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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 76.07 days


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PC Tools Spyware Doctor 9.1

What is PC Tools Spyware Doctor?  (from PC Tools Software)

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus delivers powerfully simple protection against dangerous viruses and spyware. Built on award-winning technology, yet made straightforward for everyday use, it’s the easy way to defend your personal, financial, and other important information against viruses and spyware. Engineered ...  Read more


PC Tools Spyware Doctor 9.1 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. 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 programs's main executable is pctsgui.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 35.2 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 50 files and is usually about 397.55 MB (416,860,220 bytes). 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 48% of users of PC Tools Spyware Doctor come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Taiwan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/fi
Help link: www.pctools.com/es/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
Estimated size: 397.55 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC Tools Spyware Doctor 9.1

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
Name:PC Tools Security Component
Signed by:PC Tools
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools\pc tools security\pctsgui.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
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
  • SysAccess.dll
  • Alert.exe - PC Tools Smart Alert
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • commlib32.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • commlib64.dll
  • SDContextExt64.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • bdinstall.exe - Browser Guard (Browser Guard Setup)
  • libkumo.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • pctsMetro.dll - Metro app component (PC Tools)
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • 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 '{C292AFF4-576E-4F21-A13F-E32924C9F793}' (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).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:35.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015682385%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00077888%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00078936%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,172,101
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:5.3 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:273.78 MB
Total CPU:0.0012171873%
Kernel CPU:0.00072299%
User CPU:0.00049420%
CPU cycles/sec:867,657
I/O reads/min:440.15 KB
I/O writes/min:6.73 KB
Memory:2.08 MB
Total CPU:0.0011168358%
Kernel CPU:0.00070096%
User CPU:0.00041587%
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove PC Tools Spyware Doctor?

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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC Tools Spyware Doctor 9.1, 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 Spyware Doctor.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win Server 2003 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 19%
Keep it 81%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.77%
Windows 10 14.88%
Windows XP 9.09%
Windows Vista 7.44%
Windows Server 2003 0.83%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.98%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.19%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.63%
Windows 7 Professional 5.08%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.24%
Windows 8.1 3.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.62%
  Brazil 5.44%
  Taiwan 5.44%
  Germany 4.76%
  Canada 3.40%
  Poland 3.40%
  Portugal 2.72%
  Egypt 2.72%
  Italy 2.72%
  France 1.36%
  Australia 1.36%
  Sweden 1.36%
  DZ 1.36%
  Argentina 1.36%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.05%
Hewlett-Packard 24.05%
ASUS 16.46%
Acer 12.66%
Lenovo 5.06%
Toshiba 3.80%
American Megatrends 3.80%
Compaq 1.27%
Gateway 1.27%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.06%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 2.04%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.04%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.04%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.04%
HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebo... 1.02%

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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