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Spyware Doctor 6.0

Remove Spyware Doctor 6.0
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What is Spyware Doctor?  (from PC Tools Software)

Advanced spyware removal tool that detects and cleans thousands of threats. Spyware Doctor is a spyware remover and provides real-time protection against spyware, adware, Trojan horses, keyloggers, spyware cookies, adbots, spybots, browser hijackers, and phishing attacks. Spyware Doctor is easy to use and requires few ...  Read more


Spyware Doctor 6.0 is a program developed by PC Tools Software. 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). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. 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 45 files and is usually about 101.81 MB (106,758,883 bytes). Update.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows XP. While about 46% of users of Spyware Doctor come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/nl
Help link: www.pctools.com/nl/contact/support/product/spyware-doctor
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 101.81 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Doctor 6.0

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
PC Tools GUI Application
Path:C:\Program Files\spyware doctor\pctsgui.exe
Additional files:
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3DB Dynamic Link Library (Sqlite3 DB Dynamic Link Library)
  • PCTMime.dll - PCTMime Dynamic Link Library
  • sdwvhlp.dll - sdwvhlp Dynamic Link Library (Spyware Doctor Helper)
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • pcttMD3.exe - Malware Detective Wizard
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • BH.dll - Browser Helper
  • filehlpr.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • inethlpr.dll
  • RegHelper.dll
  • SDContextExt.dll - Spyware Doctor Context Menu Extension
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • smum32.dll
  • smum64.dll
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • CommLibLite.dll
  • commom.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • pctsSvc.exe - PC Tools Security Service
  • pctsTray.exe - PC Tools Tray Application
  • PDialogs.dll
  • PWindow.dll - Popup Window Helper
  • sdcore.dll
  • sdinvoker.exe
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)
  • SH.dll
  • smumhook.dll
  • SysAccess.dll
  • UmInject32.exe - UmInject Helper Process
  • UmInject64.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • SDContextExt.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 '{F81D2888-547B-445A-9DA3-9F5BD28D51E2}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • 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)
  • pctsTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ISTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • pctsTray.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe'.
  • pctsGui.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsGui.exe'.

How do I remove Spyware Doctor?

Quickly and completely remove Spyware Doctor 6.0 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall 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 Spyware Doctor 6.0, 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 Spyware Doctor.

Win Vista (SP2) 33%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 43.24%
Windows XP 36.49%
Windows 7 18.24%
Windows 10 2.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 36.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 34.01%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.48%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.12%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.12%
Windows 7 Professional 2.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.86% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.86%
  Germany 7.18%
  France 4.97%
  Italy 4.42%
  Taiwan 4.42%
  United Kingdom 3.87%
  Australia 2.76%
  Netherlands 2.76%
  Canada 2.21%
  Israel 2.21%
  Poland 2.21%
  Czech Republic 1.66%
  Greece 1.66%
  United Arab Emirates 1.10%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.49%
Dell 22.45%
Acer 18.37%
American Megatrends 9.18%
ASUS 6.12%
Toshiba 6.12%
Intel 4.08%
Sahara 2.04%
Compaq 1.02%
Common models
ASUSTeK X55A 1.87%
Dell OptiPlex 745 ... 1.87%
Dell MM061 1.87%
Dell Dell DXC061 1.87%
Dell Vostro 220s Series 1.87%

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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