PAGEFILE.SYS Viruses In Windows

by vitalbodies on July 1st, 2008

PAGEFILE.SYS Viruses In Windows

In Ubuntu, we do not have to worry about viruses. This article was written to help anyone still in Windows to stay a bit more virus free…

Documents are not the only thing that can have a virus...

Documents are not the only thing that can have a virus…

PAGEILE.SYS Is Also Called The Swap File:

The pagefile.sys file is a huge file that is often referred to as the swap file.
When Windows runs out of RAM (Random Access Memory) it uses the Pagefile.sys file to swap data in and out of RAM.
This is VERY common if you multi-task or edit photos, do 3D etc.
Usually, if nothing is happening on your computer (if you just booted up for example) there are still at least 40-70+ processes running…
Because the page file is a system file it is protected by Windows.
This means that you can not delete it or change it while it is in use.
If the file becomes infected by a virus the anti-virus programs can not scan it either thus a virus can be in the swap file for quite some time.

REMOVE THE SWAP FILE:

Every now and then, go into here

CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM > ADVANCED > PERFORMANCE > ADVANCED > VIRTUAL MEMORY > CHANGE > and click NO PAGE FILE > SET > OK > OK to turn off the page/swap file.

Reboot.

Check the root of your boot drive (usually C) and if you find the file delete it.

NOTE: You will most likely have to change in MY COMPUTER your TOOLS > FOLDER OPTIONS > VIEW settings so you can see the pagefile.sys file.

Uncheck HIDE PROTECTED OPERATING SYSTEM FILES > OK.

Delete pagefile.sys.

Re-check HIDE PROTECTED OPERATING SYSTEM FILES > OK.

Empty the recycle bin.

This will remove any viruses in the pagefile.sys file.

RE-CREATE THE SWAP FILE:

Go back into the CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM > ADVANCED > PERFORMANCE > ADVANCED > VIRTUAL MEMORY > CHANGE > and click “System Managed” SET > OK > OK to turn the pagefile.sys back on again…

You have now removed any potential viruses hiding there and made a new swap file.

Worked for VitalBodies and an number of others, but use at your own risk like all computer advice.

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