What is PcCtlCom.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 PcCtlCom.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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PcCtlCom.exe file information

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

The process known as PcCtlCom Module belongs to software Trend Micro Internet Security or Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security by Trend Micro (

Description: PcCtlCom.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PcCtlCom.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—primarily C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\Internet Security 14\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,475,936 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 880,722 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The PcCtlCom.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. PcCtlCom.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with PcCtlCom.exe, you may want to do the following:
  • contact Customer Service
  • verify that you have installed the latest version
  • uninstall Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

Trend Micro Central Control Component, uses about 6% or RAM
Type: [Memory Resident] Association: [Trend Micro anti-spyware or anti-virus products (including Internet Security)] Purpose: [Monitors memory to prevent infections] Risks: [None, sometimes uses high RAM - this is normal] Recommendation: [Leave unless using over 80% CPU for over 1 min]
Necessary process of Trend Micro Internet Security program
Trend micro software... Internet security...
its trend mica's .exe update searcher checks for most recent updates.
This is a component of Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security. PC-cillin Internet Security gives you protection from viruses, spyware and hackers. It also features spam filtering of your e-mail and adds protection on Wi-Fi connectivity.
Eats a lot of memory...about 29mb
PcCtlCom.exe is a process belonging to the Trend Micro Internet Security suite. It offers your computer security against Internet bound threats such as trojans and spyware. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated..
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PcCtlCom.exe: based on 22 votes with 9 reviews. 18 users think PcCtlCom.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think PcCtlCom.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade PcCtlCom.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PcCtlCom issues

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