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File: pctspk.exe
Name: PC Tel driver - PC Tel modem drivers
Product: OnBoard Modem driver
Manufacturer: PC Tel
Risk factor (Virus/Trojan/Spyware): Rating

Belongs to the drivers of PCTEL (HSP) Modems. These modems are often found in notebooks. It"s function could be (not sure) to simulate the speaker of a modem. In my case I found it on a ECS-Desknote. After disabling that process there were no negative effects. Do NOT disable this task if you use the modem!!! It"s started via registry:

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There were 259 user requests for that file. 22 users classify it as harmless. 2 users classify it as not so dangerous. 7 users classify it as neutral. 3 users considered the file to be suspicious. 6 users classify it as bad and recommend to delete pctspk.exe. 3 users didn't classify it ("don't know").

Ratingthere are three various pctspk files in my insipron8500, one having to do with dell drivers, so i think that it's safe zach
RatingAt times, this process doubles itself and starts using 100% of my 1.6 gig Pentium. I disabled it in the msconfig.exe Startup Page with no negative effects. Cadlin Scott
RatingI am a dell technician, and the little internal modems often are PCtel modems. I'm checking this page from my mum's inspiron. Tim S
RatingPCTel Internal Modem Elitegroup G732 John Phillips
Ratingagree ,related to modem, but not 100% sure if it is safe to remove Zex
RatingIn deed, it is used for fax/modem utilities Efraim MARQUEZ-ARREAZA
Ratingit is used bye onboard modems with Dell notebooks pctel 2304WT Rob Jansen
Ratingdie Datei verursacht bei meinem Laptop eine 100% Prozessorauslastung, nach Beendigung des Prozesses war die Prozessorleistung wieder ok und keine negativen Wirkungen festzustellen. Aber kann ich die Datei löschen ? dr sreffen scholtze
RatingIt's for an AMR modem,very cheep Telephone modem  link for more info Dave Cotullas
RatingDell modem, doesnt seem to harm computer Mike
RatingPart of your modem drivers so do not delete... Richard
RatingModem Driver for various modems. Some people have reported 100% cpu usage, if this is the case, get the latest drivers for your modem. EV
Ratingthis file destroy my computer ! Gonzalo
RatingInstalled with PC Tel 'soft' modems (either in notebook or pci slot of desktops). Not sure about the results of disabling this. Not a security threat but uses around 2.6MB memory in WinXP so the user may try disabling it. Atul
RatingIt makes my computer crawl - very high CPU Thomas
RatingPCTel modems are often installed as the default choice in Dell notebooks, this is the driver. If your internet connection does not depend on the internal modem it can be safely stopped, @Damski
RatingIt is using 99% of my new AMD
Ratingalso PCtel HSP56k , which is a PCI winmodem not internal, the drivers were automatically installed by windows xp so it should be safe, but it is ok to remove from startup services if you don't want or need the sound or if you don't use the modem francis
RatingIt occupies my CPU for 98% for one user en 2% for another user Jaap Schulp
Ratingit started after I inserted a HAM/Ambient modem to test herauthon
RatingSometimes this file utilizes 99% of cpu and my system goes on 100% cpu usage and the system goes dead slow Chris Calys
Ratingsometime this file starts using 200% of you'll can open task manager and kill the process... Ettore98
RatingHarmless and apeared after the installation of a 56HP92-PCT. See the following link for various other PC Tel Modem Drivers.  link for more info Locum
RatingIt loads automatically (not always) and puts CPU usage at 100%. My P4 chip then over heats and the system can crash. Colin
RatingAll i know is mine just starting running this exe and i dont use a regular modem that requires it. Eric
Ratingdeleted it without any problems. only ate 98% of my CPU. (only remove when you don't use a modem! just read the normal thing and don't mind me, just sharing my experience. Running on a HP Pavillion btw). Jantje Scholten
Ratingmy computer was running at 100% and everthing was running slow and crashing i ended it process in task maneger and my computer is now fine sloty75
RatingIts just a HSP/PCtel modem software, I've found it to be on the drivers for my modem, its a CNR connected modem, came with my ECS PM800 Socket 478 motherboard, it simulates modem sound through the PC's desktop speakers, uses around 200-400k memory, completly safe, it can be stopped on my HSP modem witohut any negative effects (Minus the modem sound). Comp01
RatingI stopped using modem and obtained ADSL. Today the computer (tabletop) slowed down radically. Win XP task manager shows pctspk.exe using between 80 and 100 % of processor capacity. Killing the process did not cause any obvious harm. Kek
RatingAs it is written here, it's a modem driver, but why does it use 99% of my CPU? (I've a Dell Latitude Notebook) horeb
Ratingdell modem process on my latitude notebook - save bpah
RatingAnnoying, not dangerous. It wasn't apparent on my Dell for the first year & a half. Licorne_sh
RatingPC TEL Modem in Dell 610C; its a hangover of the voice modem function on a PCI card; Its a driver for the voice functions for answering machine software. Yup I took it out of the start up HKLM and the modem still works OK. What do you need an answering machine for on a laptop? Yes, it can mess up bad if the Voice call part is enabled- then it will constantly look for a call- taking up cpu cycles.  link for more info RadMan
RatingPC TEL Modem in Dell 610C RadMan
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