Anti-Cheat software from Even Balance that should prevent people from cheating in the games it is integrated with. Possible source of nuisance because of no backward compatibility, and many updates every once in a while.
"No, I keep getting kicked by lame ass punkbuster."
The staff at Punkbuster write their code in Java and only work on it from 9-11 am at the local community college computer lab.
The program mainly functions as a lottery system, if punkbuster works you are allowed to play the game that day.
This helps publishers pay as little as possible for servers as they force large portions of the community offline in a load balancing technique.
oooh bummer, better luck next week.
Cheater: HaH4h4, L0s3rs. 1 5+IlL 0wnZOR yoU! pB 5UcK5!
While the sole purpose is to disable cheats, hacks, and botting on selected servers, PnkBstrA and PnkBstrB executables can lag some machines majorly. However, it still fits to execute its intended role.
I just hope my friend's sorta-slow computer doesn't lag because of PnkBstr Processes. After all, he only has 512MB RAM.