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 PDF Pro (version 10, 10 Creator) or Lightning PDF Creator or PDF Experte (version 8 Creator) or Expert PDF (version 8 Creator) or Ligtning PDF Creator

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

by Visagesoft.

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 the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,237,504 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 998,912 bytes and 32 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 58% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: 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
I purchased the PDF Editor 9 and have not been able to get it to work as the registration process does not work. Despite contacting the customer service via E-mail and tickets via their website, there is no response from them.
  S Ewald   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of vspdfprsrv.exe: based on 8 votes with 8 user comments. 5 users think vspdfprsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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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 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 vspdfprsrv.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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