What is PMC.Service.Main.exe?

The genuine PMC.Service.Main.exe file is a software component of Media Center Service by Pinnacle Systems.
"PMC.Service.Main.exe" is the Windows executable that opens and operates the Pinnacle Windows Media Center. The file provides the ability to watch live TV from various Pinnacle HDTV USB tuner sticks. The file also provides personal video recording (PVR) capabilities that integrate within the media center software on a Windows PC. Options for recording include DVD and hard drives. Pinnacle Systems was founded in 1986 and manufactured digital software and hardware products for both businesses and consumers. They were later sold to Corel Corporation and currently incorporate personal recording and editing computer software for many digital video sources and files.

PMC stands for Pinnacle Media Center Service Main

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 PMC.Service.Main.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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PMC.Service.Main.exe file information

The process known as Media Center Service belongs to software MediaCenterService by Pinnacle Systems (

Description: PMC.Service.Main.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PMC.Service.Main.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 65,536 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. PMC.Service.Main.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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


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Summary: Average user rating of PMC.Service.Main.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PMC issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PMC. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the PMC.Service.Main.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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