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"Application is trying to read and modify physical memory." I get this
message from time to time. Anyone know what it means?

Thanks in advance.

Rupe.

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Does it tie the message "Application is trying to read and modify physical
memory." to a
process ?

Do you have a log snippet ?

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Re: AVG: Application is trying to read and modify physical memory

On Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:23:23 -0400, "David H. Lipman"

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Yes. avgmfapx.exe


Sorry no. I'm not the sharpest tool on the box!

Rupe.

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Can you provide a screen cap of the message?

There are indications that ZoneAlarm produces a very similar message,
and it may be just a misinterpretation of events caused by WGA clearing
memory for update installation via BITS.

Are you running ZoneAlarm?

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On Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:25:40 -0400, FromTheRafters

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I am running ZoneAlarm.

Rupe.

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ZoneAlarm may be flagging the AVG Update Processor, avgmfapx.exe.
Example:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgmfapx.exe
    or
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG10\avgmfapx.exe

I don't see anything to be alarmed at IFF 'avgmfapx.exe' is coming from a folder
such as
listed above.



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Re: AVG: Application is trying to read and modify physical memory

On Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:38:04 -0400, "David H. Lipman"

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Thanks.

Rupe.

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Zone Alarm IS a problem. It always has been.

I highly recommend this free suite. I have not used /it/, but I
have been using the free version of Agnitum Outpost Firewall
from 2002 since then, and it is /excellent/.

http://free.agnitum.com /

ESET NOD32 (which I use) is probably a better AV program, but my
experience with the Agnitum firewall is excellent. And given the
complexity and difficulty of rating AV programs (what's better,
lots of false positives or not missing a thing?, etc.), its AV
component is probably quite decent as well. And you don't have
to use it, it can probably be disabled and you can use whatever
you have/like (AVG, it seems).

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I recommend just using the stock OS FireWall and using a FireWall appliance or
NAT Router
with a FireWall on the LAN/WAN interface.

Too much "noise" generated by software FireWall apps. as well as the extra
overhead the
consume on the OS.

The only time, in my POV, to use an application FireWall is on a notebook that
travels to
many LANs and WANs.

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Just curious, what do you mean by "noise"? The logs of all the
connection/intrusion attempts, or what? My Agnitum FW behaves
perfectly, never asks me dumb questions, it permits what I
allowed  and does not permit anything else to connect with the
net, nor anything to enter unless it's 'within' the app I am
using. I don't even know it's there. I have seen other firewalls
asking every 30 seconds if something is or is not to be
permitted on other people's machines, and admittedly, that would
drive me insane - and I believe Zone Alarm does that out of the
box. Most people are too lazy to configure their FW properly.

AFA the overhead, with most people running modern systems with 2
if not 6 or 8 GB of RAM I don't really see it as a concern.

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I know nothing about notebooks except that using their
"keyboards" would quickly remove whatever sanity I may still
possess. And since all the included pointing devices are
unacceptable, I'd have to carry around a small mouse. Thanks but
no thanks. (I know this is off-topic, sorry.)

I wonder if iPads (etc.) will take over the laptop/netbook
market for the "average" user.

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Noise as in Pop-Ups and and other alerts for basically nothing.

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6 ~ 8 GB means 64bit OS and thus there is even MORE overhaed by the OS and thus
it really
isn't as much as you think.

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I have never gotten one of those. If I install a new internet
app it is only after getting "unable to connect" (from the app)
several times that I remember that I forgot to add it to the
"permitted"  list.

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Well, maybe. While everything is faster and "better", I ran
Agnitum and ESET NOD32 on 98SEL with 256 MB of RAM and ha NO
problems - I always had about 50-100MB free.

So even though the new Outpost suite (and the like) undoubtedly
takes well over 100MB of RAM, I can't see it causing anyone any
problems.

From what I have seen, it all gets bloated, mainly the
manufacturers' pockets, but the perceptible speed and overall
user experience remain about the same.

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Yeah well you just contradicted yourself, dickted, by first saying you
recommend the stock OS firewall, which I assume you mean what comes
bundled with Windows XP or 7, and then you say an application firewall
generates too much "noise".

So essentially you are saying that the difference between the built in
Windows firewall and a commercial third party firewall is that the
latter has "noise" while the former does not.

If we believe you.

Gee thanks for that information, Microsoft shill.

RL

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It's not really the contradiction that you think it is.

A personal firewall application that runs on the machine that it hopes
to protect is unneeded. If you're going to have one anyway, why not use
the one that came with the OS that also protects the startup axis.

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That's a good point.

The application firewall is like a dog that barks at every little noise
to alert his master to the dangers around him. Unfortunately, it's as
likely to sleep right through a real intruder's activity. It gives the
user the warm fuzzy feeling (nice doggy) but users should expect more
than just a false sense of security.

A *real* firewall sits between the system(s) it protects and the entity
it protects it/them from.

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It's back.  Tsk, tsk...

Your analagy to the barking dog is spot on.
If the dog barks at an actual intruder, the dog is doing its job.

However if you live on a busy street and the bog barks at any noise and anyone
walking by,
the barking just becomes noise.

That's what I think about FireWall applications.  They bark at tha slightest
provcation
warranted and mostly unwarranted.  However if one is on Temporary Duty/Travel
with
important data then the added FireWall application may be needed.  You'll note
Active
Directory Group Policy (AD GPO) best practice is to disable the Windows FireWall
when the
node is on the LAN connected to a Domain Controller but enable the FireWall when
the node
is off-LAN using cached credentials.


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Re: AVG: Application is trying to read and modify physical memory

On Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:29:02 +0100, Rupert wrote:

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Which causes so many problems for so many people, and is capable of killing
your internet connection.

Get rid of it, you won't regret it.

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