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PC Tools AntiVirus Free 9.0

What is PC Tools AntiVirus Free?

Downloading PC Tools AntiVirus Free provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection, with Smart Updates to keep your PC safe, File Guard to provide real-time protection and Email Guard to protect your computer from viruses and spyware being sent over email.

About  (from PC Tools Software)

With PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition you are protected against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal information. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading virus and worms, such as Netsky, Mytob and MyDoom, can result in infections within minutes.Read more


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. 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). 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 45 files and is usually about 544.7 MB (571,160,835 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: free.pctools.com/en
Help link: free.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/free-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: 544.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools AntiVirus Free 9.0

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Security Component
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
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)
  • 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
  • sdcore.dll
  • sdinvoker.exe
  • SH.dll
  • Alert.exe - PC Tools Smart Alert
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • commlib32.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • commlib64.dll
  • SDContextExt32.dll
  • SDContextExt64.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • smum32.dll
  • smum64.dll
  • bdinstall.exe - Browser Guard (Browser Guard Setup)
  • libkumo.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)
  • DownloadManagerAPI.dll - Download Manager API (DownloadManagerAPI Dynamic Link Library)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • drvctl.exe (by PCTools Research) - Driver Control Utility

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}.
Scheduled Task
  • pctsGui.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{54FA7E7E-AA49-4554-A7BA-BAB3C1CCD254}' (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 ( port 80).
  • pctsSvc.exe connects to (port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:40.69 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0389473852%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.03597336%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00297403%
0.015104% average
Memory:208.44 MB
Total CPU:0.0397194323%
Kernel CPU:0.01426288%
User CPU:0.02545655%
Memory:2.28 MB
Total CPU:0.0078635893%
Kernel CPU:0.00785225%
User CPU:0.00001134%

How do I remove PC Tools AntiVirus Free?

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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC Tools AntiVirus Free 9.0, 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 Tools AntiVirus Free.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win 10 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.00%
Windows Vista 16.00%
Windows XP 12.00%
Windows 10 2.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 56.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.00%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.00%
Windows 7 Professional 2.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

77.63% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 77.63%
  Canada 6.58%
  United Kingdom 5.26%
  Taiwan 2.63%
  Colombia 1.32%
  Australia 1.32%
  Sweden 1.32%
  Mexico 1.32%
  Indonesia 1.32%
  Israel 1.32%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 19.15%
Dell 17.02%
Hewlett-Packard 14.89%
Acer 14.89%
Lenovo 6.38%
Sony 4.26%
Samsung 4.26%
American Megatrends 4.26%
ASUS 4.26%
Gateway 2.13%
Intel 2.13%
Common models
LENOVO 4334 4.55%
TOSHIBA Satellite L775D 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755D 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite L355 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.27%

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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