What is sqlmangr.exe?

The genuine sqlmangr.exe file is a software component of Microsoft SQL Server Desktop by Microsoft.
The management utility for SQL Server, this application allows you to control all aspects of the SQL side of your database. You can modify how the server works, what fields do what, and modify content. This application should only be run on servers that are controlling existing SQL databases. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

SQLMangr stands for SQL Server Service Manager

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 sqlmangr.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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Sqlmangr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sqlmangr
Sqlmangr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SQL Server Service Manager belongs to software Microsoft SQL Server Desktop or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine or Microsoft SQL Server or Business Contact Manager for by Microsoft (

Description: Sqlmangr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sqlmangr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 74,308 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 81,920 bytes, 69,632 bytes or 110,592 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMicrosoft SQL Server Desktop or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine.

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

MS SQL Server-Dienst-Manager. Kommt mit der Installation von Microsoft SQL Server
Hack Backdor it get permits acces to anybody who knows how to use it for
does not affect to server workprocess but worse not to be terminated to prevent mistakes
It's installed with SQL Server 2000 - it's a tray icon the shows the status of the local SQL server. It's not essential, but loads by default.

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Summary: Average user rating of sqlmangr.exe: based on 7 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think sqlmangr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks sqlmangr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving sqlmangr issues

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