What is ibmpmsvc.exe?

The genuine ibmpmsvc.exe file is a software component of Power Management Service by Lenovo.
A power manager, this file is distributed by Lenovo and has been distributed for over ten years. Dating to when IBM owned the ThinkPad line, this power manager allows you to set and monitor how your computer behaves when it is plugged in or running off of battery power. More robust than the native Windows Power Manager, ibmpmsvc runs in the background to detect the current power source and level. Lenovo maintains support for this file since acquiring the ThinkPad line in 2005.

IBMPMSvc stands for IBM Power Management 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 ibmpmsvc.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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Ibmpmsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ibmpmsvc
Ibmpmsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ThinkPad Power Management Service or Lenovo Power Management Service or IBM PM Service

belongs to software ThinkPad Power Management Service or IBM PM Service or Lenovo Power Management Service or ThinkPad PM Service or Lenovo PM Service or Lenovo

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Description: Ibmpmsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ibmpmsvc.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (83% of all occurrences), 36,400 bytes and 12 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The application has no file description. The file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ibmpmsvc.exe, you may want to do the following:

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as ibmpmsvc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ibmpmsvc.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

Power management driver for IBM laptops. Provides support for the use of four keys on the thinkpad keyboard with blue key tops - Fn, F3, F4 & F12 - which have specific functions to control the standby and hibernate buttons. Not required if you don't plan to go into standy or hibernate modes
Causes error on IBM A31 booting
  Hans-Joachim Peter  
part of thinkvantage suite for Lenovo Thinkpads

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Summary: Average user rating of ibmpmsvc.exe: based on 11 votes with 3 user comments. 8 users think ibmpmsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade ibmpmsvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ibmpmsvc issues

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