What is ffpsrv.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ffpsrv.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Ffpsrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ffpsrv
Ffpsrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as File and Folder Protector (version v2.3) belongs to software File and Folder Protector by Ixis Research (

Description: Ffpsrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ffpsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,408 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 83,968 bytes, 82,432 bytes, 84,480 bytes or 83,456 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The ffpsrv.exe file is able to record keyboard inputs. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Ffpsrv.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 98% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Softheap provides an uninstall program (Control Panel->Software->File and Folder Protector).

Recommended: Identify ffpsrv.exe related errors

If ffpsrv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 78,848 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The ffpsrv.exe file is not a Windows core file. Ffpsrv.exe is able to hide itself.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ffpsrv.exe. Therefore, you should check the ffpsrv.exe 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

Belongs to program File and Folder Protector (FFP.exe) from Softheap, although I do not know what it does
  ES   (further information)
This is a File & Folder Protector from for password protecting access to one or more files and folders on your system
  GRAEME ANDREWS   (further information)
This is the program called File and folder protector. Normally this was purposely installed by the user.
  Nyan Lin  
it's the process name in windows of File & Folder Protector software / can be useful for ppl with curious kids or kids with curious parents
protect file(your secret)
This file comes with File & Folder Protector and causes me to blue screen every few minutes. It hides itself in C:\Windows (I have the first listed version) and it's hard to figure out how to delete.
  Jared Selcoe  
This is from File and Folder Protector. It is needed for the program to lock and unlock files and folders on the fly. It shouldn't be harmful.
  HV   (further information)
This is generated from software called File and Folder Protector, a kind of security software to lock/hide your files/folders. I thik if you terminate this process via tas manager, then u will lost the security capability
  Stratus   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of ffpsrv.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 8 users think ffpsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ffpsrv issues

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