How to remove the msctrl virus

Most antivirus programs identify msctrl.exe as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Agent.vgo or Trojan.Win32.Agent.dfv, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Adclicker or Trojan Horse.

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Msctrl.exe file information

The process known as msctrl belongs to software Project1 by unknown.

Description: Msctrl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 12,288 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 39,424 bytes, 10,752 bytes, 11,776 bytes or 11,264 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Msctrl.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous.

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If msctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 40,960 bytes. The program has a visible window. The program has no file description. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Msctrl.exe is not a Windows core file. Msctrl.exe is able to monitor applications. msctrl.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the msctrl.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 msctrl issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active msctrl process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the msctrl.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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