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 184.108.40.206 WHQL, 220.127.116.11 WHQL, 18.104.22.168 WHQL, 22.214.171.124 WHQL, 126.96.36.199 WHQL, 188.8.131.52 For, 184.108.40.206 For XP WHQL, 220.127.116.11 WHQL 03Sep08, 18.104.22.168_WHQL, 22.214.171.124 WHQL, 126.96.36.199_WHQL, 188.8.131.52 WHQL, 184.108.40.206_WHQL, 220.127.116.11 WHQL, 18.104.22.168_WHQL, 22.214.171.124 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:
- ETD Control Center has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ETD Control Center has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ETDCtrl.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ETDCtrl.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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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 335,872 bytes (19% of all these files), 548,744 bytes as well as 50 other variants.
The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. ETDCtrl.exe contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. It can read anything that you enter on the keyboard. ETDCtrl.exe is capable of record keystrokes as well as track other applications. For this reason, 39% 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! |
|ESSENTIAL Samsung laptops ELAN trackpad driver (series 5 and series 9) |
|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.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for ELAN Smart-Pad or ETD Ware PS/2-x86 in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
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.