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Is tfswctrl.exe safe?

Tfswctrl.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if tfswctrl.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Tfswctrl.exe file information

The process known as Drive Letter Access Component or Direct Access Component or Sonic DLA

belongs to software Sonic DLA or IBM DLA or DLA or HP DLA or VERITAS DLA or Drive Letter Access Component or Roxio DLA or Stomp DLA

by Sonic Solutions (www.sonic.com) or VERITAS Software (www.veritas.com) or IBM (www.ibm.com) or HP (www.hp.com).

Description: Tfswctrl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file tfswctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 127,035 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 122,939 bytes and 32 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/tfswctrl.exe.html 
There is no description of the program. The tfswctrl.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). You can uninstall this program in the control panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You can uninstall the program Roxio RecordNow or Roxio DLA / HP DLA / Sonic DLA / VERITAS DLA, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to www.roxio.com/enu/support/software_updates/ to update it, go to www.roxio.com/enu/support/ for support, or go to Roxio RecordNow or Roxio DLA / HP DLA / Sonic DLA / VERITAS DLA in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify tfswctrl.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "tfswctrl" must run at start up. Drive letter access to HP's and Veritas' version of DirectCD. Does the same thing as DirectCD. From HP - "This is a needed file as it controles the readability of the Combo drives. Without this file loading the end user will be able to burn CD's but wont be able to read them. The drive itself will be able to read store bought master Cd's without the file but not burnt ones"

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tfswctrl.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tfswctrl.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

Windows Explorer stops working. Can use and open files directly with the associated application but can't see the files existing in the hard drive.
  Mr. A.  
says it cannot start, infected by w32/blaster.worm. won't let ANY program stay open
Had many problems. Crashes , super slow , programs nonfunction or malfunction , startup/shutdown glitches. I think a virus or trojan messed up tfswctrl.exe. I removed and reinstalled sonic. Seems all fixed.
Causes problem whenever I shut down my hp notebook. In process explorer it is even not possible to 'verify' this shit. That's the kind of stuff I would like to clean off if I didn't have to write a CD once every two years.
Along with Norton internet security packages 2009 and 2010, it will cause blue screen of death. when I completely remove all norton software, it works fine, but then I have no internet security. if i need to read/write cd's norton gotta go, otherwise this utility gotta go. combination of two keeps on crashing my windows xp professional.
when I try to suspend it, it unsuspends itself! it also will not let me kill it. I removed it from startup in the registry and my machine runs a whole lot faster
Part of Sonic's Roxio Record Now Direct CD (DVD & CD Burner program); Can be corrupted, can be exploited; Usually stored in System32\dla\ here .exe; Required for certain burning hardware; Required at Startup for CD burning hardware/software;
Related to Sonic. Can stop it from loading thru click Start click run type= msconfig press enter click startup tab uncheck tfswctrl.exe reboot to affect change do the reverse to enable tfswctrl.exe
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Summary: Average user rating of tfswctrl.exe: based on 107 votes with 9 reviews.
37 users think tfswctrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 25 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 20 users suspect danger. 16 users think tfswctrl.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 19 users don't grade tfswctrl.exe ("not sure about it").

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