What is sfhlp01?

Sfhlp01.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 sfhlp01.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Sfhlp01.sys file information

The process known as StarForce Protection Helper Driver belongs to software StarForce Protection System by Protection Technology ( or StarForce Technologies (

Description: Sfhlp01.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The sfhlp01.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,832 bytes (93% of all occurrences) or 4,448 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. sfhlp01.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify sfhlp01.sys related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sfhlp01.sys. Therefore, you should check the sfhlp01.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

Spyware - starforce.exe clean can be used to remove it.
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)
Copy Protection System, kills some USB Cardreaders
  Sergeant_Kolja   (further information)
Its not malware, virus or Trojan of anykind. Only a protection system for some games & software.

Summary: Average user rating of sfhlp01.sys: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks sfhlp01.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving sfhlp01 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sfhlp01. 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 sfhlp01.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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