What is pdfsvc.exe?

The genuine pdfsvc.exe file is a software component of PDF Complete Special Edition by PDF Complete.
The PDF Complete service runs on demand, and has the ability to manipulate PDF documents in several ways. The primary function of PDF Complete is to export the contents of any PDF file to a Word document or a standard text or csv file. Additionally, the ability to add digital signatures and moderate security features is also included.

PDFSvc stands for PDF Service

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 pdfsvc.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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Pdfsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pdfsvc
Pdfsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Dispatcher belongs to software PDF Complete Special Edition or PDF Complete Corporate Edition or PDF Complete or PDF Complete Office Edition or PDF Document Management by PDF Complete (

Description: Pdfsvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pdfsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,128,952 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 635,416 bytes and 25 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The pdfsvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. Pdfsvc.exe is digitally signed. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Pdfsvc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Pdfcomplete provides update information ( You could uninstall the software PDF Complete Special Edition or PDF Complete using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify pdfsvc.exe related errors

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

its dangerous I was shown in Security Task Manager
  Elsie Rodriguez  

Summary: Average user rating of pdfsvc.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks pdfsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pdfsvc issues

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