What is PScout.exe?

The genuine PScout.exe file is a software component of Printing Scout Application by Xerox.
A background process, Printing Scout monitors the status of your Xerox printer and displays an alert when there is any type of issue. Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, Xerox was founded in 1906. Xerox currently provides printers and copiers mostly to corporate customers and businesses.

PScout stands for Printing Scout

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 PScout.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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PScout.exe file information

The process known as PScout belongs to software Printing Scout Application by Xerox (

Description: PScout.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PScout.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 76,288 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 74,752 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. PScout.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If PScout.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 74,752 bytes. The program is not visible. PScout.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. PScout.exe is not a Windows system file.

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

Driver Install program
  Joe Mama  
taucht auch als pscout.exe...PF Datei in C/Windows/prefetch auf
  N. Klahm  
Xerox supplies monitoring program

Summary: Average user rating of PScout.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks PScout.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PScout issues

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