Driverctrl.exe EXE Errors: Download and Troubleshoot

Last Updated: 07/17/2023
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Driverctrl.exe is considered a type of Driver Control Tool file. It is most-commonly used in BitDefender Firewall developed by Lavasoft. It uses the EXE file extension and is considered a Win64 EXE (Executable application) file.

Driverctrl.exe was first released in the Windows 10 Operating System on 06/27/2018 with Adaware Antivirus 12.4.930.11587. This file marks the latest update from Lavasoft, according to our records.

Please continue reading to find your correct driverctrl.exe file version download (free), detailed file information, and EXE file troubleshooting instructions.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: driverctrl.exe
File Extension: EXE file extension
Description: Driver Control Tool
Object File Type: Executable application
File Operating System: Win32
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
User Popularity Rating:
Developer and Software Information
Software Developer: BitDefender
Software Program: BitDefender Firewall
Legal Copyright: Copyright (C) BitDefender0
File Details
Character Set: Unicode
Language Code: English (U.S.)
File Flags: (none)
File Flags Mask: 0x003f
Entry Point: 0x2598
Code Size: 37888

What are driverctrl.exe Error Messages?

driverctrl.exe Runtime Errors

Runtime errors are Adaware Antivirus errors that occur during "runtime". Runtime is pretty self-explanatory; it means that these EXE errors are triggered when driverctrl.exe is attempted to be loaded either when Adaware Antivirus is starting up, or in some cases already running. Runtime errors are the most common form of EXE error you will encounter using Adaware Antivirus.

In most cases, driverctrl.exe runtime errors occurring while the program is running will result in the program terminating abnormally. Most of these driverctrl.exe error messages mean that Adaware Antivirus was either unable to locate this file on startup, or the file is corrupt, resulting in a prematurely-aborted startup process. Generally, Adaware Antivirus will be unable to start without resolving these errors.

Some of the most common driverctrl.exe errors include:

  • driverctrl.exe - Bad Image.
  • driverctrl.exe Application Error.
  • driverctrl.exe could not be found.
  • driverctrl.exe could not be installed.
  • driverctrl.exe could not be launched. Class not registered.
  • driverctrl.exe could not be started.
  • driverctrl.exe failed to initialize properly.
  • driverctrl.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • driverctrl.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  • driverctrl.exe is not running.
  • Cannot find driverctrl.exe.
  • Error starting program: driverctrl.exe.
  • Faulting Application Path: driverctrl.exe.
  • The file driverctrl.exe is missing or corrupt.
  • Windows failed to start - driverctrl.exe.
System Error

The program can’t start because driverctrl.exe is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

Finding the source of the driverctrl.exe error is key to properly resolving these errors. Although most of these EXE errors affecting driverctrl.exe will happen during startup, occasionally you will encounter a runtime error while using BitDefender Firewall. This can occur due to poor programming on behalf of BitDefender, conflicts with other software or 3rd-party plug-ins, or caused by damaged and outdated hardware. Also, these types of driverctrl.exe errors can occur if it has been accidentally moved, deleted, or corrupted by a malware infection. Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix driverctrl.exe Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your driverctrl.exe issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the driverctrl.exe error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed Adaware Antivirus (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling Adaware Antivirus software.

You can uninstall Adaware Antivirus software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for Adaware Antivirus 12.4.930.11587 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall Adaware Antivirus software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

Adaware Antivirus 12.4.930.11587


Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many driverctrl.exe error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the driverctrl.exe error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your driverctrl.exe File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate driverctrl.exe file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free driverctrl.exe files for every applicable version of Adaware Antivirus. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download driverctrl.exe Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate Adaware Antivirus folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files\adaware\adaware antivirus\AdAwareProxyEngine\\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve driverctrl.exe problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download driverctrl.exe Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying driverctrl.exe to your appropriate Windows system directory. Lavasoft typically does not release Adaware Antivirus EXE files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing driverctrl.exe and all other EXE files for Adaware Antivirus. An incorrectly installed EXE file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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