What is IoloSGCtrl.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 IoloSGCtrl.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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IoloSGCtrl.exe file information

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

The process known as iolo System Guard belongs to software iolo technologies' System or iolo technologies' System Mechanic or Dell PC TuneUp by iolo technologies (

Description: IoloSGCtrl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. IoloSGCtrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 243,712 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 323,424 bytes and 14 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. IoloSGCtrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to completely remove iolo technologies' System Mechanic or iolo technologies' System (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or ask the software vendor,, for advice.

Recommended: Identify IoloSGCtrl.exe related errors

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

System Mechanic and System Mechanic Professional are registered trademarks of iolo technologies, LLC Product
Part of Iolo System Mechanic
  Charlie O'Rourke  
its part of system mechanic updater
  the head  
Its something to do with system mechanic 6
System Mechanic 6
  GyoR   (further information)
part of System Mechanic
  B.P.J. Bezooijen  
Part of System Mechanic
Though System Mechanic has the System Guard feature disabled, it is still loaded in1.3mb of memory.
  Larry Skaines  
Part of System Mechanic.
Part of System Mechanic Professional 9.5.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of IoloSGCtrl.exe: based on 13 votes with 10 user comments. 10 users think IoloSGCtrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving IoloSGCtrl issues

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