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Is PnkBstrB.exe safe?

PnkBstrB.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if PnkBstrB.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

PnkBstrB.exe file information

The process known as PunkBuster™ Service Component (B) belongs to software PnkBstrB or PnkBstrB, PnkBstrB by Even Balance (www.evenbalance.com).

Description: PnkBstrB.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PnkBstrB.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 107,832 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 103,736 bytes and 58 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/pnkbstrb.exe.html 
The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. PnkBstrB.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify PnkBstrB.exe related errors

If PnkBstrB.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 33% dangerous. The file size is 107,832 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 189,248 bytes and 9 more variants. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The PnkBstrB.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The PnkBstrB.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as PnkBstrB.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PnkBstrB.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

A part of Punk buster services. Very annoying and hard to fix. Most users will experience at least one failure or bug. Most users will have to allow it through their router and internet security settings.
every time i play battlefield heroes it's a Punkbuster eror
steam.com , installs this file for hl2 deathmatch. it's anti cheat, but I don't know who it stops, because some still cheat. when you shoot someone in the face with a double barrel and they kill you, I assume thet are cheating, so is this file worth the bother, you decide. not malware
  stone cloud   (further information)
The file is used by Punkbuster by Even balance it is used to prevent and stop cheating/ hacking on online games. Mainly used by EA games like Battlefield. Blocking this file will result in a kick from any punkbuster secured server with an error similar to the one mentioned above. It is not a malware or hack it is required for online play.
  NaSpiorad   (further information)
Installs with various games. Typically EA games, crysis, mass effect ect. seems to be used for online connectivity possibly to thwart cheating, hacking.
I have installed a week ago Quake Live Beta on my PC and I have this process (and Pnkbstra.exe too) since then. I found that I have a ununstaller on my comp. called Punkbuster Services.
Anti-cheat system of some online multiplyer games
  T   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PnkBstrB.exe: based on 27 votes with 9 reviews.
14 users think PnkBstrB.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks PnkBstrB.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade PnkBstrB.exe ("not sure about it").

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