What is PCtl.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 PCtl.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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PCtl.exe file information

Here is some of what is known about the PCtl.exe process. Up to now, our technical analysts have not been able to relate it to any particular software.

Description: PCtl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PCtl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 319,488 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. PCtl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If PCtl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 315,392 bytes. The software has no file description. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. PCtl.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has a visible window. PCtl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself.

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

This is probably related to the MGE UPS (Uninterrutable Power Supply). If you don't own an MGE UPS, you probably shouldn't have this running.
  Pedro Couto e Santos   (further information)
MGE/UPS Überwachungssoftware USV-Anlage

Summary: Average user rating of PCtl.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think PCtl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving PCtl issues

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