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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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PC Tools Firewall Plus 6.0

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

PC Tools Firewall Plus is a comprehensive software solution for identifying and eliminating malware, while giving you the possibility of managing network access for open applications. PC Tools Firewall Plus detects when you connect to a local network for the first time and enables users to define rules for each and e...  Read more


PC Tools Firewall Plus 6.0 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 programs's main executable is firewallgui.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 21.92 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 30.37 MB (31,846,019 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 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 33% of users of PC Tools Firewall Plus come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

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: 30.37 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Firewall Plus 6.0

Program executable:firewallgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Firewall Plus
PC Tools Firewall GUI
Signed by:PC Tools
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools firewall plus\firewallgui.exe
Additional files:
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • PPSupport.dll - PPSuppor Dynamic Link Library
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • FirewallPlugin.dll - PC Tools Firewall Plus (PC Tools Firewall GUI plugin)
  • FirewallSDK.dll - PC Tools Firewall engine
  • FirewallWrapper.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
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • Driver64.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.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:21.92 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0020373463%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00058523%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00145212%
0.015104% average
Memory:18.02 MB
Total CPU:0.0006010910%
Kernel CPU:0.00031910%
User CPU:0.00028199%

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 6.0, 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 7 (SP1) 47%
Win XP 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.45%
Windows XP 23.76%
Windows Vista 20.79%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 24.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 15.00%
Windows 7 Professional 12.00%
Windows Vista Business 3.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.33%
  Germany 9.65%
  France 9.65%
  United Kingdom 7.02%
  Poland 6.14%
  Japan 4.39%
  Italy 3.51%
  Australia 2.63%
  Brazil 2.63%
  Spain 2.63%
  Iran 2.63%
  Netherlands 2.63%
  Belgium 1.75%
  Canada 1.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 25.76%
Hewlett-Packard 24.24%
Dell 15.15%
American Megatrends 7.58%
Intel 3.03%
Toshiba 3.03%
Compaq 1.52%
ASUS 1.52%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.49%
Dell Vostro 200 2.33%
Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H 2.33%
Gigabyte P55M-UD2 2.33%
Gigabyte P55-US3L 1.16%

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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