What is controld.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 controld.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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Controld.exe file information

The process belongs to software WatchGuard Firebox System or WatchGuard System Manager by unknown.

Description: Controld.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Controld.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 32,768 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The controld.exe file is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramWatchGuard System Manager or WatchGuard Firebox System.

Recommended: Identify controld.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as controld.exe. Therefore, you should check the controld.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

WatchGuard Firewall Monitoring and Management Software
  Adrien Belcourt, Network Secure Ltd.   (further information)
It's a Router program used with Watchguard's FireBox Router
  Technical Administrator  
Belongs to the WatchGuard WSEP/IPS/SPAMBlocker server-side agents. Will only appear if you install the agents. You may uninstall it at any time, and just keep the WatchGuard System Manager for managing your Fireboxes.
  Robert   (further information)
Watchguard process.
If you have a watchguard log server running, you will recieve a controld.exe application error on rebooting the server

Summary: Average user rating of controld.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 7 users think controld.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving controld issues

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