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 GWX_control_panel.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.
The process known as GWX Control Panel - Closes and configures the 'Get Windows (version 10' system tray application.) belongs to software GWX Control Panel by UltimateOutsider.
Description: GWX_control_panel.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GWX_control_panel.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,559,944 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 4,438,088 bytes.
The GWX_control_panel.exe file is digitally signed. The GWX_control_panel.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. GWX_control_panel.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous.
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If GWX_control_panel.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 4,438,088 bytes. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. GWX_control_panel.exe is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. GWX_control_panel.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
If GWX_control_panel.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 4,559,944 bytes. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). GWX_control_panel.exe is not a Windows core file. GWX_control_panel.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GWX_control_panel.exe. Therefore, you should check the GWX_control_panel.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GWX_control_panel. 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 GWX_control_panel.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.