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What is MGSysCtrl.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 MGSysCtrl.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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MGSysCtrl.exe file information

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

The process known as System Control Manager or MGSysCtrl MFC Application belongs to software System Control Manager or MGSysCtrl Application by Micro-Star International Co. (www.msi.com) or MSI (www.msi.com) or Mirco-Star International CO., LTD (www.msi.com).

Description: MGSysCtrl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. MGSysCtrl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 782,336 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 684,032 bytes and 45 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/mgsysctrl.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The MGSysCtrl.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. MGSysCtrl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MGSysCtrl.exe. Therefore, you should check the MGSysCtrl.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.

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User Comments

System utility on MSI notebooks. Displays animation for hot key commands (like turning on/off wireless card)
   
MSI notebook application
  MSI s260 owner  
I have a MSI notebook and it displays animation for hot key commands (like turning on/off wireless card)
  Ray Lake  
MSI Turion notebook 'M635' power control panel
  greg   (further information)
Yes, it is a MSI notebooke Utility. Although I am having problems using it as a user
   
System Control Manager for MSI MEGA home theater appliance computers. It works in conjunction with the remote to perform certain tasks in windows. It should be removed if you are not using an MSI device.
  N  
Indeed the program is for handling extra keys and hotkeys. My Targa Notebook shows the same behaviour as the one of K. Reiners, for some seconds a small window that says "Helderheid van...", wat means clarity (=Helligkeit). While starting my computer I get 3 times a runtime-error and trying nVidia Control Panel I get it too, mentioning nvcplui.exe. I think all these problems are linked. The helpdesk of Targa advises to use the recovery-disk for a complete renewal of Windows. This is very drastically. Does somebody know a better way???
  T.Schotanus  
I think it checks the System upstart and is harmless or even good. Seems not necessary to have. I refused it internet connection and my Targa worked smoothly in spite of that. I run F-Secure firewall and virusprotection
  Lars Hedenström   (further information)
It uses all your processor power
  Sam Jones  
I always disable my touchpad. A graphic used to appear. Hitting Fn-F3 would cause an X to appear in the box indicating the touchpad was now off. This graphic no longer appears but at startup an error msg says MGSysctrl.exe cannot find idletrac.dll. Help
  Rick  
Its a shortcut key for your laptop on the dashboard
   
Whenever it runs, the little icons for when I change the volume and webcam and stuff appears, and when I exit it, it doesn't, so I think that that is enough proof for me to believe that it is simply the MSI icon thing... At least now I know where to go if I want to edit the pictures haha. Anyways, I'm using a second display, and whenever it runs, I see a white box, anyone else getting that issue? It isn't life threatening, but it is annoying as I can't move it or anything.
   
it freezes my computer whenever i press a key on the keyboard and when i ended the process my computer went back to normal
  asdasdad  
It is a program for MSI exclusive hotkeys. It shows a visual icon when you turn on/off webcam,wireless, eco(powersaving modes) on MSI laptops. It is not harmful. You can remove it if you choose with no adverse affects to your computer. you can download and install it from the MSI website. it is bloatware that an average user likes to have but and advanced user may want to be rid of. IT Tech at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs.
   
msi note book function (fn) key program
  buzz lebo  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of MGSysCtrl.exe: based on 31 votes with 15 user comments. 10 users think MGSysCtrl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 4 users think MGSysCtrl.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade MGSysCtrl.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving MGSysCtrl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with MGSysCtrl. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the MGSysCtrl.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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