What is columbus.exe?

The genuine columbus.exe file is a software component of BrainWare Columbus Systems Management by BrainWare Consulting & Development.
Columbus.exe is an executable file that is part of Columbus Systems Management, a suite of programs that address the concerns of enterprise IT environments. This file is not a critical Windows component and can be removed if known to create problems. The Columbus Systems Management suite shrinks the hardware exertion and the dangers innate in different IT-provided services, for example, patch management, OS migration and installation of new programs. Columbus' modular solutions can be changed according to a system's particular needs. Columbus lifecycle management and process management offers additional functionality and flexibility. Brainware is an American company founded in 2006 that develops software and markets products for data capture and extraction. The company also offers consulting services and a professional release center for the production of complex releases in multiple languages, including Unicode. Brainware is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. The company was acquired by Lexmark International in 2012 for $148 million.

Columbus stands for Columbus User and Service part

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 columbus.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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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 BrainWare Consulting & Development (

Description: Columbus.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file columbus.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 591,360 bytes (75% of all occurrences), 1,257,984 bytes or 1,510,400 bytes. 
The service can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows core file. The service has no detailed description. Columbus.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as columbus.exe. Therefore, you should check the columbus.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.


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Summary: Average user rating of columbus.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks columbus.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving columbus issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with columbus. 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 columbus.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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