What is prodrv06?

Prodrv06.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 prodrv06.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Prodrv06.sys file information

The process known as StarForce Protection Environment Driver (version v6) belongs to software StarForce Protection Environment Driver (version v6) or StarForce Protection System by Protection Technology ( or StarForce Technologies (

Description: Prodrv06.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Prodrv06.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,920 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 77,184 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows system file. prodrv06.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify prodrv06.sys related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as prodrv06.sys. Therefore, you should check the prodrv06.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

This is a software protection driver installed with some games and other software. Older versions had a security issue but it can be fixed. Look at the publishers response to the threat below.
  Nils   (further information)
starforce protect cd copy
Starforce should implode
it must be starforce
Starforce Treiber: ungefährlich.
This is games spyware
It disabled my freedom of Fun with really bought games, cause I didn't like changing CD's/DVD's the whole time
It restarts and a fail about this file is registered in Event Viewer
Starforce prodrv06.sys, prohlp02.sys, prosync1.sys and sfhlp01.sys are part of the cd protection loaded into windows upon installation of games that use this form of protection. It is NOT part of Microsoft. Currently I am in the process of deleting the entries as they remain even after uninstallation of the game. (Suck).
Starforce 6 copy protection

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of prodrv06.sys: based on 17 votes with 12 user comments. 4 users think prodrv06.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 2 users think prodrv06.sys is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving prodrv06 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with prodrv06. 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 prodrv06.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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