What is SwitchBoard.exe?

The genuine SwitchBoard.exe file is a software component of Adobe Creative Suite by Adobe Systems.
SwitchBoard.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Adobe Creative Suite, a bundled group of software programs featuring graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe. SwitchBoard is a process that enables communication between Adobe Bridge and the MiniBridge panel in Photoshop or InDesign. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The first Adobe Creative Suite was launched on September 1, 2003. The applications that bundled with the suite were Acrobat, After Effects, Audition, Adobe Bridge, Dreamweaver, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The last version of Adobe Creative Suite 6 was released on May 7, 2012. It is now succeeded by Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

SwitchBoard stands for SwitchBoard Server

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 SwitchBoard.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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SwitchBoard.exe file information

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

The process known as SwitchBoard Server (version (32 bit), (64 bit)) belongs to software SBSV 2010/02/19-11:02:07 or SBSV 2009/12/14-18:06:43 or SBSV 2013/03/23-12:00:00 or Adobe Common File Installer or SAMSUNG USB Driver for Mobile by Adobe Systems (

Description: SwitchBoard.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SwitchBoard.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 517,096 bytes (98% of all occurrences), 515,560 bytes, 92,680 bytes or 594,920 bytes. 
The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The program has a visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SwitchBoard.exe, you may want to do the following:
  • ask for help from Support [1][2]
  • uninstall the software Adobe SwitchBoard Server or Adobe Common File Installer using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

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If SwitchBoard.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 658,096 bytes. The program has no visible window. The SwitchBoard.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SwitchBoard.exe, you may want to do the following:
  • ask for help from Support
  • see if there is a newer version
  • uninstall the software Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SwitchBoard.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example PE_SALITY.RL (detected by TrendMicro), and Virus.Win32.Sality.gen (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the SwitchBoard.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 SwitchBoard issues

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