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Windows 7: Swap File


03 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 
Swap File

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate X64, where is my swap file located as i want to clean or encrypt it???


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03 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

pagefile.sys is by default in C:\
And really you don't want to encrypt it or clear it at shutdown.
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03 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
pagefile.sys is by default in C:\
And really you don't want to encrypt it or clear it at shutdown.

Is not even advisable to clear or encrypt it if any of my passwords ever get stored on it etc???????
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03 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The pagefile is used for when you are low on RAM or swapping things out. It is already a huge overhead accessing the pagefile encrypting the pagefile will make the overhead that much bigger. Is there a reason you are concerned about this?
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03 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
The pagefile is used for when you are low on RAM or swapping things out. It is already a huge overhead accessing the pagefile encrypting the pagefile will make the overhead that much bigger. Is there a reason you are concerned about this?

In case some of my programs, browsers or other stuff passwords get stored in the swap file, say i get hacked and some ones gets my passwords etc. Do the things in the swap file get automatically cleared sooner or later or what???
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03 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmw020 View Post
In case some of my programs, browsers or other stuff passwords get stored in the swap file, say i get hacked and some ones gets my passwords etc. Do the things in the swap file get automatically cleared sooner or later or what???
If your computer is hacked and they have access to the pagefile...You already lost. They can just go to the browser and get the passwords directly.
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03 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmw020 View Post
In case some of my programs, browsers or other stuff passwords get stored in the swap file, say i get hacked and some ones gets my passwords etc. Do the things in the swap file get automatically cleared sooner or later or what???
If your computer is hacked and they have access to the pagefile...You already lost. They can just go to the browser and get the passwords directly.

Does the swap file get cleared by windows 7 sooner or later?????
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03 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmw020 View Post
Does the swap file get cleared by windows 7 sooner or later?????
It depends. It empties when something is no longer active or no longer required to be in the pagefile.
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03 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmw020 View Post
Does the swap file get cleared by windows 7 sooner or later?????
It depends. It empties when something is no longer active or no longer required to be in the pagefile.

Ok, do you know of any programs which can delete the swap file with a certain amount of passes, in case i ever decide to clean it???????

Your advice has been really appreciated.

Thumbs up. I repped you.
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04 Aug 2010   #10

windows 7
 
 

You are worrying over nothing..

While the system up and running the pagefile.sys will be locked by windows and by no means you will be able to unlock it.. So you don't need to worry as the contents of the pagefile cannot be read by a hacker while the system is up and running... The only way through get access to the page file is to boot from floppy or connect the drive as a secondary hdd in a computer...

there are some tolls available to read the contents of the pagefile if you get access to the file.. They are called as forensic tools..

And yes you can ask the windows to clear the page file for you while it is shutting down.. Have a look at this link..
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