What is iwctrl.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 iwctrl.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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Iwctrl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iwctrl
Iwctrl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as InstantWrite Control Center belongs to software Studio MediaSuite Recording or InstantWrite or Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD Suite by Pinnacle Systems GmbH ( or VOB Computersysteme GmbH ( or Pinnacle Systems (

Description: Iwctrl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file iwctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,346,560 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 761,344 bytes, 751,104 bytes, 732,160 bytes or 836,096 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Iwctrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using iwctrl.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > InstantRead or Studio MediaSuite Recording).

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

check if pinnacle instant write is installed could be part of burning drivers
Pinnacle video studio habe ich installiert.

Summary: Average user rating of iwctrl.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving iwctrl issues

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