What is PDVDServ.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 PDVDServ.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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PDVDServ.exe file information

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

The process known as PowerDVD RC Service belongs to software PowerDVD or PowerDVD Ultra or PowerDVD RC Service or CyberLink or Space Synthesizer or CyberLink PowerDVD or Landlord Forms or PDFToolBox by Cyberlink ( or CyberLink (

Description: PDVDServ.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PDVDServ.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in C:\ (normally C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes and 16 more variants. 
PDVDServ.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). PDVDServ.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall PowerDVD from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, look for help from the software company Cyberlink or look for a new, improved version.

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

If you never use a remote; get ride of it.
Cyberlink P2Go8/Virtual Drive.exe" /R . Cyberlink PDVD10\PDVD10Serv.exe (REMOTECONTROL10) was removed to Web Root Vault as spyware/malware/virus shortly before my laptop was hijacked, it was also running as a similarly named process. Found 9 Unauthorized media streaming servers in my printers/scanners, pictures were adversely effected in many ways.
  T. Price  
Run on my computer
Pretty much ZERO usefulness, other than to use up CPU cycles! I've ALWAYS been able to use a remote w/ PowerDVD WITHOUT this running!
It requested internet access through uorrent, when I blocked it I could no longer browse to facebook, google or yahoo until I allowed it to access again. Why should a remote control program need internet access and why would blocking it cause websites to be blocked?
On my system it is installed in the folder C:\Program Files\Roxio\Roxio DVDMax Player so it can be present on a system where no applcations from Cyberlink are installed.
Appears to lock files and then uTorrent throws and error
Some DVD applications will not run without it once you upgreade to Internet Explorer 8
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PDVDServ.exe: based on 70 votes with 9 reviews. 36 users think PDVDServ.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 14 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 5 users think PDVDServ.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade PDVDServ.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PDVDServ issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PDVDServ. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the PDVDServ.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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