What is Windows7FirewallControl.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 Windows7FirewallControl.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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Windows7FirewallControl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Windows7FirewallControl
Windows7FirewallControl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows (version 7 Firewall Control) belongs to software Vista-Wall extended control for Windows (version 7 and Vista Firewall) by Sphinx Software.

Description: Windows7FirewallControl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Windows7FirewallControl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 802,816 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,645,056 bytes, 724,992 bytes, 753,664 bytes or 815,104 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Windows7FirewallControl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Sphinx-soft provides direct support ( You could uninstall the software Windows7FirewallControl or Windows7FirewallControl Plus using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Windows7FirewallControl.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Windows7FirewallControl.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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Best practices for resolving Windows7FirewallControl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Windows7FirewallControl. 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 Windows7FirewallControl.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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