What is VET-REC?

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

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VET-REC.sys file information

The process known as VET File System Recognizer or CA Antivirus File Protection Driver belongs to software ZoneAlarm Security Suite or Computer Associates Antivirus or ZoneAlarm Anti-virus or VET File System Recognizer by Computer Associates International (

Description: VET-REC.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. VET-REC.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 15,668 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 15,478 bytes, 21,392 bytes or 21,128 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. The VET-REC.sys file is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. VET-REC.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with VET-REC.sys, you can uninstall ZoneAlarm Security Suite or ZoneAlarm Anti-virus from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify VET-REC.sys related errors

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

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Summary: Average user rating of VET-REC.sys: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks VET-REC.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving VET-REC issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with VET-REC. 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 VET-REC.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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