What is fppdis3a.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the fppdis3a.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Fppdis3a.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fppdis3a
Fppdis3a.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as pdfFactory belongs to software pdfFactory by FinePrint Software (

Description: Fppdis3a.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Fppdis3a.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 503,808 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 512,000 bytes and 6 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Fppdis3a.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as fppdis3a.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the fppdis3a.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is a "print to PDF" application. Makes a new printer.
  Jim Gatton  
Part of PDF factory software
PDF Printer Driver
Es verbirgt sich das pdf Programm pdffactorypro dahinter - kann daher keine Gefährlichkeit erkennen

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of fppdis3a.exe: based on 11 votes with 5 user comments. 9 users think fppdis3a.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving fppdis3a issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with fppdis3a. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the fppdis3a.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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