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What is pctgmhk.dll?

Pctgmhk.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if pctgmhk.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Pctgmhk.dll file information

The process known as pctgmhk.dll belongs to software Spyware Doctor or Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus or PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus or PC Tools Internet Security (version 2009) or PC Tools Spyware Doctor by PC Tools (www.pctools.com).

Description: Pctgmhk.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The pctgmhk.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 147,024 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 150,576 bytes and 4 more variants. https://www.file.net/process/pctgmhk.dll.html 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The pctgmhk.dll file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Pctgmhk.dll is not a Windows system file. Pctgmhk.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with pctgmhk.dll, you can contact www.pctools.com Customer Service, see if there is a newer version [1][2] or uninstall Spyware Doctor or Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If pctgmhk.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 150,576 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 140,680 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. Pctgmhk.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pctgmhk.dll. Therefore, you should check the pctgmhk.dll 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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Certified by 'VeriSign' for company: PC Tools, Introduced when Spywere Dr. is installed
  dogbert  
Description: File pctgmhk.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 147,024 bytes (52% of all occurrence), 140,680 bytes, 150,576 bytes, 147,992 bytes, 140,712 bytes. A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no information about the maker of the file. The program is not visible. File pctgmhk.dll is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. pctgmhk.dll is not a Windows system file. pctgmhk.dll is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous. Ithink it is dangerous because it has never usually ever been in the list when running security task manager
   
I don't know what the file does, but it gets installed with PC Tools, a commercial anti-spyware and antvirus product recommended in the top right corner of this page.
  IAS  

Summary: Average user rating of pctgmhk.dll: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks pctgmhk.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks pctgmhk.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade pctgmhk.dll ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving pctgmhk issues

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