What is ptservice.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 ptservice.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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Ptservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ptservice
Ptservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PrivateTunnel Service or TODO: File description belongs to software PrivateTunnel or TODO: Product name by OpenVPN Technologies or TODO: Company name.

Description: Ptservice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ptservice.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 258,048 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 315,236 bytes. 
The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Ptservice.exe is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Ptservice.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If ptservice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 17,816 bytes. The program is not visible. Ptservice.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Ptservice.exe is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ptservice.exe, you can uninstall PrivateTunnel software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or contact Customer Service.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ptservice.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the ptservice.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

It's a required component for WebEx
  Turnip   (further information)
ptservice.exe is a service for USB Block program. "USB Block" is a name of program for control or block USB port in your notbook or your PC. I used this program about 2 years and i don't have problems. I don't think ptservice.exe was virus or malware.
  MEnya   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ptservice.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks ptservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ptservice issues

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