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11% remove it89% keep it
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9.0 45.45%
8.0 30.30%

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PC Tools Internet Security

What is PC Tools Internet Security?

PC Tools Internet Security is a personal firewall. The program is a two-way firewall, monitoring incoming and outgoing traffic from a computer. It is a paid software designed for Windows 7 (32-/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-/64-bit) and Windows XP (32-bit).


The most used version is 9.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 64 files and is usually about 647.91 MB (679,378,654 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en
Help link: www.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/internet-security
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 647.91 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Internet Security

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Security Component
Signed by:PC Tools
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
PC Tools Security which offers protection from online threats, is regularly updated, and even includes some useful extras like Web site ratings, phishing alerts, and spyware, adware and malware protection.
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)
  • AntiSpamGUI.ISPlugin.dll - PC Tools Security Component
  • BH.dll
  • BH2.dll
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • filehlpr.dll
  • FirewallGUI.ISPlugin.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
  • pcttMD3.exe - Malware Detective Wizard
  • Alert.exe - PC Tools Smart Alert
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • pcttisoburner.exe - PC Tools ISO burner (PC Tools ISO Burner)
  • ISMigrate.exe - Migration Module
  • 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)
  • pcttFixTool.dll - pcttFixTool
  • pcttregtool.exe - pcttregtool (File and Registry tool)
  • libkumo.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • PCTSDInj32.sys - UM Injection Driver
  • pctsMetro.dll - Metro app component (PC Tools)
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)
  • icudt42.dll (by IBM and others) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • icuin42.dll (by IBM and others) - IBM ICU I18N DLL
  • icuuc42.dll - IBM ICU Common DLL
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • drvctl.exe (by PCTools Research) - Driver Control Utility
  • DllRunner.exe

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 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 Internet Security?

You can uninstall PC Tools Internet Security 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 Internet Security, 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 Internet Security.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win XP 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.70%
Windows XP 18.18%
Windows Vista 12.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.24%
Microsoft Windows XP 18.18%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.06%
Windows 7 Professional 6.06%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.14%
  Mexico 6.98%
  Argentina 4.65%
  LY 2.33%
  Chile 2.33%
  Brazil 2.33%
  Taiwan 2.33%
  Colombia 2.33%
  Norway 2.33%
  India 2.33%
  Japan 2.33%
  Israel 2.33%
  Germany 2.33%
  Turkey 2.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.27%
Acer 27.27%
Hewlett-Packard 21.21%
American Megatrends 9.09%
Toshiba 6.06%
Intel 3.03%
ASUS 3.03%
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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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