What does the HostControlService.exe file do?
The HostControlService.exe process is also known as Host Control Application and is a part of Dell ControlVault Host Components or, as the case may be, Broadcom USH Host Components. This software is produced by Broadcom (www.broadcom.com). An obsolete or defective version of HostControlService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Host Control Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Host Control Application 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)
- HostControlService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module HostControlService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about HostControlService.exe Host Control Application
HostControlService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. HostControlService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,039,776 bytes (28% of all these files), 812,448 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. HostControlService.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 15% 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 HostControlService.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 HostControlService?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Dell ControlVault Host Components or Broadcom USH Host Components
To remove Host Control Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Dell ControlVault Host Components or Broadcom USH Host Components in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if HostControlService.exe (Host Control Application) 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 Host Control Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Host Control Application 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 HostControlService.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.