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11% remove it89% keep it
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VersionDistribution
8.0 100.00%

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Spyware Doctor

What is Spyware Doctor?  (from PC Tools Software)

Spyware Doctor is the most awarded spyware remover available, and is recommended by experts and editors around the world as the best Anti-Spyware software. It's world-leading Spyware protection detects, removes and blocks the nastiest Spyware, adware, Trojan horses, keyloggers, Spyware cookies, adbots, spybots, browser...  Read more

Overview

Spyware Doctor 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 59 files and is usually about 319.4 MB (334,913,454 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 58% of users of Spyware Doctor come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Canada.

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 Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 319.4 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Doctor

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
PC Tools GUI Application
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
MD5:27a46cc2a318ff617a7a98738c7d5fcd
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)
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • pcttMD3.exe - Malware Detective Wizard
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • pcttisoburner.exe - PC Tools ISO burner (PC Tools ISO Burner)
  • BH2.dll - Browser Helper 2
  • 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
  • pcttregtool.exe - pcttregtool (File and Registry tool)
  • English.dll - PCTResGen (PCTUI Raw DLL)
  • PortugueseBrazilian.dll
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • libkumo.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • PCTSFiles.exe - PC Tools File Helper
  • pctsGuiCore.dll - PC Tools GUI Core DLL
  • pctsSvc.exe - PC Tools Security Service
  • 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
  • Alert.exe - PC Tool Smart Alert
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • bdinstall.exe (by Threat Expert) - Browser Defender (Browser Defender Setup)
  • drvctl.exe (by PCTools Research) - Driver Control Utility

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SDContextExt64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
  • SDContextExt32.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)
  • pctsGui.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ISTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsGui.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

pctsAuxs.exe
Memory:2.13 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0042537859%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00411911%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00013468%
0.015104% average
pctsGui.exe
Memory:34.68 MB
Total CPU:0.0007892869%
Kernel CPU:0.00039794%
User CPU:0.00039135%
CPU cycles/sec:626,497
I/O reads/min:1.71 KB
I/O writes/min:909 Bytes
pctsSvc.exe
Memory:196 MB
Total CPU:0.0000703899%
Kernel CPU:0.00003438%
User CPU:0.00003601%
CPU cycles/sec:3,389,809
I/O reads/min:171.22 KB
I/O writes/min:56.01 KB

How do I remove Spyware Doctor?

Quickly and completely remove Spyware Doctor from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Spyware Doctor 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 Spyware Doctor, 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 Spyware Doctor.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win 7 14%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 85.71%
Windows XP 14.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 57.14%
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.57%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.33%
  Brazil 8.33%
  Canada 8.33%
  Egypt 8.33%
  Spain 8.33%
  Iran 8.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 42.86%
Dell 28.57%
Hewlett-Packard 14.29%
GIGABYTE 14.29%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C850-B1... 14.29%
HPE-510f 14.29%
Gigabyte EP41T-UD3L 14.29%
eMachines EL1850 14.29%
Dell Studio XPS 7100 14.29%
Dell Inspiron 1010 14.29%

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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