ProcessGuard and DEP Always ON option

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Mele20, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. Mele20

    Mele20 Former Poster

    Apr 29, 2002
    Hilo, Hawaii
    I currently have Hardware DEP set to Opt Out. I thought this was the best setting but I listened to Steve Gibson's latest podcast, DEP in Depth, last night and he states that Always On is much stronger than the Opt Out option which is second in strength. Process Explorer shows DEP ON for all applications except ProcessGuard's GUI. I have not opted PG's GUI out but it has opted itself out I suppose...I don't really know why it is not protected by DEP since I have not opted it out.

    If I were to set the boot.ini to Always On (as per Microsoft's instructions) for DEP I think that would mean that I would not be able to see PG's GUI. PG would be running but the GUI wouldn't be present. I have only one other application that currently I have to opt out from hardware DEP and I don't use it often and have another similar application I could use instead. So, PG is my one problem (beside possible ones arising from no shims when using Always On) in going to the strongest DEP setting of Always On.

    Anyone here with PG and Hardware DEP set to Opt Out? Does Process Explorer show PG GUI as on or off for DEP? Anyone with Hardware DEP set to Always On who also runs PG? Can you see the GUI?

    Steve Gibson is coming out with a tool (DEPuty) soon to enable quick creation of multiple boot.ini files so one can test to see if running as Always ON is feasible and can then, if needed, put pressure on the vendors who have applications that need fixing to be compatible with the Always ON setting (such as Gadwin Print Screen...latest version has to be excluded from DEP but earlier version doesn't so I use the earlier version). Of course, there is no vendor to ask about improving DEP compatibility in regards to ProcessGuard. Since I have PG, I probably don't need Hardware DEP always On and Opt Out is sufficient but even so, I'd like to be able to use Always On.
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