84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove PunkBuster Services?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #292
United States Rank #490
Reach 1.9652%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.36 days
453.06 days >
Average installed length: 238.05 days


0.994 2.32%
0.993 45.39%
0.992 5.03%
0.991 25.37%
0.990 15.10%
0.989 0.72%
0.988 1.04%
0.987 0.62%
0.986 4.40%
0.984 0.01%

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.


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 227 files and is usually about 75.06 MB (78,710,693 bytes). FC3Updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

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:
  • Uninstaller.exe (by EA Digital Illusions CE AB) - EA Battlefield Heroes Uninstaller
  • 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
  • bf4.exe (by EA Digital Illusions CE AB)
  • bf4_x86.exe
  • BFHeroes.exe - Battlefield Heroes
  • d3dcompiler_46.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • EasyWeb.dll
  • EAWebKit.dll (by Electronic Arts) - EAWebKit
  • EAWebKit64.dll (by Electronic Arts)
  • Engine.BuildInfo_Win32_retail.dll
  • Engine.BuildInfo_Win64_retail.dll
  • SwiffPlayer.dll
  • APB.exe (by K2 Network) - APB Reloaded
  • GDFBinary_en_US.dll - Battlefield 4 (Game Definition File resources)
  • GDFBinary_en_US_64.dll
  • bf3.exe
  • Engine.BuildInfo_Win32_Retail_dll.dll
  • GDFBinary_fr_FR.dll
  • GDFBinary_fr_FR_64.dll
  • GDFBinary_de_DE.dll
  • GDFBinary_de_DE_64.dll
  • pbsvc_apb.exe
  • uplay_r1_loader.dll
  • DXTCompressor.dll
  • farcry3.exe (by Ubisoft Entertainment) - Far Cry 3
  • farcry3_d3d11.exe (by Ubisoft Entertainment)
  • FC3.dll - Dunia Engine/Far Cry 2 Dynamic Link Library
  • FC3_d3d11.dll
  • FC3Editor.Core.dll (by Ubisoft) - FC3Editor.Core
  • FC3Editor.exe (by Ubisoft) - FC3Editor
  • FC3Updater.exe - Autopatch (Autopatch system)
  • GDFWin8.dll
  • systemdetection.dll - System Detection DLL
  • ubiorbitapi_r2_loader.dll
  • APB_Gecko.exe (by K2 Network) - APB Reloaded Embedded Browser
  • bfh.exe (by Visceral Games)
  • BulkLog32.dll
  • BulkLog32_d.dll
  • dbghelp.dll (by Microsoft) - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • GDFBinary_cs_CZ.dll - Battlefield 3
  • GDFBinary_it_IT.dll
  • GDFBinary_it_IT_64.dll
  • GDFBinary_ko_KR.dll
  • GDFBinary_pl_PL.dll
  • GDFBinary_pt_BR.dll
  • GDFBinary_pt_BR_64.dll
  • GDFBinary_zh_TW.dll
  • libresample.dll
  • libsndfile-1.dll (by Vivox) - Soundfile
  • msvcp71.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcp71d.dll
  • msvcr71d.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • NxCharacter.dll
  • pbsvc_hos.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

7 Scheduled Tasks
  • bf3.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C6364798-1C7D-46CD-B4EA-BA9E52A8C1D9}' (runs on registration).
  • farcry3.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CF7FEAD0-B381-4FCC-BC16-DCCBA9777DBF}' (runs on registration).
  • bf4_x86.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{402C8839-80B0-48EF-AD0F-97939C6D83C1}' (runs on registration).
  • bf4.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E319CD9C-D846-421E-B559-D60E77A1F7F7}' (runs on registration).
  • BFP4f.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D116BB2D-1F9B-4133-82BC-EA2BCBD9853B}' (runs on registration).
  • farcry3_d3d11.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B35348CA-7F19-4590-9926-B041CF674307}' (runs on registration).
  • Plus 1 more
6 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • FC3Updater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Games\FarCry3\bin\FC3Updater.exe'.
  • BFP4f.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Battlefield Play4Free\BFP4f.exe'.
  • BFHeroes.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\EA Games\Battlefield Heroes\BFHeroes.exe'.
  • FC3Editor.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Games\Far Cry 3\bin\FC3Editor.exe'.
  • farcry3_d3d11.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Games\Far Cry 3\bin\farcry3_d3d11.exe'.
  • farcry3.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Games\Far Cry 3\bin\farcry3.exe'.

How do I remove PunkBuster Services?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 PunkBuster Services.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win Vista 0%
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.36%
Windows 10 35.60%
Windows Vista 3.13%
Windows XP 2.91%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.60%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.65%
Windows 8.1 10.15%
Windows 7 Professional 9.03%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.18%
Windows 10 Home 5.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.62%
  Germany 8.03%
  France 5.50%
  United Kingdom 5.16%
  Canada 3.27%
  Italy 2.61%
  Netherlands 2.47%
  Brazil 2.41%
  Australia 2.30%
  Sweden 1.95%
  Poland 1.79%
  DK 1.41%
  Belgium 1.41%
  Spain 1.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 18.49%
ASUS 17.69%
Acer 17.08%
Dell 13.62%
Lenovo 4.54%
Toshiba 3.22%
Alienware 3.11%
Samsung 2.93%
MSI 2.86%
Intel 2.02%
American Megatrends 0.60%
Common models
ASUS All Series 16.61%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.53%
MSI MS-7821 3.17%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.49%
MSI MS-7758 2.33%
MSI MS-7693 2.25%

comments4 comments

user comment
user comment
InqDethover a year ago
@ CConklin26 and @mafia you have to run your uninstall programs function as an administrator (or be logged into your administrator account) in order to remove it. one easy program to remove it is CCleaner. just run it as administrator, find the program, and it will be removed, easy. However, do note that since it is used by many gaming manufacturers, to catch cheaters/hackers, it will render some online in-game content useless/unplayabe. This is only true, though, if the target server you wish to join has punkbuster services enabled (aka, i have bf3 installed, and when i uninstalled it, i was no longer able to play on servers that have PB services enabled, which is about 85-90% of servers, seems like).
user comment
that guyover a year ago
I think this is being used by a game you have installed.
user comment
mafiaover a year ago
I wish to remove punkbuster as it says to uninstall this program it says I can't uninstall to contact the administrator
user comment
CConklin26over a year ago
When attempting to uninstall this program it says I can't uninstall to contact the administrator, now what cause I am the administrator?