What is brctrcen.exe?

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 brctrcen.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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Brctrcen.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with brctrcen
Brctrcen.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ControlCenter Program or ControlCenter2 Main Program or ControlCenter2.0 Main Program belongs to software ControlCenter or ControlCenter2 by Brother Industries (

Description: Brctrcen.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Brctrcen.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 114,688 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 933,888 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. Brctrcen.exe is not a Windows core file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Brctrcen.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as brctrcen.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the brctrcen.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.


User Comments

This program is distributed with Brother Multi-Function Center (MFC) and FAX machines. It allows the machine to be remotely setup from a PC. It sets the default values so they don't have to be done at the machine little LCD. It's completely documented in the Brother "Software Users Guide."
  Keith O'Connor   (further information)
has to do with control center paperport scanner
Belongs to Brother MFC
its spyware

Summary: Average user rating of brctrcen.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think brctrcen.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks brctrcen.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving brctrcen issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with brctrcen. 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 brctrcen.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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