What is srtspx?

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

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Srtspx.sys file information

The process known as Symantec AutoProtect belongs to software Symantec Real Time Storage Protection (PEL) or Symantec Real Time Storage or Symantec Endpoint Protection by Symantec (

Description: Srtspx.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Srtspx.sys is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32\drivers. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 43,696 bytes (80% of all occurrences), 50,096 bytes or 32,928 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 srtspx.sys file is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. Srtspx.sys is a Verisign signed file. srtspx.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If srtspx.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder, the security rating is 6% dangerous. The file size is 43,696 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 25,400 bytes. The program is not visible. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows system file. srtspx.sys appears to be a compressed file.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Symantec provides direct support ( and update information ( You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSymantec Endpoint Protection or Symantec Real Time Storage.

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

I had to disable this driver because I was getting the blue screen of death at windows startup. Disabling the driver fixed that. I was getting a stop code of 0x00000008e at the blue screen of death.
Norton Internet Security 2010 Semantec Real Time Storage Protection (PEL)
Error also occurs if you have Norton 360 v4 although in my case it may be more rare, mine expires soon so will be getting NIS 2011, hopefully won't re-appear

Summary: Average user rating of srtspx.sys: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think srtspx.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving srtspx issues

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