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9.1 66.67%
9.0 33.33%

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PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus

What is PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus?  (from PC Tools Software)

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus detects and stops the latest and most malicious forms of viruses and spyware. Integrating multiple layers of protection, it stops and blocks these types of malware, no matter how they try to attack and infect your PC. Whether you are surfing, shopping, socializing, sharing, or ban...  Read more

Overview

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus is a software program developed by PC Tools Software. The most common release is 9.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The programs's main executable is pctsgui.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 35.2 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 50 files and is usually about 578.14 MB (606,227,478 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 7 (SP1). While about 92% of users of PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Israel.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en
Help link: www.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/spyware-doctor-antivirus
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 578.14 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Security Component
Signed by:PC Tools
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
MD5:4b93d16e3f8e9486cd1f9b9ca4004c13
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
PC Tools Security which offers protection from online threats, is regularly updated, and even includes some useful extras like Web site ratings, phishing alerts, and spyware, adware and malware protection.
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
  • BH.dll - PC Tools Security Component
  • BH2.dll
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • filehlpr.dll
  • inethlpr.dll
  • PCTSFiles.exe
  • pctsSvc.exe
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • PDialogs.dll
  • PWindow.dll
  • RegHelper.dll
  • Alert.exe - PC Tools Smart Alert
  • commlib32.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • commlib64.dll
  • bdinstall.exe - Browser Guard (Browser Guard Setup)
  • libkumo.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • pctsMetro.dll - Metro app component (PC Tools)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • pctsGui.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BB77325D-1BBA-4D2C-BEB8-B7F317083F9F}' (runs on registration).
3 Services
  • PCTSFiles.exe runs as a service named 'PCTSFileEnum' (PCTSFileEnum).
  • 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)
  • pctsGui.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ISTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\pctsGui.exe" /hideGUI.
Network connections
  • pctsSvc.exe connects to 108.168.150.46-static.reverse.softlayer.com (108.168.150.46 port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

pctsgui.exe
Memory:35.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015682385%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00077888%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00078936%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,172,101
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:33
70 average
I/O reads/min:5.3 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average
pctsSvc.exe
Memory:273.78 MB
Total CPU:0.0012171873%
Kernel CPU:0.00072299%
User CPU:0.00049420%
CPU cycles/sec:867,657
Switches/sec:27
I/O reads/min:440.15 KB
I/O writes/min:6.73 KB
pctsAuxs.exe
Memory:2.08 MB
Total CPU:0.0011168358%
Kernel CPU:0.00070096%
User CPU:0.00041587%
Switches/sec:5
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus?

Quickly and completely remove PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 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 Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 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 Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus, 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 Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus.

HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%
 
MOST USED OS
~99%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

92.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 92.00%
  Australia 4.00%
  Israel 4.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Sony 11.11%
Samsung 11.11%
Lenovo 11.11%
Dell 11.11%
American Megatrends 11.11%
ASUS 11.11%
Common models
Sony VPCSE17FX 12.50%
Samsung 300V3A/300V4A/300... 12.50%
LENOVO 103828U 12.50%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 12.50%
HP 620 12.50%
Hewlett-Packard 320-1030 12.50%

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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