What is DarkSpyKernel?

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

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DarkSpyKernel.sys file information

The process known as DarkSpy or Sample IOCTL Driver belongs to software DarkSpy or Windows® Server (version 2003 DDK driver) by Windows® Server ( (version 2003 DDK provider).

Description: DarkSpyKernel.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DarkSpyKernel.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 129,536 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. It is a file with no information about its developer. The software is not active. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. DarkSpyKernel.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify DarkSpyKernel.sys related errors

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

Part of a backdoor trojan. Installed with Back Orifice (BO2K)

Summary: Average user rating of DarkSpyKernel.sys: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks DarkSpyKernel.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DarkSpyKernel issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DarkSpyKernel. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 DarkSpyKernel.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.

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