What is Pccguide.exe

pccguide.exe - Trend Micro Internet Security - Trend Micro Inc.

File description

Pccguide.exe with description pccguide.exe is a process file from company Trend Micro Inc. belonging to product Trend Micro Internet Security.
The file is digitally signed from Trend Micro, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from Trend Micro, Inc.

What is pccguide.exe?
This is a part of the Trend Micro PC-cillin anti-virus application. It is included with most installations of PC-cillin.

This process is not essential to the proper operation of the system; however, it should not be terminated unless absolutely necessary. By terminating it, your system will not be protected from viruses. If you wish to disable this process permanently, you should uninstall PC-cillin via the Add/Remove Programs control panel.

Dangers of pccguide
As this is a relatively common process that exists on most systems with PC-cillin anti-virus software installed, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name but be stored somewhere other than in a subdirectory of %ProgramFiles%\Trend Micro. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to it but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There is typically only one instance of this process running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. Furthermore, if you see this process and you do not have any Trend Micro software installed, it is likely that your system is infected with malware.

Common problems
  • "The application failed to initialize properly"
    • This is known to occur when a virus has corrupted your installation of PC-cillin. Reboot into safe mode to reinstall your software and perform a virus scan.
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • This is known to occur in some cases if you have uninstalled Mozilla Firefox. Reinstalling Firefox should fix the problem. If it does not, or you do not want to reinstall Firefox, contact Trend Micro to obtain the patch.
    • If this does not correct the problem, try disabling any other software you might have running, especially security software.
    • If the problem persists, try reinstalling your Trend Micro software.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
005 Current user startup startmenu

Digital signatures found for this file

    Certificate 
8 Trend Micro, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
2 Trend Micro, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
1 NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE WEST CORPORATION - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer

MD5 security rating in our database

62 files (Not yet rated and not signed)
1 files (Not yet rated and digitally signed)
23 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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Warning: Some malware might rename itself to pccguide.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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