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Windows 7: Can the page file be read?

30 Sep 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
There is no actual installation for the X2 editor. You just unzip stuff then add a few environment variables and change the PATH. See here: X2 Editor General Information

Curious, why do you want to look at pagefile.sys?
Yup, that's it just curious. That stuff is all foreign to me and it look like it was made in 98/XP days.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Lol, Gary, blue text in the article if you mean Thumbnail Database Viewer

System utilities, password recovery and network tools, miscellaneous software with source code

Think you answered your own question

A Guy
Thanks Bill call me slow.


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30 Sep 2012   #12

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Nothing to really see, all you will get is what appears to random data on one side, series of hexadecimal numbers on the other. Opening any binary file would get you the same results.
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30 Sep 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm still wondering then why some security experts recommend either deleting it or encrypting it if indeed it can't be read to gain any personal info or account numbers, etc? I have always read that the pagefile contains all this personal data.
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30 Sep 2012   #14

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

I did not say it could not be read. It requires experience to be able to fully understand what one is seeing with a hex editor. In reality, if an attack can read a pagefile then they can read everything else on the system. Its really not that big of a deal to get all paranoid about it. Reading the pagefile is not something that is easy. Physical access to the computer would be required in most cases.
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30 Sep 2012   #15

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Once the Virus Fox gets in the Windows 7 Chicken House and is sniffing around for Page File Chicks it's to late. It's time to break out the big Anti Gun, loading it with updates and shoot the Virus Fox.
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30 Sep 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I guess I was misunderstood. I'm not paranoid about the pagefile, just curious about what data it really contains to see if it is worth the extra boot times to overwrite it.

Oh yeah, I have a few Anti guns for Virus Fox. My henhouse has no chicks anymore though, just an old bird.
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30 Sep 2012   #17

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

It can contain whatever your memory (RAM) can contain...
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01 Oct 2012   #18

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

All this discussion is besides the point. If your computer is stolen then there might be information in the pagefile of use to a criminal. The software that LEA's use to get at this information is often pirated and so it might be wise to take precautions - just as it is with ANY personal data - don't leave it lying around to be pilfered. Theft is not going to happen? Nice philosophy for life but hardly prudent.

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01 Oct 2012   #19
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't think it is besides the point at all. It's just a matter of my own curiosity. My computer is a 50 pound desktop so I'm not leaving it laying around.
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01 Oct 2012   #20

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Furthermore, if your laptop is stolen do you honestly think someone would care enough to pull fragments of your personal information that may or may not be contained in the pagefile when they now have unrestricted access to your personal information stored on the computer in full. Or passwords stored in the browsers log in cache. Why would they bother with the pagefile? (BTW, encryption keys are already protected from being paged out in the first place, they will not be contained in the pagefile.)
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