What is apoint.exe?
The apoint.exe is a component of the drivers for Alps Touchpad. This process is used by your computer to receive input from either a touchpad or from a mouse. The apoint.exe process is important for your touchpad to function properly and you should avoid removing the file.
Although appoint.exe is not a Windows system file, it is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The file is located in C:\Program Files\Apoint. By default, the process is loaded at system startup. The entries related to apoint.exe can be found at the following locations within the Windows registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
The file size of apoint.exe can be 159,744, 114,688, 143,360, 118,784, 192,512, 176,128, 196,608, 122,880, 131,072, 151,552, 147,456, 163,840, 14,348, 126,976, 135,168, 172,032, 24,076, 37,388, 98,304, 31,730, 25,600, 24,592, 34,304, 30,102, 28,172, 23,564, 186,880, 203,035, 167,936, 16,897, 26,954 or 24,080 bytes.
Startup error message – Apoint.exe
A common apoint.exe error message that you may receive at system Startup is:
Apoint.exe-Bad Image. The application or DLL C:Windows/system32/VXDIF.DLL is not a valid Windows Image.
To fix this error, you will need to uninstall and then reinstall your touchpad drivers. If you use a notebook computer you can download the drivers from the notebook manufacturer’s support website.
How to make sure the Apoint.exe process running on your machine is not malware
Malware programs, such as virus, spyware, adware etc are malicious programs that gain entry into your system without your consent. Not only do they adversely affect your system’s performance, but they are also a threat your system’s security.
Writers of malware programs tend to hide their files on your system by naming them very similar to legitimate Windows system tasks. This prevents you from locating such files. If you suspect that you have a virus, spyware or adware on your computer then we recommend that you check the processes running on your system. To view the processes, press Ctrl + Alt + Del, this will open the Windows Task Manager. Now click the Processes tab to see the processes that are currently running. Go through the list and see if you can locate any similar file names or slightly misspelled files. For instance, apoint.exe could be listed as aapoint.exe, appoint.exe, apointt.exe, etc. If you notice any such discrepancies then you should check the location of the suspect file.
If you are convinced that a false apoint.exe file is present on your system then we recommend that you not attempt to delete the file. These false programs often hide themselves in saved files and you may lose important data if you attempt to delete them. Instead, we recommend that you scan your PC using trustworthy and efficient anti-malware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease virus tool.
Exe errors may also occur due to incorrect or corrupt entries within the registry. Some viruses are also known to add malicious entries or alter existing registry entries to generate errors and prevent you from doing any work. To detect, repair, and clean these entries, we recommend that you use a reliable registry tool, such as RegServe. Using the tool will not only repair your registry, but will also defrag and compress your registry to enhance the overall performance of your system.