What is windrvNT?

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

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WindrvNT.sys file information

The process known as windrvNT belongs to software windrvNT by unknown.

Description: WindrvNT.sys is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WindrvNT.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 35,363 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The windrvNT.sys file is not a Windows core file. windrvNT.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify windrvNT.sys related errors

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

Part of Folder Lock
  eCoyote   (further information)
windrvNT.sys belongs to Folder Lock program
  Toni   (further information)
I agrre with eCoyote. I uninstalled FolderLock and windrvNT.sys disappeared
  John Monti  
This program is a driver to a hide files (ex. documents). If in the Windows Live! Messenger logging is enabled, this error (blue death windrvNT.sys) to happen again.
Driver in kernel mode of Folder Lock Software
  luubaongoc7l   (further information)
It installed itself when I installed an older version of FolderLock v 5.7.2 (which was downloaded from emule). Therefore it could be suspect
created by Folder Lock software
Uninstalled Folderlock everything is fine...windrvNT.sys is gone
it is not dangerous.belongs to folder lock program
after folderlock was uninstalled, my avg free edition recognized it as a trojan and put it into quarantine, no har has been done to the system apparently.
This file is related to Folder lock & it's security File so do not worry . My Zone Alarm did not detected as a Virus but a small AV said it's a Virus & deleted.
windrvNT.sys causes a blue screen when iTunes launches. It also causes a blue screen when trying to reinstall the application.
Annoying little file that often makes Vista 32bit (x82) machines crash. Part of Folderlock's filehiding sequence. If not needed, Delete
it made my windows XP restart without restarting the computer, then it caused a blue screen of death
Part of the FolderLock's installed files
  buzzinbill   (further information)
windrvNt.sys sure does get installed with folderlock(essential for folderlock)..............with that another file kernel32.dll gets installed or changed in the systm32 folder.
I would say its a POWERISO File for Virtual Drives. It causes Physical memory dumps.
my pc is working fine but when i install folder lock (5.7.5) version is got restarting contionusly then i erpair the pc and it shows windrvnt.sys error .I search on net it helps me to solve the probem. uninstal your folder lock software from your computer and restart the computer.It never come on your pc
  Nittu Sg  
Win7 gives BOD while installing PSE9 and/or PS CS5.
Causes blue screen of Death while installing Photoshop CS5
[Left After Uninstall Folder Lock] windrvNT.sys can be disabled with the help of 'Autoruns for Windows', it is listed on under 'Drivers'
  kale   (further information)
Caused a blue screen ( SOD )problem during the installation of Babylon
I'm not sure what it is. But a .sys file will represent to driver. But don't know which driver it is. I compared with couple of systems. I have not found this file from below path. C:\Windows\System32 folder. But, this file created an issue to cause BSOD. After removing this file BSOD issue was resolved. Suspect this is an malware.
  Govindraju.V   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of windrvNT.sys: based on 28 votes with 23 user comments. 9 users think windrvNT.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 4 users think windrvNT.sys is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade windrvNT.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving windrvNT issues

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