What is ETDCtrl.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 ETDCtrl.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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ETDCtrl.exe file information

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

The process known as ETD Control Center or ETD Ware TSR Enhancements

belongs to software ELAN Smart-Pad or ETD Ware PS/2-x86 (version WHQL, WHQL, WHQL, WHQL, WHQL, For, WHQL 03Sep08, For XP WHQL,, WHQL,, WHQL, WHQL,,, WHQL, ..., ...) or ETDWare PS/2-x64 (version or Elantech Smart-Pad

by ELANTECH Devices ( or ELAN Microelectronics or ELAN Microelectronic (

Description: ETDCtrl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ETDCtrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 335,872 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,891,720 bytes and 66 more variants. 
ETDCtrl.exe is not a Windows system file. The ETDCtrl.exe file is able to record keyboard inputs. The program has no visible window. ETDCtrl.exe is a Microsoft signed file. ETDCtrl.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is a Verisign signed file. ETDCtrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you still experience problems with ETDCtrl.exe, you can also uninstall the software ETDWare PS/2-x86 WHQL or ETDWare PS/2-x86 WHQL using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

Recommended: Identify ETDCtrl.exe related errors

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

Program from Elan Microelectronic corp used for touchpad driver
ELAN Smart Pad - Touchpad driver
Touchpad funktioniert auch ohne, aber Multitouch nicht!
  John Doe  
ESSENTIAL Samsung laptops ELAN trackpad driver (series 5 and series 9)
  Joe Average  
Killing the process did not affect the toucpad function
Program from Elan Microelectronic corp used for touchpad driver. High processor time for no appearant reason
Essential comes on laptops for scrolling zooming and rotating pictures
  vodkaFather   (further information)
Needed for my Samsung Laptop (Series 7) For Multitouch.
touchpad treiber
uses a lot of cpu just to run the trackpad. The trackpad runs without it but not as well - tracking speed and scrolling is harder to nail down correctly without the ELAN software.
Samsung Laptop (Series 7) For Multitouch.

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Summary: Average user rating of ETDCtrl.exe: based on 21 votes with 11 user comments. 13 users think ETDCtrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks ETDCtrl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ETDCtrl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ETDCtrl. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 ETDCtrl.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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