What is PPControl.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 PPControl.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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PPControl.exe file information

The process known as PestPatrol tray application belongs to software PestPatrol or SetupPPUpdater or StompSoft Spyware X-terminator by Computer Associates International (

Description: PPControl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PPControl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 98,816 bytes, 53,248 bytes or 61,440 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows core file. PPControl.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with PPControl.exe, you can completely remove StompSoft Spyware X-terminator or PestPatrol (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

gehört zu Pestpatrol
part of pest patrol
Part of Pest Patrol anti-spyware software
Part of commercial anti-spyware program
  Ben!   (further information)
pest patrol
Spyware removal

Summary: Average user rating of PPControl.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 9 users think PPControl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving PPControl issues

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