What is SBPIMSvc.exe?

The genuine SBPIMSvc.exe file is a software component of Sunbelt AntiMalware Common SDK Merge Module by Sunbelt Software.
SBPIMSvc.exe is the main executable for the Sunbelt Plug-in Manager. It is part of the Vipre Anti-Malware program, a software that provides security from identity theft, spam, hackers and cybercriminals with minimal impact on system performance. Sunbelt Software Inc. was established in 1994 to provide premium security solutions to a growing Windows clientele. The next decade saw the company launching numerous products catered towards providing security solutions for consumers, businesses and enterprises. GFI Software Inc. acquired Sunbelt Software in 2010 as part of its security software unit and spun it off as ThreatTrack Security in 2013.

SbPiMSvc stands for Sunbelt Plug-in Manager Service

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 SBPIMSvc.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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SBPIMSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as Plug-in Manager Service belongs to software GFI AntiMalware Common SDK Merge Module or VIPRE Internet Security or VIPRE Antivirus or Sunbelt AntiMalware Common SDK Merge Module by ThreatTrack Security or GFI Software ( or Sunbelt Software (

Description: SBPIMSvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SBPIMSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 176,016 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 175,496 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The SBPIMSvc.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. SBPIMSvc.exe is not a Windows core file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of SBPIMSvc.exe, you may want to search for help on the company [1][2]'s website or completely remove VIPRE Internet Security or VIPRE Antivirus (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SBPIMSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SBPIMSvc.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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Best practices for resolving SBPIMSvc issues

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