What is pctsGui.exe?

The genuine pctsGui.exe file is a software component of Spyware Doctor by PC Tools.
A graphical user interface for Spyware Doctor, this application starts with Windows and runs in the background. It monitors web traffic and files that may contain potential spyware. If spyware is detected, it is quarantined or deleted. Spyware Doctor also has a scan function that allows the user to run on-demand scans for spyware. PC Tools is distributed by Symantec, a company located in Mountain View, California, Symantec was founded in 1982.

PCTsGUI stands for PC Tools Graphical User Interface

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 pctsGui.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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PctsGui.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pctsGui
PctsGui.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PC Tools GUI Application or PC Tools Security Component belongs to software Spyware Doctor or Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus or PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus or PC Tools Internet Security or PC Tools Spyware Doctor by PC Tools (

Description: PctsGui.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PctsGui.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,600,984 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 2,717,816 bytes and 8 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). PctsGui.exe is able to monitor applications, manipulate other programs and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may also uninstall the software Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program), visit the website or update [1][2] to a possibly bug-fixed version.

Recommended: Identify pctsGui.exe related errors

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

Nothing, it's just making my laptop a virus
pctsgui.exe is part of Spyware Doctor developed by PC Tools.
I'm not extremely computer or software knowledgeable but I do have an electrical engineering background. This pctsGui.exe file has prevented my desktop computer from booting up. This program I believe is for something to be running on my computer when the Task Manager indicates there is nothing running. Recently I was informed by Spyware Doctor which contains this program that Intelliguard was disabled as one its protective features because of a daily update that caused Intelliguard to be turned off. I have had consistent problems with this program relating to the operation of my computer.
In program files part of PCTools Internet Security 8.0 (version)
  Robert   (further information)
i get a pctsgui error and my mouse button stopped
  Larry Turner  
It appears to be part of PC Tools AntiVirus Free.
It shuts down and uninstalls my McAfee and also has made my Google Chrome unable to open

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Summary: Average user rating of pctsGui.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think pctsGui.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think pctsGui.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pctsGui issues

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