What is MSIControlService.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 MSIControlService.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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MSIControlService.exe file information

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

The process known as MSICTL_CC belongs to software MSI Command Center or Command Center by MSI (

Description: MSIControlService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MSIControlService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—for instance C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI\CommandCenter\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,993,216 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 1,992,704 bytes and 15 more variants. 
It is a background process, and the service name is MSICTL_CC.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. MSIControlService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also go to the software publisher,, [1][2] for advice, make sure that you have installed the latest version [1][2] or uninstall MSI Command Center or Command Center software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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