What is SFSShell.dll?

SFSShell.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if SFSShell.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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SFSShell.dll file information

The process known as Document Manager Service or Simple File Shredder Shell Extention

belongs to software Cognizance Identity Manager or Simple File Shredder or HP Credential Manager for ProtectTools or Cognizance Identity and Access Management

by Cognizance ( or scar5 Software.

Description: SFSShell.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SFSShell.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 307,712 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 191,488 bytes or 243,200 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP Credential Manager for or HP Credential Manager for ProtectTools (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service.

Recommended: Identify SFSShell.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SFSShell.dll. Therefore, you should check the SFSShell.dll 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

SFSShell.dll gehört zum Programm Simple File Shredder steht im zusammenhang mit explorer.exe Abstürzen, die verschwinden, wenn man SFS deinstalliert
It came with Simple File Shredder and made it impossible to share directories under a dutch version of Windows XP - SP2
  Frits van den Bergh  

Summary: Average user rating of SFSShell.dll: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving SFSShell issues

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