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Process name: ISB Utility

Product: ISB Utility or VAIO Flavored Wallpaper or Verizon Media Manager or Adobe Creative Suite or VADIS Config

Support: Help link   Update link   Uninstall tool  

Company: Sony (sony.com)

File: ISBMgr.exe


ISBMgr.exe is installed and used on laptops from Sony. This program checks to see if you are using an original Sony battery. If not it prevents your computer from operating correctly. It is safe to remove this program if you do not wish to use it.http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/isbmgr.exe.html 

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Average user rating of ISBMgr.exe: based on 36 votes. Read also the 40 reviews.

705 users ask for this file. 9 users rated it as not dangerous. 6 users rated it as not so dangerous. 18 users rated it as neutral. 3 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 9 users didn't rate it ("don't know").


All comments about ISBMgr.exe:
ISBMgr.exe is a file used by the Sony Vaio power management utility. This file is essential to make the Power Management function properly. This file is not a spyware or malware but an essential part of the Power Management software.  See also: Link   Richard Owen
Sony Viao VGN 290. Fan seems to be tied into this utility if the driver and this sofware are corrupted your fan will not work, F10 reinstall seems the only option as Sony Driver site and support are not so hot.   Wm
Comes pre-installed on Sony Laptops.   Rob
Sony ISB Utility   M Kempton
It is a legitamate program for Sony Vaio Power Mngmnt, but what it does is makes the laptop UNUSABLE (forces laptop into hibernation after 1 min, even if u use the ac adapter!!) if it detects a non sony battery!!! Its a con to force you to only purchase sony batteries, get rid of it, laptop will work fine without it!   sood
it checks to see if your battery is sony brand. if not it'll give you an error message and put your laptop in hibernate. i know because i bought a generic battery and couldn't turn on my laptop until i turned isbmgr off   Joe
checks whether battery is Sony original and nags  
Sony Vaio power management utility   muschyzu
I dont know much, but it came freshly installed on my Sony Vaio VGN-FE660G. It seems to be related to power management., and not a virus.  
sbmgr.exe is a process which belongs to Sony's ISB Utility. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.  
I believe that Sony tells you that it is essential because they need it to detect if you are using a Sony battery. If you disable it you will be able to purchase non Sony products. Has anyone actually done this? If so, did anything terrible happen?   aly
Kill the process, with Process Explorer, then rename it to ISBMgr.txt   DTinNY
Now that I am researching what it is, I am getting mixed responses. After using my Sony laptop (VGN-FS690B) for 2 years, I see ISBMgr.exe is consuming 99% CPU many at times since last 2 weeks. I killed the process and no noticeable harm was done in any way.   Rishi
It takes 6.5MB of RAM for VAIO; sometimes laptop doesn't turn on. Disabled it.   og
It seems to be used by Sony to determine whether a genuine Sony laptop battery is being used  See also: Link   Michael Robb
The program is a way for sony to punish people buying cheaper battery's. Mine costed 75 bucks on ebay. The original on sony's site costs 400. Users updating their bios, or going to Vista will experience the laptop not working. If closing down the program Sony punishes people by disabling their fan, which results in loss of performance. If it truely was a necessary item, sony could have just let us know, and not cause windows to go into hibernation. it's really a trick. If this comes out in court, Sony will need to pay lots of bucks! Even microsoft had to open up their windows system for others   ZeeBoo
Sony. It will disable PC to Hibernation if You use a NONSony Battery. Not needed   Toneman
ISB manager basically detects whether or not you have an actual Sony Battery. It's simple enough to get rid of for that session on your laptop. Just go to Task manager, and end the process. I don't fully turn off my computer a lot, so I don't have to worry about it every time.   Brian E.
It is to stop you buying non-sony batteries absolute con.   Damien
I installed Windows 7 RC and got the error message that my battery was not compatible. Sony was no help at all. After going to the Task Manager and stopping various processes, I found ISBMgr was the culprit! I ended the process, the laptop works fine, no harm done.   Will
I shut it off on my sony Z-series and now the windows sidebar appears.   Will
ISBMgr.exe seems to be a Sony utility to detect if you are using a genuine Sony battery on your VAIO laptop. If it detects a non-Sony battery it puts your laptop into hibernate and you cannot stop it! This exe file may also have some part tp play in the power mangement profiles but I cannot confirm that. I deleted ISBMgr.exe and have had no further trouble using a generic battery on my VAIO. Typical Sony ploy by the look of it, to keep you hooked into buying unnecessarily expensive Sony items!  See also: Link   nev
If you have a third party battery like I do and after the killing of ISBMgr.exe your battery still doesn't get charged you have to update your BIOS. I updated mine through a small programm sent to me by my supplier.   NTK
essential because when i diasble it, my vaio cannot run when switch to on. I using bps2c and change with bps9.   parakkasi
i diabled it when my fan was on full power and i waited for something to happen.... but nothing. end it   why
remove file remove all registry links reboot and no more problems   vgn-fs780/w
this stupid program detected a brand new sony battery as "bad", completely idiotic and once again reinforces my hatred of sony pc's   IT Vampire
Like other have said, its used by sony to detect info about the battery. if you update your bios sony may improperly detect your battery as a non sony battery and ask you to shutdown and remove the battery. use MSCONFIG to disable ISBMgr.exe from starting up, then reboot and you should be good.  
After upgrade to win 7 I received error message saying battery not compatable comp will enter hibernate I was using original sony battery, Disabled ISB utility in Msconfig start up items problem solved and no problem with the fan.   bondi699
After upgrading my Sony VGN-AW11 to windows 7, I kept getting nag message saying that the battery was not connected correctly or was none Sony product ,click to enter hibernate mode. Sony support were not very helpful but after a bit of searching I found that by disabling ISBMgr through Msconfig , start up items, the nag message was removed. That was four months ago and everything is still OK.   Bondi699
The ISBMgr.exe is ACTUALLY the program that controls your laptop's function keys. The combination of the "Function" key and various F# keys to increase volume and screen brightness and what have you. It is used in combination with Sony's SPMgr.exe, which is the ACTUAL Sony Power Management program. The acronyms in the filenames explains that. ISB is for Sony's ISB Utility, while SP stands for "Sony's Power" while the Mgr is just short for Manager/Management. They are often used in conjunction so you may have to end both processes if you are experiencing problems.   hasonish
I've reinstalled three times my VAIO. This software belongs to the Sony Notebook Utilities. And yes, when I kill the process, it works well. I think it's a software problem. The better thing is not to install it.   Hayden
as well as authenticating a sony battery, it seems to affect the pic quality on the vga output, making it slightly noisier. Also audio output levels seem to drop.Observed on a VGN n20es.Does not affect battery charging or the indicator however to drop   Pete Norman
Causes battery compatibility errors on Vaio E series  See also: Link   Steve
Sony suport told me to turn of ISB in startup as they could not fix the problem, it just checks the battery for Sony autenticity   Charles
renamed it as ISBmgr.exe to ISBmgrBK.exe. This is the easiest way to killed it process.   Htun
Stupid Sony Battery utility detecting perfectly good battery as faulty and constantly flashing Must hibernate warnings up....   Adam
This deactivated my Windows 7 making it 'not genuine'. Since removing my non Sony battery reports at full charge and lasts about 4 hours. I was able to reactivate with 'slmgr -ato' at admin DOS prompt.   Paul
ISBMgr.exe prevents you to replace the sony poor quality battery with any other manufacturer's battery   Jorma
This is a file isntall bye sony to made imposible to use a non original sony batery. If your install a non soly operating system the problem desapair.   Esteban Ayala, innovatech computers

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