What is PsiService_2.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 PsiService_2.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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PsiService_2.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PsiService_2
PsiService_2.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PsiService PsiService

belongs to software PsiService System Service or CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (version X4, X5 - IPM, X6, X6 - IPM, X5, X5 - IPM HSE, X4 - IPM) or Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo (version X2) or WordPerfect Lightning - IPM or WordPerfect Office (version X4 - IPM, X6 - IPM) or Adobe Premiere Elements (version 10 HD) or Corel Paint it! touch - IPM or Corel Painter Essentials (version 4)

by Protexis ( or arvato digital services llc.

Description: PsiService_2.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The PsiService_2.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 185,632 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 189,728 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The PsiService_2.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. PsiService_2.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Corel provides direct support ( or You could remove the entire program CorelDRAW or Corel WinDVD using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify PsiService_2.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PsiService_2.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PsiService_2.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

That's Service from Corel WinDVD.Without this process You can't watch HD Movies with CorelDVD.The Process is Safe and Trusted by Microsoft.
  Valio Vulkov  
Trojan backdoor, usually added with programs' setups or games' cracks
  Robert Silverd  
comes with Corel products for copy protection
  jerry   (further information)
Protexis RED (Retail Electronic Distribution) enables online digital content distribution, connecting publishers directly with retailers to deliver digital content to online consumers. It may be installed with other programs, like Corel.
  Matt   (further information)
based on the supplied information, if psi service is in windows folder it is virus/trojan if not it is the trusted software
SAGE uses it as License check for ACT!
  Klaus Schmitz   (further information)
Installed and run by ACT! by SAGE for software licensing, if you have ACT!, keep it. Installs to PsiService_2.exe 32-bit OS: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Service 64-bit OS: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Protexis\License Service
  Alan Lee  
protexis is NOT removed when you uninstall all your corel products therefore it's crapware if not spyware/virus. corel is stupid to inflict it on ppl who own corel products as there are *many* better licensing companies out there.
Installed by Corel WinDVD 11 setup, but not removed by uninstallation.
DRM service - a form of malware. Find out which program installed it and find a safer alternative. Make sure to uninstall Protexis itself, it won't be removed when unistalling whatever it was packaged with.
  Kiril Trichkov   (further information)
for act users, changing the protexislicensingv2 service to run from the local system account to an administrative domain account removed the psiservice_2.exe error for us.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PsiService_2.exe: based on 19 votes with 12 user comments. 8 users think PsiService_2.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think PsiService_2.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving PsiService_2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PsiService_2. 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 PsiService_2.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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