What is vdwctlm.386?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the vdwctlm.386 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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Vdwctlm.386 file information

The process vdwctlm.386 has no vendor information.

Description: Vdwctlm.386 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file vdwctlm.386 is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 10,320 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. Vdwctlm.386 is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: system.ini). The vdwctlm.386 file is not a Windows core file. vdwctlm.386 appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vdwctlm.386. Therefore, you should check the vdwctlm.386 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 vdwctlm issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vdwctlm. 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 vdwctlm.386 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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