What is SVKP?

The genuine SVKP.sys file is a software component of SVKP Driver by AntiCracking.
AntiCracking introduced SVK Protector software in 2002, which requires SVKP.sys in order to load. The SVK Protector is an anti-pirating copyright protection software for CD/DVDs as well as software files. It features several methods of protection, including the ability to create trial periods that expire for software you are distributing.

SVKP stands for SVK Protector

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

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SVKP.sys file information

The process known as SVKP driver for NT belongs to software SVKP driver for NT or SVKP by AntiCracking.

Description: SVKP.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SVKP.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,368 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The SVKP.sys file is not a Windows system file. SVKP.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 SVKP.sys related errors

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

A driver to prevent cd copying
  kender   (further information)
it's a copy protection and NOT spyware!
Copy protection is junkware, just like adware and spyware
give me error : Could not inizialize service
Norton AV listed it as High Risk
  Fran McLoughlin  
unable to move safely
Norton2005 defines as SVKP.sys~Hacktool.Rootkit with unsuccessful repair/quarentine - however delete seemed to work. Further, this key is present in the Registry (Windows XP): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\SVKP - - - However, Norton deleted item from Windows 32 files. "" reports this: "Added by the W32/Spybot-FB worm. This infection, when started, connects to an IRC server where it sits on a channel awaiting commands."
  webmaster   (further information)
Hacktool Rootkit - allows connection & control of host
  brush-head   (further information)
This is used as an anti-copy/anti-reverse-engineering in keep unscruptulous types out of software
Renguard creates the file (anti cheat program for C&C Renegade)
  General M-13  
if you delete it impossible to open emule ore emcrypt
Still kinda rootkitsh
That is driver for shareware protection. You have some software on your computer that is protected against cracking with SVKP protector. It is there just for some administrative rights. If you delete it, protected file won't run. Also you will find SVKP service, and maybe one svkp.dll in root folder. It is not rootkit because it doesn't hide anything. Drivers is packe inside protected program and extracted on double click.
Is part of copy protection on some cds. I'm classifying it as spyware/etc because it installed on my computer without my consent, in with the system files as a driver.
For those running Renguard for C&C Renage it is created by this program. (tests) ran spyware nuker. deleted file svkp.sys. ran again and file was gone. ran renguard and closed. ran swn and file was back. deleted again and ran renguard again. rescan by swn and file was back.
This file appeared at the same time as a RootKit was installed. The file itself is probably not dangerous, but used by trojans to hide themselves
This file is a trojan horse that masks itself as anti-crack protection which malisciously connects to an IRC server called and awaits instructions from the zombienet owner for malisciously launching DoS attacks on commercial servers. Destroy it before you get a nasty phonecall from someone your system attacked.
  Lee Ward   (further information)
Remove immediately, spyware doctor detects it but cannot delete it
Opens IRC channel
  Tarka   (further information)
Item Found: Registry Folder, Item Vendor: Trojan.Loxbot,Item Type: Spyware/Adware,Item Name: SVKP.sys,Item Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\
  qwertz   (further information)
Needed to run some games; used by anti cheat devices.
Is used by RenGuard(Anti-Cheat software for C&C Renegade). If you have RenGuard, then that's why you have this file;)
It's DRM, so it's malware. You don't want it on your system.
This drm software has the capability to function as crippleware. From the developers website "Special version of SVK Protector is dedicated for companies who utilize SVK Protector also for protection of other than their own programs".
  toomuchcoffee   (further information)
Renguard is an anti-cheat program for Renegade video game. This file did NOT show up untill I installed and ran Renguard. Spyware Detector lists this as a medium risk, Norton Internet Security seems to ignore it. Technically this form of SVKP does monitor some processes on you PC to check for cheat mods. Other forms may be much more of a threat. The spyware programs ALL say there are numerous forms of the KIA spybot. HTTBirds' comment in this case is correct, it keeps people from undoing the anti-cheat software, and from using a known network exploit to bypass the anti-cheat program
  Total Havok  
necessary for renguard
win nt - xp anticracking file!
Renguard (C&C RENEGADE) Renguard Not work when bitdefender antispyware settings is aggressive mode. Defaul mode work.
This is a dangerous driver installed by rootkit. If it's installed, the user is unable to remove it's registry keys (seen with RegMon, the "system" process recreates them). I had to reinstall Windows, but that wasn't necessary.
Spyware Doctor is blocking it as dangerous
This is Trojan Backdoor Win32.Hupigon. this trojan made high temperature of cpu
It is backdoor.win32.surila. Like the above man said, it connects to an irc server to report with promo sites to attack you with. I just got rid of it off of my computer.
  Loke Dizzle  
Its part of a hacktool to get around copy protection on software to extract the licence code from the program without having the source code.Its also made by untrustworthy people who would certainly use it to mess with your pc.If you download some hack tools it will try and run as a driver to prevent the software anti crack from working.
Removed with XoftSpy, eMule still working
it gets back everytime you delete it , spdoctor and true-sword mark it and all its registry keys as malware,but as I said before,it gets back after a reboot
all those who are alarmed dont know shit about pcs. so cut the crap. false positive, as 90% of your files here, retards
  stop it  
"SVKP driver for NT" is the file in the location "C:\WINDOWS\system32" and it's Trojan Agent, I scanned this file with virustotal website (I write the link below) but didn't show anything wrong the only software could realized this for me it is "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium", Recommended to delete this file. Regards..
  Nader   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SVKP.sys: based on 44 votes with 37 user comments. 7 users think SVKP.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 21 users think SVKP.sys is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade SVKP.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SVKP issues

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