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.
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 (www.pctools.com).
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.
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.
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.