What does the SbieCtrl.exe file do?
The SbieCtrl.exe process is also known as Sandboxie Control and is a part of Sandboxie. This software is produced by Sandboxie Holdings or, as the case may be, SANDBOXIE L.T.D (www.sandboxie.com). An obsolete or defective version of SbieCtrl.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Sandboxie Control has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Sandboxie Control 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)
- SbieCtrl.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SbieCtrl.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SbieCtrl.exe Sandboxie Control
SbieCtrl.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file SbieCtrl.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 787,592 bytes (11% of all these files), 765,200 bytes as well as 20 other variants.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, RunOnce). The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. SbieCtrl.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 37% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A SbieCtrl.exe file has a 44% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 3,682,968 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 765,200 bytes. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The SbieCtrl file is not part of the Windows operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, RunOnce). The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. SbieCtrl.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as supervise programs.
A SbieCtrl.exe file has a 92% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 3,490,304 bytes. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, RunOnce). The SbieCtrl file is not part of the Windows operating system. This SbieCtrl program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. SbieCtrl.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
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 SbieCtrl.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 SbieCtrl?
|part of Sandboxie (further information...) |
|It is SandBoxie Location: C:\Program Files\Sandboxie Size:385 KB (further information...) |
|sbiectrl.exe is part of Sandboxie by Ronen Tzur. Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer. |
|Programm Sandboxie |
Summary: 4 users judge SbieCtrl.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall Sandboxie
To remove Sandboxie Control 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 Sandboxie in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SbieCtrl.exe (Sandboxie Control) 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 Sandboxie Control. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Sandboxie Control 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 SbieCtrl.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.