What is igdctrl.exe?

The genuine igdctrl.exe file is a software component of AVM Fritz!Box by AVM.
AVM Fritz!Box is a residential gateway device used for connecting a local area network to a wide area network. Igdctrl.exe runs a process responsible for preventing unauthorized access into a network. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The AVM Fritz!Box series features devices with in-built support for ADSL/VDSL, Cable, or LTE modems; a built-in LAN-WAN router and network switch. Certain devices in the series also provide support for telephones, Gbit Ethernet, and provide a USB interface to attach a hard drive, memory stick or printer for local file or printer sharing. All devices run Fritz!OS, a customised Linux distribution. AVM GmbH is a German company that develops solutions in telecommunications. The company designs and manufactures communications and networking devices for broadband connections and home networking. AVM is best known for its FRITZ!Box series. In 2012 and 2013 the company generated a turnover of 250 million and 300 million Euros respectively. AVM was founded in 1986 and is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

IGDCtrl stands for AVM Information Gateway Device Control Service

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 igdctrl.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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Igdctrl.exe file information

The process known as AVM IGD Service belongs to software AVM FRITZ!DSL by AVM Berlin (

Description: Igdctrl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Igdctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes, 87,344 bytes, 73,528 bytes or 88,888 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Igdctrl.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using igdctrl.exe, you may also do the following:

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

ids (intrusion detection service) AVM Fritz Box Firewall
fritz box
Fritz DSL Box
AVM, Fritz Box, völlig harmlos!
Part of the suite of apps supplied with my Fritzbox 7140 router
  Mark Webb  

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Summary: Average user rating of igdctrl.exe: based on 28 votes with 6 user comments. 23 users think igdctrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks igdctrl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving igdctrl issues

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