Posts Tagged ‘digital signature’

How to Verify that System Drivers are Digitally Signed

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

This is a useful trick both for security’s sake and for making sure that unnecessary drivers are not being loaded every time you start up your PC.

Device drivers are important files as they allow you and the operating system to interact with hardware connected to the system. Drivers, just like executable files, can be digitally signed to improve their verifiability. Manufacturers can submit drivers to Microsoft to get them signed. While many do so, some don’t do this for all drivers they release. It is common for instance that beta drivers are not digitally signed.