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Should I remove PMB?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #872
United States Rank #1,349
Reach 0.9182%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.44 days
514.39 days >
Average installed length: 270.27 days


VersionDistribution 7.96% 1.43% 1.08% 0.09% 1.06% 1.66% 4.37% 32.00% 0.30% 3.56% 1.22% 12.53% 9.84% 3.84% 0.02% 2.02% 2.54% 14.49% 0.01%

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What is PMB?  (from Sony)

Have you ever wanted to find vacation photos or sports videos saved on VAIO, and felt frustrated when you couldn’t find them quickly? With PMB (Picture Motion Browser), you can automatically organise pictures and movies into folders or according to the date that they were shot, simply by importing them into your VAIO. ...  Read more


PMB is a software program developed by Sony. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named pmbbrowser.exe. The setup package generally installs about 50 files and is usually about 20.22 MB (21,199,387 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 7. While about 32% of users of PMB come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

This program is pre-installed on Sony PCs

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
Sony has been criticized for loading its VAIO laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes. Sony also offers a Fresh start option in some countries which allows a new computer to be shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software pre-installed.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Sony PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\PMB\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B6A98E5F-D6A7-46FB-9E9D-1F7BF443491C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 20.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PMB

Program executable:pmbbrowser.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\pmb\pmbbrowser.exe
Additional files:
  • DrpExTimelineMediaObject.dll
  • DrpTimelinePreviewEngine.dll
  • DrpTimelineRenderEngine.dll
  • DrpPMediaReaderEngine.dll
  • DrpDvAviRenderEngine.dll
  • DrpMediaObject.dll - DrpCreateMediaObject.dll
  • DrpExTimelineObject.dll
  • DrpMpegRenderEngine.dll
  • aacdecdll.dll - Sony MPEG4 AAC Decoder (aacdecdll)
  • DrpMP4RenderEngine.dll
  • DrpBasebandObject.dll
  • DrpTimelineObject.dll
  • DefSdkChannelMapping.dll - DefSdkChannelMapping (Channel Mapping)
  • DrpGeneralObject.dll
  • DrpPreviewEngine.dll
  • DefSdkVolumeControl.dll - DefSdkVolumeControl (Volume Control)
  • DrpDvAviEngine.dll
  • DrpDvAviObject.dll
  • DrpRawDvEngine.dll
  • DrpRawDVObject.dll
  • DrpSoundObject.dll
  • DrpStillEngine.dll
  • DrpStillObject.dll
  • AvcTsMuxerDll.dll - Sony AVC TS Muxer
  • AVIWriterCore.dll
  • DrpCustomIpp2.dll
  • DrpJpegEngine.dll
  • DrpMpegEngine.dll
  • DrpMpegObject.dll
  • DrpTiffEngine.dll
  • clema_fc.dll - clema_fc library
  • DrpAc3Engine.dll
  • DrpCustomIpp.dll
  • DrpMP4Engine.dll
  • DrpMP4Object.dll
  • 360VideoWMVConv.dll - 360VideoWMVConv
  • DrpDvEngine.dll
  • dac3d_mt.dll - Sony Software Codec DLL
  • dac3e_mt.dll
  • diva.dll
  • AVIndexAccessor.dll - PMB (AVIndexAccessor)
  • AVIndexAccessor2.dll - AVIndex Accessor2
  • BDBurner.dll - BDBurner
  • CameraContextMenu.dll - Camera Device Context Menu
  • CancelAutoPlay.dll - CancelAutoPlay
  • ContentEditor.dll - ContentEditor
  • Convert4UploadEx.dll - Convert4UploadEx
  • DevdbAcc.dll - DevdbAcc
  • PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe - Device Information Provider
  • XpStorageDevice_WinXp2k.dll - XpStorageDevice_WinXp2k

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe runs as a service named 'PMBDeviceInfoProvider' (PMBDeviceInfoProvider) "Enables PMB to communicate with the device.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.69 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001247981%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00008181%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004299%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:191
8,062,084 average

How do I remove PMB?

Quickly and completely remove PMB from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall PMB 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 PMB, 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 PMB.

Win 7 (SP1) 73%
Win 8.1 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 82.40%
Windows Vista 6.79%
Windows 8 6.60%
Windows XP 4.21%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 62.32%
Windows 7 Professional 7.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.94%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.46%
Windows 7 Home Basic 5.09%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.28%
  Germany 7.99%
  United Kingdom 7.23%
  Canada 4.39%
  France 4.36%
  Brazil 3.63%
  Italy 3.32%
  India 3.06%
  Australia 2.22%
  Spain 1.95%
  Japan 1.85%
  Netherlands 1.79%
  Iran 1.73%
  Belgium 1.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 63.86%
Dell 13.05%
Hewlett-Packard 12.14%
Acer 5.01%
Toshiba 1.62%
ASUS 1.37%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.10%
Sony VPCCW21FX 2.90%
Sony VPCF11M1E 2.73%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.54%
Sony VPCEH2J1E 2.08%
Sony VPCEA3S1E 2.05%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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