What is PCPOptimize.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 PCPOptimize.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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PCPOptimize.exe file information

The process known as PC Pitstop Optimize belongs to software PC Pitstop Optimize by PC Pitstop (

Description: PCPOptimize.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file PCPOptimize.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,696,768 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 2,577,376 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). PCPOptimize.exe is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. PCPOptimize.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with PCPOptimize.exe, you could also uninstall the software PC Pitstop Optimize using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify PCPOptimize.exe related errors

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

A good program for tweaking your system, however not really necessary. Also installs "Viewpoint" which cannot removed except directly through the registry (omissions).
  Alex A.   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of PCPOptimize.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PCPOptimize issues

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