What is pdservice.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 pdservice.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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Pdservice.exe file information

The process known as PrivateDisk Service belongs to software Client Security Solution or PrivateDisk or SafeGuardĀ® PrivateDisk by Utimaco Safeware AG (

Description: Pdservice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pdservice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 41,472 bytes (72% of all occurrences), 40,960 bytes or 49,152 bytes. 
The pdservice.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with pdservice.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramClient Security Solution or SafeGuardĀ® PrivateDisk.

Recommended: Identify pdservice.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pdservice.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the pdservice.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 is a Lenovo application that manages a encrypted area of the hard drive where you can store files you would like to protect.
  Chris28mm   (further information)
pdservice.exe belongs to Utimaco Safeware Easy by PrivateDisk, utility for protecting confidential data.

Summary: Average user rating of pdservice.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think pdservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving pdservice issues

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