Windows Server Core Commands

Launch the OfficeScan client console and other client tasks by issuing commands from the command line interface.

To run the commands, navigate to the location of PccNTMon.exe. This process is responsible for starting the OfficeScan client console. This process is found under the <Client installation folder>.

The following table lists the available commands.

Windows Server Core Commands




Opens the client console


pccnt <drive or folder path>

Scans the specified drive or folder for security risks


  • If the folder path contains a space, enclose the entire path in quotes.

  • Scanning of individual files is not supported.

Correct commands:

  • pccnt C:\

  • pccnt D:\Files

  • pccnt "C:\Documents and Settings"

Incorrect commands:

  • pccnt C:\Documents and Settings

  • pccnt D:\Files\example.doc

pccntmon -r

Opens Real-time Monitor

pccntmon -v

Opens a screen with a list of client components and their versions

pccntmon -u

Opens a screen where "Update Now" (manual client update) is launched

If "Update Now" cannot be launched, the following message displays on the command prompt:

Disabled or Not Functional

pccntmon -n

Opens a popup window where a password is specified to unload the client

If a password is not required to unload the client, client unloading starts.

To reload the client, type the following command:


pccntmon -m

Opens a popup window where a password is specified to uninstall the client

If a password is not required to uninstall the client, client uninstallation starts.

pccntmon -c

Shows the following information in the command line:

  • Scan method

  • Smart scan

  • Conventional scan

  • Pattern status

  • Updated

  • Outdated

  • Real-time Scan service

  • Functional

  • Disabled or Not Functional

  • Client connection status

  • Online

  • Offline

  • Web Reputation Services

  • Available

  • Unavailable

  • File Reputation Services

  • Available

  • Unavailable

pccntmon -h

Shows all the available commands