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What is pctssvc.exe?

By PC Tools

What is it?

PC Tools Security Service for PC Tools Security.
Description of pctssvc.exe from PC Tools
PC Tools Security is a full antivirus and antispyware package designed to protect from known viruses, worms, Trojans and other threats while defending against spyware, adware, bots, keyloggers and other malware. Monitors for and blocks known malware in real-time. PC Tools Security uses spider scanning technology to identify and remove threats in minutes. Warns you about unsafe or phishing websites and displays website safety ratings in your search results. Frequent automatic updates and product upgrades ensure that you are always protected against the latest threats.
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How does pctssvc.exe run?

Service - pctssvc.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'sdCoreService' (PC Tools Security Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. PC Tools Security Service runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the pctssvc.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of pctssvc.exe users, 17.0% have disabled it.
How stable is pctssvc.exe?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is pctssvc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00004% CPU360.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
196 MB RAM910.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     198 /min8.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\pc tools security\pctssvc.exe

Are there other versions of pctssvc.exe?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by this process.

What else is related?

pctssvc.exe Stability

pctssvc.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (InPageError)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (InPageError)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (InPageError)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7600.0)

About PC Tools

PC Tools develops and publishes security and utility software for consumers and enterprises markets. Its products include Spyware Doctor, which provides spyware More...
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File details

File name: pctssvc.exe
Publisher: PC Tools (verified)
Description: PC Tools Security Service
Product version: 8.0
Size: 1.07 MB

Digital certificate

Issued to: PC Tools
Certificate authority: VeriSign

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000703899%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000343765%
User CPU: 0.00003601343509%
Privileged CPU time: 25084.96 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 30 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,521,271,564
CPU cycle count /min: 203,388,546
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 630.64 MB
Peak committed memory: 638.84 MB
Paged memory: 196 MB
Peak paged memory: 197.43 MB
Paged system memory: 617.04 KB
Non-paged system memory: 121.7 KB
Working set memory: 207.39 MB
Peak working set memory: 208.07 MB
Min working set memory: 207.03 MB
Private memory: 196 MB
Page faults: 143,303
Page faults /min: 171
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 123,114
Read operations /min: 147
Total read transfer: 139.99 MB
Read transfer /min: 171.22 KB
Total write operations: 42,584
Write operations /min: 51
Total write transfer: 45.79 MB
Write transfer /min: 56.01 KB
Total other operations: 146,447
Other operations /min: 175
Total other transfer: 14.75 MB
Other Transfer /min: 18.04 KB
Handle count average: 1,146
Thread count average: 86
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\pctsSvc.exe"

Service details

Name: PC Tools Security Service
Service name: sdCoreService
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Provides spyware and malware protection for the system. If this service is disabled spyware protection will be disabled.”

Image hashes

MD5: 1b556ab08795428e2f3dafcfcb54c782
SHA-1: 7d17cfc7f8ff097c4c2fe4ae3e2b448020572088
SHA-256: 4b651fff5f1a876f0fa207e06966f540b9dfe669173da4feb5e3c193a6b27548

PE image details

File packed: No
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