What is sbapifs?

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

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Sbapifs.sys file information

The process known as Sunbelt ActiveProtection Filter or GFI ActiveProtection Filter or Sunbelt CounterSpy AP Driver

belongs to software CounterSpy or VIPRE Antivirus or VIPRE Internet Security or Active Protection SDK or VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware

by Sunbelt Software ( or ThreatTrack Security or GFI Software (

Description: Sbapifs.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file sbapifs.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,936 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 69,856 bytes, 68,912 bytes or 74,968 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramVIPRE Internet Security or Ad-Aware
  2) contact to assist you.

Recommended: Identify sbapifs.sys related errors

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

Part of Sunbelt CounterSpy's "Active Protection" driver.
  Tammy   (further information)
Counter Spy Program file
  PC   (further information)
Related to the active protection component of Sunbelt's VIPRE Enterprise anti-virus software.
  Scott Badger  
Sunbelt ActiveProtection Filter - also used on license by Lavasoft Adaware Pro
VIPRE Antivirus
  Shalabh Vaid  

Summary: Average user rating of sbapifs.sys: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 4 users think sbapifs.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sbapifs issues

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