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How to eliminate hardlock driver problems

The hardlock.sys (Hardlock Device driver) file is a Windows driver. Generally, drivers are used by Windows to enable internal components like graphic cards and drives, or external devices, such as printers, backup media or input devices.
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The hardlock.sys process is also known as Hardlock Device Driver for Windows NT and is a part of Hardlock Device Driver for Windows NT or, as the case may be, Sentinel LDK. This software is produced by Aladdin Knowledge Systems (www.safenet-inc.com) or, as the case may be, SafeNet (www.safenet-inc.com). An obsolete or defective version of hardlock.sys can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about hardlock.sys Hardlock Device driver

hardlock.sys is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Hardlock.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 685,056 bytes (25% of all these files), 596,424 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The hardlock file is not part of the Windows operating system. It has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. For this reason, 17% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves hardlock.sys. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about hardlock?

HardwareProtection Driver 4 Aladdin.com (further information...)
Max Meyrs
hardlock sys. f53682ac base at f531booo date stamp 40f4f96c
A driver for biometric access systems, by Alladin Knowledge Systems (further information...)
M. Dooley, IT Director, NSDCAR
couses the hibernation tab in the power managment to disappeare
Device driver. Installed by dongle-protected apps that use the Aladdin system. Required to run the app, but may interfere with normal comp op - V.3.40 caused BSOD on boot, among others . Activated by running the flexlm license manager. Also accesses during boot.

Summary: 5 users judge hardlock.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Hardlock Device Driver for Windows NT or Sentinel LDK

To remove Hardlock Device driver from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Hardlock Device Driver for Windows NT or Sentinel LDK in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if hardlock.sys (Hardlock Device driver) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Hardlock Device driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Hardlock Device driver or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or hardlock.sys is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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