What is pcee4.exe?

The genuine pcee4.exe file is a software component of Dolby Digital Plus by Dolby Laboratories.
Dolby Digital Plus is a proprietary audio compression technology for home theatres, smartphones, browsers, and operating systems. Pcee4.exe is part of Dolby's PC Entertainment Experience, a technology that incorporates algorithms utilizing cognitive and psychoacoustic models of audio. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Dolby Digital Plus provides up to 7.1 channels of surround-sound audio technology for media playback, streaming, on-demand, and downloaded content on devices such as smartphones, laptops, and televisions. The technology is also supported on the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 systems. The compression provided by Dolby Digital speeds up downloads, yet is a lossy format. Dolby Laboratories is an American company that designs and develops audio encoding, compression, and noise reduction technology. The company developed one of the earliest versions of digital surround sound compression used in movies such as Batman Begins. Dolby's technology is usually licensed by consumer electronics manufacturers. Dolby Labs was founded by Ray Dolby in the UK in 1965. The company was later moved to San Francisco, California, USA in 1967.

PCEE4 stands for Dolby PC Entertainment Experience (version 4)

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 pcee4.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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Pcee4.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pcee4
Pcee4.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Dolby Profile Selector belongs to software Dolby Home Theater (version v4) or Dolby Advanced Audio (version v2) by Dolby Laboratories.

Description: Pcee4.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file pcee4.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 508,656 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 508,144 bytes and 4 more variants. 
Pcee4.exe is not a Windows core file. Pcee4.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with pcee4.exe, you can completely remove Dolby Advanced Audio v2 or Dolby Home Theater v4 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pcee4.exe. Therefore, you should check the pcee4.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

pcee4.exe connects to port 80 for a application/ocsp-response response.
  Mark Grennan  
Found in C:/Users/username/dxujhnrpydfy/ subdirectory; End process from Task manager, rename or delete directory.

Summary: Average user rating of pcee4.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks pcee4.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pcee4 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pcee4. 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 pcee4.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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