What is pds.exe?

The genuine pds.exe file is a software component of LANDESK Management Suite by LANDESK Software.
"pds.exe" is a file in Windows for the LANDESK Management Suite and the LANDESK Common Base Agent within the suite. It is the ping discovery service executable that is used for remote troubleshooting, remote installations, device discovery and inventories, device usage monitoring, and much more. The file sends and receives pings from remote computers. When it receives a ping, it makes record of it and responds to it if the ping requires an action. LANDESK Software started in 1985 as LAN Systems and was acquired by Intel in 1991, yet the company underwent several ownership transitions, followed by becoming an individual company known as LANDESK Software. They provide worldwide IT solutions and products, designed for business and individual use.

pds stands for ping discovery 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 pds.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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Pds.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pds
Pds.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CBA -- Ping Discovery Service belongs to software Intel Common Base Agent or CBA -- Ping Discovery Service or Compaq Remote Monitor Service or Symantec AntiVirus Server by LANDesk Software ( or Intel (

Description: Pds.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pds.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows (mostly C:\WINDOWS\System32\cba\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,819 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 32,825 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Pds.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with pds.exe, you can remove the entire program Intel LANDesk Management Suite using Windows Control Panel, ask Customer Support to assist you or update the program to the latest version.

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

pds.exe is associated with Intel LANDesk Management Suite software and discovers registered products on your computer.
Landesk agent is used by IS dept for software monitoring, patch management and remote control troubleshooting within our network.
Located in system32/cba created a udp flood.
pds.exe is backprocess of LANDesk management
This file is not dangerous. It is also not required.

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Summary: Average user rating of pds.exe: based on 16 votes with 5 user comments. 11 users think pds.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 4 users think pds.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pds issues

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