What is sqlbrowser.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 sqlbrowser.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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Sqlbrowser.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sqlbrowser
Sqlbrowser.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SQL Browser Service EXE

belongs to software Microsoft SQL Server (version 2005, 2005 Express Edition, 2005 Express) or Microsoft SQL Server Native or Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer or Microsoft SQL Server Browser or Microsoft SQL Server Native Client or SQL Server Browser for SQL Server (version 2012) or VSIP Interop Assembly Redist or My Book Device Driver

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Description: Sqlbrowser.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sqlbrowser.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 242,544 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 239,968 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. Sqlbrowser.exe is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Sqlbrowser.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with sqlbrowser.exe come up, you might want to uninstall the software Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify sqlbrowser.exe related errors

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

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Related
  Damien Jorgensen  
Belongs to the Microsoft SQL Server and provides browsing services. This program is an essential SWL service
  Heidi   (further information)
Dieses exe wird allgemein bei Visual Studio darunter auch die bereits genannte Microsoft SQL Server Anwendung installt und ist demnach ungefährlich.
sqlbrowser.exe - Structured Query Language (SQL) is a specialised language for updating, deleting, and requesting info from databases. This is a MS Windows process. Part of the MS SQL Server. Provides browsing services. Essential service and should not be terminated. However it's not a critical program and can be terminated without causing instability. Usually found in c:\program files\microsoft sql server\90\shared\sqlbrowser.exe. If located anywhere else, be suspicious.
  TheSolution Tewkesbury  

Summary: Average user rating of sqlbrowser.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think sqlbrowser.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving sqlbrowser issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sqlbrowser. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 sqlbrowser.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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