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What is tfswctrl.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 tfswctrl.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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Tfswctrl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tfswctrl
Tfswctrl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 tfswctrl.exe file 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 8/7/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: MACHINE\Run, Run). You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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.

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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.

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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
  jim  
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.
  Dharma  
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.
  Lal  
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.
  Bob  
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
  rey  
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;
  d34th_WiSH  
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
  Quisp  
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Rating chart

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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Best practices for resolving tfswctrl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tfswctrl. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 tfswctrl.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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