What is SfCtlCom.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 SfCtlCom.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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SfCtlCom.exe file information

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

The process known as Manages all components of Trend Micro Internet Security belongs to software Trend Micro Internet Security or Trend Micro AntiVirus by Trend Micro (

Description: SfCtlCom.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SfCtlCom.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 703,008 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 698,888 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. SfCtlCom.exe is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. SfCtlCom.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with SfCtlCom.exe, you may want to go to the support area of the Trendmicro website, make sure that you have installed the latest version or remove the entire program Trend Micro Internet Security or Trend Micro AntiVirus using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify SfCtlCom.exe related errors

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

associated with Trend micro antivirus
It showed up in Task Manager WinXP when I switched from AVG / ms Internet Security combot to Trend Internet Security because of doubts I have concerning (1) my security issues, (2) intellectual rights network mechanisms that are currently in play, and (3) past printer port virus mechanisms. Of course our theories aren't correct all the time !!!! I hope your right and it is part of Trend's software, because otherwise it was runnning blocker for something far more dangerous.
  Tyler Eves  
SfCtlCom.exe eats CPU while scanning, CPU usage goes to near 100% when scanning compressed Microsoft files, especially .CAB and .MSP.
Don't know if this is the cause, but the CPU usage was at 100%, and I could only get out of it with a hard reboot.

Summary: Average user rating of SfCtlCom.exe: based on 2 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks SfCtlCom.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade SfCtlCom.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SfCtlCom issues

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