What is Fips?

The genuine Fips.sys file is a software component of Windows by Microsoft.
Fips.sys is a Kernal Mode Cryptographic Module. It acts as a kernel mode export driver that can interface with multiple hardware types and configurations, regardless of vendor. An export driver acts in many ways like a normal device driver, but it also exports functions for recall to other device drivers.

FIPS stands for FIPS Crypto Driver

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

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Fips.sys file information

The process known as FIPS Crypto Driver or Fips belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original Fips.sys is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file Fips.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 34,944 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 44,544 bytes, 44,672 bytes, 35,072 bytes or 35,200 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The Fips.sys file is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It is a Microsoft signed file. Fips.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 Fips.sys related errors

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

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Seems to be some kernel ghost program, not sure.

Summary: Average user rating of Fips.sys: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Fips.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Fips issues

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