LENOVO 11433FU 5.19%
LENOVO 4270CTO 4.62%
LENOVO 4286CTO 3.85%
LENOVO 1143AFU 3.08%
LENOVO 1141A24 2.88%
LENOVO 0301DCU 2.69%


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