What is dfsc?

The genuine dfsc.sys file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
This client allows for network file system architecture in Microsoft Windows. It is integral to the functionality of network shares and mapped network drives in Windows. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

DFSC stands for Distributed File System Client Driver

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

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Dfsc.sys file information

The process known as DFS Namespace Client Driver or DFS Client MUP Surrogate Driver belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original dfsc.sys is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The dfsc.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 78,336 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 75,264 bytes or 74,752 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. It is a Windows core system file. Dfsc.sys is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. dfsc.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify dfsc.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as dfsc.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the dfsc.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.


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sizes listed are missing the 102400 bytes that the file is on three of my systems.

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Best practices for resolving dfsc issues

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