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Is PCMService.exe safe?

PCMService.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if PCMService.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

PCMService.exe file information

The process known as PowerCinema Resident Program for Dell or CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program or PCMService MFC Application

belongs to software PCM2Launcher Application or Cyberlink PowerCinema or CyberLink PowerCinema or Acer Empowering Technology or PCMService Application or CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program or MediaDirect

by CyberLink (www.gocyberlink.com).

Description: PCMService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PCMService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ - e.g. C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 290,816 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 184,320 bytes and 26 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/pcmservice.exe.html 
The PCMService.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). PCMService.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you have any problems with PCMService.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > MediaDirect or PowerCinema), turn to the software developer [1][2], Dell, for advice or check the vendor’s website for a newer version [1][2].

Recommended: Identify PCMService.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "PCMService": In a DellMedia Experience sub-directory

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PCMService.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PCMService.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

While it isn't essential, it can be useful. However, it also runs without regard for anything else and is a pain to get it to stop or release resources when you are trying to do major work on your computer. I found it radically slowed the system and made it hard to install or upgrade other software because it hogged the CPU resources. It isn't dangerous in the sense that it does bad things maliciously, it is merely an uncontrolled and non-essential program.
  Paula Popper  
It definitely slows typing response. Disable it as it affect Word, Outlook and Excel or any other typing required application.
I uninstalled MEdia Direct after my DELL XPS M1210 laptop became really slow, including typing delays in Outlook. PCMservice was eating most of the CPU resource: the issues went away right after uninstall.
It uses resources such that other programs don't respond.
Something appears to cause text to jump up and insert into paragraphs. Its an entirely infuriating problem on my Del Vostro. I useda program called Autoruns which can be downloaded from Microsoft which allows you to uncheck PCMService.- that helped the delayed typing problem but not the text-jumping. I'm entirely frustrated with Del ever having installede some wacky program that causes this. I'll never, ever, buy a Del again.
Glad i found this page. removed Media Direct and my typing has improved.
CyberLink PowerCinema (PCMService.exe) came with my Dell Inspiron 1420. Not really sure what it does. After a few years it started causing very noticeable and annoying keyboard delays. I disabled it and they went away. It feels good to be able to type fast again.
used in dell media direct also
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PCMService.exe: based on 45 votes with 9 reviews.
18 users think PCMService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 15 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 2 users think PCMService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade PCMService.exe ("not sure about it").

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