One of our readers Sandip submitted a problem saying:
On my computer one error is giving that "Data Execution Prevention Error", "Windows Explorer" error is giving repeatedly.
On Exploring the options which are provided by the Windows I could find out the way in which this problem can be fixed. But before the fix, lets talk why this problem is coming.
Data Execution Prevention or DEP is a method by which the execution of suspicious softwares is prevented at the hardware level. This is done to make the computer secure against Virus Attacks. Some softwares which are not made according to DEP get errors. Lets see how we can prevent.
To fix Data Execution Prevention Error, you need to know which application is getting DEP error. For example if I get a Data Execution Prevention Error on running XYZ.exe software, then I need to add this XYZ.exe software to Data Execution Prevention Exception list. This is a list of applications which will not be stopped or suppressed by DEP feature.
Make sure that the application you are adding is trust worth and does not contain a virus. To add the application to DEP list:
1. Right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced Properties.
2. Go to Advanced Properties > Performance >Data Execution Prevention tab.
3. On Data Execution Prevention tab you can see the first option Selected to “Turn on DEP for Essential windows Programs and Services only. Set is to the second option, press Add button as highlighted in the image below , and add the programs that give you DEP error. Be sure that you trust the programs you are adding to this list.
4. Press Apply and OK
This is it, now restart your computer and Data Execution Prevention Error will be fixed for the added applications.