What is PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PMBDeviceInfoProvider
PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Device Information Provider belongs to software PMB or PlayMemories Home by Sony (

Description: PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (primarily C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\PMB\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\PlayMemories Home\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 360,224 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 398,176 bytes and 16 more variants. 
It is a background process, and the service name is PMBDeviceInfoProvider. The service enables PlayMemories Home to communicate with the device.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe is a Verisign signed file. PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe, you can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of PMB or PlayMemories Home (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This was installed as part of a sony camera software suite.
Fabricant Sony Corporation
Legitimate part of Sony HD HandyCam. Located in C:\Program Files\Sony\ Many files starting with PBM(A-V) existed after installing software from a Sony Website as shown in the CamCorder display during a file transfrer to an XP Pro PC. Probably scans device for Model and Serial #. Another lengthy comment on PMBVolumeWatcher.exe for lots of reading... Close this via End SYSTEM Process in Win Task Manager after you restart., unless it's truly needed to transfer-- possibly manage image files such as *.JPG.
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Summary: Average user rating of PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe: based on 1 vote with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PMBDeviceInfoProvider issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PMBDeviceInfoProvider. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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