Windows® 7 Data Execution Prevention
Role and benefits of Windows 7 Data Execution Prevention
The Windows 7 is the latest version of Windows Operating System from the Microsoft and is also based on the Windows NT platform that is common for all Windows versions. The Windows 7 OS is equipped with the latest security options for ensuring the safety and functionality of the system and of the critical data stored in it. Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, and Data Execution Prevention are some of the key security features included in the Windows 7 OS for delivering flawless protection for the system and data. The Data Execution Prevention or DEP featured in the Windows 7 is a security feature that monitors the activities of services and programs running in the Windows 7 system and thus, stops crucial attacks on the system by various malicious programs.
Some of the points regarding the role, benefits and ways to change settings of Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature in Windows 7 are discussed below:
- Role of DEP
- Configuring DEP
Role of DEP
The Data Execution Prevention feature in the Windows 7 plays a major role in keeping up the security and functionality of the Windows operating system. The Data Execution Prevention in Windows 7 monitors and prevents code based intrusions by restricting the execution of malicious codes through the system memory and thus, prevents the system from related issues like memory errors, Operating System corruption and system crash.
The Data Execution Prevention in the Windows 7 system is having support for both hardware and software based DEP and is having improved compatibility with various applications. As the DEP in Windows 7 supports both hardware and software based monitoring system, it is capable of extensively monitoring the codes injected by various applications in the system. Thus, it is able to block exceptional codes more efficiently. This extended support included in the Windows 7 DEP allows users to utilize this feature even on older processor types which do not support hardware based DEP.
The options to change the settings of the Data Execution Prevention in Windows 7 s can be accessed by users via advanced system settings option in the system properties menu of the Windows 7. In the advanced system settings menu, select the settings option found under the Performance tab and doing so will open up another menu called Performance options. The options to change the DEP settings in Windows 7 can be accessed by selecting the third tab in the performance options menu. Now that you have reached the DEP settings menu of Windows 7, you will be provided with two options. You can either set the DEP to monitor all programs in the system or can set it to monitor only essential system tasks and processes. You can also add exceptions to certain programs by adding them in the exception list which can be created using available options. In this case, the DEP will monitor all other programs except those in the exception list created by the users.
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