What is pmservice.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 pmservice.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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Pmservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pmservice
Pmservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PremierOpinion or Print Manager Service or PM Service Control Unit

belongs to software PremierOpinion or Energy Star EZ GPO for Power Management control or Print Manager

by VoiceFive or PremierOpinion ( or VoiceFive Networks ( or ADP DSI or TerraNovum (

Description: Pmservice.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pmservice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 205,760 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. Pmservice.exe is able to monitor applications, manipulate other programs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall Print Manager or PremierOpinion from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, turn to the software developer, Cdkglobal, for advice or update the program.

Recommended: Identify pmservice.exe related errors

If pmservice.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 86,016 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 94,208 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Pmservice.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pmservice.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Artemis!BCDDEA16B5D3 or Artemis!3BA1C2619010 (detected by McAfee), and Adware.PremierOpinion.C or Application.Generic.1678444 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the pmservice.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If PremierOpinion has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Pmservice.exe is for your PC'S UPS(uninteruptable power supply)
Yes it is recommended because it saves energy
  Mark Ryan   (further information)
This is an ADWARE application that does expose personally identifiable information stored on your computer. It has nothing to do with Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) which is an electronic device. I recommend removal ASAP. Block all network traffic. It does not come with an auto-installer so you may need to edit the registry directly.
  A Computer Engineer  

Summary: Average user rating of pmservice.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks pmservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks pmservice.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pmservice issues

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