With PG enabled may I disable DEP ?

Discussion in 'ProcessGuard' started by paperinik3, Apr 29, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. paperinik3

    paperinik3 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Posts:
    90
    Hello, I've changed my notebook and thus had to change my OS from Win2k to WinXP Pro. I am still battling with WinXP, its preposterous firewall and other ridiculous "security" measures, especially unwelcome by somebody who uses browsers not supporting ActiveX. For instance, I consider DEP a pain the neck and here comes my question. As far as I have been able to understand, DEP should defend the system in a way similar to Process Guard's measures of defense. But then, as I do trust much more in PG (I am using 3,3 beta4) than in microsoft, couldn't I simply disable DEP and trust it in the junk bin?
    I would be grateful to hear expert opinion on the matter.
     
  2. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2004
    Posts:
    10,632
    i think DEP differs from PG in its protection. DEP is more like a buffer overflow protection. see here for Microsoft's explanation of DEP

    ive never tried disabling DEP and ive never needed to, but i see nothing wrong with doing so.
     
  3. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2004
    Posts:
    2,839
    Location:
    North West, United Kingdom
    DEP does provide a different type of protection than PG and may be worth retaining, but there are enough ways of getting round it that it realistically can only act as a speed bump to knowledgeable malware writers, not a road block.
     
  4. Mele20

    Mele20 Former Poster

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2002
    Posts:
    2,495
    Location:
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Hardware DEPo_O or are you refering to the lesser software DEP?
     
  5. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2004
    Posts:
    2,839
    Location:
    North West, United Kingdom
    Both, as the linked post mentions. ;)
     
  6. paperinik3

    paperinik3 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Posts:
    90
    Thank you WSFuser and Paranoid. Mele22, I was speaking of software DEP and so (I think) is Paranoid. Paranoid, if I read you correctly, it's up to me to keep or to disable (sofware) DEP - because finally it won't make a great difference ?
     
  7. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2004
    Posts:
    2,839
    Location:
    North West, United Kingdom
    PG and similar utilities in my view provide far more security than DEP, but DEP (hardware or software) does address a different area. If you find it a problem then it is unlikely to be worth keeping but otherwise it may serve a purpose - just don't consider it as a strong defense.
     
  8. paperinik3

    paperinik3 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Posts:
    90
    Thank you Paranoid , it's quite clear.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.