The genuine Afc.sys file is a software component of PPdus ASPI Shell by ArcSoft. The device driver for several of ArcSoft external media devices, this process runs when Windows starts and is essential for whatever drive it is supporting. If the driver is not uninstalled and you use a different type of external device, there will be registry issues and may result in your new hardware not functioning properly. Founded in 1994, ArcSoft is a software company that focuses on digital photography and images. It is located in Fremont, California.
AFC stands for ASPI File Client
Afc.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if Afc.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.
Description: Afc.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Afc.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 11,776 bytes (86% of all occurrences) or 18,688 bytes.
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. Afc.sys is not a Windows core file. Afc.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If Afc.sys is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 22,784 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The Afc.sys file is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no detailed description of this service. Afc.sys is not a Windows core file. Afc.sys appears to be a compressed file.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as Afc.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the Afc.sys 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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Afc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the Afc.sys process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.