Kernel Security Check failure Error : Windows 10 Fix

If your machine is crashing to a blue screen of death and displaying the error Kernel Security Check failure then this is the article for you as I will show you how you can easily resolve this issue.

Kernel Security Check failureWindows 10

This blue screen of death will randomly appear when you are working on your windows 10 machine and can be very frustrating as it might cause you to lose unsaved work.

What Is Stop Code Kernel Security Check Failure?

The Kernel Security Check failure error is a system error that occurs on your machine and will result in your machine crashing to a blue screen of death.  Your machine will crash to this screen because it is in a state where it does not know what to do.

If you had any unsaved documents at the time of the crash you will most likely lose that data.

What Causes The Kernel Security Check Failure?

The Kernel Security Check failure error usually occurs because there is some sort of issue with one of your device drivers (Usually because they are corrupted or out of date)  The most likely causes for this error include

  • Issue with device driver
  • Viruses
  • Corrupted Windows system files
  • Hardware failure

How To Fix Kernel Security Check failure Error

To fix the kernel security check failure error follow these steps

1 : Update Device Drivers

The first thing we are going to do to is upgrade the device drivers. The driver has most likely become corrupt or has a bug which is causes the crashes. To update your device drivers follow these steps.

  1. Open up device manager (Click start, type in “Device Manager” and hit enter) Now expand the driver that is causing the issues (Below I am using the network adaptor as the example.)
  2. Right click on the device and select properties, then click on the driver tab and note down the driver date and version.  (We can see below the version is 3.0.2.201)
    device manager
  3. Now search on the internet for an updated driver. We are looking for a driver newer than 26/03/2016 or 3.0.2.201. Download that driver and save it to your machine.
  4. Now head back to device manager and right click on the device and select update driver, Follow the prompts to update.
    update driver
  5. Restart your machine after the driver has been updated. Monitor if your machine still has the issue. If your machine still has the System Service Exception error try the next fix.
  6. I recommend you start by updating the following three drivers, if you are still experiencing crashes after you can try to upgrade other drivers in your system.
  • Display
  • Network
  • Wifi

2 : Re-Install Device Driver

  1. The issue could be caused by a corrupt device driver. We are going to uninstall and reinstall the driver which should resolve this issue.
  2. Open up device manager (Click start, type in “Device Manager” and hit enter) Now expand the driver that is causing the issues, right click on the device and select “Uninstall Device”uninstall driver
  3. When the driver has been uninstalled reboot your machine.  This will completely remove the driver from your system.
  4. The driver should auto install when windows 10 has restarted.  Go back in to device manager and right click on the device and select update driver, Follow the prompts to update.

3 : Fix File Corruption On Your Machine

It is possible that either a device driver or a windows 10 operating system file has become corrupt and is causing the Kernel Security Check failure crashes when that file writes data to system memory.

To check your hard drive for errors do the following

  1. Click Start, type “CMD” then right click on CMD and select run as administrator
  2. In the black windows that pops up type in “CHKDSK /f /r”
  3. The scan with either run or you will be prompted to type y then restart your machine
  4. When the scan is finished restart your machine

check disk for errors

Again monitor your system and continue to the next fix if needed.

4 : Scan System For Viruses

Virus’s are also known to cause the Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen error in Windows 10. Make sure your anti virus is up to date and perform a full scan of your system.

If you don’t have any anti-virus installed download and install AVG Anti Virus, they have a free virus scanner which is really good (I use it all the time)

You can also perform an online virus scan by visiting this link, The website will scan your local machine and will remove any viruses you might have.

5 : Install Windows Updates

Microsoft release windows updates once a month (Second Tuesday of the month) make sure you are installing these updates as soon as they are released.  It is possible that microsoft have released a fix for the issue you are getting.  To install the latest Microsoft updates follow these steps.

  • Click on your start menu then click Settings
  • Now click on Update & Security

  • Next click on Windows Updates and then click Check for updates
  • The latest windows updates will now get downloaded and will automatically be installed.
  • Reboot your machine

If you are still experiencing the system crashes proceed to the next step.

6 : Install Windows Feature Updates

Separate from windows update Microsoft also release windows feature updates, it is always a good idea to update to the latest version which includes the latest fixes for your operating system.  To install the latest windows feature update follow these steps.

  • At the windows 10 desktop
  • Click start and click settings (Cog Icon)
    windows 10 settings
  • Click on update & Security
    update and security
  • Half way down the screen it should say “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909” click on Download and install now
    latest windows 10 feature release 1909
  • Your machine will now download the feature update, expect this to take around 5 minutes.
  • Once the download has completed it will start to install on your system.
  • When the install has finished the status should change to Pending Restart, at this time click restart now

7 : Reseat Memory Modules

It is possible that one of your memory modules is not in the slot correctly. Taking the memory module out then place back in will resolve this. To reseat your memory module do the following

  1. Make sure your computer is turned off
  2. Remove the power cable from your computer
  3. If you are using a laptop remove the battery
  4. Locate where your memory modules are (You might need to look in your computers manual)
  5. Remove one memory module at a time and replace the memory module back in the same slot
    reseat memory modules
  6. Connect battery + power
  7. Turn your machine back on

8 : Run Memory Diagnostics Tool

Now the memory has been reseated we need to test if there are any issues writting to memory. To do this we can run a tool built in to windows 10. To run this tool do the following

  1. Left click on the start menu
  2. Type in Windows Memory Diagnostic
  3. Launch the program
  4. Click on Restart now and check for problems
    windows memory diagnostic
  5. Your computer will now restart and automatically start a scan on your machine
  6. If the tool runs and does not find any issues then skip to the next step
  7. If the scan does find an issue it is recommended to replace the memory in your machine

9 : Disconnect External Hardware

Do you have any external devices connected to your machine?

It is possible that one of these devices has become faulty and is causing the crashes.  I recommend to disconnect all devices and monitor your system for crashes.

If your machine stops crashing you know it is an external device.  External devices can include

  • USB Mouse + Keyboard
  • Externally connected storage
  • Printers
  • Scanners

10 : Kernel Security Check Failure After RAM Upgrade

If you have just upgraded your RAM and the Kernel Security Check Failure blue screens started there are a few things we can do to try to resolve this.

  1. First remove the extra RAM that you installed
  2. Now download and install a BIOS upgrade for your system
  3. Re-install the RAM upgrade
  4. If the crashes are still happening are all the RAM modules the same in your machine? If you have different types of RAM in your machine this can cause issues.
  5. Remove all RAM modules from your machine and only install the new RAM module.  If the crashes still happen it is possible that the new RAM is faulty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the frequently asked questions about this system crash

Is kernel security check failure a virus?

No kernel security check failure is not a virus, the most likely cause for this crash is Issue with device driver, Virus, Corrupted Windows system files, Hardware failure. So whilst a virus can cause this issue kernel security check failure itself is not a virus

What is a kernel failure?

A kernel failure is when your windows machine crashes to a blue screen of death. It crashes to this screen because it has just suffered from a fatal error and has crashed to prevent damage to the operating system.

How do I stop kernel security check failure?

To stop the kernel security check failure system, crashes you should start by upgrading your device drivers to the latest versions, then run windows updates and also scan your machine for viruses and corrupt files.

How to resolve pubg kernel security check failure?

To resolve the pubg kernel security check failure system, crashes you should start by upgrading your device drivers to the latest versions, then run windows updates and also scan your machine for viruses and corrupt files. Source

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