What is PcNicCtl.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 PcNicCtl.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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PcNicCtl.exe file information

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

The process known as PcNicCtl Module appears to belong to software PcNicCtl Module or IntelĀ® Priority Packet III or IntelPcNicCtl by Intel (

Description: PcNicCtl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PcNicCtl.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 77,824 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The PcNicCtl.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The PcNicCtl.exe file is not a Windows system file. PcNicCtl.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous.

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If PcNicCtl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 286,720 bytes. The program is not visible. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The PcNicCtl.exe file is not a Windows system file. PcNicCtl.exe is able to hide itself.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Intel(R) Priority Packet III using Windows Control Panel
  2) search the support area on the Intel website
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PcNicCtl.exe. Therefore, you should check the PcNicCtl.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 PcNicCtl issues

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