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Process name: PunkBuster™ Service Component (B)

Product: PunkBuster B

Company: Even Balance (evenbalance.com)

File: PnkBstrB.exe

A tool for thwarting online cheating in games, PunkBuster runs as a background service during gameplay. It is compatible with over fifty games. If a player plays a game that is connected to the PunkBuster server, as the game is played the client scans activity through a database of known cheating methods on each individual player's computer. If a cheat or a hack is detected, the player is warned, and everyone playing can see. The player can be banned or automatically removed from gameplay, depending on the settings. Deactivating the client while playing in a PunkBuster enabled game will cause you to not be allowed to continue playing. PunkBuster was designed and released by Even Balance out of Austin, Texas.www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/pnkbstrb.exe.html 
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Average user rating of PnkBstrB.exe: based on 30 votes. Read also the 21 reviews.

  • 2369 users ask for this file. 14 users rated it as not dangerous. 8 users rated it as not so dangerous. 4 users rated it as neutral. 2 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 2 users rated it as dangerous. 4 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about PnkBstrB.exe:
It is a Punkbuster file  See also: Link ^AWA^Ramborex
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.  See also: Link g
anti cheat and hacking software for games Napalm
Utility program for some online games. Used to find out cheaters and hacker. Tomi
its for games ,buts still activate blax
its for punk buster it is not a virus Garo Mahseregyan
associated with EA online games. I have an A and a B version running on my PC. Not sure if this makes me vulnerable to hackers. Ryan Peterson
I am trying to play a computer game online, how ever i get kicked after playing for 5 minutes or so saying 'Service communication failure PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed Nick
diese *.exe ist bei mir sowohl in C:\Windows\system32, als auch im Ordner \PB bei Need for Speed Pro Street enthalten. Bevor ich das Game installiert habe hatte ich diese *.exe nicht. Desswegen gehe ich davon aus, daß diese benötigt wird um Online zu spielen. Trojan
PnkBsterB is a PunkBuster file, used for games such as Crysis or the Battlefield series to stop cheaters in multiplayer matches. Matthew
comes with quakelive anticheat
anticheater-tools GermBumBum
Anti-cheat system of some online multiplyer games  See also: Link T
I have installed a week ago Quake Live Beta on my PC and I have this process (and Pnkbstra.exe too) since then. I found that I have a ununstaller on my comp. called Punkbuster Services. Someone
Installs with various games. Typically EA games, crysis, mass effect ect. seems to be used for online connectivity possibly to thwart cheating, hacking. HERBSMAN
The file is used by Punkbuster by Even balance it is used to prevent and stop cheating/ hacking on online games. Mainly used by EA games like Battlefield. Blocking this file will result in a kick from any punkbuster secured server with an error similar to the one mentioned above. It is not a malware or hack it is required for online play.  See also: Link NaSpiorad
steam.com , installs this file for hl2 deathmatch. it's anti cheat, but I don't know who it stops, because some still cheat. when you shoot someone in the face with a double barrel and they kill you, I assume thet are cheating, so is this file worth the bother, you decide. not malware  See also: Link stone cloud
every time i play battlefield heroes it's a Punkbuster eror Radu
A part of Punk buster services. Very annoying and hard to fix. Most users will experience at least one failure or bug. Most users will have to allow it through their router and internet security settings. Eugene
Trojan spyware that comes as bundled crapware being silently installed and running when no game is running. Their illegal license that you were not shown is not even visible on their website anymore. David

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