What is Pcmservice.exe

PCMService - Cyberlink PowerCinema - CyberLink Corp.

File description

Pcmservice.exe with description PCMService is a process file from company CyberLink Corp. belonging to product Cyberlink PowerCinema.
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What is PCMService.exe?
This is the Cyberlink PowerCinema Resident Program. Its purpose is to facilitate the use of infrared remotes with Cyberlink or Dell media software. It is included with some Cyberlink applications, as well as on many Dell computers with media functionality (Dell MediaDirect).

This process is not essential to the operation of the system and can safely be disabled or uninstalled. By killing this process, however, you will lose the ability to use a remote control with your computer.

Dangers of PCMService
As this is a legitimate executable that comes with many Cyberlink products and Dell computers, 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 as this process but be stored somewhere other than in %ProgramFiles%\Dell\Media Experience. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one 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 should never be more than one instance of PCMService.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have any Cyberlink software or a Dell computer, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • This process prevents the system from shutting down properly
    • This is a known problem. Update your PowerCinema installation to the newest version. If the problem persists and you don't need the functionality of this service, it is recommended that you disable it in msconfig.
  • This process interferes with the screen saver
    • This is a known problem. It is recommended that you disable the process if you do not need its functionality.
  • This process uses excessive amounts of memory
    • This program has a known memory leak. It is recommended that you disable the process if you do not need its functionality.
  • This process interferes with full-screen programs
    • This is a known problem. It is recommended that you disable the process if you do not need its functionality.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
073 %windir%\Tasks

Digital signatures found for this file

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5 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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