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What’s sqlbrowser.exe (SQL Browser Service EXE)? Is it safe or a virus?

The sqlbrowser.exe by Microsoft Corporation is a process that helps in the detection and connection to SQL Server instances that are running on the network.

It listens for incoming requests for SQL Server resources and provides information on the available instances to clients. This allows client applications to locate and connect to the appropriate SQL Server instance.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes sqlbrowser.exe (SQL Browser Service EXE)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of sqlbrowser.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is sqlbrowser.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the sqlbrowser.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find sqlbrowser.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 8, 2024

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