What is wdvrctrl.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 wdvrctrl.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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Wdvrctrl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wdvrctrl
Wdvrctrl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process itself does not contain any references to its author. However, a few interesting pieces of information are available from other sources.

Description: Wdvrctrl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Wdvrctrl.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 94,208 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Wdvrctrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wdvrctrl.exe. Therefore, you should check the wdvrctrl.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

driver for some TV capture cards
1st comment seems true as i have a tv capture board "maxi tv pci2"
Added a PCLine PCI TV Tuner Card today and found wdvrctrl.exe was added to my registry run commands, but I couldn't find the actual file anywhere on my computer, which seems like sloppy programing to me (or a knackered installation...).
Driver was installed for a Fly Video 2000 video capture card. It is compiled in Microsoft Visual C++.
  Morris Smith  
PCI TV Tuner Card Installed - KYE Genius
i have mercury pci tvcard.seems safe
I killed this process with non existing file, and still ... tv programs won't get any better. but tv api works.
Was added with Live View stuido. For Video Capture. ANd if it is remove you will get a error when trying to load the Util
The entry is started when drivers for lightwave tv capture card are installed. It's purpose is not clear. It is indicated that it is located in the windows folder but a search will not find it. It could be dangerous and should be deleted since it is non windows file.
  Steve Kellerman  
mercury tv tuner card
mercury tv tuner card

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wdvrctrl.exe: based on 11 votes with 11 user comments. 7 users think wdvrctrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade wdvrctrl.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wdvrctrl issues

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