What is PsCtrls.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 PsCtrls.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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PsCtrls.exe file information

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

The process known as Panda Software Controler or Antimalware Manager belongs to software Panda Internet Security (version 2009) or Panda Corporative Solutions by Panda Security, S.L ( or Panda Security (

Description: PsCtrls.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PsCtrls.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 181,504 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 173,312 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The PsCtrls.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. PsCtrls.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with PsCtrls.exe, you might want to uninstall the software Panda Internet Security 2009 or Prodigy Antivirus using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Das Programm kann auch im Unterordner C:\Programme\Internet Camera\util liegen und hat dort 232 KB (237.568 Bytes) Dateigröße, so es als Teil einer IP-Camera Installation mitgekommen ist
  Frederic Ch. Reuter, Geilnau   (further information)
PSCtrlS.exe is a process from Antimalware Manager by Panda Security and part of Panda Corporative Solutions. It protects computer against viruses, Trojan horses and other threats

Summary: Average user rating of PsCtrls.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks PsCtrls.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PsCtrls issues

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