What is PDHookServer.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 PDHookServer.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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PDHookServer.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PDHookServer
PDHookServer.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PowerDesk (version 9, 8) belongs to software PowerDesk (version 9, 8) by Avanquest North America ( or Ihr Firmenname.

Description: PDHookServer.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PDHookServer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 60,416 bytes. 
The PDHookServer.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with PDHookServer.exe occur, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PDHookServer.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PDHookServer.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 belongs to PowerDesk by Avanquest
Avanquest Powerdesk
This is PowerDesk, which you should know about if it's on your computer.
Loaded Powerdesk 9 and the installation included PDHookServer.exe. It was a serious annoyance and caused other programs to load slowly and malfunction in various ways.
  John Kinney  
This File is a Part of PowerDesk by Avanquest and start with Windows
Elsewhere it was said to be the utility that allows Powerdesk to start by double-clicking the Desktop. Optional re: its use.
  Rich   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of PDHookServer.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks PDHookServer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PDHookServer issues

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