What is w3dbsmgr.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 w3dbsmgr.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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W3dbsmgr.exe file information

The process known as Database Service Manager belongs to software Pervasive Software PSQL or Pervasive.SQL (version V8 Workgroup, 2000i Workgroup, 9.60 Workgroup for Windows) or Pervasive PSQL (version v10 SP2 Workgroup, v11 Workgroup SP3, v10 SP3 Workgroup) or Pervasive.SQL Workgroup or Pervasive's Database Products by Pervasive Software (

Description: W3dbsmgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. W3dbsmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 106,546 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 102,450 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The w3dbsmgr.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The program has no visible window. W3dbsmgr.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Pervasive Software PSQL or Pervasive.SQL Workgroup using Windows Control Panel
  2) contact to assist you
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as w3dbsmgr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the w3dbsmgr.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

This file is added if you install Peachtree Accounting software
It is required to run IRIS Accounts Office software
Used by the ArchiveXtender Software from EMC for the Ascent database
  Rob   (further information)
It comes with Peachtree
It appeared after I installed Peachtree Accounting 2009
Critical file for Pervassive SQL Server, which is used by many programs such as Timberline, Peachtree and other database drive software. Do not end process while SQL Database is open.
Used by Sage Sesam Auftragsbearbeitung.
Pervasive is also required to run TSS software's Titleexpress program.
This file is the database engine for Peachtree Accounting - ALL versions and is absolutely required and must be set to FULL ALLOW in order to work through Firewalls
  Roger S  
It appeared after installation of Delta POS software that uses Pervasive. I am using the Windows Vista platform.
This file is also used in Maximizer, a contact management software.
essential for "Sage Pastel" accounting software
Installed together with Intramed (a program used by medical in the Netherlands
  Jean-Paul   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of w3dbsmgr.exe: based on 16 votes with 13 user comments. 12 users think w3dbsmgr.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 suspects danger. 2 users don't grade w3dbsmgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving w3dbsmgr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with w3dbsmgr. 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 w3dbsmgr.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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