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A driver has overrun a stack-based buffer. ...

STOP: 0x000000F7

 
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The stack memory was corrupted by a device driver, likely due to attempt by malicious software to gain control of the system.

Some older versions of Windows may show the description as "DRIVER_OVERRAN_STACK_BUFFER".

This is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is likely lost.

 
   
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A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

A driver has overrun a stack-based buffer. This overrun could potentially allow a malicious
user to gain control of this machine.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x000000F7

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.

Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further
assistance.

 
 
Text may appear differently depending on where the error occurs.
Additional technical information (hex values) specific to a machine are not shown.
 
   
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  A driver has overrun a stack-based buffer. This overrun could potentially allow a malicious
user to gain control of this machine. 


Stop Code
  0x000000F7 

Type
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  XP, Vista, 2008, 7, 8

Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation
 
   
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Uninstall the Last Install
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If you can get the system up for more than a few minutes or can use safe mode, try removing the last installed software application or driver.

For removal of an application (Windows 8+)

  1. Press the Windows Key and X together, then  Control Panel, then Programs and Features.
  2. Select the software to uninstall and select Uninstall.

 For removal of an application (Windows 7 & Vista):

  1. Click on Start, Control Panel, then Programs and Features.
  2. Select the software to uninstall and select Uninstall.

For removal of an application (Windows XP):

  1. Click on Start, Control Panel, then Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Select the software to uninstall and select Remove.

To disable a driver:

  1. Bring up the system information dialog:

    On the keyboard, press the Windows key + Pause/Break.

       or

    Select Start, right click Computer and on the drop-down, select Properties.

  2. Click on the left side option Advanced system settings (7/Vista only).
  3. In System Properties, select the Hardware tab, then click on Device Manager button.
  4. Find the hardware/driver of interest (you may need to expand a choice at the "plus" graphic) and double click the choice.
  5. Select the Driver tab. Here you can perform a number of actions such as update the driver, roll Back the driver to an older version, disable or uninstall the driver.
  6. Click OK to exit, then close the Device Manager and other previously opened dialogs.
 
   
 
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Remove Viruses and Malware
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Using an Anti-Virus product with the latest pattern files, scan the system for viruses and malware. Often this is called a deep-scan where it looks at every file in the system.

Several software products that handle the detection and removal of Viruses and Malware include Avanquest's Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other commonly available Anti-virus products are available from Computer Associates, F-Secure, Kaspersky Labs, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro and others.

 
   
 
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Get the Latest Drivers
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Check if you are using the latest hardware drivers, especially the chipset and video drivers. Older drivers are a common contributor to BSoD issues.

You can use a product like Driver Genius or Radar Sync to verify you have the latest drivers and help keep all your drivers up-to-date. If you're comfortable with driver installations, you can individually find and install current drivers.

A some of the most popular driver download sites:

 
   
 
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A driver has overrun a stack-based buffer.

After the Stop code will be 4 hex values: {Parameter 1, Parameter 2, Parameter 3, Parameter 4}.

Parameter 1 specifies the actual security check cookie from the stack.

Parameter 2 specifies the expected security check cookie.

Parameter 3 specifies the bit-complement of the expected security check cookie.

Parameter 4 is set to 0.

(For software developers: MSDN reference)

 
   
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