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I have a Lenovo T570 laptop running Windows 10 which yesterday appeared to unexpectedly install a new program.
The program appears in my start menu and has also added itself to my system services which commence at Startup. It is called 'Thunderbolt Software'.
Internet searches for this program show that there is legitimate software developed by Intel with this name. What concerns me is that it installed itself with no action from my side. I did not knowingly download or install anything, I did not plug any device in, and I was not even running a Windows Update. The software is running in the background.
On the other hand, it is making no attempt to hide itself, it appears in my programs list, it displays an icon in the system tray, and it is installed to the
C:Program Files (x86)Intel folder.
I have run malware scans on my PC and no problems have been found.
Has anyone else experienced this program installing itself, and is it safe?
Has anyone else experienced this program installing itself and is it safe?
This software was not installed by itself. It was included in a software package installed, you did install, which was either an Intel or Lenovo software package. This legitimate software can be safely removed if you are not using a Thunderbolt device.
Based on my research it was likely installed due to Thunderbolt™ Bus Driver for Intel or some equivalent previous version of the driver package.
I opened Lenovo 'System Update' and checked for updates.
System Update is a Lenovo software package that will install software packages released by Lenovo for your device. System Update can be safely removed to prevent this from happening again. System Update does not install Windows Updates, it only keeps Lenovo software packages updated, which all can be downloaded manually.
Since it installed Thunderbolt Firmware Update Utility for T-Series which install the compatible version of the Intel Thunderbolt Bus Drivers for your device. The Intel link was only used to indicate that, the Thunderbolt Software application, is due to the drivers being installed.
Thunderbolt 3 Controller Firmware Update Tool for Intel is the Intel equivalent of this tool that was pushed to you. If you need the firmware tool, you should install the one provided by Lenovo, the Intel links are being used as an illustration that the software is legitimate.
Has anyone else experienced this program installing itself, and is it safe?
First of all, yes this is a legitimate, hence safe, Intel software for a system that supports Thunderbolt. Since Lenovo T570 has 1 Thunderbolt port, you will need this software in order to use a Thunderbolt device, such as a Thunderbolt storage, external graphics, thunderbolt dock etc (https://thunderbolttechnology.net/tech). Without this software, you won't be able to use a Thunderbolt device. Thus, this 'required' software comes pre-installed.Even if you uninstall this software (from Program Uninstall or Uninstall right-clicking the app), windows update might install it again--this is not because the software is malicious, it is because windows update installs the drivers that are needed for the system to operate properly.
The software is legitimate software from Intel, and often re-packaged by different OEMs (Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc.)This software is packaged with the Thunderbolt driver which will be installed by Windows IF it hasn't been installed already, you should be able to safely remove the software, but you will not be able to use the Thunderbolt ports as Thunderbolt ports; they will be limited to the functionality of USB-C 3.1 (non PCIe and only 10 Gbps instead of 40 Gbps).
The problem I have with this software is that it requires admin rights for some odd reason, at least on our Thinkpad Carbon X1s, we set all of our devices and users for least access, which means only higher up IT staff get local admin, thus the people who use these Thunderbolt equipped devices, can't use Thunderbolt devices. No option seems to be given for 'install for all users' on either the Lenovo source, or the Intel source install media. Because it requires admin rights to run, and nearly all users do not have admin rights, we had to remove the software because of the constant prompts for admin UAC whenever a device was plugged into a TB3 port, at login, and periodically throughout the day.
TL;DR: as an institution we can't install this software or use any Thunderbolt devices at all because only we few IT have the admin rights required to run the software after install. Thankfully Thunderbolt 3 still works as USB-C without this software installed.
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Overview and Drivers
In general, Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Docking Stations and Thunderbolt 3 Dual Display Adapters do not require the installation of any drivers when used with macOS or Windows. When connecting a Thunderbolt 3 device, the host operating system should install all the necessary drivers automatically.
However, there are certain instances with Windows systems where additional driver installation may be necessary when using our Thunderbolt 3 docking stations (these are NOT required on macOS systems):
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TBT3-UDV Docking Station:
Mac Thunderbolt 3 Systems – No drivers required.
Windows 10 – In general, no driver installations are required when using Windows 10. After initial connection if all functions of the dock are working as expected, then no additional action is required.
However, when the TBT3-UDV is used with certain eighth generation Intel processor-based Windows 10 systems an updated USB 3.0 driver may need to be installed to ensure the best performance of USB peripherals attached to the TBT3-UDV. We recommend installing the updated Asmedia USB 3.0 drivers here. For additional details, please see our TBT3-UDV product page.
Windows 7 – When using Windows 7 64-bit (32-bit systems are not supported), you will need to install a separate Intel Network Adapter driver and a driver for the Asmedia USB 3.0 Host Controller.
TBT3-UD1-83 Docking Station:
Windows 7 – When using Windows 7 64-bit (32-bit systems are not supported), you will need to install a separate Fresco USB 3.0 Host Controller driver and an Intel Network Adapter driver.
General Thunderbolt 3 Information
Before purchasing or using a new Thunderbolt™ 3 docking station or video adapter for use with your personal computer running Windows, you will want to make sure that your computer can support it and be aware of differences from basic USB devices:
Note: The following does not apply to Apple Thunderbolt 3 systems.
- Many Thunderbolt 3 PCs require firmware and software updates before all adapters and docks will work.
- Dual display support is optional for Thunderbolt 3 PCs. How many displays are supported over Thunderbolt 3 depends on how the USB-C port has been wired on the system motherboard (up to a max of two), and is not changeable in software or by the Thunderbolt 3 graphics device.
- Support for PC charging (USB Power Delivery) on Thunderbolt 3 systems is optional. Many Thunderbolt 3-enabled PCs do not accept a charge over USB-C, and some PCs only will charge with their own branded power adapters.
- Unlike USB devices, Thunderbolt 3 devices must be manually authenticated (approved) for use by the user before the system will recognize them.
– Host computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 have the ability to install various updates including NVM (Thunderbolt 3 related Non-volatile memory) and PD (Power Delivery) firmware, UEFI BIOS, supplemental Thunderbolt 3 software utilities (for authentication) and various drivers to resolve potential issues and increase compatibility with new Thunderbolt 3 products as they are released.
– System manufacturers have substantial discretion in how they implement various technical elements and features. As a result, compatibility information is complex. As a result many currently available Thunderbolt 3 systems are not fully compatible with our Thunderbolt 3 dual graphics adapters (with do our best to maintain compatibility tables of the individual product pages). Some systems may only be equipped with a single DisplayPort (DP) Alternate Mode (Alt Mode) line to the Thunderbolt 3 port which limits the port to a single display output. Due to this limitation some systems won’t be able to take advantage of our dual port Thunderbolt 3 graphics adapters regardless of firmware/software updates. This is a physical hardware limitation.
– Many system manufacturers ship systems with older firmware and may or may not have updated versions available for download at this time. The latest Thunderbolt 3 firmware for a specific system cannot be downloaded from Intel directly, as it first it has to be customized by the original system manufacturer. Intel has a Thunderbolt updates page with some update information, but as of this writing the list if fairly small. Currently our TBT3-HDMI2X-83 and TBT3-DP2X-83 adapters require the host system to have a Thunderbolt 3 firmware update with NVM version 14 or higher in order to work properly. The latest UEFI BIOS update from your system manufacturer must be installed before updating the NVM firmware.
Operating System Compatibility
Thunderbolt 3 technology is supported by any operating system which has driver support for Thunderbolt 3. Currently, Plugable supports Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 (64-bit only) and macOS 10.13 or later. Although support for Thunderbolt 3 devices under Linux is steadily evolving, Plugable does not support Thunderbolt 3 devices within a Linux environment at this time.
General Thunderbolt 3 FAQ
Q: Can a Thunderbolt 3 dock or adapter work in any system with any USB-C (USB Type C) port?
A: No. Thunderbolt 3 docks and adapters will only work with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C computers and ports. Connecting to a USB-C port without Thunderbolt 3 capability will not work. Note that computers and docks may have a mix of Thunderbolt 3 and other USB-C ports that look very similar. Look for the Thunderbolt icon on both sides of the connection to ensure compatibility.
Q: How can I identify the NVM version on my system?
A: See “Identifying the NVM” section below.
Q: What if a newer compatible NVM is not available from my system manufacturer?
A: Unfortunately the only option is to contact your system manufacturer and ask when a newer version will be available, and to let them know that until it is, certain accessories you are looking to use will not work.
Q: How can I identify if my system has the necessary two DisplayPort lines to provide dual display output through the Thunderbolt 3 port?
A: Unfortunately in many cases this information is very hard to discern based on the manufacturers published specifications. If your system is not among those listed in our compatibility table above, please contact your system manufacturer for confirmation of how many DisplayPort lines are routed to your Thunderbolt 3 port.
Q: I connected my Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapter and my monitor configuration changed by itself.
A: This may occur and is considered normal. You can change the main display back to your desired screen through the “Display settings” control panel.
Q: I connected my Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapter and am only getting a single output.
A: Depending on what Thunderbolt 3 equipped system you have, it may only support a single output because of the DP Alt Mode line configuration. See above “Known Host NVM Versions & DP Lines” to find out if your system has one or two lines.
Q: I connected my Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapter for the first time and my system crashed (hard lock).
A: Check to see if your system is running the latest Thunderbolt 3 software, NVM, UEFI BIOS, and all other updates from your system manufacturer. If everything is updated, unplug the adapter, reboot the system, and then reconnect.
Q: I connected my Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapter and am not getting any output to either display.
A: If your system has hybrid graphics (combination of built-in Intel GPU and AMD or NVIDIA discreet graphics) make sure the Intel GPU is set to be the primary GPU in the UEFI BIOS.
Authenticating a Newly Attached Device
When first connecting a Thunderbolt 3 device, the device must first be authenticated through Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 software. To do so you can use the below instructions as a guide:
After connecting a Thunderbolt 3 device the first thing that you should see (assuming that the system NVM, BIOS, drivers, etc are up to date and compatible) is an automatic notification above the system tray notifying you that a new device has been attached. You will want to click OK:
After clicking OK, you may get a Windows User Account Control (UAC) popup asking if you “want to allow this app to make changes to your PC?”. Click Yes:
After clicking yes you should see a windows like this appear which is where you will approve the Thunderbolt 3 device that was just attached:
Click on the drop down menu where it says “Do Not Connect” and select “Always Connect”. Then click OK:
To view and manage the approved devices you can find the program sitting in the system tray. You may need to click the caret (up arrow icon) to show all of the running programs then right click on the Thunderbolt icon it and select Manage Approved Devices:
You may again get a Windows UAC prompt, click yes. After clicking yes the below window will open and you can see any approved devices and remove them if you choose.
How do I check which version of Thunderbolt 3 software and NVM firmware I am running in Windows?
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To determine what version of NVM firmware your system has, the first step is to ensure you have the latest Thunderbolt software version which varies depending on the system manufacturer. You should be able to download it from your system manufacturer’s website.
Once installed you can open the software by searching the start menu for Thunderbolt:
Once open you can find the program sitting in the system tray. You may need to click the caret (up arrow icon) to show all of the running programs then right click on the Thunderbolt icon it and select Settings:
Now you should see the settings window. Click on Details to find out all of the Thunderbolt software and controller information:
If you do not see a ‘Details’ button, the alternative way to access this information is by selecting the ‘About’ option from the application icon’s context menu, similar to this example:
If a Thunderbolt 3 device has been connected to the system the Thunderbolt software will show you information about the controller. Below you can see the details from our Dell XPS 13 9350 system:
Unfortunately if a Thunderbolt device has not yet been connected to the system, the information about the NVM firmware may not be available within the utility:
If we determine a means to obtain firmware information without needing to connect a Thunderbolt device, and we’ll update this information.
If you have any questions feel free to contact our support team or comment below, we’re more than happy to help!
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