What is PMBVolumeWatcher.exe?

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 PMBVolumeWatcher.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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PMBVolumeWatcher.exe file information

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

The process known as Media Check Tool belongs to software PMB or PlayMemories Home or WinZip or Amazon MP3 Downloader or PMB Updater or SAMSUNG USB Driver for Mobile by Sony (

Description: PMBVolumeWatcher.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PMBVolumeWatcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 597,792 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 724,576 bytes and 27 more variants. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The PMBVolumeWatcher.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The PMBVolumeWatcher.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). PMBVolumeWatcher.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with PMBVolumeWatcher.exe, you can also uninstall the software PlayMemories Home or PMB using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

PMBVolumeWatcher.exe wird von der Software der Sony bloggie PM5K installiert
  Norbert   (further information)
Sony Image volume Watcher - detects new videos and pictures and helps import them from sticks, camera etc
Since it showed up after installing Sony's PlayMemories Home, it is safe in my opinion. I elected seems to be needed, only for those using the Sony software...based on some of Sony's forums.
  PAS   (further information)
Sony Software PlayMemories Home for managing Photos & Media. Needed for detection of new Pictures or Video.
  Mike Dean  
It arrived with Sony PlayMemories on my system. I think it's harmless.

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Summary: Average user rating of PMBVolumeWatcher.exe: based on 8 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think PMBVolumeWatcher.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PMBVolumeWatcher issues

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