How to eliminate secdrv driver problemsThe secdrv.sys (Macrovision SECURITY 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 secdrv.sys process is also known as Macrovision SECURITY Driver and is a part of Macrovision SECURITY Driver or, as the case may be, Security Windows NT. This software is produced by Macrovision Corporation, Macrovision Europe Limited, and Macrovision Japan and Asia K.K (www.macrovision.com). An obsolete or defective version of secdrv.sys can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Macrovision SECURITY driver has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Macrovision SECURITY driver has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- secdrv.sys has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module secdrv.sys. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about secdrv.sys Macrovision SECURITY driver
secdrv.sys is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Secdrv.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 20,480 bytes (66% of all these files), 11,376 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. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The secdrv file is not part of the Windows operating system. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. It has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. secdrv.sys appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 20% 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 secdrv.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 secdrv?
|part of SafeDisc CD protection scheme (some games use it) |
|It get's loaded with win/xp not dangerous |
|SafeDisk Driver (used by games to authenticate CD) |
|it's a SafeDisc disc protection file |
|Appeared with the installation of NHL 2004 |
Summary: 22 users judge secdrv.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 25 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 25 users have already deleted secdrv.sys. source: file.net
How to uninstall Macrovision SECURITY Driver or Security Windows NT
To remove Macrovision SECURITY driver from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Macrovision SECURITY Driver or Security Windows NT in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if secdrv.sys (Macrovision SECURITY 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 Macrovision SECURITY driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Macrovision SECURITY 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 secdrv.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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