What is PCAngel.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the PCAngel.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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PCAngel.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PCAngel
PCAngel.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PC Angel Application or PC Angel belongs to software PCAngel Application by SoftThinks (

Description: PCAngel.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PCAngel.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 294,912 bytes (69% of all occurrences) or 364,544 bytes. 
The service can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The PCAngel.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application is not active. There is no detailed description of this service. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PCAngel.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PCAngel.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

is part of PC Angel backup and recovery software
PC Angel is a curse to humanity! It overides new OS systems and offers it'self as an alternative program, It effects newly installed components by holding drivers that could be transfered otherwise. It is inaccesable and unremoveable under normal user control. It insists on being the bootable restore program. Deleting by changing the drive option is not possible as the virtual drive it is placed on is unchangeable locked. You need to get into DOS to change script instructions to change it. It is a stinking nuisance, see other comments on other forums too! Stinkin WMS protector!

Summary: Average user rating of PCAngel.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks PCAngel.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PCAngel issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PCAngel. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the PCAngel.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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