What is pbeagent.exe?

The genuine pbeagent.exe file is a software component of APC PowerChute Personal Edition by APC.
Pbeagent.exe is an executable file that belongs to APC PowerChute Business Edition, a power management program designed to protect computer systems from power failures. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. PowerChute is an software application designed by APC (American Power Conversion) to manage the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices produced by the company. PowerChute features the ability to automatically shutdown computers, servers and workstations during an extended power outage. The software can also monitor and log the status of the UPS. APC, formerly known as the American Power Conversion Corporation, is an American company that develops solutions in uninterruptible power supply. It also produces solutions in data center, server, storage and software services. APC was founded in 1981 and originally was focused entirely on research into solar energy. The company was acquired by Schneider Electric SE, a multinational corporation based out of France that develops solutions in electricity distribution, automation management and designs and manufactures installation components for energy management. APC is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, United States.

PBEAgent stands for APC PowerChute Business Edition Agent

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 pbeagent.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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Pbeagent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pbeagent
Pbeagent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as APC PowerChute Business Edition Agent belongs to software APC PowerChute Business or APC PowerChute Business Edition Agent by APC (

Description: Pbeagent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pbeagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 34,168 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The pbeagent.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could safely remove the program using the uninstall program of APC PowerChute Business (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify pbeagent.exe related errors

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

APC PowerChute Monitor - assistant for ponitoring your UPS
  D. Kaln├Žs  
APC software for UPS
APC Powerchute Monitor Agent
APC PowerChute Software
Monitors APC UPS
  VietBob   (further information)
same as the others
APC Powerchute
APC PowerChute Networklistener (USV)
  dtdesign   (further information)
APC PowerChute Monitor
  MetaBaron   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of pbeagent.exe: based on 11 votes with 9 user comments. 11 users think pbeagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pbeagent issues

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