How To Fix Kernel Security Check Failure Error In Windows 10?

Most of the Windows users complain about getting BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) error and sometimes other similar errors that can be annoying. Are you a Windows user and encountering an error message that shows “Kernel Security Check Failure”? Then you don’t have to worry. This article will tell you the methods/ways to fix this error message of “Kernel Security Check Failure.”


What Kernel Security Check Failure Actually Is?

It is an error dialogue message that appears in Windows 10 and has recently been faced by many users. It is not a virus, but it indicates that some of the data files on your Windows may be corrupted. Do you often observe Screen of Death or BSoD? And we all know how irritating it is.


And hence, the Kernel Security Check Failure Error is the one that causes the BSoD. The meaning of the Kernel Security Check Failure is that one or several lines failed a comity or integrity check, and you have to modernise or replace it.

When your system suffers a fatal error, you get a “ blue screen” error. Also known as the Blue Screen of Death by People who use windows, it’s a relatively common issue that incontinently stops your system and forces it to reboot.

BSoD obstructs users from using Applications or Programs effectively, and also data that is stored by users is lost. There is a serious need to Fix this error message Kernel_Security_Check_Failure so that Programs can run smoothly without getting hindered.

In order to find a solution for this error, we need to find the root causes that cause this error.

Root Causes of “Kernel Security Check Failure” Error

Below are the reasons (causes) listed for it.

Reason 1: System Files Are Corrupted – Sometimes, your system files get corrupted because of uninvited guests, i.e., malwares and viruses.

Reason 2: Windows Detected Malware on your device – When scanned for threats, your system may miss some threats, and that may cause this fatal error.

Reason 3: You are using Pirated Antivirus programs – We all know that there are many third-party Anti-virus softwares available in markets that are relatively cheaper than the original versions. Hence, using them is also a threat to your system, which may cause this error.

Reason 4: Your driver is not compatible – If the drivers you are using on your PC are not updated or old, they may act up and cause the error.

Reason 5: System Memory is Outdated – It is quite a possibility that the error you are getting ( Kernel_Security_Check_Failure) may be caused because your system memory is outdated.

How Can We Fix Kernel Security Check Failure BSOD In Windows 10?

Though no one can predict this error, it’s not like we can’t get rid of this. There are some of the solutions we gathered so that the Kernel Security Check Failure error can be resolved. Here are the methods and steps.

Method 1: Changing The Default Graphic Processors 

Here are the steps to implement this solution.

Step 1: You have to right-click on the program/application that is affected and is causing the Kernel Security Check Failure error.

Step 2: You will see “Run Over Graphics Processor ” there. Hover your cursor over it.

Step 3:  Select “Default Graphics Processor”

Step 4: Now, Step 3 will open the NVIDIA  Control Panel, and at the right side of the screen, the application that is affecting and causing the error will be already selected.

Step 5: Select the graphic processor that is preferred for you in the dropdown menu.

Step 6: Now, you have to select “High-performance NVIDIA processor” in the DropDown Menu.

Step 7: Reboot your system to see if the error is resolved and your application is working without causing the Kernel Security Check Failure error.

Method 2: Updating Your System 

To update your system to its latest version, follow these steps:

Step 1: On your Keyboard, Click the Windows key and I simultaneously.

Step 2: Now, Click on the Update and Security Option on the screen. Here you can see whether your device is up to date or not.

Step 3: Now select the Check for updates button on the default Windows update Tab.

Step 4: Install the updates and restart the windows. If any optional updates show on screen, install and check if the problem of Kernel Security Check Failure error still shows.

If the error still shows, check the method listed below.

Method 3: Updating NVIDIA GPU driver Softwares

Sometimes it happens that your NVIDIA GPU drivers are outdated or facing issues installing new or latest updates. This can cause the Kernel Security Check Failure error.

Therefore, to update your NVIDIA GPU driver softwares follow the below steps.

Step 1: Click Windows key and R on your keyboard.

Step 2: A Run tab will open. Now, type this command —> “devmgmt.msc”

Step 3: You can see your NVIDIA graphic card on the screen. Right-click on it and select the option button“Properties”.

Step 4: After selecting Properties, go to the” driver” section, click on Update Driver.

Now, it will automatically look for updating drivers.

If you get any queries related to it, you can visit or contact the customer support by NVIDIA.

By updating the Drivers, your problem of the Kernel Security Check Failure error must be resolved.

Method 4: Switching To An Older Version Of NVIDIA GPU

It may happen that some devices are not compatible with the latest versions of the drivers, so they may act up during updates and can cause an error. It is always better to roll back to an older version of the driver because according to the system’s compatibility, if the driver is selected, the system runs smooth and its durability increases.

Here are the steps for it.

Step 1: Launch the WinX Menu by right-clicking on the Start Button.

Step 2: You will see your NVIDIA GPU on the screen. Right-click on your NVIDIA GPU and select the “Properties” button.

Step 3: Go to the driver. Now that you’re on the driver, click on Rollback to the old version. And click on “OK”.

If there are any instructions that you have to follow on your screen, complete the procedure and Reboot your Windows System.

Your error Kernel Security Check Failure must have been resolved.

Method 5: Deleting/Removing The sniffer.exe File

The sniffer.exe file is generally located in C:\Program Files. Many people who use Windows and were facing the issue of the Kernel Security Check Failure error say that this issue was resolved when they removed the sniffer.exe file from their System.

Sometimes, the Sniffer.exe file becomes a major issue while opening the Adobe Photoshop app. To remove the sniffer.exe file from the system, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Firstly, you have to locate where your Adobe Photoshop directory is located. This sniffer.exe file is located in it.

Step 2: Press Windows Button and E button on your keyboard at the same time.

Step 3: Locate the following navigation directory written below.

(C:\Program Files\Adobe Photoshop CC)

Step 4: Search for a file that has (.exe) extension. It may be present as sniffer_gpu.exe or just exe.

Step 5: Remove the extension from your system and restart the Windows PC. Your problem with the Kernel Security Check Failure error will be resolved.

If none of the Methods listed above work, Go to Nvidia customer support. Email them your queries and they will come up to you regarding your issue.


In this article, we have covered the meaning, root causes and methods to solve the Kernel Security Check Failure error BSoD message that shows. I hope that the methods that are listed here help to solve your issue.

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