What is PdtGuide.exe?

The genuine PdtGuide.exe file is a software component of Fingerprint Application Suite EXL600 by Transcend Information.
“PdtGuide.exe” is a file in Windows that is the main executable for the Fingerprint Application Suite EXL600. The products using the file are Transcend JetFlash 220 and JetFlash 210 USB sticks. Upon insertion of one of these USB drives, “PdtGuide.exe” is installed. Whenever the USB drive is inserted, it requires a login or utilizes this fingerprint file to confirm user’s fingerprint. Once the file confirms the fingerprint as valid, it unlocks the contents of the drive on the secure partition. Transcend Information, Inc. began in 1988 and has evolved into a secure-storage product company, offering flash memory card devices, USB storage products, PC memory, audio players, and more.

PdtGuide stands for Portable data transfer Guide

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 PdtGuide.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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PdtGuide.exe file information

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

The process PdtGuide.exe has no valid information about its manufacturer.

Description: PdtGuide.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PdtGuide.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,030,656 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 997,888 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The PdtGuide.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. PdtGuide.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Is a process of an USB with finger prints Transcend’s JetFlash® 220
  Mauro Canosa  
JetFlash protection utility with fingerprint recognizer
PdtGuide.exe ist ein kleines Programm das zu bei einigen USB-Sticks der Firma Transcent zum Einsatz kommt. Gerade bei de Serie JetFlash. Diese sind haben einen öffentlichen und einen geschützten Bereich. Will man dann in den geschützten Bereich, muss man im ROM-Sektor das kleine Programm PdtGuide.exe starten. In der Taskleiste erscheint dann eine gelbe Hand. Jetzt ist die öffentliche Partition verschwunden und stattdessen sieht man den geschützten Bereich.
    (further information)
It belongs to the fingerprint recognition software of Transcend JetFlash 220 USB memorystick
  janjansen   (further information)
Utility installed for JetFlash USB Key with Fingerprint scanner.

Summary: Average user rating of PdtGuide.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think PdtGuide.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PdtGuide issues

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