What is BrCtrlCntr.exe?

The genuine BrCtrlCntr.exe file is a software component of Brother ControlCenter by Brother.
Brother ControlCenter is a utility software for managing installed printers manufactured by Brother Industries. BrCtrlCntr.exe is a core process associated with the Brother ControlCenter. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Brother ControlCenter is a configuration and management tool for Brother printers. The program gives users access to hardware functions such as Photo Print, Scan, and PC-FAX found on printers manufactured by Brother. This program is installed automatically during initial setup of any Brother printer. Brother ControlCenter is available for the Windows and Mac OS-X platforms. Brother Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational company that designs and manufactures electronics and electrical equipment such as desktop computers, printers, large machine tools, sewing machines, label printers, fax machines, typewriters, and other computer-related electronics. Brother Industries was founded as an overseas sales affiliate for the Yasui Sewing Machine Company in 1954. The company currently generates over $5 billion annually. Brother Industries is presently headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.

BrCtrlCntr stands for Brother ControlCenter Main Process

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 BrCtrlCntr.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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BrCtrlCntr.exe file information

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

The process known as ControlCenter Main Process belongs to software Brother ControlCenter by Brother Industries (

Description: BrCtrlCntr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. BrCtrlCntr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 393,216 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 579,584 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The BrCtrlCntr.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with BrCtrlCntr.exe, you may also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramControlCenter4.

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

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Summary: Average user rating of BrCtrlCntr.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think BrCtrlCntr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users don't grade BrCtrlCntr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving BrCtrlCntr issues

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