What is aksfridge?

The genuine aksfridge.sys file is a software component of Aladdin HASP by Aladdin Knowledge Systems.
Aladdin HASP (Hardware Against Software Piracy) a digital rights management (DRM) suite of protection and licensing software. Aksfridge.sys is a filter driver that is necessary for the proper functioning of HASP. The component adds support for specialized external devices. Removing this file may cause problems with Aladdin hardware. Aladdin HASP (Hardware Against Software Piracy) was the first product developed by the company's that evolved into a full DRM (digital rights management) suite. HASP currently owns 40% global market share, and is utilised by over 30,000 software publishers. The product currently supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX platforms. Aladdin Knowledge Systems was an Israeli company that developed DRM and Internet security software. The company was founded by Jacob Margalit in 1985 and became highly successful within its first few years of operations, generating over four million dollars by 1993. The company was acquired by Safenet Inc. in 2009. It is currently headquartered in Belcamp, MD, USA.

AKSFridge stands for Aladdin Knowledge Systems Fridge Ancillary Function Driver

Aksfridge.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 aksfridge.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Aksfridge.sys file information

The process known as Ancillary Function Driver belongs to software AksFridge for Windows by Aladdin Knowledge Systems ( or SafeNet (

Description: Aksfridge.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file aksfridge.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 350,720 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 351,744 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. It is a Microsoft signed file. The service has no detailed description. aksfridge.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify aksfridge.sys related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as aksfridge.sys. Therefore, you should check the aksfridge.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.


User Comments

Tue, 7/21/15 3:55 pm AVG identified this as a rootkit hook, MW Bytes likes it. . . . .
  Eloh Maps  
Bluescreen on Windows Vista, 2003 and XP. I just fixed this issue on a Windows Server 2003 machine with the following registry edit: In HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\aksfridge\ change the value of “Start” from 2 to 4.
  ksr   (further information)
Bluescreen unter Windows Vista, 2003 und XP. Fehler behoben mit Registry Windows Server 2003: In HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\aksfridge\ aendere Wert “Start” von 2 zu 4.
  ksr   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of aksfridge.sys: based on 1 vote with 3 user comments. One user thinks aksfridge.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade aksfridge.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving aksfridge issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with aksfridge. 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 aksfridge.sys 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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