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Old 02-02-2010, 12:17 AM   #1
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What is PunkBuster services?

I just found a service name PNKBSTRA.EXE. When I google it, it shoows up as PunkBuster services. I want to know if it is from Steam game? Is it safe to disable it?
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:21 AM   #2
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Yep it's from a game and nope if you do you will not be able to play online in whichever game uses it. People have made like scripts to load it when you open a specific game that uses it and also unload it when you close that specific game.

Personally I just let it go; right now I have BF2 installed and it's using it.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:24 AM   #3
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PunkBuster is an anti-cheat program. It's certainly safe to disable it, but not recommended as some online games won't work.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:37 AM   #4
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Maybe you installed America's army?
America's army use Punk buster as anti-cheat program
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:41 AM   #5
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http://www.evenbalance.com/ the official site for PunkBuster if you want to have a look what it is.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:58 AM   #6
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Hey, thanks everyone. I just want to know if it's from Steam game. That's all. 'Cause I hate to have service that running without any purpose. I just found out that I have DOOM 3 and Quake III Arena.
Will this service gone after I uninstall these 2 games? Or do I need to manual uninstall the PNKBSTRA.EXE?
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:07 AM   #7
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You have to manually unistall PunkBuster either by using their installer to unistall or via Windows remove programs menu.

I think you need to either run;
Doom 3 installer and choose unistall
OR
Quake 3 Arena and choose unistall
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:21 AM   #8
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Before you uninstall punkbuster, remember , you will not be able to play any of the games that uses it as a anti-cheat program.

Many multiplayer games will require you to install it before you can play online, so if you uninstall it now and you buy a multiplayer game that has punkbuster you will have to reinstall it..
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