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How to Disable and Uninstall Protexis Licensing Service (PSIService

How to Disable and Uninstall Protexis Licensing Service (PSIService

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How to turn off Protexis licensing for a pc program.
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Jul 19, 2009MDL Editorial Team97 Comments Delicious
 How to Disable and Uninstall Protexis Licensing Service (PSIService.exe)
If you have installed tr ial or paidlicensed version of Corelsoftware products,you probably may notice a thir d-par ty unannounced softwareapplicationmakes its wayinto your computer too. Theprogramis PSIService.exe by Protexis,which installs a Protexis Licensing service or Protexis Licensing V2 service in Windowsoperating system.PSIService is part of Protexis copy protection DRM (digital rights management) and license management software, which intends to protect asoftware or application from piracy and illegalcopying. Thus PSI service is normally installedby another progam, suchas CorelPaint Shop ProPhoto X2, Corel Paint Shop Pro XI (X1), CorelPaint Shop Pro X, that uses its service to gather licensing information to send home much like spyware,ensure copy protection andauthenticate user that uses genuine version of the program. To make matter worse, the ProtexisLicensing service may make PC boots up slower, and whendisabled, will cause Corel PaintShop Proto stop working, in addition to warn you of running illegal copyof non-genuine software. Besides, PSIService.exe does not uninstall together with the application thatinstalled it, when the application is uninstalled and removed.In any case, whether you want to get rid of Protexis while keeping the application that dependent on itstill working properly and able to run (contrary to popular belief, Protexis Licensing service is notrequired for program to run), or now need to clean the Protexis PSIService spyware manually due tonon-removal by original application that installs it, the procedures to complete uninstall and removeProtexis is easy. In fact, the instructions to uninstall PSIservice is provided onProtexis website.If you are certain that no applications using PSIService are still installed on your system, and thisservice is still running, you can remove it manually by following these instructions:1. Remove the following registry entry:[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ProtexisLicensing]2. Reboot your computer.3. Delete the following files:%windir%\System32\PSIService.exe%windir%\System32\PSIKey.exeOf course, in order to keep applications such as CorelPhoto ShopPro continue running without error,the complete removal instructions cannot be followed. Use the following workaround instead:1. Open
Services
(services.msc) in Control Panel’s Administrators Tools.2. Locate
ProtexisLicensing
or 
Protexis Licensing
service. If you are seeing Protexis Licensing V2service, use the next guide. Stop the service and then set the Startup Type to
Disabled
.3. Bowse to
%SystemDrive%\Windows\System32
 folder .4. Copy original
PSIKey.dll
to program folder of application that relies on Protexis, e.g.%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI\.
 
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5. Rename
PsiClient.dll
to PsiClient.bak, or simply delete it.6. Rename
PSIKey.dll
to PsiClient.dll7. Rename
PSIService.exe
to PSIService.bak, or simply delete it.If the Protexis DRM softare installed on your system is of version 2, follow these steps instead:1. Open
Services
(services.msc) in Control Panel’s Administrators Tools.2. Locate
Protexis Licensing V2
service. Stop the service and then set the Startup Type to
Disabled
.3. Bowse to
%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Service
folder.4. Copy original
PSIKey_2.dll
to program folder of application that relies on Protexis, e.g.%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2\.5. Rename PsiClient.dll to PsiClient.bak, or simply delete it.6. Rename PSIKey_2.dll to PsiClient.dll7. Rename PSIService_2.exe to PSIService_2.bak, or simply delete it.Now, Protexis Licensing Service is tamed and disabled properly so that PSIService no longer run inbackground, without affecting functionality of installed application.
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97 Comments
Adama
 
 April 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm
For CorelDRAWGraphics Suite X5 users see comment below by VPort.
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tom
 
February 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm
This screwed up my Corel installation and does not work. Got to reinstall it…
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christopher 
 
February 9, 2013 at 8:32 am
I am unable to installCorel DrawGraphics x6 because it locks up midway and says BEXproblem. What do I do?
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 jose
 
January 27, 2012 at 9:46 am
gracias, me anduvo perfecto, saludos
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Del
 
October 14, 2012 at 1:26 am
I agree with Jose..Worked Perfectly..Thank you very much!.
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Mazrim Taim
 
January 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Unfortunately this “how to” doesn’t work onVideoStudioPro X4.VS Pro X4 uses PSIKey-03000201.If you use the procedure as described here, VS simply won’t start, or you’ll get ‘error 38′ asking you to reinstall.I’ve tried everything I could think of, but in the end I had to reverse the steps and start thelicensing-service again in order to get VideoStudio to work.If someone finds a way to solve this… please… let the rest of us know.
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Chris
 
January 17, 2012 at 3:49 am
Here’s what I did to make this work.…removed all Corel products from my system and went elsewhere.
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VPort
 
January 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm
I haveCorelDRAW GraphicsSuite X5 and Protexis with file “PSIKey-03000201.dll”I followed the instructions given here without success (see below).I had copied the file PSIKey-03000201.dll to all the Corel sub-folders and renamed it toPSIClient.dll as instructed (Corel didn’t start!).I’ve then tried the following. In the folder “…CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5\Programs” Irenamed the file “PSIClient.dll” back to “PSIKey-03000201.dll” and all the programs startedto work again!Hope it works for you too!1. Open Services (services.msc) in Control Panel’s Administrators Tools.2. Locate Protexis Licensing V2 service. Stop the service and then set the Startup Type toDisabled.3. Bowse to %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Service folder.4. copy PSIKey*.dll (in my case it was PSIKey-03000201.dll and not PSIKey_2.dll)5. search for PSIClient.dll in your Corel folder 6. rename all of them (to PsiClient.dll.bak for example)7. copy to all those folders PSIKey dll and rename it to PSIClient.dll – EXCEPT IN THEFOLDER “…\PROGRAMS”, WHERE YOU SHOULD RENAME THE EXISTING FILE TOPSICLIENT.BAK BUT USE THE NEW FILE WITH IT’S NAME “PSIKey-03000201.dll”
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Adama
 
 April 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm
Great Job, VPort, that worked for me. As below.VPort January 12, 2012 at 10:34 pmI have CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 and Protexis with file “PSIKey-03000201.dll”I followed the instructions given here without success (see below).I had copied the file PSIKey-03000201.dll to all the Corel sub-folders and renamed it toPSIClient.dll as instructed (Corel didn’t start!).I’ve then tried the following. In the folder “…CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5\Programs” Irenamed the file “PSIClient.dll” back to “PSIKey-03000201.dll” and all the programsstartedto work again!Hope it works for you too!1. Open Services (services.msc) in Control Panel’s Administrators Tools.2. Locate Protexis Licensing V2 service. Stop the service and then set the Startup Typeto Disabled.3. Bowse to %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Servicefolder.4. copy PSIKey*.dll (in my case it was PSIKey-03000201.dll and not PSIKey_2.dll)5. search for PSIClient.dll in your Corel folder 6. rename all of them (to PsiClient.dll.bak for example)7. copy to all those folders PSIKey dll and rename it to PSIClient.dll – EXCEPT IN THEFOLDER “…\PROGRAMS”, WHERE YOU SHOULD RENAME THE EXISTING FILE TOPSICLIENT.BAK BUT USE THE NEW FILE WITH IT’S NAME “PSIKey-03000201.dll”
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KevTech
 
November 28, 2011 at 11:34 amREPLY

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