What is pbsetup.exe?

The genuine pbsetup.exe file is a software component of PunkBuster by Even Balance.
The file "pbsetup.exe" is part of "PunkBuster" for Windows and it is an executable that manually checks for updates and downloads them if they exist for the program. The file is designed to override the automatic updating within PunkBuster when that action seems to fail. PunkBuster is an "anti-cheat" online gaming server provider for online gaming software in Windows.

PBSetup stands for PunkBuster Setup

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 pbsetup.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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Pbsetup.exe file information

The pbsetup.exe process itself does not contain any references to its author. However, a few interesting pieces of information are available from other sources.

Description: Pbsetup.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pbsetup.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files or in C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 846,336 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 839,168 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Pbsetup.exe is not a Windows core file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Pbsetup.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify pbsetup.exe related errors

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

Updateprogramm für PunkBuster-Spiele
  go2o   (further information)
Punkbuster Setup. Exe /Anticheatprogramm!
Punkbuster, Programm gegen Cheating, wichtig für z.B. Wolfenstein u.ä. Online Spiele
    (further information)
unkBuster is a program to prevent cheating in online games published by Even Balance, Inc. It is used in almost every multiplayer game produced nowadays. These games include the Battlefield series and call of duty 1 and 2. Punkbuster regulary whilst playing online games scans the gamers pc to check the validility of game files. Modified files will lead to the gamer being kicked off the game or if proven to be a hacker then completely banned from the game and unable to play on many servers and added to the master ban list.
  Matt   (further information)
call of duty world at war

Summary: Average user rating of pbsetup.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think pbsetup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pbsetup issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pbsetup. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 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.

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

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