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What percent of users and experts removed it?
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VersionDistribution
7.0 100.00%

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PC Tools AntiVirus Free

What is PC Tools AntiVirus Free?  (from PC Tools Software)

PC Tools AntiVirus Free is a full antivirus and antispyware package designed to protect from known viruses, worms, Trojans and other threats while defending against spyware, adware, bots, keyloggers and other malware. Monitors for and blocks known malware in real-time. PC Tools AntiVirus Free uses spider scanning techn...  Read more

Overview

PC Tools AntiVirus Free is a program developed by PC Tools Software. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is pctsgui.exe. The software installer includes 46 files and is usually about 628.49 MB (659,016,710 bytes). Update.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 67% of users of PC Tools AntiVirus Free come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Pakistan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: free.pctools.com/free-antivirus
Help link: free.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/free-antivirus
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 628.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools AntiVirus Free

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
PC Tools GUI Application
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
MD5:36c1585feffda948512530192919a296
Additional files:
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • InnoUtils.dll - InnoUtils Dynamic Link Library
  • pctMigrate.dll - Migration Dynamic Link Library
  • PCTMime.dll - PCTMime Dynamic Link Library
  • sdwvhlp.dll - sdwvhlp Dynamic Link Library (Spyware Doctor Helper)
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • BH2.dll - Browser Helper 2
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • BH.dll - Browser Helper
  • commlib32.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • commlib64.dll
  • filehlpr.dll
  • inethlpr.dll
  • RegHelper.dll
  • SDContextExt32.dll
  • SDContextExt64.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • smum32.dll
  • smum64.dll
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • pctsSvc.exe - PC Tools Security Service
  • pctsTray.exe - PC Tools Tray Application
  • PDialogs.dll
  • PWindow.dll - Popup Window Helper
  • sdcore.dll
  • sdinvoker.exe
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)
  • SH.dll
  • SysAccess.dll
  • UmInject32.exe - UmInject Helper Process
  • UmInject64.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SDContextExt32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
  • SDContextExt64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
2 Services
  • pctsSvc.exe runs as a service named 'PC Tools Security Service' (sdCoreService) "Provides spyware and malware protection for the system. If this service is disabled spyware protection will be disabled.".
  • pctsAuxs.exe runs as a service named 'PC Tools Auxiliary Service' (sdAuxService) "Provides auxiliary PC Tools Security services. If this service is disabled spyware protection will be reduced.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • pctsTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ISTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

pctsAuxs.exe
Memory:1.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0019258042%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00153239%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00039342%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:491,930
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:2
70 average

How do I remove PC Tools AntiVirus Free?

Quickly and completely remove PC Tools AntiVirus Free from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall PC Tools AntiVirus Free from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC Tools AntiVirus Free, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PC Tools AntiVirus Free.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 7 25%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows XP 25.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 66.67%
Microsoft Windows XP 33.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.67%
  United Kingdom 16.67%
  Pakistan 16.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.00%
Toshiba 25.00%
Acer 25.00%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L505 33.33%
Dell Precision WorkStatio... 33.33%
Dell Computer Latitude X3... 33.33%

About PC Tools Software

PC Tools, a subsidiary of Symantec Corporation, develops security utilities for consumers and enterprises whose products include Spyware Doctor which provides spyware protection to secure Windows personal computers, Registry Mechanic, a registry cleaner to fix Windows errors, PC Tools AntiVirus which offers protection against virus infections and File Recover, which recovers files from hard drives, floppy drives, and fixed media.
Publisher URL: www.pctools.com

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