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What does the ETDCtrl.exe file do?

The ETDCtrl.exe process is also known as ETD Control Center or, as the case may be, ETD Ware TSR Enhancements and is a part of ELAN Smart-Pad or, as the case may be, ETD Ware PS/2-x86 (Version WHQL, WHQL, WHQL, WHQL 03Sep08,, WHQL,, For XP WHQL, WHQL,,, WHQL, WHQL, For,, WHQL, ...). This software is produced by ELAN Microelectronics or, as the case may be, ELANTECH Devices (www.emc.com.tw). An obsolete or defective version of ETDCtrl.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about ETDCtrl.exe ETD Control Center

ETDCtrl.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. ETDCtrl.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 548,744 bytes (7% of all these files), 335,872 bytes as well as 58 other variants.
The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. This ETDCtrl program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. ETDCtrl.exe is capable of record keystrokes as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 25% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ETDCtrl.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about ETDCtrl?

Program from Elan Microelectronic corp used for touchpad driver
ELAN Smart Pad - Touchpad driver
Touchpad funktioniert auch ohne, aber Multitouch nicht!
John Doe
ESSENTIAL Samsung laptops ELAN trackpad driver (series 5 and series 9)
Joe Average
Killing the process did not affect the toucpad function
Program from Elan Microelectronic corp used for touchpad driver. High processor time for no appearant reason
Essential comes on laptops for scrolling zooming and rotating pictures (further information...)

Summary: 5 users judge ETDCtrl.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted ETDCtrl.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall ELAN Smart-Pad or ETD Ware PS/2-x86

To remove ETD Control Center from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate ELAN Smart-Pad or ETD Ware PS/2-x86 in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if ETDCtrl.exe (ETD Control Center) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of ETD Control Center. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ETD Control Center or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ETDCtrl.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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