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Should I remove Microsoft SQL Server Browser?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,113
United States Rank #1,302
Reach 0.6214%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.44 days
426.00 days >
Average installed length: 223.83 days


10.53.6000.34 0.51%
10.52.4000.0 35.53%
10.52.3720.0 0.08%
10.51.2500.0 33.04%
10.51.2425.0 0.02%
10.50.2500.0 0.01%
10.50.1600.1 30.75%
10.50.1352.12 0.02%
10.50.1092.20 0.02%

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Microsoft SQL Server Browser

What is Microsoft SQL Server Browser?

SQL Server Browser runs as a Windows service on the server. SQL Server Browser listens for incoming requests for SQL Server resources and provides information about SQL Server instances that are installed on the computer. When an instance of SQL Server starts, if the TCP/IP or VIA protocols are enabled for SQL Server, the server is assigned a TCP/IP port. If the named pipes protocol is enabled, SQL Server listens on a specific named pipe. This port or pipe will be used by that specific instance to exchange data with client applications.


The most used version is 10.52.4000.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 sqlbrowser.exe. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 5.33 MB (5,587,968 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/sqlserver
Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90959
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{BF9BF038-FE03-429D-9B26-2FA0FD756052}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.33 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft SQL Server Browser

Program executable:sqlbrowser.exe
Name:Microsoft SQL Server
SQL Browser Service EXE
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft sql server\90\shared\sqlbrowser.exe
he SQL Server Browser program runs as a Windows service. SQL Server Browser listens for incoming requests for Microsoft SQL Server resources and provides information about SQL Server instances installed on the computer.
Additional files:
  • msmdredir.dll - Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • instapi10.dll - Microsoft SQL Server (SQL Server Instance API DLL)
  • sqlbrowser_keyfile.dll - SQL Server Patch KeyFile
  • sqldumper.exe - SQL External minidumper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • sqlbrowser.exe runs as a service named 'SQL Server Browser' (SQLBrowser) "Provides SQL Server connection information to client computers.".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • sqlbrowser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlbrowser.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.73 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000252773%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001920%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000608%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:176,579
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:10 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Microsoft SQL Server Browser?

You can uninstall Microsoft SQL Server Browser 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft SQL Server Browser, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Microsoft SQL Server Browser.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.88%
Windows 10 30.68%
Windows XP 3.69%
Windows Vista 2.53%
Windows Server 2003 0.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 24.16%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.71%
Windows 10 Home 6.05%
Windows 8.1 5.88%
Windows 10 Pro 4.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.39% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.39%
  Germany 6.09%
  United Kingdom 3.95%
  France 3.73%
  Italy 3.22%
  India 2.79%
  Canada 2.11%
  Netherlands 2.08%
  Brazil 1.93%
  Poland 1.57%
  Iran 1.56%
  Australia 1.48%
  Mexico 1.43%
  Sweden 1.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.18%
Hewlett-Packard 26.96%
Acer 11.44%
ASUS 9.87%
Toshiba 5.04%
Lenovo 4.60%
Samsung 3.38%
Intel 3.03%
Medion 0.52%
Common models
ASUS All Series 14.53%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.37%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.67%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.94%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.86%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.09%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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