What is ETDCtrlHelper.exe?

The genuine ETDCtrlHelper.exe file is a software component of ELAN Smart-Pad by ELAN Microelectronics.
ELAN Smart-Pad is a touchpad usually found on laptops. ETDCtrlHelper.exe runs the helper for the control center, a configuration screen that provides options to modify settings for the ELAN Smart-Pad. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. ELAN Smart-Pad is an input device used for finger tracking. This device is often sold to original equipment manufacturers such as Samsung. The trackpad features two and three finger gestures as well as intuitive scrolling, zooming in and out, rotation, magnification, window-switching, tapping, and more. ELAN Smart-Pad supports the Windows platform. The ELAN Microelectronics Corporation is a Taiwanese company that designs microchips and integrated circuitry. ELAN specializes in the development of Smart Human-Machine Interface applications and is heavily invested in the research of Capacitive Touchpad. The company was founded in 1994 and is currently headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park, Taipei, Taiwan and owns offices in the US, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

ETDCtrlHelper stands for Elan Trackpad Device Control Center Helper

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 ETDCtrlHelper.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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ETDCtrlHelper.exe file information

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

The process known as ETD Control Center Helper belongs to software ELAN Smart-Pad by ELAN Microelectronics or ELAN Microelectronic (

Description: ETDCtrlHelper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ETDCtrlHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,366,760 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 2,363,784 bytes and 34 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. ETDCtrlHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous.

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If ETDCtrlHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 1,600,456 bytes. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. ETDCtrlHelper.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. ETDCtrlHelper.exe is not a Windows system file. ETDCtrlHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

Its easy to remove if you have administarotor on your user.
  Windows Master  

Summary: Average user rating of ETDCtrlHelper.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks ETDCtrlHelper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ETDCtrlHelper issues

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