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What is pctsSvc.exe?

PctsSvc.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 pctsSvc.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.

PctsSvc.exe file information

The process known as PC Tools Security Service or PC Tools Security Component belongs to software Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Internet Security (version 2009, 2008) or Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus or PC Tools AntiVirus Free or PC Tools Security Service or PC Tools Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus by PC Tools (www.pctools.com).

Description: PctsSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. pctsSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 948,616 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 1,079,176 bytes and 21 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/pctssvc.exe.html 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The pctsSvc.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. PctsSvc.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You have the option to completely remove Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Internet Security 2009 (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs), ask the software vendor, www.pctools.com, for advice or update the program.

Recommended: Identify pctsSvc.exe related errors

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

This is for Spyware Doctor
it is the process of PC Tools Spyware Doctor core service. Service installed by PC Tools' Spyware Doctor or PC Tools' Internet Security and whose main role is to perform anti-spyware scans when you run a manual scan, or when a scheduled scan begins.
it stands for PC Tools Security Service. Run a search on your PC for this filename then right click on the icon. Scroll down to properties and it gives the info there.
part of spyware doctor
PCTools Scanning service
  Bruce Cannon   (further information)
it has shut down my computer
pc toools spyware doctor
Spyware doctor
  healthychicken   (further information)
today I have had 18 trojans all detected in a new file created by PC Tools, namely pctsSvc. seems to be a file vulnerable to attack or mimicry
It IS a Spyware Doctor service! Leave it be!
Its a PC Tools application (PC Tools Security Service). Takes up a lot of virtual memory.
It is part of PCTools. What I don't like is it using 18% of my CPU resources.
It seems to use an incredible amount of CPU (up to 92%)
  Dave I  
Memory Hog. PCTools used to be great before acquired by Symantec! Now it is becoming a pig like Norton before it.
  Dave R.  
often freezing my computer, using way too much processor and RAM.
Its the only program that blocked" Google redirect"
  B Bryant  
It is wasting 251,776K and I do not have any applications open
  K. Adams  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of pctsSvc.exe: based on 22 votes with 17 user comments.
6 users think pctsSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think pctsSvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade pctsSvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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