What is pddlghlp.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 pddlghlp.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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Pddlghlp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pddlghlp
Pddlghlp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PowerDesk Dialog Helper belongs to software PowerDesk (version 6, 7, 9) by V Communications ( or Avanquest Publishing USA ( or Avanquest North America ( or Avanquest Software ( or Avanquest Software USA (

Description: Pddlghlp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pddlghlp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (83% of all occurrences), 46,336 bytes, 82,432 bytes or 46,360 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ PowerDesk 6 or PowerDesk 7.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pddlghlp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the pddlghlp.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

PowerDesk Dialog Helper places icons in Save and Open dialog boxes that can be used to quickly access recently opened files and folders.
  Rhonda   (further information)
Adds a handy dialog box in the corner of many programs for a freqently used list of files
  Tony Schutz   (further information)
file administation program. If u use it u need this one.

Summary: Average user rating of pddlghlp.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think pddlghlp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving pddlghlp issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pddlghlp. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the pddlghlp.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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