What is RDS.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 RDS.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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RDS.exe file information

The process known as RDM Server Console or MFC-Anwendung RDS or Silvers

belongs to software NTFS or Anwendung RDS or Silvers or Velocis Database Server or RDM Server

by Borland International ( or sentris GmbH, Ludwigsburg or IASMDiscoveryServices or Raima.

Description: RDS.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file RDS.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 31,082 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 184,320 bytes, 16,384 bytes, 19,456 bytes or 25,088 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. RDS.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could completely remove Velocis Database Server (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If RDS.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 200,704 bytes. The RDS.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. RDS.exe is not a Windows core file. RDS.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

If RDS.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 192,512 bytes. The program has no visible window. RDS.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as RDS.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Win32.Genome.aexut (detected by Kaspersky), and Backdoor:Win32/Rewdulon.A (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the RDS.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

RDS.EXE is an NT 4.0 ARCServe File
  Parduhn   (further information)
It's a required service when running Arcserve, not dangerous in the least.
rds.exe is a process associated with the OmniBack II Raima Database Server from HP. This is a critical process and should not be terminated. Note: rds.exe can also be associated with the TrojanSpy.Win32.Delf Keylogger.
  Elena   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of RDS.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think RDS.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving RDS issues

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