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What’s DptfPolicyCriticalService.exe (Intel DPTF Critical Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

DptfPolicyCriticalService.exe by Intel Corporation is a process related to the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework, specifically managing the power and thermal policies of the system’s integrated graphics (pGFX).

This process helps to regulate the performance and temperature of the integrated graphics in order to optimize power consumption and prevent overheating. By adjusting the power and thermal settings, it aims to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the system. Its role is especially crucial in preventing critical thermal events that could potentially damage the hardware or cause system instability.

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Who makes DptfPolicyCriticalService.exe (Intel DPTF Critical Service)?

We’ve found Intel Corporation - pGFX should be the publisher of DptfPolicyCriticalService.exe.

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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: March 8, 2024

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