What does the PCMService.exe file do?
The PCMService.exe process is also known as CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program or, as the case may be, PowerCinema Resident Program for Dell and is a part of Cyberlink PowerCinema or, as the case may be, PCM2Launcher Application. This software is produced by CyberLink (www.gocyberlink.com). An obsolete or defective version of PCMService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- PCMService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module PCMService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about PCMService.exe CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program
PCMService.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. PCMService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 184,320 bytes (47% of all these files), 290,816 bytes as well as 14 other variants.
The PCMService file is not part of the Windows operating system. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). PCMService.exe is capable of log keyboard entries as well as track other applications. For this reason, 50% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves PCMService.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about PCMService?
|It's the resident program for the Power Cinema feature. This usually comes already installed on certain media-based PC's, like Packard Bell's. It simply discovers the USB infra-red reciever and then relays the signals into the program. |
|Power cinema related, but it constantly checking files |
|On my Dell Computor at purchase--I removed it--on my firewall program--it keeps returning and I block |
|On my Dell dimension : disables the "display window content while moving" feature at boot time = removed it ! |
|Installed by default on some computers for PowerCinema. Mine checks the hdd for a file that doesnt exist twice every second so I have consistent hdd activity. |
Summary: 16 users judge PCMService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 7 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted PCMService.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Cyberlink PowerCinema or PCM2Launcher Application
To remove CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Cyberlink PowerCinema or PCM2Launcher Application in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if PCMService.exe (CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or PCMService.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.