What does the pg.exe file do?
The pg.exe process is also known as Privacy Utility or, as the case may be, PG Application and is a part of PointGrab Hand Gesture Control or, as the case may be, Neurotechnology Licensing. This software is produced by PointGrab LTD or, as the case may be, PC Tools (www.pctools.com). An obsolete or defective version of pg.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Privacy Utility has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Privacy Utility 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)
- pg.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module pg.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about pg.exe Privacy Utility
pg.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Pg.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,401,832 bytes (33% of all these files), 230,720 bytes or, as the case may be, 13,179,660 bytes.
The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. Pg.exe is capable of record keystrokes, make itself undetectable by other programs as well as modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 14% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A pg.exe file has a 74% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 98,304 bytes. The pg file does not supply any version information or other description. This pg program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This particular software is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows.
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 pg.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 pg?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall PointGrab Hand Gesture Control or Neurotechnology Licensing
To remove Privacy Utility 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 PointGrab Hand Gesture Control or Neurotechnology Licensing in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if pg.exe (Privacy Utility) 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 Privacy Utility. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Privacy Utility 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 pg.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.