What does the PnkBstrB.exe file do?
The PnkBstrB.exe process is also known as PunkBuster™ Service Component (B) and is a part of PnkBstrB. This software is produced by Even Balance (www.evenbalance.com). An obsolete or defective version of PnkBstrB.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- PunkBuster service Component has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- PunkBuster service Component has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- PnkBstrB.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module PnkBstrB.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about PnkBstrB.exe PunkBuster service Component
PnkBstrB.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. PnkBstrB.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 107,832 bytes (39% of all these files), 103,736 bytes as well as 36 other variants.
There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual This PnkBstrB program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). PnkBstrB.exe is no part of Microsoft Windows. This PnkBstrB.exe process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. For this reason, 47% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A PnkBstrB.exe file has a 34% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 107,832 bytes (39% of all these files), 189,248 bytes as well as 9 other variants. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The PnkBstrB file is not part of the Windows operating system. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity.
A PnkBstrB.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 218,825 bytes. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves PnkBstrB.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about PnkBstrB?
|It is a Punkbuster file (further information...) |
|Even Balance's anti-cheat monitoring software "Punkbuster" for games such as Call of Duty series, Battlefield, and other multi player first person shooters. A recent update (25th July 2007) has caused issue where many people have had to update their firewalls\routers to allow it through as it is a new mandatory part of the anti cheat software. (further information...) |
|anti cheat and hacking software for games |
|Utility program for some online games. Used to find out cheaters and hacker. |
|its for games ,buts still activate |
Summary: 11 users judge PnkBstrB.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted PnkBstrB.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall PnkBstrB
To remove PunkBuster service Component from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for PnkBstrB in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if PnkBstrB.exe (PunkBuster service Component) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of PunkBuster service Component. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for PunkBuster service Component or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or PnkBstrB.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.