What does the spnsrvnt.exe file do?
The spnsrvnt.exe process is also known as Sentinel Protection Server for SuperPro and UltraPro network keys or, as the case may be, Sentinel Protection Installer (Version 7.2.2, 7.2.1, 7.3.0, 7.0.0) and is a part of Sentinel Protection Installer or, as the case may be, Sentinel SuperPro. This software is produced by SafeNet (www.safenet-inc.com) or, as the case may be, Rainbow Technologies (www.safenet-inc.com). An obsolete or defective version of spnsrvnt.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- spnsrvnt.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- spnsrvnt.exe 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)
- spnsrvnt.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module spnsrvnt.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about spnsrvnt.exe spnsrvnt.exe
spnsrvnt.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Spnsrvnt.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 206,400 bytes (44% of all these files), 226,592 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
It is the service "SentinelProtectionServer".
The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This spnsrvnt program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The spnsrvnt file is not part of the Windows operating system. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. For this reason, 26% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A spnsrvnt.exe file has a 87% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 159,744 bytes. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual It can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. This spnsrvnt.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The spnsrvnt file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN.
- A spnsrvnt.exe file has a 81% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 126,976 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. This spnsrvnt program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The application is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system.
- A spnsrvnt.exe file has a 58% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 155,648 bytes.
- A spnsrvnt.exe file has a 100% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 159,744 bytes.
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 spnsrvnt.exe. 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 spnsrvnt?
|Super Pro security dongle/key server. |
|Has to do with a Rainbow Technologies Hardware Key for software that requires a hardware key. Might be listening/watching for a network key as opposed to a local machine key. |
|Appears to write to the LPT port every 5 seconds |
|Part of the Rainbow Drivers or Rainbow Toolkit for their Superpro USB security device |
|It is for a software key used with Imageing software |
Summary: 22 users judge spnsrvnt.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 4 users have already deleted spnsrvnt.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Sentinel Protection Installer or Sentinel SuperPro
To remove spnsrvnt.exe 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 Sentinel Protection Installer or Sentinel SuperPro in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if spnsrvnt.exe (spnsrvnt.exe) 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 spnsrvnt.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for spnsrvnt.exe 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 spnsrvnt.exe 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.