What is surfcontrol.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 surfcontrol.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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Surfcontrol.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with surfcontrol
Surfcontrol.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The surfcontrol.exe process does not contain any company information.

Description: Surfcontrol.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file surfcontrol.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 60,416 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 4,715,520 bytes or 3,588,096 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. Surfcontrol.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell). It is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Surfcontrol.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name surfcontrol.exe, for example WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the surfcontrol.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.


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Best practices for resolving surfcontrol issues

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