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How to eliminate symsnap driver problems

The symsnap.sys (StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot) 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 symsnap.sys process is also known as StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot and is a part of StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot Development Edition. This software is produced by StorageCraft (www.storagecraft.com). An obsolete or defective version of symsnap.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 symsnap.sys StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot

symsnap.sys is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file symsnap.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 136,416 bytes (50% of all these files), 138,592 bytes, 144,960 bytes, 131,808 bytes or, as the case may be, 137,952 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 symsnap.sys process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The symsnap file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. The symsnap file is not part of the Windows operating system. symsnap.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, 15% 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 symsnap.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 symsnap?

Not sure if it's the original or a malware in disquise, but it caused a bsod in reaction to connection of some USB hdd (not all) might be that it didn't the letter Z for the drive.
Symantec Norton Ghost (further information...)
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Les Meyers

Summary: One user judges symsnap.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 StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot Development Edition

symsnap.sys StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot fix

To remove StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot 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 StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot Development Edition in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if symsnap.sys (StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot) 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 StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for StorageCraft Volume Snap-Shot 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 symsnap.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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