What is adb.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the adb.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Adb.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with adb
Adb.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HTC Sync Manager or Lenovo PhoneCompanion or Lenovo Yoga PhoneCompanion or HTC Sync or Uni-Android Tool Beta Test (version 6.00) or Syncios Data Transfer or Side Sync or Andy

belongs to software Android SDK Tools or Syncios or Lenovo PhoneCompanion or Wondershare MobileGo for Android or Lenovo Yoga PhoneCompanion or ASUS PC Link or Andy OS or Kingo ROOT or Maxthon Cloud Browser or Adobe Creative Suite (version 6 Master Collection) or HTC Sync or Adobe InDesign (version CS6, CS5) or Wondershare MobileGo(Version (version 8.2.3), 7.7.0)) or MyPhoneExplorer or Mobizen

by Nero AG ( or Lenovo ( or Rsupport Co. or HTC ( or Andy OS or Wondershare software CO., LIMITED or Samsung Electronics CO., LTD ( or Haiyu Dongxiang Co..

Description: Adb.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Adb.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 815,104 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 1,009,664 bytes and 35 more variants. 
The adb.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The adb.exe file is not a Windows system file. Adb.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with adb.exe, you can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of MyPhoneExplorer or adb (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or consult [1][2]'s Customer Service for advice.

Recommended: Identify adb.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as adb.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the adb.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

It is a file needed for Android development and is downloaded with the SDK. Doesn't seem to be dangerous and shouldn't be deleted for development programs to function properly.
  Sanjiv Sharma  
android debug bridge
  Osiris.sam   (further information)
That's the "android debug bridge", a tool that deals with the emulator/ device.
  Farhad Tarapore  
Auf meinem Rechner gehört dieses Programm zum Paket BirdieSync und dient dem Datenaustausch zwischen Mobiltelefonen und Windowsrechner ähnlich dem Produkt Microsoft Outlook (With BirdieSync™, synchronize your Windows Mobile device (contacts, events, tasks and mails), your iPhone (contacts) or your Android device (contacts and events) with Thunderbird™ with Lightning extension installed and Sunbird™ on your PC. Thanks to its own synchronization engine, contacts, events, tasks and mails are synchronized as soon as your mobile is connected to your PC. Every creation, modification or deletion...)
  Friedrich-Wilhelm Prussak   (further information)
In my case it's the Android debug bridge, part of the android sdk.
  André Miranda   (further information)
This is the Adroid Debug Bridge for Android development on a windows machine.
  bpolant   (further information)
Included in software for phones with Android system
This file is important in loading apps and such for andriod phones
It is a file that is associated with the HTC sync software that you can install on your PC to sync your HTC Android phone.
adb.exe is part of the Google Android Developers kit (Android Debugging Bridge)
This file shows up when my HTC Thunderbolt is connected to my laptop, preventing tethering using pdfnet. It can be ended half of the time!
I found it in C:\program files\HTC sync --- So part of android managment software?
  Mark Haworth  
its part of htc's android sdk
  step   (further information)
it stop installs from working
  Herbert Johnson  
Necessary for Android Development
Came with HTC Sync
required for htc to function
Also comes with the 'MyPhoneExplorer' app for android phones.
  Vic Weber  
installed with android sdk
  Marvin   (further information)
Included in Alcatel Android Manager and Android Tools for Windows 7
  Corneliu FLOREA  
Android Dev Bridge
iobit managemymobile application and its a trusted program if you iobit dont delete it
It is part of the Adobe CS6 Creative Cloud - Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.31
  Shawn Connelly  
I found it only in the C:\program files (x86) installed in the EasUs Todo Backup folder, program size 800kb.
It is a tool for rooted phones to be able to execute commands such as adb reboot bootloader or identify your device with command prompt or CMD
Android Debug Bridge (ADB) handles the device-computer connection and communication. Not sure why I have it!! Something to do with Firefox for mobile phones debugging?
Distributed as part of the BirdieSync app.
adb.exe is found in my Alcatel One touch Centre program
Adb.exe began showing up with FireFox 35. It's located in the Firefox Profile's Add-on's.
I know adb.exe was not on my computer and then all of a sudden it is, and I can't shut it down, because it comes right back. If it was an essential Windows program, it would not let me even shut it down to begin with.
  James Lamb  
It appears to be a valid process. Adobe plugin for mozilla (firefox)
Adroid Debug Bridge for Android development
  kulcsarb   (further information)
this file is for flashing mobile
adb.exe is need to interface with any android tablet or phone. I use it on a regular basis to flash android roms or android recovery images. This program is harmless and will show up if you have the android debugging enabled in developer options on your android tablet or phone. So this program is 100% safe and you don't have to worry about it as it won't do anything to your pc. For more information on it go to this website.
  Snakefist maker of android mods   (further information)
I have found it near Mozilla extension helper or something (adb.exe and fastboot.exe). The readme proclaims that it is for Android development. I have no such interest or demand for it. I consider it unwanted like spam for people who have nothing to do with Android development.
adb.exe is Droid4x file. C/program files/Droid4x
  Komang Gandhi  
I bought on eBay a Chinese 4mm endoscope camera "Kmoon" (or KKmoon?, running through USB like a webcam with VGA resolution), which mini DVD driver disc installed this crapware (after clicking a wrong file?). Mine is in a (previously-non existing) ".android" folder in the main folder and is 987KB size. It seems unsigned and has no uninstaller. I suspect it is a trojan intended to intrude mobile phones. (As a mobile radio opponent I do not own one any such brainfryer.)
  CYBERYOGI =CO=Windler  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of adb.exe: based on 48 votes with 37 user comments. 13 users think adb.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 13 users think it's probably harmless. 20 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think adb.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade adb.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving adb issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with adb. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the adb.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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