What is PQV2i?

PQV2i.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 PQV2i.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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PQV2i.sys file information

The process known as StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot belongs to software V2i Protector or PQV2i by StorageCraft (

Description: PQV2i.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PQV2i.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 138,801 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 132,899 bytes or 123,957 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. PQV2i.sys is not a Windows core file. PQV2i.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with PQV2i.sys, you can ask Customer Support to assist you, update the program to the latest version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Drive Image or Norton Ghost).

Recommended: Identify PQV2i.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as PQV2i.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the PQV2i.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

Virtual Volume Imaging Driver required for Norton Ghost 9.0
  amsheppard   (further information)
A Symantec/Powerquest driver
  Rick   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of PQV2i.sys: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 5 users think PQV2i.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving PQV2i issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PQV2i. 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 PQV2i.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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