What is SBAMSvc.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 SBAMSvc.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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SBAMSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as Sunbelt Software Anti Malware Service or GFI Software Anti Malware Service or Anti Malware Service

belongs to software Sunbelt AntiMalware Common SDK Merge Module or GFI AntiMalware Common SDK Merge Module or VIPRE Internet Security or STOPzilla AntiVirus (version 7) or VIPRE Business Agent or VIPRE Antivirus or Spyware Striker Pro Anti-Malware

by Sunbelt Software ( or GFI Software ( or ThreatTrack Security.

Description: SBAMSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SBAMSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,677,000 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 3,289,032 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. SBAMSvc.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The SBAMSvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. SBAMSvc.exe is able to monitor applications and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with SBAMSvc.exe, you may also look for help on the [1][2] website or remove the entire program GFI Software Inc. or VIPRE Internet Security using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify SBAMSvc.exe related errors

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

Ich habe die Datei jetzt in "Programm\Ascentive\Spyware Striker" gefunden, obwohl ich lediglich PC Scan and Sweep pro installiert habe. Die wollen ja für jede einzelne Anwendung wieder neues Geld haben. Ich denke, ich werde Ascentive wieder deinstallieren.
  Hans-Georg H.  
Part of SubBelt's anti-virus/anti-malware
  Ken   (further information)
sbamsvc.exe was installed in "System Suite 9" in the Anti-Virus part and took about 98% of my CPU. I removed "System Suite9" from my system and SBAMSvc.exe was gone. I installed "System Suite" again without the Anti-Virus part and the system works fine now. As Anti-Virus I installed AVG free.
  Willem de Jong, Lisse, Netherlands  
I keep unistalling it. It keeps re-appearing. Don't know where it comes from.
It's a pesky auto loading anti virus supposed scanner left over from uninstalling System Suite9.I've yet to find a conventional way of unistalling as no link in the folder it is in and cannot see it in add/ remove programs .I am simply going to make a restore pt and delete it file by file by dll etc with either Revo Unistaller and or IOBits Security.
Used by GFI (Sunbelt) VIPRE Internet Security program. Search "SBAMSvc.exe"
  Neville Skinner   (further information)
I did not install this program, just appeared one day. It has no uninstall utility and does not appear in the add/remove programs list, which makes this program highly suspicious. It also reduced my system performance by a considerable amount. When I killed the SBAMSvc.exe service, my computers performance nearly doubled. I highly recommend removing this program, which you will have to do manually by deleting it's most common folder c:\Program Files\Common Files\AntiVirus\, Then do a registry search for SBAMSvc.exe and delete the entries, This worked well for me. Back up your registry first.
  William   (further information)
It is the real-time shield for Vipre Antivirus
  Randy Bell   (further information)
It runs under the new Ad-Aware Antivirus. Found in \Program Files\Ad-Aware ANtivirus\Engine
  James Boland  
It came with the Adaware-installation. It´s an antivirus module that scans your files in realtime. The process uses only 11 Mb of ram, and hardly none CPU.
  Micael Leo  
It's Ad-Aware 10 antivirus, antimalware program
It also comes with Ad-Aware Anti-Virus
I have never had Vipre but this file is using up all my RAM, computer can hardly do a thing, even type individual letters on keyboard.
Annoying, keeping re-appearing, stops Google Chrome working
It slows down system processes, printing, updating, and causes the ad aware scans to halt and restart taking 8-9 hours to complete scan. It is something that caused problems when I install the paid upgrade service from Lavasoft [Ad Aware]. Uses 80-90% of CPU when running. I am going to remove Ad Aware and return to the free version. I never had a problem with the free version.
CPU hog 80-90%
Fix-it 12 Antivirus/Anti-malware program from Sunbelt included with Fix-it 12 utility sofware.
  Bob Wilson  
It's from Ad-Aware Antivirus
comes with adaware as already said. the new adaware versions are disapointing, norton like : eat my cpu, lock my files, avoid me to work - go comoco, avg, startupcpl, sysinternals tools
Takes 25%-50% of my CPU (Intel Core Duo 2.8 GHz) and I've seen its working set in excess of 300MB
  Jim Amweg  
It is part of the free anti virus A-Aware and is not a virus.
Runs when adware antivirus is running a scan
SBAMSvc has appeard in my system and I have the free version of Ad-Aware. It seems to vary in the RAM it takes. Was just over 1 MB when I looked just now, but has also chewed up CPU power.
  D A Schmetterling  
Comes with AdAware 10. Loads even if you turn off run time protection and sucks up memory (causing paging) and heavy cpu load on my system. (Windows 7) I'm running the free version of AdAware 10. So far my solution is to exit AdAware after restarts via the taskbar- SBAMsvc.exe then goes away from the system resource monitor and performance goes back to normal. This is an annoying "feature" of AdAware 10- if you turn off real time monitoring this turkey should NOT be running and you SHOULD have to manually run scans or schedule scans. That is not happening- this thing keeps getting loaded.
  Greg K  
it came with AdAware AV and consuming RAM. it slow down my browser.
It' Vipre Antivirus....I just disabled and enabled the shield...before 101,776 K now 8,044K on CPU. Thanks
  Alain Page  
This file (SBAMSvc.exe) on my computer is for ParetoLogic Internet Security, which I installed.
  Bruce   (further information)
It is part of the Ad-Aware anti-virus / anti-malware application
It hogs my CPU. It uses up to 90% at the beginning.
Killed the process and reappeared in seconds and is hogging all 100% cpu. Get rid of it if possible!
My PC's performance has taken a huge hit over the past month or so, starting just about when I installed Ad-Aware Free Antivirus. I installed Windows 7 a few months ago and was enjoying smooth video playback for the first time in years, that is, until just recently. Now when I play anything on YouTube the video freezes several times during playback, each time for about 20-30 seconds or so, as the next piece of the video loads. Checking Task Manager's Resource Monitor shows that MBAMSvc.exe is making many millions of disc writes while the video is frozen. NTS, I've just uninstalled Ad-Aware.
This file is used by VIPRE anti virus as part of their background scanning. On older machines this process will considerably slow your computer. The process is used by VIPRE, AdAware, Fix-It and ParetoLogic. CTRL+LEFT SHIFT+ESC right after windows starts. Kill the process as soon as you see it. Use CCLeaner to prevent the process from starting on boot. Uninstall your anti virus program and complain to the developers that they should not be using a background scanning process that makes your computer unusable.
  Matthew Sanders  
It is part of GFI Viper antivirus. It is eating CPU power and slowing down the computer.
This program has just appeared on my computer several times in the last year and I did'nt install any of the programs it's supposed to come with. It's both a cpu hog and memory hog. Slows system so much it is unusable until it's deleted and the just have to wait until it comes back again.
  Gary Conder  
i know it is part of my vipr anti virus but not sure if its helping or hurting
Comes with Ad-Aware, runs constantly, CPU hog, all mentioned before. Am uninstalling Ad-Aware for the first time since it came out.
this file slows down my system. I would like to remove it but I do use Vipre software.
  G. Mayer  
Vipre Internet Security Anti-Malware Service.
It came with my Vipre
I installed Vipre and the active file running is SBAMSvc.exe. So someone may have created a file by the same name. Although I use virus programs I trust none. I suspect virus protectors/operating systems/CIA/NSA/Chinese/Russians all them for wanting for creating a situation to having our computers scanned and updated ad nauseum.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SBAMSvc.exe: based on 38 votes with 40 user comments. 11 users think SBAMSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 10 users suspect danger. One user thinks SBAMSvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 9 users don't grade SBAMSvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SBAMSvc issues

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