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What is PDesk.exe?

PDesk.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if PDesk.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

PDesk.exe file information

The process known as PDesk or Toolbar belongs to software Matrox PDesk or PowerDesk by Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) or Ontrack Data International (www.ontrack.com).

Description: PDesk.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PDesk.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 684,032 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 651,264 bytes, 667,648 bytes or 622,592 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/pdesk.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. PDesk.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify PDesk.exe related errors

If PDesk.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 712,704 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 3,971,860 bytes, 2,962,944 bytes or 2,702,336 bytes. It is able to record keyboard inputs. It is not a Windows system file. PDesk.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and connect to the Internet.
You can completely remove PowerDesk or Personal Desktop XP (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "Matrox Powerdesk" is not required to run at start up. For Matrox video cards. Quick access to tweak your card to your liking

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PDesk.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PDesk.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

Matrox Grafikkartentreiber
PowerDesk von Matrox. SystemTray-Anwendung für schnellen Zugriff auf die Monitoreinstellungen.
The file is associated with the Matrox QuickDesk that resides in your systray. If you've installed a Matrox card, you've likely installed Pdesk along with the drivers. It's a video card settings utility.
For Matrox video card.
This always crashes when I shut down my PC, i believe it also crashes explorer.exe. Dont know why this happens
Kann ohne größere Probleme daktiviert werden wenn man weder das Tray Icon noch die Tastatur-Shortcuts des Grafikkarten-Treibers nutzen will.
Not to be confused with PDesk.exe project management software!
  Steve Peters   (further information)
kopyalamaya izin vermiyor
Takes over your computer and forces you to comply; cannot be removed
  Richard Farrow  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PDesk.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments.
7 users think PDesk.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks PDesk.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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