File purpose and description:
PCTFW.exe was most likely installed on your computer by yourself, or it possibly may have arrived already on your computer. The exact file location is shown below so you can verify your file is in the proper location. This software is a free personal firewall and it is called the free pc tools firewall plus. This file will run in your system startup. It is not required as all Windows computers already come with a firewall. If you are deleting or removing files on your computer as a spyware removal protection method, then note that this is not considered to be spyware, adware, or virus related. It is considered safe and does not need to be removed. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)
Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
This is an executable program.
File or folder location:
C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\PCTFW.exe /s is the exact location where this file will be found.
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes.
You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows
"task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active
on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they
get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files
on your computer, for example, pctfw.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very
similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist
as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned.
You can always find the location of pctfw.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but
I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.