I've turned off DEP, what are the risks?

  Frosty120 11:46 12 Apr 06
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I had a problem with DEP closing Explorer, I looked in the forum and it seems that people are having the same problem, usually when opening folders containing videos. The folders I was having problems with contained videos.
Norton Internet Security has not picked up any viruses or threats, and most of the files are orignal files created with a Sony DV camera, so there's no way they could be infected, so I'm assuming I don't have an infected file.
I turned off DEP for Explorer, and now everything seems to be running smoothly.
Have I let myself in for problems by turning DEP off? I'm running NIS and adaware, so do I really need DEP?
Thanks,
Matt

  BurrWalnut 15:42 12 Apr 06

Unless you have the very latest hardware, most systems don't need DEP.

Incidentally, you should get a little better performance by turning it off.

  Frosty120 16:19 12 Apr 06

Great stuff, thanks.

  Audeal 18:58 12 Apr 06

What is DEP ?

  gudgulf 21:29 12 Apr 06

I've been running with DEP disabled completely on my P4 based pc for over 12 months and haven't noticed its loss.

  ade.h 21:41 12 Apr 06

Data Execution Prevention. It prevents executable data running in the CPU's buffer, especially in over-run.

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