What is DataServer.exe?

The genuine DataServer.exe file is a software component of Authentication Manager by Wave Systems.
DataServer.exe is a multifactor authentication system which enables users to select from various authentication mechanisms. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Multifactor authentication systems require at least two or more authentication factors based on knowledge, possession and inherence. The knowledge factor is based on something only the user knows. The possession factor is based on something only the user has. The inherence is based on something only the user is. The Wave Systems Corporation is an American company that develops security software. It is headquartered in Lee, Massachusetts, USA.

DataServer stands for Database Server

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 DataServer.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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DataServer.exe file information

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

The process known as Database Service belongs to software Wave Infrastructure Installer or EMBASSY Security Center by Wave Systems (

Description: DataServer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DataServer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 315,392 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 290,816 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with DataServer.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Wave Infrastructure Installer or EMBASSY Security Center) or consult's Customer Service for advice.

Recommended: Identify DataServer.exe related errors

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

dataserver.exe belongs to Authentication Manager developed by Wave Systems. DataServer.exe is a multifactor authentication system which enables users to select from various authentication mechanisms.
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Summary: Average user rating of DataServer.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving DataServer issues

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