What is ssrtln?

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

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Ssrtln.sys file information

The process known as Shared Driver Component belongs to software Sonic DLA by Sonic Solutions ( or VERITAS Software (

Description: Ssrtln.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ssrtln.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 23,545 bytes (81% of all occurrences), 22,995 bytes or 23,219 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The ssrtln.sys file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ssrtln.sys, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Sonic DLA (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify ssrtln.sys related errors

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

From Sonic Solutions - a "shared driver component" - part of "MyDVD" software
  David Amiot  
Only appears to be an issue with DELL server, non of my CPQ servers have ever experienced blue screen error BAD_POOL_HEADER, but its chronic with DELL
It's a Vertas file, RecordNow
ssrtln is installed as part of Sonic Studio. Problem has arisen when I have changed DVD media type (from DVD+R to DVD +/- R). Changing hardware back resolves issue.My issue is on a compaq, but 3rd party (LG) DVD.
  richard potts  
It is installed with Sonic CD writer software, remove Sonic, and the problem is gone...
  Kent Kirkegaard  
I know I installed MyDVD6 pro by sonic and I know after three succesfull shutdowns I had a blue screen ...this was after I tried to burn for the first time...failed .. then shutdown then the blue screen at reboot "bad Pool caller" with a system memory dump
I'm using a Toshiba laptop which comes with Sonic "Record Now!" program for burning CDs. This is the only sonic program I have on my laptop and I got the same Microsoft Online Crash Analysis about 3 times. "The error is likely caused by Sonic Solutions Shared Driver Component (SSRTLN.SYS)"
After using Ulead movie editor, hardrive scandisks on next boot and truncates 8 files for bad first unit
From Sonic RecordNow! Plus. Issues running on a (test) Server 2003 Enterprise running on a Dell PC. In safe mode renamed ssrtln.sys to ssrtln.ysy and rebooted. No more startup issues and can still burn CDs.
Was causing blue screens during bootup of Win Server 2003. Went in Safe Mode, removed this driver and all is back to normal. Uninstalled RecordNow.
  Howard Smith  
It causes an IBM X Series 206M server with DVD writer to hang with a blank screen during startup, or blue screens.
  Robert T  
Appeared after installing Sonic RecordNow. Caused a BAD_POOL_HEADER on my gateway PC.
  Kevin Arthur  
I solved the problem removing Sonic application. It seems to have conflicts with Windows 2003 Server, instead this utility comes with DELL computers.
  Gustavo Mugarza  
I was getting the BSOD on shutdown from ssrtln.sys
stops my server -- culprit -- !
  Jonathan Chan  
problem when I have installed MyDVD and Record Now, I unistall those programs and all is normal now
Same problem on an IBM X226 server, remamed file all OK
Remove any/all CD/DVD (s) from tray while booting computer.
Gave me bluescreen on a Dell SC340 & Win 2003R2
  Atle Opstvedt  
Server 2003 was blue screening with a "Bad_Pool_Header" message. I renamed ssrtln.sys and now it boots corretly.
rename or remove to avoid the BAD_POOL_HEADER on win server 2003 works 100%
Appeared after installing Sonic RecordNow. Caused a BAD_POOL_HEADER on my Dell Laptop running Vista
  Charlie Caldwell  
It caused our win 2003 server to crash on shutdown
renamed ssrtln.sys to ssrtln.ysy and fixed. Windows 2003
had a bluescreen with a IBM Thinkpad R51. There were two ssrtln.sys installed, one in the windows\system32\drivers and one in the ibm\dla directory. apparently the ibm DLA is used for multisession CDs, so you can use the drag/drop function when writing a CD. After deinstall of "Sonic Updater", "IBM RecordNow" and "IBM DLA" - the problem was gone. If you do not need RecordNow (or use different burn-sw), this might be the solution.
This file is an essential part of the DLA boot process. DLA is a packet writing utility created by Sonic. If you encounter an error referencing ssrtln.sys as the source, it may be a one-time occurance. can be disabled via msconfig startup tab, search for: "tfswctrl.exe"
  Shachar Petrushka   (further information)
This site is very helpful to me. I am experiencing blue screen error BAD_POOL_HEADER. My system OS is window 2003. This is started after install the MyDVD software. I have loged in with SAFE mode then did a search for ssrtln.sys file and deleted from the system. Now there is no blue screens. Thanks guys for your valuable help.
  Prabhakar Reddy Metta  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ssrtln.sys: based on 23 votes with 27 user comments. 5 users think ssrtln.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think ssrtln.sys is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade ssrtln.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ssrtln issues

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