What is PSDrt.exe?

The genuine PSDrt.exe file is a software component of Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) by Infineon Technologies AG.
"PSDrt.exe" is one of twelve processes making up the TPM Professional Package by Infineon Technologies AG. It executes with the local user's privileges, usually within the context of its parent process, "ifxspmgt.exe." Trusted Platform Module (TPM) software is not a proprietary Infineon concept but is an international standard, (ISO/IEC 11889 beginning in 2009). It requires the computer system to have a TPM microcontroller, presently a distinct chip but capable of integration into a motherboard. Usually this technology is reserved to professional, industrial, or defense grade systems, as in Hewlett-Packard's Protect Tools Embedded Security. Therefore, neither "PSDrt.exe" nor any other TPM component should be stopped or uninstalled as the side-effects could make the unit useless and it is probably enterprise or government property. At the most basic level, by burning unique identifying codes into the TPM at manufacture and using these codes in encryption algorithms, any network can verify remotely that it is an authorized unit and its software has not been changed. "PSDrt.exe" is part of Infineon's "Personal Secure Disk" software which creates a separate region on the hard disk, (usually set up by an administrator), which encrypts all files stored to it using the keys on the TPM controller chip and is invisible to all networks and on the unit itself unless a password is entered. Infineon, a global corporation based in Munich, Germany, was created April 1, 1999, when Siemens AG spun off its semiconductor operations as a legal entity. (In 2006, Infineon further spun off its memory manufacturing as Qimonda AG, but Qimonda was delisted from the NYSE in 2009). Infineon's many products include supplying TPM hardware and software on an OEM basis to multiple laptop manufacturers.

PSDRt stands for Personal Secure Disk Runtime Application

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 PSDrt.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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PSDrt.exe file information

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

The process known as PSD Runtime Application belongs to software Infineon Personal Secure Drive or Infineon TPM Professional or Embedded Security for HP or Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools or Infineon TPM Software or HP Embedded Security for ProtectTools by Infineon Technologies AG (

Description: PSDrt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The PSDrt.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 136,736 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 131,072 bytes, 185,624 bytes, 181,792 bytes or 312,608 bytes. 
PSDrt.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. PSDrt.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. PSDrt.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with PSDrt.exe, you can also remove the entire program HP Embedded Security for or Embedded Security for HP using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify PSDrt.exe related errors

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

PSDrt.exe is also part of the Embedded Security Software from HP Protect Tools
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It is a useless program that has a RAM leak, causes excessive RAM usage if system has been running over 2 or 3 days
  Robert   (further information)
PSDrt.exe is a process from PSD Runtime Application by Infineon Technologies AG and part of Infineon Personal Secure Drive.
Excessive memory leak for this program, and causes crash in explorer.exe

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Summary: Average user rating of PSDrt.exe: based on 7 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think PSDrt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PSDrt issues

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