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Should I remove PunkBuster Services?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #239
United States Rank #510
Reach 2.9458%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.02 days
413.48 days >
Average installed length: 217.25 days


0.993 37.33%
0.992 4.14%
0.991 28.24%
0.990 19.92%
0.989 1.27%
0.988 1.81%
0.987 0.92%
0.986 6.37%

Typically installed together

PunkBuster Services

What is PunkBuster Services?

PunkBuster is a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games. It does this by scanning the memory contents of the local machine. A computer identified as using cheats may be banned from connecting to protected servers. The aim of the program is to isolate cheaters and prevent them from disrupting legitimate games. PunkBuster is developed and published by Even Balance, Inc.


PunkBuster Services is a program developed by Even Balance. The most used version is 0.993, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is pbsvc_p4f.exe. The software installer includes 235 files and is usually about 75.06 MB (78,710,693 bytes). FC3UpdaterSteam.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 32% of users of PunkBuster Services come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.evenbalance.com/index.php?page=pbsvcfaq.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\bfp4
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\EA Games\Battlefield Play4Free\pbsvc_p4f.exe -u
Estimated size: 75.06 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PunkBuster Services

Program executable:pbsvc_p4f.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\ea games\battlefield play4free\pbsvc_p4f.exe
Additional files:
  • BFP4f.exe (by Easy) - Battlefield Play4free (BFP4f Application)
  • MemoryDll.dll - MemoryDl Dynamic Link Library
  • PCRegExp.dll
  • RendDX9.dll - RendDX9 Dynamic Link Library
  • SoundEngine.dll (by Easy) - BF2 SoundEngine
  • BFHeroes.exe (by Easy) - Battlefield Heroes
  • SwiffPlayer.dll
  • Uninstaller.exe (by EA Digital Illusions CE AB) - EA Battlefield Heroes Uninstaller
  • bf3.exe (by EA Digital Illusions CE AB)
  • APB.exe (by K2 Network) - APB Reloaded
  • GDFBinary_en_US.dll (by Electronic Arts) - Battlefield 3 (Game Definition File resources)
  • Engine.BuildInfo_Win32_Retail_dll.dll
  • EasyWeb.dll
  • uplay_r1_loader.dll
  • farcry3.exe (by Ubisoft Entertainment) - Far Cry 3
  • farcry3_d3d11.exe (by Ubisoft Entertainment)
  • FC3.dll (by Ubisoft Entertainment) - Dunia Engine/Far Cry 2 Dynamic Link Library
  • FC3_d3d11.dll (by Ubisoft Entertainment)
  • FC3Editor.Core.dll (by Ubisoft) - FC3Editor.Core
  • FC3Editor.exe (by Ubisoft) - FC3Editor
  • FC3Updater.exe (by Ubisoft) - Autopatch (Autopatch system)
  • GDFBinary_fr_FR.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFWin8.dll
  • systemdetection.dll (by Ubisoft Entertainment) - System Detection DLL
  • ubiorbitapi_r2_loader.dll
  • AICLASS_PCClient_R.dll (by Ubisoft) - Yeti Game Platform (AIDLL)
  • APB_Gecko.exe (by K2 Network) - APB Reloaded Embedded Browser
  • bf4.exe (by EA Digital Illusions CE AB)
  • bf4_x86.exe (by EA Digital Illusions CE AB)
  • Bloomberg.dll
  • BulkLog32.dll
  • d3dcompiler_46.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • EAWebKit.dll (by Electronic Arts) - EAWebKit
  • EAWebKit64.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • Engine.BuildInfo_Win32_retail.dll
  • Engine.BuildInfo_Win64_retail.dll
  • GDFBinary_en_US_64.dll (by Electronic Arts) - Battlefield 4
  • GDFBinary_fr_FR_64.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GhostReconOnline.exe - Ghost Recon ONLINE (GRO Client)
  • pbsvc_apb.exe
  • RDVDLL.dll
  • APB_Catcher.exe (by K2 Network) - APB Exception Handler
  • atiags32.dll
  • atiags64.dll (by AMD) - ATI GPU Service (Shared Library for AGS)
  • binkw32.dll (by RAD Game Tools) - Bink and Smacker (RAD Video Tools)
  • BugReport.exe (by K2 Network) - Bug Report 570566
  • BulkLog32_d.dll
  • d3dx10_35.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Direct3D
  • d3dx9_35.dll (by Microsoft)
  • d3dx9d_35.dll (by Microsoft) - Debug
  • DXTCompressor.dll
  • FC3UpdaterSteam.exe (by Ubisoft)
  • FirewallInstall.exe
  • FirewallInstallHelper.dll (by Microsoft) - Firewall Install Helper DLL
  • GameuxInstallHelper.dll (by Microsoft) - Game Explorer Install Helper DLL
  • GDFBinary_cs_CZ.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_de_DE.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_it_IT.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_it_IT_64.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_ko_KR.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_pl_PL.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_pt_BR.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_pt_BR_64.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFBinary_zh_TW.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • GDFInstall.exe
  • gpudatabase.dll (by Ubisoft Entertainment) - GPU Database DLL (Ubisoft Entertainment)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • libresample.dll
  • libsndfile-1.dll (by Vivox) - Soundfile
  • msvcp71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcp71d.dll (by Microsoft)
  • msvcr71d.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • nvtt.dll (by NVIDIA) - NVIDIA Texture Tools Dynamic Link Library
  • NxCharacter.dll
  • pbsvc_heroes.exe
  • pbsvc_hos.exe
  • SandBar.dll (by Divelements Limited - http://www.divelements.co.uk/) - SandBar (SandBar (Commercial Version))
  • SandDock.dll (by Divelements Limited - http://www.divelements.co.uk/) - SandDock (SandDock (Commercial Version))
  • zlib122.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • bf3.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A48874F9-29FE-43F6-A25C-7CF7E39DBC0D}' (runs on registration).
  • farcry3.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{145D1661-C3B1-4F54-9A43-58914DC77541}' (runs on registration).
9 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • BFP4f.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\EA Games\Battlefield Play4Free\BFP4f.exe'.
  • FC3Updater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Jeux\Far Cry 3\bin\FC3Updater.exe'.
  • APB.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\GamersFirst\APB Reloaded\Binaries\APB.exe'.
  • BFHeroes.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\EA Games\Battlefield Heroes\BFHeroes.exe'.
  • FC3UpdaterSteam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Far Cry 3\bin\FC3UpdaterSteam.exe'.
  • farcry3_d3d11.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Far Cry 3\bin\farcry3_d3d11.exe'.
  • Plus 3 more

How do I remove PunkBuster Services?

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Or, you can uninstall PunkBuster Services from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PunkBuster Services, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PunkBuster Services.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.49%
Windows 8 16.14%
Windows XP 5.81%
Windows Vista 4.55%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.79%
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.23%
Windows 7 Professional 10.83%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.82%
Windows 8 Pro 4.68%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.23%
  Germany 10.86%
  United Kingdom 4.04%
  France 3.53%
  Brazil 2.99%
  Canada 2.68%
  Iran 2.41%
  Italy 2.30%
  Netherlands 2.11%
  Poland 2.07%
  Australia 2.02%
  Sweden 1.71%
  Spain 1.68%
  Belgium 1.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 19.77%
Hewlett-Packard 16.90%
ASUS 14.66%
Dell 11.61%
Lenovo 3.45%
Toshiba 3.42%
American Megatrends 3.42%
Samsung 2.66%
Alienware 2.45%
Sony 2.03%
Intel 2.02%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.46%
ASUS All Series 1.95%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.77%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.51%
MSI MS-7758 1.28%
MSI MS-7751 1.23%

comments3 comments

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that guy3 months ago
I think this is being used by a game you have installed.
user comment
mafia3 months ago
I wish to remove punkbuster as it says to uninstall this program it says I can't uninstall to contact the administrator
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CConklin268 months ago
When attempting to uninstall this program it says I can't uninstall to contact the administrator, now what cause I am the administrator?