What is psksvc.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 psksvc.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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Psksvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with psksvc
Psksvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Anti-malware protection support executable belongs to software Panda Anti-malware or Panda Antivirus Pro (version 2014) or Panda Internet Security (version 2009) or PskSvcRetailInst by Panda Security, S.L (

Description: Psksvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Psksvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,992 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 28,928 bytes or 27,696 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Psksvc.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The psksvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Panda Antivirus Pro 2014 or Panda Internet Security 2009 come up, you can remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel or ask the software vendor,, for advice.

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

psksvc.exe is a process from Panda Updater by Panda and part of Panda Security. This task keeps your virus scanner up to date with the latest virus definitions.

Summary: Average user rating of psksvc.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks psksvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving psksvc issues

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