What is CapabilityManager.exe?

The genuine CapabilityManager.exe file is a software component of Sony Ericsson PC suite by Sony.
CapabilityManager.exe is a part of the Sony Ericsson PC Suite that is used to synchronize Sony Ericsson phone data with a computer. This is not an essential Windows process and can be removed if known to cause problems. Sony started off at the beginning of World War 2 as an electronics shop in Tokyo. Owned by Masaru Ibuka, it took up space in a department store and began operations with only $530 in capital and eight employees. Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation), as it was originally called, built Japan's first Tape recorder, the Type-G. In 1958, the company changed its name to Sony. Today, the Sony corporation is among the world's largest companies which operates under four segments - Electronics, Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services.

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 CapabilityManager.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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CapabilityManager.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CapabilityManager
CapabilityManager.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Capability Manager belongs to software CapabilityManager or Sony Ericsson PC Suite by Teleca Sweden AB ( or Popwire AB ( or Teleca Software Solutions AB (

Description: CapabilityManager.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CapabilityManager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 139,264 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 278,528 bytes, 212,992 bytes, 225,280 bytes or 208,896 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The CapabilityManager.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with CapabilityManager.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HTC Sync or Sony Ericsson PC Suite (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) visit the website.

Recommended: Identify CapabilityManager.exe related errors

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

part of Sony Ericsson software/driver stuff (date+time matches w/ my installation)
Sony Ericsson software that appeared after i installed something for my phone.
Sony-ericsson phonemanager related
It keeps a log file called "capman_all_log.txt" in the user's document and settings in the directory \application data\ teleca\telecalib\logging\application logs. This file can reach huge dimensions if not cleaned up regularly.
  Ermanno Testa  
part of Sony-Ericsson phone suite
also seems to get installed by HTC with Droid Incredible sync software
Part of HTC Sync, used to synchronize the HTC Hero phone to the PC and Microsoft Outlook. Also used to install applications on the phone.
  John Jobst  
HTC Sync installed it on my machine. I don't sync my HTC Hero phone anymore. so I dumped. Teleca installed several other files that run all the time. I used Process Explorer to discover it. Great program.
  Rocky Drown  
may cause the PC to freeze when rebooted.
I believe it was installed on my PC as a part of the HTC Sync suite.
It didnt appear till i installed my phone on computer just like veryone said, the only thing i know
Sony Ericsson PC Suite, it keeps using a considerable amount of RAM even if I not use PC Suite
more memory hog htc software
As others said, I installed the Sony Erickson Suite. I used it about once every 13 weeks but I also have caperbility manager and my computer has been having problems. Caperbility Manager seems high in my Task Manager so I researched it and found it was a non-windows program. So as I am having problems with my computer running at 100% and crashing even though I am not running anything on it which I want, then Caperbility manager with be removed. I will only leave it on my computer when I use it then remove it as I have the disk.
  Mike Greenwood  

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Summary: Average user rating of CapabilityManager.exe: based on 13 votes with 14 user comments. 2 users think CapabilityManager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks CapabilityManager.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade CapabilityManager.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving CapabilityManager issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CapabilityManager. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CapabilityManager.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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