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Quick question about Avira AV


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#1 barnaclebill

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:09 PM

Hello,

I installed Avira Free about three weeks ago and all the scans say no virus and I don't think the computer is infected but all the scans have this note in the report:

Starting the file scan:

Begin scan in 'C:\'
Begin scan in 'D:\' <Data>
D:\pagefile.sys
[WARNING] The file could not be opened!
[NOTE] This file is a Windows system file.
[NOTE] This file cannot be opened for scanning.


End of the scan: Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:21
Used time: 13:23 Minute(s)

The scan has been done completely.


I have the hard drive set up with two partitions, c: operating system XP Pro, and programs. D:Data. My Documents.

My question is, is this something I should be concerned about?

Thanks.

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#2 Romeo29

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:35 PM

Pagefile.sys is a Windows system file. It is used for virtual memory requirements. When Windows has used all of your RAM, it starts using this file as if its RAM though this degrades the performance because read/write to hard disk is slow. Because of this, this file is kept locked, it cannot be opened, edited, deleted by any 3rd party program other than Windows kernel itself.

One other file is hiberfil.sys which is used to dump contents of RAM when you hibernate the Windows. It is also kept locked.

In short, you don't have to worry.
Avira is one of the best free anti-virus products.

#3 barnaclebill

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:57 PM

Thank you for the fast reply to my question Romeo29.

I am really glad I found this site, I am learning a lot.




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