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What is pnkbstra.exe?

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How does pnkbstra.exe run?

Service - pnkbstra.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'PnkBstrA' (PnkBstrA). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. PnkBstrA runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


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About 0.2% of all Boost users have the pnkbstra.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of pnkbstra.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is pnkbstra.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00008% CPU831.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.7 MB RAM7.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of pnkbstra.exe?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
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File details

File name: pnkbstra.exe
Size: 61.56 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: Even Balance
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 7/1/2012

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001663706%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000831853%
User CPU: 0.00008318531960%
Privileged CPU time: 46875 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 25.24 MB
Peak committed memory: 28.7 MB
Paged memory: 1.7 MB
Peak paged memory: 1.7 MB
Paged system memory: 25.92 KB
Non-paged system memory: 2.64 KB
Working set memory: 2.48 MB
Peak working set memory: 2.48 MB
Min working set memory: 2.48 MB
Private memory: 1.7 MB
Page faults: 652
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 7
Total read transfer: 382 Bytes
Total write operations: 8
Total write transfer: 560 Bytes
Total other operations: 167
Total other transfer: 1.52 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 1
Handle count average: 48
Thread count average: 2

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Process Command

Service details

Name: PnkBstrA
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “PunkBuster Service Component [v1029] http://www.evenbalance.com”

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 44301
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: c183b7e8c4dd96af66d7ace48d2d9b05
SHA-1: e344488c9f1f3aec1b9878ec30820cb99c56f129
SHA-256: 8b9b0e4cfea6e006999b0c6c50d9da6a3c0fda5aece6e752c3ab5016637a6199

PE image details

File packed: No
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