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4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #35,405
United States Rank #23,961
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.22 days
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Average installed length: 235.92 days


8.0 100.00%

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Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 8.0

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

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Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 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 64 files and is usually about 317.2 MB (332,604,443 bytes). 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 75% of users of Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 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-antivirus
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\unins000.exe /LOG
Estimated size: 317.2 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 8.0

Program executable:pctsgui.exe
PC Tools GUI Application
Path:C:\Program Files\pc tools security\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
  • sdwvhlp.dll - sdwvhlp Dynamic Link Library (Spyware Doctor Helper)
  • PCTWSC.dll - PCTWSC Dynamic Link Library
  • pcttMD3.exe - Malware Detective Wizard
  • Sqlite3DB.dll - Sqlite3 DB Interface
  • pcttisoburner.exe - PC Tools ISO burner (PC Tools ISO Burner)
  • BH2.dll - Browser Helper 2
  • BH.dll - Browser Helper
  • commlib32.dll - Spyware Doctor (Spyware Doctor Component)
  • commlib64.dll
  • filehlpr.dll
  • inethlpr.dll
  • RegHelper.dll
  • SDContextExt32.dll
  • SDContextExt64.dll
  • SDNetPlugin.dll - PC Tools SDNet
  • smum32.dll
  • smum64.dll
  • pcttregtool.exe - pcttregtool (File and Registry tool)
  • English.dll - PCTResGen (PCTUI Raw DLL)
  • 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
  • pctsAuxs.exe - PC Tools Auxiliary Service
  • 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
  • UmInject64.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • 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

2 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}.
Scheduled Task
  • pctsGui.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C17B4F8C-50EA-4E89-BDE0-7AE5EEE51FA1}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • 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.".
  • 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 Security\pctsGui.exe" /hideGUI.
Network connections
  • pctsSvc.exe connects to ( port 80).
  • pctsSvc.exe connects to (port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.2 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0019258042%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00153239%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00039342%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:491,930
8,062,084 average
70 average
Memory:34.68 MB
Total CPU:0.0007892869%
Kernel CPU:0.00039794%
User CPU:0.00039135%
CPU cycles/sec:626,497
I/O reads/min:1.71 KB
I/O writes/min:909 Bytes
Memory:196 MB
Total CPU:0.0000703899%
Kernel CPU:0.00003438%
User CPU:0.00003601%
CPU cycles/sec:3,389,809
I/O reads/min:171.22 KB
I/O writes/min:56.01 KB

How do I remove Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus?

You can uninstall Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 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 with AntiVirus 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 with AntiVirus.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win XP 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.15%
Windows Vista 16.92%
Windows XP 12.31%
Windows 10 4.62%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.94%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.94%
Windows 8 3.13%
Windows Vista Business 3.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.00%
  United Kingdom 8.33%
  Canada 6.25%
  Australia 3.13%
  Ireland 2.08%
  South Africa 1.04%
  France 1.04%
  India 1.04%
  Pakistan 1.04%
  Iran 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 26.42%
Hewlett-Packard 22.64%
Dell 20.75%
Toshiba 11.32%
American Megatrends 5.66%
Lenovo 5.66%
Intel 1.89%
Alienware 1.89%
Gateway 1.89%
Common models
HP EliteBook 8530w 3.51%
Acer Aspire 5552 3.51%
Acer Aspire 5551 1.75%
Acer Aspire 5336 1.75%
Acer AO532h 1.75%

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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