What is pwrisovm.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 pwrisovm.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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Pwrisovm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pwrisovm
Pwrisovm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PowerISO Virtual Drive Manager belongs to software PowerISO or Photo Viewer or PowerISO Virtual Drive Manager by PowerISO Computing ( or Power Software.

Description: Pwrisovm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pwrisovm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 180,224 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 200,704 bytes and 18 more variants. 
Pwrisovm.exe is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Pwrisovm.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using pwrisovm.exe, you could uninstall PowerISO from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify pwrisovm.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pwrisovm.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Virus:Win32/Sality.AT (detected by Microsoft), and Virus.Win32.Sality.gen (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the pwrisovm.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

Used by Power ISO a "virtual" CD drive utility - OK
  HalHummer   (further information)
its PowerISO its used to mount disk images, or create disk images.
  david baker   (further information)
Program uesd for loading disk image files (iso,daa,.nrg,bin,cue and others) without having to burn them. emulates drives within windows and adds mount to drive feature upon right click
It is part of power iso archieving program
  MARIUSmarius   (further information)
virtual CD or DVD
it is a poweriso file
Installed with PowerISO v5.4 in Windows7 64bit directory C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerISO.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of pwrisovm.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 4 users think pwrisovm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks pwrisovm.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pwrisovm issues

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