What is dokan?

The genuine dokan.sys file is a software component of Dokan by Dokan.
Dokan.sys is a system driver that belongs to Dokan, a package through which users can create their own file systems very easily without having to write a device driver which is an extremely difficult procedure. A driver is a program that allows communication between the software and hardware devices of a computer. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. In Japanese, Dokan means 'clay pipe'. The Dokan library operates as a proxy and resembles a 'pipe'. The library is designed to work on x86 platforms such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. The Dokan Library resembles FUSE (the Linux user mode file system), except it works on Windows. Dokan was inspired by FUSE, a project which began 2004 by developer Miklos Szeredi.

Dokan stands for Dokan Filesystem Driver

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

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Dokan.sys file information

The process known as Dokan Filesystem Driver belongs to software Windows® Win (version 7 DDK driver) by Windows® Win (version 7 DDK provider) or Hiroki Asakawa.

Description: Dokan.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dokan.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 64,384 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. The dokan.sys file is not a Windows core file. dokan.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify dokan.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as dokan.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the dokan.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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Best practices for resolving dokan issues

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