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What’s pldsvc.exe (PaladinVPN Svc)? Is it safe or a virus?

Pldsvc.exe is a process associated with Ledger Media Ltd., a digital marketing company that had its domain name seized by the US FBI. This executable file is responsible for running various background operations related to Ledger Media's services, which may include ad serving, data collection, and content delivery.

The FBI reports that pldsvc.exe also causes your PC to become part of a (911 s5 backdoor) botnet.


A PC Windows botnet is a network of compromised personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system that have been infected with malicious software (malware). This malware allows an attacker to remotely control these PCs as "bots" or "zombies" without the owners' knowledge or consent. The attacker can then utilize the cumulative computing power and internet connectivity of this botnet for nefarious purposes like distributed denial-of-service attacks, sending spam emails, or harvesting sensitive data from the infected machines.

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Who makes pldsvc.exe (PaladinVPN Svc)?

We’ve found Ledger Media Ltd. should be the publisher of pldsvc.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: June 26, 2024

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