How to remove the WinCtlAd virus

Most antivirus programs identify WinCtlAd.exe as malware—for instance Symantec identifies it as Adware.SyncroAd, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADWARE_WINAD.

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WinCtlAd.exe file information

The process belongs to software Windows ControlAd by unknown.

Description: WinCtlAd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The WinCtlAd.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 26,112 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. WinCtlAd.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with WinCtlAd.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Windows ControlAd).

Recommended: Identify WinCtlAd.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the WinCtlAd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Windows ControlAd has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

winctlad.exe is a part of the WindUpdates Adware. This process is used to display advertisments on your desktop. This process should be removed to protect your personal privacy.
WinCtlAdAlt.exe is a part of the WindUpdates Adware. This process is used to display advertisments on your desktop. This process should be removed to protect your personal privacy.
  Maximo Dominguez  

Summary: Average user rating of WinCtlAd.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving WinCtlAd issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active WinCtlAd process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the WinCtlAd.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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