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Disable Mobsync.exe in Windows Vista and 7

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

At some point, you may have been worried about what that green and yellow icon is doing in the notification area of your Taskbar. The problem is quite common with Windows 7 and Vista users, and is due to Mobsync.exe, which is mostly unnecessary for common users. Unfortunately, it keeps popping up every time you boot your OS, even if you have stopped it from within the task manager. Let us learn more about this process and how to disable it permanently.


What is Mobsync ?

First off, Mobsync poses not threat to your PC. It is a process which belongs to Microsoft Sync Center and the Offline Files feature. The process is generally associated with a SQL Server installation, Windows Mobile with Active Sync, or if you have Internet Explorer, (IE 6 only), it’s configured to sync pages for offline viewing. f you go into Control Panel you can start the program right away and configure it. This is available in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

If it is activated, you’ll see an icon in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 taskbar (refer to screenshot above).

Disable Mobsync.exe:

In any case, you probably have no idea how it got turned on and wish to turn it off,

1. Bring up the Task Manager: Right click on the taskbar and select “Start Task Manager

2. Go to processes tab and then find “mobsync.exe”. Right click on it and select “End Process“.


That is all, but doing this every time you wish to stop the process can be quite frustrating. If you wish to permanently turn it off, follow the steps below.

Disable in Windows 7:

1. Open Start Menu and type “offline files” in the Search Box. Press Enter.


2. Now press the button named “Disable offline files“.


3. You must restart your computer for the new settings to take effect.


Disable in Windows Vista:

1. Open Control Panel and select “Network and Internet“.


2. Click “Offline Files” and the Offline Files dialog opens.


3. Press the top-most button “Disable Offline Files“.

4. Once again you will be prompted to reboot the computer in order to enable the changes to take effect.

Mobsync.exe is mostly useful if you are using the offline files feature. If you are using the Home versions of Windows 7 or Vista then the Offline files feature is unavailable. If this is the case, you need not worry about Mobsync.

~Soumen Halder

3 Responses to “Disable Mobsync.exe in Windows Vista and 7”

  1. […] Disable Mobsync.exe in Windows Vista and 7 | Worldstart’s … – Jul 07, 2010  · Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email! WorldStart’s Tech Tips Newsletter […]

  2. Peter Holman says:

    As usual I seem to have an entirely different system to the tech nerds. Their is no “offline files” to disable! This a regular issue with tech forums. Dont tech types use the same computers as us? It seems not. My suspicion is that tech types dont know as much as they think, and too often (in my long experience ) just seem to make something up. A serious charge I know but it keeps happening. I have had too many conversations w ith tech folks by e-mail and by phone where they seemed to just be making an uninformed stab at a solution. Try that when fixing almost anything else and you would soon be out of a job !

    • cynthia says:

      Peter: There are six versions of Windows 7 out there and sometimes they look a little different depending on which device you happen to run them on. Unlike Mac OS, where there is one version of the OS on just a few device manufactured only by Apple, Windows has multiple versions on a huge variety of machines. Most writers only have the computer they’re using. I promise you that we don’t make it up. But you also have to remember that you’re looking at a five year old article with this one and since Microsoft was still making changes to Windows 7 in that time period and may have changed something in an update. What precisely is different on your version Windows 7?

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