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How to eliminate symids driver problems

The symids.sys (IDS Filter 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 symids.sys process is also known as IDS Filter Driver and is a part of Symantec Security Drivers or, as the case may be, Symantec Network Filter Driver. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of symids.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 symids.sys IDS Filter driver

symids.sys is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file symids.sys is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32\drivers (often C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 33,072 bytes (71% of all these files), 34,736 bytes or, as the case may be, 34,608 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 symids.sys process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. symids.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.

A symids.sys file has a 5% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. In this case, the file size is usually 40,120 bytes (50% of all these files), 38,576 bytes or, as the case may be, 31,624 bytes. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. This process 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 producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. The symids file is not part of the Windows operating system. symids.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.

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 symids.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 symids?

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Georg
After my last weekly update to symantec, I had to reboot the system. After that I tried to get on the internet. After connecting it gets this error every time.
Michael Paxton

Summary: One user judges symids.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall Symantec Security Drivers or Symantec Network Filter Driver

symids.sys IDS Filter driver fix

To remove IDS Filter 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 Symantec Security Drivers or Symantec Network Filter Driver in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if symids.sys (IDS Filter 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 IDS Filter driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for IDS Filter 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 symids.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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