What is HostControlService.exe?

The genuine HostControlService.exe file is a software component of Credential Vault Host Control Service by Broadcom.
"HostControlService.exe" is a Windows file known as Credential Vault Host Control Service for the fingerprint function of Broadcom USH Host Components. The file handles fingerprint processing for user authentication applications. The file is only included in computers with a fingerprint reader/scanner. Broadcom began in 1991 and is a U.S. semiconductor manufacture for mobile and broadband communications providing video, data, voice, and multimedia connectivity in homes and offices worldwide by way of delivering system-on-a-chip technology to communication devices.

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 HostControlService.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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HostControlService.exe file information

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

The process known as Host Control Application belongs to software Broadcom USH Host Components or Dell ControlVault Host Components or Dell ControlVault Host Components Installer or Broadcom CV Host Component by Broadcom (

Description: HostControlService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HostControlService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 808,296 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 812,392 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. HostControlService.exe is a Verisign signed file. HostControlService.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with HostControlService.exe, you can do the following:
  • consult's Customer Service for advice
  • remove the entire program Broadcom USH Host Components or Dell ControlVault Host Components Installer using Windows Control Panel

Recommended: Identify HostControlService.exe related errors

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

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