What is AmdTools?

The genuine AmdTools.sys file is a software component of Special Tools Driver by AMD.
AMDTools.sys is a common Windows file responsible for loading and processing the settings of related application or Windows functionality. System registry problems are typically responsible for AMDTools.sys errors. AMD is an American multi-national company that develops computer processors and related technologies .

AMDTools stands for AMD Special Tools Driver

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

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AmdTools.sys file information

The process known as AMD Special Tools Driver belongs to software Special Tools Driver or AMD Special Tools Driver by AMD (

Description: AmdTools.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AmdTools.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 33,792 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 29,696 bytes, 34,304 bytes or 22,272 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. AmdTools.sys is not a Windows core file. AmdTools.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify AmdTools.sys related errors

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

AMD CPU Driver (?) from f.e. AMDcpuInfo.exe - should start from system32/drivers, filesize 21632 or 20480
    (further information)
It is installed along with some tools published by AMD for the AMD64 processors, and available for download at its web page
  Angel Gonzalez   (further information)
AMD Special tools driver is for Cool and quite I beleieve in your Bios, if you don't know how to get in to your Bios, leave it alone! If you are in to tweaking your computer and or overclocking, you can find all you need from online @ Google.. Leave this file alone, it's fine...
  Rico S suav'e  
dort kann man den holen Driver Special Tool Driver
  shogun1503   (further information)
AMD driver tool designed to optimize AMD dual core processors.
  nanomatrix   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of AmdTools.sys: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 4 users think AmdTools.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving AmdTools issues

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