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 PCMService.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.
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 8/7/XP are 290,816 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 184,320 bytes and 26 more variants.
The PCMService.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). PCMService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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 , Dell, for advice or check the vendor’s website for a newer version .
Recommended: Identify PCMService.exe related errors
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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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PCMService. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 PCMService.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.