What is CtrlVol.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 CtrlVol.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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CtrlVol.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software Wistron CtrlVol or Wistron ctrlvol or Launch Manager by Wistron (

Description: CtrlVol.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CtrlVol.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,840 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 20,480 bytes, 184,320 bytes or 167,936 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CtrlVol.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CtrlVol.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 is an application allowing for software volume control
vermutung lautstärkenkontrolle bei acer notebooks serie TravelMate610
Anzeige für Systemlautstärke
Bestandteil der LaunchManager-Applikation (Acer Notebooks)
lautstärkekontrolle bei acer notebooks
anzeige der sys lautstärke nicht nur bei ACER!!!
Lautstärkeänderung bei Medion NB
Medion verwendet es mit 20KB um über FUNKTION+Pfeil Rauf / runter die Lautstärke zu regeln

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CtrlVol.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. 7 users think CtrlVol.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. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving CtrlVol issues

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