What is PDExplo.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 PDExplo.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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PDExplo.exe file information

The process known as PowerDesk Pro or PowerDesk belongs to software PowerDesk (version 7) by Ontrack Data International ( or Avanquest Software USA (

Description: PDExplo.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file PDExplo.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,832,192 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 733,184 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has a visible window. The PDExplo.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. PDExplo.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to remove the entire program PowerDesk 7 or PowerDesk using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify PDExplo.exe related errors

If PDExplo.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 786,432 bytes. The program has a visible window. The PDExplo.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to remove the entire program PowerDesk using Windows Control Panel.

External information from Paul Collins:

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

windows explorer substitute. Seems harmless.
  oscar   (further information)
This is an old freeware version of the software. I have been using for years. Its service (PDExplo.exe) doesn't stop auto and occupies memory, problematic while removable drive eject, etc.
I've been using PowerDesk since ver 2, PD is better, faster than
  CW Minor   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of PDExplo.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PDExplo issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PDExplo. 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 PDExplo.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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