What is SCBAL.exe?

The genuine SCBAL.exe file is a software component of Symbian Connect QI by Symbian Software.
SCBAL.exe is an executable file that belongs to Symbian Connect QI,

SCBAL stands for Symbian Connect Bearer Abstraction Layer - Controller

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 SCBAL.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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SCBAL.exe file information

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

The process known as Bearer Abstraction Layer - Controller belongs to software Symbian Connect QI by Symbian Software (

Description: SCBAL.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SCBAL.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 86,016 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. SCBAL.exe is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

It belongs to my phone simens sx1, it controls the connection between my pc and my phone when their connected.
  Johan Olofsson   (further information)
this is a Siemens TSR
  Darrell Lye   (further information)
notwendig für das sx1 handy bei mir um eine verbindung mit dem pc herzustellen
  sony kotch  
This program is needed to allow PC connection to Motorola phones
scbal.exe is a tsr software which will be installed if you install the software from a symbian os handy. you can kill the task if you don't need it at the moment, will start again when you start the sync-software new.
Gehört zur Handy Software
it runs when i connect to my motorola phone
ebenso für ericsson handy kommunikation
Also used by the Handy P990i from Sony Ericsson

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Summary: Average user rating of SCBAL.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. 6 users think SCBAL.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SCBAL issues

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