What is SbieCtrl.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 SbieCtrl.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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SbieCtrl.exe file information

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

The process known as Sandboxie Control belongs to software Sandboxie or Fraps by Sandboxie Holdings or SANDBOXIE L.T.D ( or tzuk.

Description: SbieCtrl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The SbieCtrl.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 787,592 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 797,328 bytes and 36 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). SbieCtrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

part of Sandboxie
  me   (further information)
It is SandBoxie Location: C:\Program Files\Sandboxie Size:385 KB
  88power88   (further information)
sbiectrl.exe is part of Sandboxie by Ronen Tzur. Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
Programm Sandboxie

Summary: Average user rating of SbieCtrl.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think SbieCtrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving SbieCtrl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SbieCtrl. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SbieCtrl.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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