What is TouchControl.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 TouchControl.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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TouchControl.exe file information

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

The process known as TouchControl or HP SimplePass (version PE 2011) belongs to software HP SimplePass (version 2011, PE 2011, 2012) or Simple Pass (version 2011, 2012) or AuthenTec TrueSuite by HP ( or AuthenTec (

Description: TouchControl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file TouchControl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 653,128 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 3,695,912 bytes and 7 more variants. 
TouchControl.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The TouchControl.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. TouchControl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with TouchControl.exe, you can uninstall HP SimplePass or HP SimplePass PE 2011 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program or ask the software vendor,, for advice.

Recommended: Identify TouchControl.exe related errors

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

Takes up too much memory for no reason.
It's a part of a suite that control the FINGERPRINT reader and triggering other applications based on the user's fingerprint.
  HXm   (further information)
It's a massive pile of shit. Frequently fails to start or crashes for no reason. Unfortunately necessary for scrolling, scrolling, and any other gestures on the touch pad.
  Ihatetouchcontrol Duh  

Summary: Average user rating of TouchControl.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think TouchControl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving TouchControl issues

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