What is vspdfprsrv.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 vspdfprsrv.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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Vspdfprsrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vspdfprsrv
Vspdfprsrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Lightning PDF Creator or PDF Experte (version 8 Creator) or Expert PDF (version 8 Creator) or Ligtning PDF Creator or PDF Pro (version 10 Creator)

belongs to software eXPert PDF (version 6, 4) or Expert PDF (version 7 Professional, 8 Professional) or Lightning PDF (version 6 Converter, 7 Professional) or PDF Experte (version 8 Professional) or PDF Pro (version 10)

by Visagesoft or Visage Software (

Description: Vspdfprsrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The vspdfprsrv.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 998,912 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 1,237,504 bytes and 29 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. Vspdfprsrv.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
In case of any problems with vspdfprsrv.exe, you might want to do the following:

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

virtual pdf printer
Druckdreiber zum Erstellen von PDFs
  Bruno Hatzenbuehler  
Part of PDF printer (in my case Visagesoft eXPert PDF)
Needed to run ExpertPDF
Problems with locating the vspdfprsrv.exe: I have experienced the same vspdfprsrv.exe problem when booting the computer (Win 7 64 bit). But vspdfprsrv.exe isn't nessecerely located in the folder called "HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Visage Software/PDF Printer/Options". (You can of course search for it and then delete it.) Therefore the best solution is to download the Autoruns tool from Microsoft Sysinternals and uncheck the vspdfprsrv.exe. Find it here: It's easy and it works. And you're in control of things.
  Johan Aa  
Der Drucher meiner Lieblings PDF Softare
  Ksenia Orlowa   (further information)
i deleted pdf pro free trial and got rid of it

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Summary: Average user rating of vspdfprsrv.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 5 users think vspdfprsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving vspdfprsrv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vspdfprsrv. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 vspdfprsrv.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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