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6% remove it94% keep it
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PC Tools Privacy Guardian 5.0

What is PC Tools Privacy Guardian?  (from PC Tools Software)

Privacy Guardian is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer. Privacy Guardian guarantees your privacy by ensuring all traces of your online Internet and computer activ...  Read more


PC Tools Privacy Guardian 5.0 is a software program developed by PC Tools Software. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. 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). 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 primary executable is named pg.exe. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 21.57 MB (22,617,139 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 10. While about 44% of users of PC Tools Privacy Guardian come from the United States, it is also popular in MA and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en/privacy-guardian
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Privacy Guardian\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Privacy Guardian\unins000.exe" /LOG
Estimated size: 21.57 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Privacy Guardian 5.0

Program executable:pg.exe
Name:PC Tools Privacy Guardian
PC Tools Privacy Guardian 5.0
Signed by:PC Tools
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools\pc tools privacy guardian\pg.exe
Additional files:
  • PCTLicHelper.dll - License Helper Dynamic Link Library
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • Cookies.dll - CookieDLL Dynamic Link Library
  • PrivacyHelper.dll - PrivacyH Dynamic Link Library
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Alert.exe - PC Tools Smart Alert
  • SULauncher.exe - SmartUpdate Launcher (PC Tools SmartUpdate Launcher 1.0)
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • Scheduler.dll - Schedule (SchedulerDLL)
  • Activate.dll - Helper library
  • InstalledPrograms.dll - AppDetec Dynamic Link Library
  • PgHist.exe (by Symantec) - CleanHistory
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • pg.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D505FE3F-5159-4CCD-90D3-D3CC268DEE60}' (runs on registration).
  • Update.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PGSmartUpdate' (Next runs on 26/09/2013 at 12:29 PM).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • pg.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named PGSchedule.
  • SULauncher.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named PGAutoUpdate.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • pg.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Privacy Guardian\pg.exe'.

How do I remove PC Tools Privacy Guardian?

You can uninstall PC Tools Privacy Guardian 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 Privacy Guardian 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 Privacy Guardian.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win XP 1%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.85%
Windows 10 26.60%
Windows XP 14.89%
Windows Vista 2.66%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.11%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.97%
Windows 7 Professional 8.02%
Windows 8.1 4.81%
Windows 10 Pro 4.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.93% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.93%
  MA 11.21%
  United Kingdom 8.88%
  Canada 4.21%
  Australia 3.74%
  Italy 3.27%
  Germany 1.87%
  India 1.40%
  Mexico 1.40%
  Saudi Arabia 1.40%
  Sweden 1.40%
  Turkey 1.40%
  South Africa 1.40%
  DZ 0.93%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.42%
Hewlett-Packard 20.16%
Compaq 15.32%
Acer 11.29%
ASUS 8.06%
Samsung 3.23%
Toshiba 3.23%
Apple 1.61%
Intel 1.61%
Lenovo 1.61%
Alienware 0.81%
Common models
HP Compaq dc7600 Converti... 13.85%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.08%
Dell XPS 8300 2.31%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.31%
Dell Studio 1555 2.31%

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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