What is Imapi?

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

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Imapi.sys file information

The process known as IMAPI Kernel Driver belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original Imapi.sys is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The Imapi.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 42,112 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 41,856 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. Imapi.sys is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. Imapi.sys is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Imapi.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

is the CD-Burning filter driver for the Plug-n-Play filter and part of Windows
relates to CD/DVD drives

Summary: Average user rating of Imapi.sys: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks Imapi.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Imapi issues

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