How to Remove “PCTAV.EXE”

What is PCTAV.EXE?

PCTAV.EXE is a legitimate file. This process is known as PC Tools Antivirus Client. It belongs to PC Tools Antivirus Client and was developed by PC Tools Research Pty Ltd. It is commonly stored in C:\Program Files. Malware programmers or cybercriminals write different types of malicious programs and name them as PCTAV.EXE to spread virus.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

How to check if your computer is infected with PCTAV.EXE malware?       

Each malware is different and causes unique problems to the system. You will notice one or several of the following symptoms if your system is infected with PCTAV.EXE malware:

  • Internet connection fluctuates
  • PCTAV.EXE file is taking more of your CPU memory 
  • System performance is very low
  • Browser is redirected to some strange websites
  • Interference of annoying popup ads
  • Other malwares infiltrate into the system

To further establish the malware infection, take the following steps:

  • Go to Task Manager by pressing the combination of keys ctrl+alt+del
  • Go to the process tab and right-click on the PCTAV.EXE and open the file location

If the file is located outside C:\Program Files, then it is likely that the system is affected with PCTAV.EXE malware.

How to remove PCTAV.EXE malware from system using Comodo Antivirus?

Ideally, replacing the existing PCTAV.EXE file on your computer with a different version procured from the internet is advisable. To remove the file using Comodo's trusted and effective antivirus software, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download the award-winning Comodo Free Antivirus.

Step 2: Installation configuration frames will be displayed. Select the configuration you would like to apply.

Step 3: Select Customize Configuration option and arrange installers, configuration, and file location.

Step 4: Once the Installation is Finished, restart your PC.

Step 5: It will take some time for the Comodo Internet Security to update the antivirus.

Step 6: Proceed with a quick scan that automatically begins after the update.

Step 7: If threats are found during the scanning, you will be prompted with an alert screen.

Step 8: Comodo Antivirus will remove PCTAV.EXE malware from your computer including all other malwares!

3

Malware Entries

First Seen: 08 October 2008 at 6:52 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable cf516e0918ab6734
32aabd3dc4a76f85
a7d4f31d
a2945b3c95db9e55
a166f23cd3ebba03
Unclassified
Malware
No 3, 0, 0,
15
3, 0, 0, 0 United States N/A
2 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable 58d75ec18843e561
c92bdffe2dacf299
1f98a0a6
N/A Virus.Win32.
Sality.d1
No 4, 0, 0,
26
4, 0, 0,
26
Vietnam N/A
3 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable cf516e0918ab6734
32aabd3dc4a76f85
a7d4f31d
a2945b3c95db9e55
a166f23cd3ebba03
Unclassified
Malware
No 3, 0, 0,
15
3, 0, 0, 0 Internal Submission N/A
Display 4 items per page
  • 4 items per page
  • 8 items per page
  • 16 items per page
  • 32 items per page
47

Safe Entries

First Seen: 17 April 2008 at 9:15 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable 8084552452b23cbc
db08c6bbbc56c156
90de2d22
N/A No 3, 6, 0,
34
3, 6, 0,
34
India
2 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable 0e16ae9dbdb6356f
be8617c6388c5ef2
1e81c5a5
d1ee6f7d3d2f17ec
79ed00a847d520da
Yes 6, 1, 0,
39
6, 1, 0,
39
Poland
3 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable e552406ae3e14374
a7b427fff2daa7b3
861a2ac3
bb8516c4c7f0b9d5
ebae9cc1d067f9e9
Yes 6, 0, 0,
11
6, 0, 0,
11
Internal Submission
4 PC Tools Research Pty Ltd Executable e552406ae3e14374
a7b427fff2daa7b3
861a2ac3
bb8516c4c7f0b9d5
ebae9cc1d067f9e9
Yes 6, 0, 0,
11
6, 0, 0,
11
Brazil
Display 4 items per page
  • 4 items per page
  • 8 items per page
  • 16 items per page
  • 32 items per page
 

Comodo Internet Security Pro

Free Antivirus protection from hackers! Get the ultimate Antivirus solution to keep your PC clean and to remove viruses from a slow or infected PC. Improve the PC performance at home or use it on-the-go!

Get Comodo Internet Security Comodo Internet Security
Exclusive Offer
Get Free Endpoint Protection
Get Advanced
Endpoint
Protection

Award-Winning Security to Protect Your Clients from Cyber Attacks