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Control Center

How to Remove Control Center from Your Computer

To completely purge Control Center from your computer, you need to delete the files, folders, Windows registry keys and registry values associated with Control Center. These files, folders and registry elements are respectively listed in the Files, Folders, Registry Keys and Registry Values sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the Control Center registry keys and registry values,
see How to Remove Control Center from the Windows Registry.

For instructions on deleting the Control Center files and folders,
see How to Delete Control Center Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)

How to Delete Control Center Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with Control Center are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the Control Center files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter PC Support Agent ScanReport.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\Control Center.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Thursday, July 09, 2015 12_50_58 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Tuesday, July 07, 2015 8_46_18 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Friday, October 16, 2015 1_34_09 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Sunday, November 23, 2014 3_49_00 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Sunday, November 23, 2014 3_55_53 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Thursday, September 4, 2014 9_20_15 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter PC Checkup and Tuneup ScanReport.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Thursday, August 14, 2014 10_58_23 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11_36_59 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1_23_15 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Saturday, December 5, 2015 5_05_41 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Thursday, November 17, 2011 3_15_02 PM.lnk
[%SYSTEM_DRIVE%]\Documents and Settings\NAZI
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Friday, August 2, 2013 3_05_21 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter PC Checkup ScanReport.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Saturday, February 9, 2013 10_19_59 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Saturday, February 9, 2013 4_59_56 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter PC CHECKUP plus TUNE-UP ScanReport.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Friday, March 30, 2012 8_39_10 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Monday, February 18, 2013 5_15_34 AM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Tuesday, August 21, 2012 1_32_11 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Wednesday, December 07, 2011 3_26_43 PM.lnk
[%DESKTOP%]\ctrlcenter Solutions Toolkit Report Wednesday, October 05, 2011 6_37_00 PM.lnk

How to Remove Control Center from the Windows Registry^

The Windows registry stores important system information such as system preferences, user settings and installed programs details as well as the information about the applications that are automatically run at start-up. Because of this, spyware, malware and adware often store references to their own files in your Windows registry so that they can automatically launch every time you start up your computer.

To effectively remove Control Center from your Windows registry, you must delete all the registry keys and values associated with Control Center, which are listed in the Registry Keys and Registry Values sections on this page.

IMPORTANT: Because the registry is a core component of your Windows system, it is strongly recommended that you back up the registry before you begin deleting keys and values. For information about backing up the Windows registry, refer to the Registry Editor online help.

To remove the Control Center registry keys and values:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK.
    The Registry Editor window opens. This window consists of two panes. The left pane displays folders that represent the registry keys arranged in hierarchical order. The right one lists the registry values of the currently selected registry key.
  3. To delete each registry key listed in the Registry Keys section, do the following:
    • Locate the key in the left pane of the Registry Editor window by sequentially expanding the folders according to the path indicated in the Registry Keys section. For example, if the path of a registry key is
      sequentially expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, software, FolderA and FolderB folders.
    • Select the key name indicated at the end of the path (KeyName1 in the example above).
    • Right-click the key name and select Delete on the menu.
    • Click Yes in the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.
  4. To delete each registry value listed in the Registry Values section, do the following:
    • Display the value in the right pane of the Registry Editor window by sequentially expanding the folders in the left pane according to the path indicated in the Registry Values section and selecting the specified key name. For example, if the path of a registry value is
      sequentially expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, software, FolderA and FolderB folders and select the KeyName2 key to display the valueC value in the right pane.
    • In the right pane, select the value name indicated after a comma at the end of the path (valueC in the example above).
    • Right-click the value name and select Delete on the menu.
    • Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
Registry Keys
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Control center
Registry Values
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\RCommander\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\Control Manager\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CCenter\sp.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\C-Center\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\Control Components\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\Ctrl-Center\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CCenter\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\Control-Center\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]ccagent.exe=[%APPDATA%]\Control Manager\ccagent.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]ccagent.exe=[%APPDATA%]\Control Components\ccagent.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CCommander\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CtrlCommander\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\ControlCnt\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CCntr\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\ACommander\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]ccagent.exe=[%APPDATA%]\Control Commander\ccagent.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\Control Commander\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CtrlComp\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CtrlCntr\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CtrlComponents\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CComponents\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%SVC_SYS_APPDATA%]\Control Manager\ccmain.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]ccagent.exe=[%APPDATA%]\Privacy Center\ccagent.exe
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]Shell=[%APPDATA%]\CtrlCenter\ccmain.exe


Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts the hard drive of the infected computer or the files holding important information. The hacker then extorts money from the computer’s owner in exchange for the possibility to have access to the data again.

Be Aware of the Following Ransomware Threats:

SaveSoldier, MacroAV, MaCatte, Home Personal Antivirus, ErrorSweeper.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Control Center?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Control Center:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Control Center. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Control Center.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Control Center, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Control Center^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Control Center:

PC is working very slowly

Control Center can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Control Center.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Control Center can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Control Center may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Control Center may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Control Center may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.