What is columbus.exe?

The genuine columbus.exe file is a software component of Brainwaregroup.
Columbus.exe is an executable file that is part of software of Brainwaregroup.
For over 25 years, Brainwaregroup have provided world leading, specialist software solutions to the IT lifecycle and Contract Management sectors. The company's foundations of success are built on its dedication to a diverse client base of global enterprises with functional needs and requirements that demand the very highest level of quality and innovation from their software. The result is an integrated suite of suite of modules from a single source that offers unrivalled power and flexibility for:
- Software and Security Management
- Software Asset Management
- Contract Management
- Service Desk
Having implemented hundreds of solutions for some of the largest companies and institutions in both Europe and the world, we have gained the knowledge, experience and technical capability to meet even the most challenging and complex of demands. Furthermore, our consultants work closely and consistently with our developers to offer a level of configuration, customisation and tailoring to our solutions that remains unsurpassed to this day. As a Switzerland based software company Brainware has to follow European and Swiss data protection laws which are very strict. Brainwaregroup was founded in 1989 and headquartered in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Germany, United Kingdom, South Africa and Japan we are a top manufacturer of Inventory, Client- & Security Management and Lifecycle Management solutions.

Columbus.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with columbus
Columbus.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Columbus User and Service part belongs to software BrainWare Columbus or Columbus by BrainWareGroup (

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Best practices for resolving computer issues

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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.

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