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What does the sqlbrowser.exe file do?

The sqlbrowser.exe process is also known as SQL Browser Service EXE and is a part of Microsoft SQL Server (Version 2005, 2005 Express Edition, 2005 Express) or, as the case may be, VSIP Interop Assembly Redist. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of sqlbrowser.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about sqlbrowser.exe SQL Browser service EXE

sqlbrowser.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Sqlbrowser.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 242,544 bytes (35% of all these files), 239,968 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The sqlbrowser file is not part of the Windows operating system. The application is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel Sqlbrowser.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 38% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

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 sqlbrowser.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 sqlbrowser?

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 (further information...)
Heidi
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: 4 users judge sqlbrowser.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server or VSIP Interop Assembly Redist

sqlbrowser.exe  SQL Browser service EXE fix

To remove SQL Browser service EXE from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Microsoft SQL Server or VSIP Interop Assembly Redist in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if sqlbrowser.exe (SQL Browser service EXE) 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 SQL Browser service EXE. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SQL Browser service EXE 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 sqlbrowser.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.

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