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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 by Sunbelt Software (www.sunbelt-software.com) or GFI Software (www.gfi.com) 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 8/7/XP are 3,677,000 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 3,289,032 bytes and 11 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/sbamsvc.exe.html 
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 11% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
In the event of any problems with SBAMSvc.exe, you may also look for help on the www.Lavasoft.com website or remove the entire program GFI Software Inc. or VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware using Windows Control Panel.

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If SBAMSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 21% dangerous. The file size is 886,056 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 849,192 bytes and 4 more variants. SBAMSvc.exe is a Verisign signed file. The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The SBAMSvc.exe file is not a Windows core file. SBAMSvc.exe is able to connect to the Internet and monitor applications.
In the event of any problems with SBAMSvc.exe, you may also look for help from the software company Avanquest or remove the entire program Fix-It Utilities 10 or SystemSuite 11 Professional using Windows Control Panel.

If SBAMSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 3,937,472 bytes. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. SBAMSvc.exe is able to monitor applications.
In the event of any problems with SBAMSvc.exe, you may also look for help on the www.ThreatTrackSecurity.com website or remove the entire program VIPRE Internet Security using Windows Control Panel.

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.

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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.
  abyssalhunter  
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
  Greg  
It also comes with Ad-Aware Anti-Virus
  Carsten  
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.
  Vanwin  
Annoying, keeping re-appearing, stops Google Chrome working
  Gleno  
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.
  ted  
CPU hog 80-90%
  dnrc1  
Fix-it 12 Antivirus/Anti-malware program from Sunbelt included with Fix-it 12 utility sofware.
  Bob Wilson  
It's from Ad-Aware Antivirus
  Overkiller  
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.
  jon  
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.
  Izzy's  
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
  Moose  
It hogs my CPU. It uses up to 90% at the beginning.
  Lleyton  

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Summary: Average user rating of SBAMSvc.exe: based on 27 votes with 29 user comments. 10 users think SBAMSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 7 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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 SBAMSvc.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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