How to eliminate snapman driver problemsThe snapman.sys (Acronis Snapshot API) 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 snapman.sys process is also known as Acronis Snapshot API or, as the case may be, Apricorn Snapshot API and is a part of Acronis Snapshots Manager or, as the case may be, Seagate DiscWizard. This software is produced by Acronis (www.acronis.com) or, as the case may be, Apricorn. An obsolete or defective version of snapman.sys can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Acronis Snapshot API has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Acronis Snapshot API 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)
- snapman.sys has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module snapman.sys. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about snapman.sys Acronis Snapshot API
snapman.sys is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file snapman.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 132,224 bytes (27% of all these files), 120,688 bytes as well as 7 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 have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. snapman.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, 24% 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 snapman.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 snapman?
|Dont remove/delete this file, Windows will NOT boot up |
|For Acronis Software If you remove it Windows will fail to load |
|it tends to slow computers down. its also dam near imposible to get rid of. |
|snapman.sys is a kernel mode driver with start type 1 (loaded by ntldr) therefore it can't be compressed, it's executed as a part of windows kernel so it does not create any visible process just as most of the other kernel-mode drivers. |
|Snapman.sys is a file used by Acronis Partitioning software to provide the ability to recover damaged boot partitions during a DOS based recovery attempt. Removing these files will result in a damaged boot partition (Master Boot Record), and thus inability of the computer to start/boot into the OS. (further information...) |
Summary: 6 users judge snapman.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Acronis Snapshots Manager or Seagate DiscWizard
To remove Acronis Snapshot API 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 Acronis Snapshots Manager or Seagate DiscWizard in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if snapman.sys (Acronis Snapshot API) 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 Acronis Snapshot API. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Acronis Snapshot API 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 snapman.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.