What is HostControlService.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 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 Broadcom CV Host Component or Dell ControlVault Host Components Installer 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 8/7/XP are 808,296 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 812,392 bytes, 812,448 bytes, 826,272 bytes or 1,039,776 bytes. 
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 14% dangerous.
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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 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 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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