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What does the lkads.exe file do?

The lkads.exe process is also known as Part of Logos or, as the case may be, NI PSP Service Locator and is a part of National Instruments Logos or, as the case may be, NI Logos. This software is produced by National Instruments (www.ni.com). An obsolete or defective version of lkads.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about lkads.exe Part of Logos

lkads.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Lkads.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 53,544 bytes (33% of all these files), 46,192 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
It is the lkClassAds service: Locates PSP servers at the request of PSP clients.
The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This lkads.exe process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. This file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 49% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A lkads.exe file has a 25% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 40,488 bytes (33% of all these files), 46,192 bytes, 42,544 bytes, 56,096 bytes or, as the case may be, 53,032 bytes. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves lkads.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about lkads?

included with Multisim/Ultiboard/etc
It is part of the program MULTISIM (simulation of electrical circuits) - software by National Instruments
Dave Genew
National Instruments is famous for putting Spyware like this on systems that get any of their products installed, and they leave it on after the software is Uninstalled. If you have removed all of the National Instruments software (like Labview), you will find they left behind two System Services on your PC, the "National Instruments PSP Server Locator" Service and the "National Instruments Time Synchronization" Service. You can use the Services management tool to set them to not start automatically.

Summary: One user judges lkads.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall National Instruments Logos or NI Logos

To remove Part of Logos from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate National Instruments Logos or NI Logos in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if lkads.exe (Part of Logos) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Part of Logos. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Part of Logos or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or lkads.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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