What is pwmdbsvc.exe?

The genuine pwmdbsvc.exe file is a software component of Power Manager by Lenovo.
Pwmdbsvc.exe is part of Lenovo's in-built Power Management utility program. It is an essential component for Lenovo systems and runs quietly in the background without causing any trouble. The Power Manager lets users adjust power settings to achieve the best balance between system performance and power saving through slider control or power plans. The Lenovo Group is a multinational Chinese computer technology company, headquartered in Beijing. It sells computer products, IT services, televisions, and most recently, smart phones. Lenovo is the world's largest personal computer vendor with regard to unit sales.

PwMDBSvc stands for Power Manager Dynamic Brightness Control Service

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 pwmdbsvc.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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Pwmdbsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pwmdbsvc
Pwmdbsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PWMDBSVC Module or Power Manager Dynamic Brightness Control Service or Lenovo Settings Power Service

belongs to software PWMDBSVC Module or ThinkPad Presentation Director or Power Manager or Power Manager DBC Service or Lenovo Settings Power or Autodesk Volo View Express or IBM ThinkPad Presentation Director or IBM ThinkPad Presentation

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Description: Pwmdbsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pwmdbsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (49% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. Pwmdbsvc.exe is not a Windows core file. Pwmdbsvc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with pwmdbsvc.exe, you can completely remove ThinkPad Presentation Director or ThinkPad-Präsentationsdirektor (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify pwmdbsvc.exe related errors

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

pwmdbsvc.exe is either a part of Power Manager developed by Lenovo or belongs to IMB ThinkPad Utilities.
Battery management software for IBM Thinkpad laptops.

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

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Best practices for resolving pwmdbsvc issues

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