What is MGSysCtrl.exe?

The genuine MGSysCtrl.exe file is a software component of MSI System Control Manager by MSI.
MSI System Control Manager is a utility that provides on-screen notifications when modifying system settings. MGSysCtrl.exe runs a process that detects keypresses and system events and provides a graphical response. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems.

The MSI System Control Manager provides an event notification in the form of an on-screen graphical icon upon special keypresses and changing device settings such as toggling the Wi-Fi switch, using the volume or brightness controls, etc. This program is usually preinstalled on certain laptops and desktops manufactured by MSI. This application modifies the Windows registry and sets itself up to be launched at system startup. This may reduce system performance. The MSI System Control Manager supports the Microsoft Windows platform.

MSI (Micro-Star International Co., Ltd.) is a Taiwanese company that manufactures and distributes computer hardware such as graphics cards, motherboards, desktops, laptops, servers, etc. MSI was founded in 1986 by five former employees of Sony: Joseph Hsu, Frank Lin, Jeans Huang, Kenny Yu, and Henry Lu, with a focus on designing and manufacturing motherboards. The company currently owns offices on five continents and employs over 14,000 people with a presence in over 120 countries. MSI is currently headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

MgSysCtrl stands for MSI Manager for System Control

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 MGSysCtrl.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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MGSysCtrl.exe file information

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

The process known as System Control Manager belongs to software System Control Manager or MGSysCtrl Application or by Micro-Star International Co. ( or Mirco-Star International CO., LTD ( or MSI (

Description: MGSysCtrl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. MGSysCtrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—primarily C:\Program Files (x86)\System Control Manager\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\LG Software\System Control Manager\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,482,176 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 2,408,448 bytes and 34 more variants. 
The MGSysCtrl.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. MGSysCtrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with MGSysCtrl.exe, you can do the following:

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

System utility on MSI notebooks. Displays animation for hot key commands (like turning on/off wireless card)
MSI notebook application
  MSI s260 owner  
I have a MSI notebook and it displays animation for hot key commands (like turning on/off wireless card)
  Ray Lake  
MSI Turion notebook 'M635' power control panel
  greg   (further information)
Yes, it is a MSI notebooke Utility. Although I am having problems using it as a user
System Control Manager for MSI MEGA home theater appliance computers. It works in conjunction with the remote to perform certain tasks in windows. It should be removed if you are not using an MSI device.
Indeed the program is for handling extra keys and hotkeys. My Targa Notebook shows the same behaviour as the one of K. Reiners, for some seconds a small window that says "Helderheid van...", wat means clarity (=Helligkeit). While starting my computer I get 3 times a runtime-error and trying nVidia Control Panel I get it too, mentioning nvcplui.exe. I think all these problems are linked. The helpdesk of Targa advises to use the recovery-disk for a complete renewal of Windows. This is very drastically. Does somebody know a better way???
I think it checks the System upstart and is harmless or even good. Seems not necessary to have. I refused it internet connection and my Targa worked smoothly in spite of that. I run F-Secure firewall and virusprotection
  Lars Hedenström   (further information)
It uses all your processor power
  Sam Jones  
I always disable my touchpad. A graphic used to appear. Hitting Fn-F3 would cause an X to appear in the box indicating the touchpad was now off. This graphic no longer appears but at startup an error msg says MGSysctrl.exe cannot find idletrac.dll. Help
Its a shortcut key for your laptop on the dashboard
Whenever it runs, the little icons for when I change the volume and webcam and stuff appears, and when I exit it, it doesn't, so I think that that is enough proof for me to believe that it is simply the MSI icon thing... At least now I know where to go if I want to edit the pictures haha. Anyways, I'm using a second display, and whenever it runs, I see a white box, anyone else getting that issue? It isn't life threatening, but it is annoying as I can't move it or anything.
it freezes my computer whenever i press a key on the keyboard and when i ended the process my computer went back to normal
It is a program for MSI exclusive hotkeys. It shows a visual icon when you turn on/off webcam,wireless, eco(powersaving modes) on MSI laptops. It is not harmful. You can remove it if you choose with no adverse affects to your computer. you can download and install it from the MSI website. it is bloatware that an average user likes to have but and advanced user may want to be rid of. IT Tech at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs.
msi note book function (fn) key program
  buzz lebo  
The MS´s sight, see link (service control manager)
  rudolf.zlabinger   (further information)
Delivered as part of MEDION ERAZER it controls the touch keys "Display off" and "Eject the CD drive". Doesn´t work with Windows 10, leaving you without the functions described.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of MGSysCtrl.exe: based on 33 votes with 17 user comments. 11 users think MGSysCtrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 12 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 4 users think MGSysCtrl.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade MGSysCtrl.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving MGSysCtrl issues

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