What is pccguide.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 pccguide.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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Pccguide.exe file information

The process known as PCCGuide belongs to software Trend Micro Internet Security by Trend Micro (

Description: Pccguide.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pccguide.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—typically C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2005\ or C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\PC-cillin 2002\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 823,362 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 966,718 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Pccguide.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Trend Micro PC-cillin or Trend Micro Internet Security (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pccguide.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the pccguide.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

Logsthe information PC-cillin outputs.
  Oliver Dutta  
Trend Micro Virus Scan
The application failed to intialize properly (oxc0000022)
  They Hong Kun  
Its part of the TREND anti-virus s/w PC-cillin
is used by trend micro pc-cillin
garmin 660
It's a part of Trend Micro Antivirus
provides info for network security, not needed but good if you want to see who else is connected. Can be loaded manual by double clicking the file.

Summary: Average user rating of pccguide.exe: based on 17 votes with 9 user comments. 17 users think pccguide.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving pccguide issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pccguide. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the pccguide.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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