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PC Tools Spyware Doctor

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Overview

PC Tools Spyware Doctor 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named pctsgui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 42 files. Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows Vista (SP2). Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en
Help link: www.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/spyware-doctor
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Spyware Doctor

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Security Component
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
MD5:22500d62b4c1136ca7140e12443f9b7a
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)
  • SDContextExt32.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • bdinstall.exe - Browser Guard (Browser Guard Setup)
  • libkumo.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • PCTSDInj32.sys - UM Injection Driver
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)
  • smum32.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

Context Menu Handler
  • SDContextExt32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
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.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

pctsAuxs.exe
Memory:1.29 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002100269%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001454%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00019549%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:881,202
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove PC Tools Spyware Doctor?

Quickly and completely remove PC Tools Spyware Doctor from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall PC Tools Spyware Doctor 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC Tools Spyware Doctor, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Spyware Doctor.

HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%
 
MOST USED OS
~99%
Windows Vista (SP2)

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

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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