What is prot_srv.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 prot_srv.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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Prot_srv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with prot_srv
Prot_srv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PROT_SRV.EXE belongs to software Pointsec PC by Pointsec Mobile Technologies AB or PointSec Mobile Technologies AB.

Description: Prot_srv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Prot_srv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 200,704 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 188,416 bytes and 5 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with prot_srv.exe, you could also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramPointsec PC.

Recommended: Identify prot_srv.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as prot_srv.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the prot_srv.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 process belongs to pointsec hard disk encryption.
  Jeff Thomas   (further information)
This is put out by PointSec - Encryption Technology. Do not uninstall it is a kernel mod installed by your sys admin
  Dan Wade   (further information)
It is a Pointsec secure software file
  Kimmo Ronkainen   (further information)
it's a PointSec file
  Beth Banner   (further information)
Protect! by Protect Data Security, Inc. is a policy-based enterprise security software solution combining boot protection, pre-boot authentication and strong encryption to ensure only authorized users are granted access to PCs and mobile computing devices. The product is deployed and administered across the network. Because encryption is both automatic and transparent, security is enforced easily without requiring special efforts from users.
  Prates ljp   (further information)
Belongs to PointSec Security Encryption Software
This is for PointSec
Prot_serv.exe is listed in the Pointsec 4.1manual as one of the processes. Should only be present if you use VSOFT encryption software on your machine. PROT_SRV.exe appears to be the proces that encrypts your harddisk after installation. Removal of parts of this software package may leave you with an inaccessable harddisk
  Ano Nymus   (further information)
Prot_srv.exe a process running from Pointsec, usually running on system got a fresh install and it's encrypting the HD
This is a part of PointSec, a hard disk encryption application used to protect laptops/notebooks.
  anonymous - Software Consultant  
When Pointsec is installed this file runs whilst the driver or drives are encrypted
  Stuart Watts  
It is a pointsec file and runs when the program is compressing your hard disk
  Pieter Nobels  
Confirming - Just installed PointSec and saw a process eating 40% of CPU while the drive was being encrypted. Confirming PointSec identification..
  Don Doberstein  
Used by PointSec - Hard drive is prob encrypting
defo a poinsec file
It is a service used by Pointsec for PC full disk encryption software. It is the service responsible for encryption and decryption of the drive. If Pointsec For PC is installed on the system, this service should not be modified.
Pointsec Full Disk Encryption is an applicaiton which encrypts your hard disk and is almost certainly installed in a corporate environment by a system administrator. This system tray utility initiates the encryption is of unencrypted data, such as new files, or files that have not yet finished the initial 'full disk encryption'. It should NOT be closed as it could compromise data security on your machine.
  Mikey C   (further information)
File of " Hard drive encryption " of Zone Alarm Extreme
Its a Pointsec file
It is a Pointsec file. If it is running quite high, then it more likely encrypting the hard drive.
  Tom Harding   (further information)
prot_srv.exe is a component of the PointSec (and also AlertSec) software encryption tools.
  Damion Lee - Hard/software engineer   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of prot_srv.exe: based on 23 votes with 21 user comments. 20 users think prot_srv.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 prot_srv issues

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