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Spyware Doctor 5.5

What is Spyware Doctor?  (from PC Tools Software)

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 PC resources. Its scanning speed is delivered by multiple specialized scan...  Read more


Spyware Doctor 5.5 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. The primary executable is named pctsgui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 35 files and is usually about 74.48 MB (78,094,489 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 XP and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 49% of users of Spyware Doctor come from the United States, it is also popular in Netherlands and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en
Help link: www.pctools.com/en/contact/support/product/spyware-doctor
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 74.48 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Doctor 5.5

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
  • PCTMime.dll - PCTMime Dynamic Link Library
  • sdwvhlp.dll - sdwvhlp Dynamic Link Library (Spyware Doctor 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
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • pctsSvc.exe - PC Tools Security Service
  • pctsTray.exe - PC Tools Tray Application
  • PWindow.dll - Popup Window Helper
  • sdcore.dll
  • sdinvoker.exe
  • sdloader.exe - sdloader application (PC Tools)
  • SH.dll
  • smumhook.dll
  • SysAccess.dll
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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".

How do I remove Spyware Doctor?

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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Spyware Doctor 5.5, 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 Spyware Doctor.

Win XP 39%
Win Vista 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 45.45%
Windows Vista 38.64%
Windows 7 15.91%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 46.51%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 18.60%
Windows Vista Home Basic 13.95%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.63%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.33%
Windows Vista Business 2.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.09%
  Netherlands 9.09%
  Italy 5.45%
  Belgium 3.64%
  India 3.64%
  United Kingdom 3.64%
  Brazil 1.82%
  Lebanon 1.82%
  Australia 1.82%
  Russia 1.82%
  Mexico 1.82%
  DZ 1.82%
  Argentina 1.82%
  Indonesia 1.82%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.30%
Hewlett-Packard 18.18%
Intel 9.09%
Acer 9.09%
Packard Bell 6.06%
Lenovo 6.06%
Gateway 6.06%
Medion 3.03%
Toshiba 3.03%
American Megatrends 3.03%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A305D 2.78%
MSI MS-7519 2.78%
MEDIONPC MS-7318 2.78%
LG Electronics S510-X... 2.78%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq 61... 2.78%
Dell Inspiron 531s 2.78%

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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