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19% remove it81% keep it
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How common is it?
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United States Rank #13,415
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 75.62 days
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Average installed length: 202.00 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

PC Pitstop SuperShield

What is PC Pitstop SuperShield?  (from PC Pitstop)

Super Shield is PC Pitstop's proprietary real time technology. First off, Super Shield is designed to be lightweight and run quietly in the background. This alone is a significant industry achievement. As you already know, solutions from some of the best known names in security can bog your system to a painfully slow...  Read more


PC Pitstop SuperShield is a software program developed by PC Pitstop. 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. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is PCPitstopRTService.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 77.75 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 20 files and is usually about 9.7 MB (10,173,054 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 91% of users of PC Pitstop SuperShield come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pcpitstop.com/store/supershield.asp
Help link: www.pcpitstop.com/faq/PC MaticRT.asp
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\SuperShield\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\SuperShield\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 9.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Pitstop SuperShield

Program executable:PCPitstopRTService.exe
Name:PC Pitstop SuperShield
PC Pitstop SuperShield Service
Signed by:P.C. Pitstop LLC
Path:C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\SuperShield\PCPitstopRTService.exe
Additional files:
  • InstallHelper.dll - PC Pitstop Install Helper
  • PCPitstopRTService.exe - PC Pitstop SuperShield (PC Pitstop SuperShield Service)
  • PCMaticRT.exe - PC Pitstop (PC Pitstop PC Matic SuperShield)
  • gfiark.dll (by ThreatTrack Security) - VIPRE Anti-Rootkit
  • gfiarksh.dll (by GFI Software)
  • pcmaticRTde.dll
  • pcmaticRTen.dll
  • pcmaticRTes.dll
  • pcmaticRTfr.dll
  • pcmaticRTit.dll
  • pcmaticRTjp.dll
  • pcmaticRTptb.dll
  • sbap.dll (by GFI Software) - GFI AntiMalware Common SDK Merge Module (Active Protection Library)
  • SBSetupDrivers.exe - GFI Firewall SDK (GFI Firewall SDK Drivers Installer)
  • sbte.dll - Threat Engine Dynamic Link Library
  • spursdownload.dll - Spurs Download Dynamic Link Library
  • sqlite3.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • UninstallDriver.exe
  • vipre.dll - VIPRE Threat detection and remediation system

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • PCPitstopRTService.exe runs as a service named 'PCPitstop Realtime' (PCPitstop Realtime) "This service handles PC Pitstop's SuperShield protection".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PCMaticRT.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PC MaticRT' which loads as C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\SuperShield\PCMaticRT.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • PCMaticRT.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\SuperShield\PCMaticRT.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:77.75 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002055389%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012273%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00008281%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:6,592,220
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:3.49 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2.54 MB
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.71 MB
Total CPU:0.0000131697%
Kernel CPU:0.00000658%
User CPU:0.00000658%
CPU cycles/sec:43,147
I/O reads/min:24 Bytes
I/O writes/min:8 Bytes

How do I remove PC Pitstop SuperShield?

You can uninstall PC Pitstop SuperShield 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC Pitstop SuperShield, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Pitstop SuperShield.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.00%
Windows XP 10.81%
Windows Vista 9.46%
Windows 10 4.73%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 59.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.88%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.16%
Windows 7 Professional 7.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.12%
Windows Vista Home Basic 3.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.83% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.83%
  Canada 2.08%
  United Kingdom 1.67%
  Germany 0.83%
  Mexico 0.83%
  Brazil 0.42%
  DK 0.42%
  India 0.42%
  Italy 0.42%
  New Zealand 0.42%
  PR 0.42%
  Romania 0.42%
  Thailand 0.42%
  South Africa 0.42%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 46.55%
Dell 29.31%
Acer 7.76%
Intel 4.31%
Lenovo 3.45%
ASUS 3.45%
Gateway 2.59%
Toshiba 1.72%
Compaq 0.86%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.67%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.17%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 2.50%
ASUSTeK U56E 1.67%
Dell Inspiron 580s 1.67%
HP G72 Notebook PC 1.67%

About (from PC Pitstop LLC)

In 2004, PC Pitstop introduced its first PC optimization software called Optimize.
Publisher URL: www.pcpitstop.com


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