What is eeCtrl?

EeCtrl.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if eeCtrl.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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EeCtrl.sys file information

The process known as Symantec Eraser Control Driver or Symantec Eraser Control driver belongs to software Symantec Eraser Control driver or ERASER ENGINE by Symantec (

Description: EeCtrl.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. EeCtrl.sys is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 371,248 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 385,072 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. EeCtrl.sys is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of New Headway iTools Elementary (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify eeCtrl.sys related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as eeCtrl.sys. Therefore, you should check the eeCtrl.sys 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

It is installed with Norton Antivirus\SystemWorks 2007 Beta's
  Mike G  
I have previously had Norton Internet Security 2006 installed, now its uninstalled but i still get an error in my logs regarding this service. The info in the registry (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_EECTRL) cannot be removed for some strange reason. Seems to be locked. The service is not visible in my service manager. I have sent this information to Symantec, asking for help.
  Anna Eriksson  
its the Symantec Eraser Control Driver. Found in \Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\EENGINE
  Nick A  
installed with symantec AV corporate edition in shared folder
  Thomas Zucker-Scharff  
Bei De-Installation nicht entfernt und kann massive HDD-Probleme verursachen!
  Harald-RenĂ© Flasch   (further information)
Removed with Norton's uninstaller for Anti-Virus.
  Jed   (further information)
Installed with Symantec Endpoint 12.1...did not successfully remove on uninstall, required Symantec's 'CleanWipe' utility to remove.
  Jim Lee  

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Summary: Average user rating of eeCtrl.sys: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 5 users think eeCtrl.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving eeCtrl issues

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