What is pg_ctl.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 pg_ctl.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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Pg_ctl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pg_ctl
Pg_ctl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as pg_ctl - starts/stops/restarts the PostgreSQL server belongs to software PostgreSQL or TimeTrex Community Edition On-Site or RadarOpus PostgreSQL or BIRT iHub F-Type or Websense Web Security / Websense or PostGIS (version 2.0.1 for PostgreSQL x64) by PostgreSQL Global Development Group (

Description: Pg_ctl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pg_ctl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 66,048 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 111,104 bytes and 22 more variants. 
The program is not visible. Pg_ctl.exe is not a Windows system file. File is hidden. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with pg_ctl.exe, you can also look for help [1][2] from the software company Postgresql or completely remove PostgreSQL or Metasploit (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify pg_ctl.exe related errors

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

pg_ctl.exe is associated with the PostgreSQL relational database server.

Summary: Average user rating of pg_ctl.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think pg_ctl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving pg_ctl issues

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