What is Control.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 Control.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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Control.exe file information

The process known as Sandboxie Control or Windows Systemsteuerung belongs to software Sandboxie or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by tzuk or Microsoft (

Description: Control.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Control.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 512,512 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 494,080 bytes, 503,808 bytes, 510,976 bytes or 486,912 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Control.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Skrytě zaznamenává veškeré aktivity na PC, je nutno nejprve nainstalovat.
  Pavel Karpíšek  
Ciber Cafe Control
its a hacked file
  mike taylor  
DView from DLink showed as Control.exe. Its a security cam viewer. Not very well named.
Unless I'm an idiot and the info obtained by right clicking, going to 'Properties' and simply reading about it (especially 'FILE VERSION') means nothing...'control.exe', when in the 'c:\windows\system32 folder', is a Microsoft® Windows® Operating System file, commonly referred to as 'Windows Control Panel'!!!!
  Joe Smith  
Rechtsklick auf control.exe besagt, dass es die Windows Systemsteuerung von der Microsoft Corporation ist. Control.exe befindet sich unter C:\WINDOWS\system32
Control.exe ist euer Systemsteuerrung im System32

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Summary: Average user rating of Control.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 4 users think Control.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks Control.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade Control.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Control issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Control. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Control.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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