What is wpctrl.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 wpctrl.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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Wpctrl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wpctrl
Wpctrl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Pivot Software Support Application belongs to software Pivot Software or Pivot Sofware or Pivot Pro Plugin or Pivot Software Support Application by Portrait Displays (

Description: Wpctrl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Wpctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—usually C:\Program Files\WinPortrait\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 694,008 bytes (73% of all occurrences), 694,824 bytes and 10 more variants. 
Wpctrl.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. Wpctrl.exe is able to record keyboard inputs. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Wpctrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Pivot Software (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), visit the support page or update the program.

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If wpctrl.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 694,824 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. Wpctrl.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. It is able to record keyboard inputs. Wpctrl.exe is not a Windows core file. Wpctrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

Made for very specific application, neither useful nor harmful
Causes error messages when I visit google maps. Thus I'll disable it until I ever need it (prob. never)
Pivot Functionality display image adjustment for Monitors that can be turned 90 degrees.
  Christopher Hollifield  
I have a Acer P236H Widescreen Monitor, and I think, its from this!
never installed installing driver software for my Gateway LCD monitor before but after wiping my comp it appeared on my system after installing driver software for my Gateway LCD monitor
at least it should display UI, but doesn't :S, and the driver installer should not install this : my minitor do not pivot ...
Installed with my HP w2408h monitor, allows it to pivot 90 degrees.
  Frank B.  
Just disable it until it is needed - then turn it back on.
  Christopher R.  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wpctrl.exe: based on 23 votes with 9 reviews. 19 users think wpctrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 4 users don't grade wpctrl.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wpctrl issues

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