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PC Tools Firewall Plus 5.0

What is PC Tools Firewall Plus?  (from PC Tools Software)

PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition is a powerful personal free firewall for Microsoft Windows that protects your computer from hackers and intruders. Firewalls control the network traffic in and out of your PC by monitoring applications that connect to the network. Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, and keylog...  Read more


PC Tools Firewall Plus 5.0 is a software program developed by PC Tools Software. 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 primary executable is named firewallgui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 24 files and is usually about 21.72 MB (22,778,414 bytes). The installed file Update.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows XP. While about 49% of users of PC Tools Firewall Plus come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Belgium.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com
Help link: www.pctools.com/contact/support/product/firewall
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 21.72 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Firewall Plus 5.0

Program executable:firewallgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Firewall Plus
PC Tools Firewall GUI
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools firewall plus\firewallgui.exe
Additional files:
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • Comms.dll - PC Tools Firewall Plus (PC Tools Coomunication library)
  • FirewallPlugin.dll - PC Tools Firewall GUI plugin
  • FirewallWrapper.dll - PC Tools Firewall engine
  • FwHook.dll
  • FWService.exe - PC Tools Firewall Plus service
  • Objects.dll - PC Tools Firewall common objects
  • PCTFW.exe - PC Tools Firewall Plus Vista administrative support
  • PluginDllFW.dll - PC Tools FW plugin DLL
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • iSHelp.dll - Helper Interface
  • Driver.exe - Installer for FireWall Drivers (PC Tools Firewall Plus driver installer)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • FWService.exe runs as a service named 'PC Tools Firewall Plus' (PCToolsFirewallPlus) "PC Tools Firewall Plus service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • FirewallGUI.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name '00PCTFW' which loads as "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe" -s.

How do I remove PC Tools Firewall Plus?

You can uninstall PC Tools Firewall Plus 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 Firewall Plus 5.0, 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 Firewall Plus.

Win Vista (SP2) 48%
Win 7 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 55.17%
Windows XP 41.38%
Windows 7 3.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 41.38%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 41.38%
Windows Vista Home Basic 13.79%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.65%
  France 8.11%
  Belgium 5.41%
  Canada 5.41%
  Iran 5.41%
  Netherlands 5.41%
  Taiwan 5.41%
  Czech Republic 2.70%
  Germany 2.70%
  United Kingdom 2.70%
  Italy 2.70%
  Japan 2.70%
  Poland 2.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 20.00%
Hewlett-Packard 20.00%
American Megatrends 8.00%
Toshiba 8.00%
Sahara 4.00%
Medion 4.00%
Intel 4.00%
Gateway 4.00%
Acer 4.00%
ASUS 4.00%
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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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