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How to eliminate sfhlp02 driver problems

The sfhlp02.sys (StarForce Protection Helper 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 sfhlp02.sys process is also known as StarForce Protection Helper Driver or, as the case may be, FrontLine Helper Driver and is a part of StarForce Protection Helper Driver (version (Version 2.x)) or, as the case may be, StarForce Protection System. This software is produced by Protection Technology (www.star-force.com). An obsolete or defective version of sfhlp02.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 sfhlp02.sys StarForce Protection Helper driver

sfhlp02.sys is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Sfhlp02.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. The file size is 6,656 bytes.
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. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. sfhlp02.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, 40% 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 sfhlp02.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 sfhlp02?

Copy Protection rootkit installed via Sony DVD "The Cave"
Rootkit Hater
crashes vista 64
Starts at boot up and Piracy Prevention but may interfere with normal apps. (further information...)
Randy Mitchell
GameCopySchutz (kommt zB. Race Driver 3)
it is a starforce protection file that comes with a lot of cd/dvd games

Summary: However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted sfhlp02.sys. source: file.net

How to uninstall StarForce Protection Helper Driver) or StarForce Protection System

sfhlp02.sys StarForce Protection Helper driver fix

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

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for StarForce Protection Helper Driver) or StarForce Protection System in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if sfhlp02.sys (StarForce Protection Helper 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 StarForce Protection Helper driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for StarForce Protection Helper 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 sfhlp02.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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