What is wpsdrvnt?

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

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Wpsdrvnt.sys file information

The process known as wpsdrvnt or Symantec CMC Firewall WPS belongs to software Symantec CMC Firewall or Sygate Security Agent by Sygate Technologies ( or Symantec (

Description: Wpsdrvnt.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The wpsdrvnt.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 21,075 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 18,515 bytes, 18,518 bytes, 15,360 bytes or 42,312 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 wpsdrvnt.sys file is not a Windows system file. wpsdrvnt.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with wpsdrvnt.sys, you could safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Sygate Personal Firewall or Sygate Security Agent (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify wpsdrvnt.sys related errors

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

blue screen
This is a driver for the Sygate Security Agent. It is not spyware.
  Nobody Important  
Driver file for sygate personal firewall, not dangerous, but known to cause system instability
Pest Patrol found this, KaZaA, in wpsdrvnt.sys when Panda Platinum Internet Security 2004 and 2005 alert me to Firewall error
Component of Sygate Personal Firewall Pro. No worries.
It is a part of Panda Antivirus Platinium Software and is located in both locations: C:\Windows\System32\drivers and C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Antivirus Platinum\ Firewall
Application DLL needed for Sygate Personal Firewall
Used by sygate personal firewall
Recently my computer has been crashing to the dreaded blue screen. I've run various antispyware and virus software to try to solve the problem. It hasn't happened since but i came across the dell crash analysis tool which pointed to spygates driver; wpsdrvnet.sys v. as a possible cause. (not sure if thats of any use)
The Dell crash analysis tool says version can cause problems.
This is also part of Symantec Endpoint Protection 11
cause crash of XP SP3
AVG Antivirus Free edition 2012 reports this as a root kit - my guess is they want to break your system and force you to buy more of their tools
It is not malware. but has shown up in .dmp files post-BSODs
  Jonas Steinberg  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wpsdrvnt.sys: based on 19 votes with 14 user comments. 8 users think wpsdrvnt.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 8 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade wpsdrvnt.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wpsdrvnt issues

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