What is usbscan?

The genuine usbscan.sys file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
The default USB Scanner driver included in Windows, this file allows the operating system to interact with a USB printer or scanner. When a specific driver is not available for a printer or scanner, this driver can be used effectively. In earlier versions of Windows XP, this driver was necessary for any USB scanner. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

USBScan stands for USB Scanner Driver

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

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Usbscan.sys file information

The process known as USB Scanner Driver belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Usbscan.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Usbscan.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 35,840 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 15,104 bytes or 35,328 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. Usbscan.sys is a Microsoft signed file. The usbscan.sys file is not a Windows system file. usbscan.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as usbscan.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the usbscan.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.


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Summary: Average user rating of usbscan.sys: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks usbscan.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving usbscan issues

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