What is ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe?

The genuine ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe file is a software component of CryptoStorage by Infowatch.
ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe is an executable file that runs a process associated with CryptoStorage, a security program that encrypts files, folders, optical discs, removable drives and mass-storage devices. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. CryptoStorage is a data encryption software that only allows access to information through a password that is claimed to be unable to be cracked by bruteforce or any other decryption algorithms. Encryption is an important tool to safeguard information in corporate and government environments. It enables companies to safely deliver information to precisely where it is required. InfoWatch is a group of German companies (InfoWatch Ltd., Kribrum Ltd., EgoSecure GmbH, and Appercut). They primarily develop solutions that safeguard customers against data loss, and intellectual property theft. The companies are also focused on customer experience and reputation management, including risk management and compliance solutions. InfoWatch was established in 2011.

ProtectedObjectsSrv stands for Protected Objects Service

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 ProtectedObjectsSrv.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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ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe file information

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

The process known as InfoWatch CryptoStorage Protected objects controller service belongs to software CryptoStorage or Kaspersky PURE or CryptoStorage control service by Infowatch (

Description: ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 743,992 bytes (65% of all occurrences), 819,040 bytes or 818,888 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is digitally signed. The ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe file is not a Windows system file. The ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe file is a Verisign signed file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe, you may also do the following:
  1) remove the entire program InfoWatch or ZAO InfoWatch using Windows Control Panel
  2) use the software publisher's support.

Recommended: Identify ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe related errors

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


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Summary: Average user rating of ProtectedObjectsSrv.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ProtectedObjectsSrv issues

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