What is SgeCtl.exe?

The genuine SgeCtl.exe file is a software component of SafeGuard Easy by Utimaco.
SgeCtl.exe is an executable file that is part of SafeGuard Easy, a data encryption sofware. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. SafeGuard Easy is a security program designed to efficiently encrypt data. It is available for both, individuals and enterprises. The program offers users a straightforward package that requires minimal effort to install and use. The product provides encryption through the International Data Encryption Algorithm (IDEA) as well as AES 128 and 256 bit standards. Ultimaco is a German company that develops solutions for lawful interception of data for government and corporate applications. The company also provides data retention systems for telecom operators and Internet service providers. Ultimaco was established in 1994 and currently has offices in Aachen, Germany and Arese, Italy.

SGECtl stands for SafeGuard Easy Control Module

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 SgeCtl.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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SgeCtl.exe file information

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

The process known as SGECTL Module or SafeGuard Easy SGECTL belongs to software SafeGuard® Easy Client (version 4.30.1, 4.40.2, 4.40.3, 4.40.1, 4.50.3, 4.50.4) or SafeGuard® Easy by Utimaco Safeware AG (

Description: SgeCtl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SgeCtl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 114,773 bytes, 20,480 bytes, 24,576 bytes or 114,781 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. It is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. SgeCtl.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SgeCtl.exe, you can also remove the entire program SafeGuard® Easy or SafeGuard Easy using Windows Control Panel or look for help from the software company Utimaco.

Recommended: Identify SgeCtl.exe related errors

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

Systemdatei des Verschlüsselungsprogramms SafeGuard Easy
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Its from Safe Guard Easy
part of the safeguard encryption protection
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Safe Guard Easy
This is part of the Utimaco hard drive encryption application
SpyZooka tagged it as a trogan horse
Is part of Ultimaco Safe Guard Easy

Summary: Average user rating of SgeCtl.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think SgeCtl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SgeCtl issues

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