What is FSScrCtl.exe?

The genuine FSScrCtl.exe file is a software component of Stardust Screen Saver Toolkit by Stardust Software.
FSScrCtl.exe is an executable file that runs the Control Applet for the Stardust Screen Saver Toolkit, a screensaver authoring software. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Stardust Screen Saver Toolkit program lets users create high-quality screensavers to distribute and sell. The program provides a wizard that guides users through a step-by-step process that lets them choose images, sounds, videos and animations. The program then puts it all together into a completely self-installing screensaver. No programming is required to create these screensavers. Stardust Software is an American company that specializes in developing multimedia and digital imaging products for developers as well as consumers. The company launched their flagship product, Stardust Screen Saver Toolkit, in February, 1997. The product initially sold for $249 but is currently regarded as a legacy software and is distributed for free through the Stardust website. Stardust Software is based in Redmond, Washington, USA.

FSScrCtl stands for FStardust Screen Saver Control Applet

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 FSScrCtl.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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FSScrCtl.exe file information

The process known as Screen Saver Control applet belongs to software Stardust Screen Saver Toolkit by Stardust Software (

Description: FSScrCtl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. FSScrCtl.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 249,344 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 241,664 bytes. 
FSScrCtl.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). FSScrCtl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as FSScrCtl.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the FSScrCtl.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.


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Best practices for resolving FSScrCtl issues

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