What is sfsync02?

Sfsync02.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 sfsync02.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Sfsync02.sys file information

The process known as StarForce Protection Synchronization Driver belongs to software StarForce Protection Synchronization Driver (version (version 2.x)) or StarForce Protection System by Protection Technology (

Description: Sfsync02.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sfsync02.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,544 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 19,968 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. sfsync02.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sfsync02.sys. Therefore, you should check the sfsync02.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 file is a protection/security for programs that are sold and utilize copy protection. ( For example UFO Aftershock Game Europe edition) Disable when not playing game, or your system crashes after installing game.
  JD Worth  
It is labelled as StarForce Protection Synchronization Driver. Starforce is a notorious copy-protection scheme used in some games. Version appears 19,968 bytes in size. The file is located in Windows/System32/drivers directory and is left behind even after the Starforce protected game has been uninstalled.
  Atul   (further information)
it prevented my computer from starting and i had to delete it by starting the computer in: last known good...
Protection for games
Causes serious crash on my 64bit system. Windows tells me to disable this driver as unsigned and cause of the problem. when i do it works fine again.
After installing a game from a few years ago, this file prevented my Windows Vista 64 from staring up. Had to boot from the instal CD and manually delete the file to get back into Windows. A recent version of the game software actually doesn't use StarForce any more, so it's no longer needed. More recent versions of StarForce do not seem to have this problem, and do not need this file.
sfsync02.sys is causing my computer to generate the error and I can't even boot my computer in any mode so that I can remove it. If anyone knows of a way to bypass that file on startup so I can remove it then please email me. (I put my name as my email address.)
Is a nonessential program that prevents windows from starting up. Easy to delete using DOS. Boot from CD, enter system info, open command prompt "cd" to the directory C:\Windows\System32\drivers and type "del sfsync02" to delete the file.
  Joe Schmoe  
If you are unable to boot your computer using "last known good configuration" try hitting f8 when your computer is booting up and select "ignore driver files without signitures" or whatever it says along those lines. It worked for me.
Causes serious bluescreen of death and prevents booting since that occured
Caused infinate repair loop. Had to use a bootable repair dvd that i burned on my laptop. Bad program, DRM needs to go..
Installed GT Legends by SimBin (racing game) that uses Starforce. My Win 7 64 bit PC went into an endless loop with Scandisk trying to repair. Could NOT get back into Windows 7. Solution: Load a new copy of Windows 7 on another partition. Then go into the old installation and rename sfsync02.sys in your windows/system32/drivers directory to something else.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sfsync02.sys: based on 16 votes with 12 user comments. 2 users think sfsync02.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 2 users think sfsync02.sys is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sfsync02 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sfsync02. 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 sfsync02.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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