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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,531
United States Rank #13,942
Reach 0.0140%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.42 days
248.38 days >
Average installed length: 130.50 days


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Spyware Doctor 7.0

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 7.0 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. 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 50 files and is usually about 562.4 MB (589,714,703 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 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 57% of users of Spyware Doctor come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

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: 562.4 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Doctor 7.0

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
PC Tools GUI Application
Path:C:\Program Files\spyware doctor\pctsgui.exe
Additional files:
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • InnoUtils.dll - InnoUtils 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
  • BH2.dll - Browser Helper 2
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • BH.dll - Browser Helper
  • commlib32.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • commlib64.dll
  • filehlpr.dll
  • inethlpr.dll
  • RegHelper.dll
  • SDContextExt.dll - Spyware Doctor Context Menu Extension
  • SDContextExt32.dll
  • SDContextExt64.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • smum32.dll
  • smum64.dll
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • libkumo.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
  • SysAccess.dll
  • UmInject32.exe - UmInject Helper Process
  • UmInject64.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • bdinstall.exe (by Threat Expert) - Browser Defender (Browser Defender Setup)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Context Menu Handlers
  • SDContextExt64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
  • SDContextExt32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
  • SDContextExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDContextExt' with a class of {70F8E90E-353A-47AB-B297-C576345EE693}.
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".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.72 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002303996%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00015832%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00007208%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,361,320
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:6 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.2 MB
Total CPU:0.0019258042%
Kernel CPU:0.00153239%
User CPU:0.00039342%
CPU cycles/sec:491,930
Memory:35.62 MB
Total CPU:0.0025759444%
Kernel CPU:0.00116676%
User CPU:0.00140918%
CPU cycles/sec:3,677,234
I/O reads/min:21.68 KB
I/O writes/min:21.15 KB

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 7.0, 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 Spyware Doctor.

Win 7 (SP1) 44%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.72%
Windows Vista 28.26%
Windows XP 18.84%
Windows 10 2.17%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.87%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 22.34%
Microsoft Windows XP 18.32%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.89%
Windows 7 Professional 7.33%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.58% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.58%
  United Kingdom 7.56%
  Canada 3.92%
  Taiwan 3.92%
  Germany 2.52%
  France 2.24%
  Israel 1.96%
  Belgium 1.68%
  Greece 1.68%
  Italy 1.68%
  Netherlands 1.40%
  Australia 1.12%
  Hong Kong 0.84%
  Japan 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.82%
Hewlett-Packard 28.24%
Acer 14.12%
Toshiba 5.88%
American Megatrends 4.71%
Gateway 2.94%
Intel 2.94%
ASUS 1.76%
NEC 1.18%
Sahara 1.18%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.93%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.96%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.96%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.22%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.22%
Micro-Star MS-7529 2.22%

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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