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What is Aswhdske.sys and how to fix its BSoD

Reinstalling the Avast program is a quick way to fix this error


Facing a blue screen of death error on your Windows device can be a scary experience, especially for those who have never encountered it. In previous guides, we have talked about some BSOD errors like the 0xc00002e3, and KB5029351 Unsupported Processor errors, however in this guide we will focus on the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error.

We will review the most effective solutions available so you can immediately resolve the error. If this sounds good to you, stay with us to the end of this guide.

What is Aswhdske.sys? 

Beneath its mysterious name, Aswhdske.sys is essentially a driver file connected to the Avast antivirus program. Operating some Avast features, especially the firewall and network filtering functions, is essential.

However, Aswhdske.sys may cause the dreaded blue screens of death (BSOD) on Windows computers if it becomes corrupted or interferes with other applications or drivers. Comprehending its function and possible drawbacks enables you to troubleshoot efficiently and restore your PC to stability.

1. Run the SFC and DISM Scan

Since the Aswhdske.Damaged system files can cause Sys BSOD error. Running the SFC and DISM scans can help resolve this error. The System file checker scans for damaged files and automatically repairs them, while the Deployment image servicing and management tool scans for Windows image errors. Take the steps below to use these tools.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Input the command below and hit Enter.
    sfc /scannow
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  3. Allow the command to run, then input the command below and hit Enter.
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  4. After you finish running these commands, check if the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error has been fixed.

2. Reinstall the Avast Program

Another direct way to tackle this error is by reinstalling the Avast program. Since the Aswhdske.sys file is connected to the Avast software, reinstalling the program can help replace the damaged or corrupted files with fresh ones. Here is how to do this.

  1. Press Windows + I to open your system Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apps on the left tab, and choose installed apps on the right.
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  3. Locate the Avast program, click on the three dots on the right side of it, and choose Uninstall.
  4. Click Uninstall again in the pop-up menu to confirm.
  5. Follow every other instruction to complete the uninstallation process.
  6. Once you are done, go to the path below to remove all files related to Avast.
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Avast
  7. Locate the Avast folder, select it, and click Delete, then restart your device.
  8. Now go to the Avast official website and download the program.
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  9. Once the file is downloaded, double-click on it, and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
  10. After doing this, check to see if the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error persists.

3. Update Your Drivers

Running outdated drivers is another common cause of the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error, this is because an outdated driver will frequently clash with the Avast components leading to various issues including the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error. A simple solution in this case will be to update the driver. The steps below will guide you in this process.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input devmgmt.msc in the text field, then click OK to open Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager menu, look for any outdated driver, right-click on it, and choose Update driver.
  3. Select Search automatically for drivers.
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  4. Follow every other on-screen instruction to complete the process.

4. Uninstall Any Recent Windows Update

Aswhdske.sys BSOD errors can occasionally be fixed by uninstalling recent Windows updates since they may have conflicts or compatibility issues with Avast products. To do this, simply apply the steps below.

  1. Hold Windows + I simultaneously to open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the Windows Update tab on the left, then click Update history.
  3. Next, click the Uninstall updates option.
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  4. Look for the most recent update, and click Uninstall.
  5. After doing this, reboot your device and see if the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error has been fixed.

5. Run a Malware Scan

Sometimes, you could have this error due to a malware attack on your device. Viruses can interfere with the normal functioning of the Windows OS and cause various issues, including the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error. In cases like this, running a malware scan is the best option.

We recommend using reliable anti-virus software to scan your device as they provide a more comprehensive scan than the built-in scanner.

6. Troubleshoot Your Device in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRe)

For a safe environment to troubleshoot the Aswhdske.sys error, try booting into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). This unique boot mode can bypass several problems that hinder traditional boot-ups by giving users access to repair and diagnostic tools outside the standard Windows environment.

  1. Press and hold the power button of your computer to turn it off. Press the button again to turn it on, and once you see the Windows logo, press the power button to turn it off once again.
  2. Repeat this step twice; on the third boot-up, you should be in the Windows Recovery Environment.
  3. Next, click the Advanced options button.
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  4. Choose Troubleshoot from the list of options.
  5. Select Advanced options.
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  6. Next, select Startup Settings.
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  7. Hit F5 or number 5 to enable safe mode, then reboot your device.
  8. Remember that these steps are for situations where you cannot boot normally into your system. You do not have to follow these steps if you can boot your device normally. Just go into safe mode and follow the steps below.
  9. Launch Settings by holding Windows + I simultaneously.
  10. Navigate to the System tab, and choose Troubleshoot.
  11. Select Other troubleshooters.
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  12. Look for the Blue screen option and click Run.
  13. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

7. Perform a Clean Boot

Cleaning up the boot sequence can assist in resolving the Aswhdske.sys error by identifying any software conflicts that may be causing the BSOD. Only the essential Windows components load in a basic environment you establish by momentarily turning off non-Microsoft services and launching apps.

If the BSOD continues, you may be certain that the problem is with the core system, not incompatible software. On the other hand, if the error goes away, you can gradually re-enable services and programs to identify the troublesome program.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type msconfig in the text field, and click OK.
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  2. Go to the General tab, and uncheck the box for Load startup items.
  3. Go to the Services tab, tick the box for Hide all Microsoft services, and click the Disable all button.
  4. Now, launch Task Manager by holding Ctrl + Shift + Esc together.
  5. Finally, go to the Startup tab, and disable all the services that show Enabled.

8. Perform a System Restore

Finally, if every other step fails to resolve the error, you can try restoring your device to an earlier state where the error was not present. This step is quite useful as it takes your device to a state before the error is present. The steps below will guide you in doing this.

  1. Press the Windows button to open the Search bar, type control panel in the text field, and choose the relevant option.
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  2. From the View by option, choose Large icons, then choose Recovery.
  3. Choose Open System Restore.
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  4. Next, click the radio button for the Choose a different restore point option, then click Next.
  5. Select a restore point that goes back to before you had the error, then click Next.
  6. Select Finish to complete the process.

Final Thoughts

If you made it to the end of this guide, you should be armed with the required knowledge to easily troubleshoot the Aswhdske.sys BSOD error. If you need further clarification, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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