What is the “ETD Control Center” and should it be removed?

Numerous reports have reported the appearance of the “ETD Control Center” on the user’s screen, and there have been numerous inquiries about the functionality and necessity of the application. This article will tell you about the app and whether you can safely disable it permanently.

What is the ETD Control Center?

What is ETD Control Center

The ETD Control Center is a kind of “driver” that provides additional functionality to your laptop’s touchpad. The ETD Control Center allows the user to operate with multiple fingers, similar to a smartphone. However, this application is suspicious because some anti-virus programs have identified it as a potential threat to your computer’s integrity.

The ETD Control Center can be run in the background through the Task Manager, and the application runs as “etdctrl.exe” in the Task Manager. It is developed by ELAN Microelectronics Corp and is pre-installed on most laptops with the company’s touchpad chip. Some reports report an “ETD Control Center not responding” error when you click on the application’s pop-up window.

Does it need to be removed?

Does etd control center need to be removed

Since it is sometimes considered an ETD Control Center virus, some users wonder if it can be removed. Indeed, you can remove it if you don’t want to. However, this is not recommended.

If you still want to disable ETD Control Center, you can open the Control Panel and select Programming and Features to continue. Then select ETD Control Center and select Uninstall to continue.

At the same time, you can not only uninstall the ETD Control Center but also uninstall ETDCtrl.exe ETD Control Center. In the next section, we will show you how to disable the ETD Control Center startup.

How do I disable the ETD Control Center startup?

How do I disable the ETD Control Center startup

1st Solution: Deactivate via Task Manager

You have a choice: deactivate the program or uninstall it completely.

If you think you’ll still need it in the future, you can just deactivate it through the Task Manager. That way you can always activate it if you want to.

You can do this if you want to keep it, but you don’t want it to use up a lot of your computer’s resources. Techquack recommends doing this:

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Go to Startup
  3. Search for the ESD Control Center.
  4. Right-click and click “Disable.”
  5. Restart your computer
2nd Solution: Uninstall the program

If you want to uninstall the entire program, you can try this method. To uninstall ETDCtrl.exe, simply uninstall any other program from your computer using the Uninstall Program feature available on each computer. This is the method recommended by Techquack. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the Windows button and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Find the list of programs
  3. Search for the ERM Control Center.
  4. Click on the Uninstall option.
  5. Wait until the program is uninstalled.
  6. Restart your computer
3rd Solution: Update your drivers

If you uninstall ETD Control Center, the entire touchpad may be affected. Your computer will use the default touchpad.

The problem is that your computer may no longer be able to detect the touchpad after uninstalling it.
If this happens, you better update your touchpad at the same time to avoid problems.
Techquack recommends that you do this:

  1. Open the Start menu and look for Device Manager.
  2. Open the Device Manager and search for mice and other pointers.
  3. Right-click the EIAN Touchpad Driver
  4. Click Update Driver
  5. Click on the option “Automatically check for driver software updates”.
  6. Wait for your computer to find the driver you want, then install it.
  7. Wait for the driver to be installed

If you do, you should have no more problems with the ESD control center.
You will no longer use it as a touchpad, but you will use the standard touchpad, which will not give you error messages and will not consume a lot of CPU resources.

4th Solution: Attach a smart gesture to your Asus laptop

If you are an Asus user and you notice something flashing in the taskbar, chances are the ESD control center is consuming a lot of CPU resources.

You can remove it using a second patch. Another option, however, is to fix Asus Smart Move. This is what Techquack recommends:

  1. While holding down the Windows key, press R.
  2. In the Launch window, type appwiz.cpl.
  3. When the app window opens, look for Asus Smart Gesture.
  4. Right-click on it and select the Delete/Change option
  5. Select the Restore option to resolve the issue.
  6. You can also select the Delete option if you want to remove it.
5th Solution: remove the virus with an antivirus and antivirus program.

Note that viruses can disguise themselves as executable files like ETDCtrl.
Ex. File.net indicates that ETDCtrl.exe has a threat level of 85% if it is located in the C:Windows or C:WindowsSystem32 folder.

If it does, it is most likely a Trojan horse or malware that is just masquerading as a legitimate ETDCtrl.exe file. If it is, you need to make sure you have adequate protection against these threats. Here are some recommended actions:

  • Download Security Task Manager to check the threat level of ETDCtrl.exe.
  • Have a good antivirus program to scan your computer and remove any viruses.
  • Use an antivirus program to help you remove malware.


ETDCtrl.exe is the original program, in a simple sense it is a normal trackpad program, but most users don’t need it because most laptops have a trackpad. So the ESD control center is a rather redundant application. It is quite an annoying program because it is prone to errors and is also known to consume a lot of CPU resources.
Therefore, we recommend deleting the application completely instead of keeping it on your device.

The only danger of this file is that it is detected as a virus, and if you don’t take care of it quickly, it can spread to your computer and cause your computer to crash. As a program, it is quite harmless, but at the same time completely useless. The best solution would be to remove all traces.

Frequently Asked Questions

It also allows the user to work with multiple fingers, like with a smartphone. However, ETD Control Center may sometimes be considered a virus or may cause high CPU usage.

ETDCtrlHelper.exe launches Control Center Helper, a configuration screen where you can change ELAN smart pad settings. This is a non-essential Windows process and can be disabled if it is known to cause problems. The ELAN Smart-Pad is an input device used for finger input.

ETDIntelligent.exe can control programs and record mouse and keyboard input.

The process known as the DAX API belongs to the DAXAPI or Dolby Atmos Windows API SDK software from Dolby Laboratories.

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