What is PMCLoader.exe?

The genuine PMCLoader.exe file is a software component of Pinnacle TVCenter Pro by Pinnacle Systems GmbH.
An installation executable for Pinnacle TV Center Pro, this file loads the necessary files to record TV on your PC using a TV tuner card. It includes a channel guide and a schedule option to preset times or specific shows or movies to record. After version 4.98, the native viewing guide was replaced with a link to for schedules. Pinnacle was most recently acquired by Corel in 2012, but still operates as Pinnacle Systems.

PMCLoader stands for Pinnacle Movie Center Loader

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 PMCLoader.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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PMCLoader.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PMCLoader
PMCLoader.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PMCloader belongs to software Pinnacle TVCenter Pro by Pinnacle Systems GmbH (

Description: PMCLoader.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PMCLoader.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 644,368 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 105,544 bytes, 109,640 bytes or 179,272 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. PMCLoader.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. The PMCLoader.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with PMCLoader.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Pinnacle TVCenter Pro)
  2) ask for help from Support.

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

pmcloader.exe is part of Mediacenter or the TV Center PRO softwar and is responsible for loading the software

Summary: Average user rating of PMCLoader.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks PMCLoader.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PMCLoader issues

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