What is Privacy Control Center.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 Privacy Control Center.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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Privacy Control Center.exe file information

The process known as Privacy Control Center or GhostSurf Privacy Control Center belongs to software GhostSurf (version 2005, 2006 Platinum) by Tenebril (

Description: Privacy Control Center.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Privacy Control Center.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 82,037 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 73,845 bytes. 
The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The Privacy Control Center.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > GhostSurf 2006 Platinum or GhostSurf 2005).

Recommended: Identify Privacy Control Center.exe related errors

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

Starts with XP Repair Pro which is a registry tool program for windows.
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Noch nie habe ich einen so horrende Unsinn gehört.Wenn man Privacy Center drauf hat kann man am Computer absolut nichts mehr machen. Alles was Sie vorschlagen geht überhaupt nicht.Sie hatte PC noch nie gehabt sonst würden Sie den Leuten nicht solch einen Schwachsinn anbieten. Auch wenn es umsonst ist, bleibt es Schwachsinn. Ich hatte Privacy Center auch drauf, gleich nachdem hochfahren kam eine schlecht zu verstehende Frauenstimme und dann das Fenster von Privacy Center. Habe dann erstmal den task-manager (strg+alt+entf) geöffnet und unter PrivacyCenter.exe beendet. Im Anschluss habe im Taskma

Summary: Average user rating of Privacy Control Center.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think Privacy Control Center.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Privacy Control Center issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Privacy Control Center. 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 Privacy Control Center.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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