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8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #30,642
United States Rank #23,642
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.91 days
469.29 days >
Average installed length: 246.58 days


8.0 100.00%

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Spyware Doctor 8.0

What is Spyware Doctor?  (from PC Tools Software)

Behavior Guard, built on ThreatFire?s patent-pending ActiveDefense technology, intelligently scans and analyzes computer processes to accurately detect and block any malicious activity when you simply add the plug-in. Spyware Doctor is a spyware remover and provides real-time protection against spyware, adware, Trojan ...  Read more


Spyware Doctor 8.0 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 primary executable is named pctsgui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 65 files and is usually about 454.35 MB (476,418,494 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 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 62% of users of Spyware Doctor come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

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 Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 454.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Doctor 8.0

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
  • pctMigrate.dll - Migration Dynamic Link Library
  • PCTMime.dll - PCTMime Dynamic Link Library
  • pcttFixTool.exe - PC Tools Threat Removal Tool
  • sdwvhlp.dll - sdwvhlp Dynamic Link Library (Spyware Doctor Helper)
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • pcttisoburner.exe - PC Tools ISO burner (PC Tools ISO Burner)
  • 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
  • SDContextExt64.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • smum32.dll
  • smum64.dll
  • pcttregtool.exe - pcttregtool (File and Registry tool)
  • AntiSpamGUI.ISPlugin.dll - IS SpamMonitor GUI plugin
  • cdialogs.dll
  • commhlpr.dll
  • commlib.dll
  • commom.dll
  • FirewallGUI.ISPlugin.dll - IS Firewall GUI plugin
  • libkumo.dll
  • PCTGMhk.dll
  • PCTSDDLL.dll - PC Tools SD Driver Interface
  • PCTSFiles.exe - PC Tools File Helper
  • pctsGuiCore.dll - PC Tools GUI Core DLL
  • pctsSvc.exe - PC Tools Security Service
  • 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
  • Alert.exe - PC Tool Smart Alert
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • bdinstall.exe (by Threat Expert) - Browser Defender (Browser Defender Setup)
  • drvctl.exe (by PCTools Research) - Driver Control Utility

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 '{C17B4F8C-50EA-4E89-BDE0-7AE5EEE51FA1}' (runs on registration).
  • pctsSvc.exe runs as a service named 'PC Tools Security Service' (sdCoreService) "Biedt het systeem spyware- en malwarebescherming. Als u deze service uitschakelt, wordt de spywarebescherming verminderd.".
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 Security\pctsGui.exe".
Network connections
  • pctsSvc.exe connects to ( port 80).
  • pctsSvc.exe connects to (port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:41.48 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0127442551%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00480148%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00794278%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:264.81 MB
Total CPU:0.0941653430%
Kernel CPU:0.05973532%
User CPU:0.03443002%

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 8.0, 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) 48%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
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 7 61.11%
Windows XP 20.00%
Windows Vista 16.67%
Windows 10 2.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.77%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.45%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.50%
Windows 7 Professional 5.68%
Windows Vista Home Basic 3.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.18%
  United Kingdom 5.04%
  Germany 3.36%
  Poland 3.36%
  Belgium 2.52%
  Netherlands 2.52%
  MA 1.68%
  Brazil 1.68%
  DZ 1.68%
  Argentina 1.68%
  Israel 1.68%
  Canada 1.68%
  Hong Kong 0.84%
  Singapore 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.08%
Hewlett-Packard 21.62%
Acer 14.86%
Toshiba 12.16%
Lenovo 4.05%
Intel 4.05%
American Megatrends 4.05%
Common models
Dell Dimension C521 2.74%
Dell Studio 1555 2.74%
HP G70 Notebook PC 2.74%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505D 2.74%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.74%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 1.37%

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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