What is AVKWCtl.exe?

The genuine AVKWCtl.exe file is a software component of G Data Antivirus by G Data.
G Data Antivirus is a security application that protects computers against malicious software such as viruses, trojans, malware, etc. AVKWCtl.exe runs a process that manages the graphical user interface window for G Data Antivirus. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. G Data Antivirus is an anti-virus solution for home users using Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. G Data Antivirus provides security services features a real-time antivirus scanner with automatic updates for virus definitions, a PUA (potentially unwanted applications) or malware, spyware, and adware shield, a personal firewall, behaviour monitoring, keyboard guard, and more. G Data Software AG is a German company that develops and markets computer security solutions to home users as well as corporate clients. The company is best known for being one of the first developers of an anti-virus program which was written for ATARI. G Data was founded in 1985 by Kai Figge and Frank Kühn, and is currently headquartered in Bochum, Germany.

AvKWCtl stands for Anti-virus Kit Window Control

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AVKWCtl.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AVKWCtl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AVKWCtl
AVKWCtl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Ad-Aware Filesystem Monitor Service belongs to software Ad-Aware Total Security by G DATA Software AG (

Description: AVKWCtl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AVKWCtl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,330,792 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 2,123,416 bytes and 26 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. AVKWCtl.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AVKWCtl.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AVKWCtl.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Summary: Average user rating of AVKWCtl.exe: based on 17 votes with 5 user comments. 15 users think AVKWCtl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving AVKWCtl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AVKWCtl. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AVKWCtl.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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