How to remove the sysctl virus

Most antivirus programs identify sysctl.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Artemis!9967C354C035 or Generic.dx, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan Horse.

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Sysctl.exe file information

The process known as TmtkControl belongs to software TControl or Tmtk Control by unknown.

Description: Sysctl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file sysctl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 532,992 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 511,488 bytes or 491,008 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Sysctl.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with sysctl.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > TControl or Tmtk Control).

Recommended: Identify sysctl.exe related errors

If sysctl.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 404,480 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The sysctl.exe file is not a Windows system file.

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Important: You should check the sysctl.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

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kindersicherung2004-2005 usw...Wenn man die nutzt, dann Wichtig die datei
Netzwerkpuffer soweit ich weiß - ich würde davon abraten, sie aus dem Systemordner zu löschen, in anderen Ordnern höchstwahrscheinlich Virus

Summary: Average user rating of sysctl.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think sysctl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sysctl issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active sysctl process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the sysctl.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 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.

Other processes

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