What is PSDrvCheck.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 PSDrvCheck.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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PSDrvCheck.exe file information

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

The process known as InstantCopy belongs to software RAPID (Studio (version 10)) or RAPID or Whiz Kid US - Web World - The or RAPID (Liquid) or InstantCopy or Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD Suite by Pinnacle Systems ( or Pinnacle Systems GmbH (

Description: PSDrvCheck.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PSDrvCheck.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\WINDOWS\system32\ or C:\Program Files\pinnacle\edition 5\program\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 406,016 bytes (80% of all occurrences), 396,800 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). PSDrvCheck.exe is not a Windows core file. PSDrvCheck.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Pinnacle InstantCopy or InstantCopy / RAPID using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask for help from Support
  3) check if there is a newer version available.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as PSDrvCheck.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PSDrvCheck.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 file does not seem to be removed at the time you uninstall Pinnacle software. While probably useful when you are using their program, it doesn't need to exist when you remove the programs. Yet ANOTHER annoying thing about Pinnacle. :/
In Window Task Manager of Win 7, right click of mouse on 'PSDrvCheck.exe*32' , Select 'Open File Location', this will bring you to where you want to do manual removal. After un-install, the un-installer program is doing a lousy job.
in windows 7 the files are located in C:\Windows\SysWOW64. There are also files called PSDrvCheck.NL/PSDrvCheck.IT, etc. They are also save to remove. Annoying as hell that this file doesn't get removed automatically
Pinnacle software comes bundled with Dazzle unit
  Marktheshark   (further information)
Pinnacle Stuido 9 - Is the Best "Home" Editor... Adobe Premiere is considered Professional. It costs a lot more!!
psdrvcheck.exe is a part of the Pinnacle InstantCopy application. This process is used by Pinnacle InstantCopy to check the drivers. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling it is down to user preference.
I never ever had anything from Pinnacle Systems GmbH either so it has to be evil
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PSDrvCheck.exe: based on 30 votes with 9 reviews. 14 users think PSDrvCheck.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 5 users think PSDrvCheck.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade PSDrvCheck.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PSDrvCheck issues

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