An access violation is also named a segmentation fault or segfault for short, segmentation is a method for memory management and protection of the Windows operating system. The access violation error is a specific error that occurs during the operation of a program on your system this error happens when a program tries to use a memory location that it is not allowed to access, tries to use memory in a way that is not allowed or if too much memory is being used.
When a specific program tries to access the invalid memory you will receive an error on your screen that says STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION.
Listed below are three reasons that can cause an access violation and how to fix them.
The first reason that can cause an access violation is if the program has become corrupt program tries to use the invalid memory location causing the violation. This can happen when harmful Malware has got into your system and has corrupted the program causing an access violation error.
To fix a corrupt program you will need to run a registry scanner to remove the harmful Adware or Spyware that has infected your system. In most cases this will fix the corrupted program but if you still get an access violation message after running the registry cleaner the program may be damaged beyond repair and needs to be uninstalled and reinstalled back on your system to start the violation.
It is really important to run a registry cleaner often to help stop corruption of other programs and also get rid of harmful Malware that can damage vital system files, this will also help the performance of your system by speeding it up.
The second reason that can cause an access violation is when you install an update from Microsoft or use the Windows update program that automatically updates for you. When this happens the system me become unresponsive and make it crash this happens when a memory leak takes place when Windows update tries to install the update using the Windows installer. To fix this you will need to restart your computer and try and installing the update again.
The third reason that can cause an access violation is if you are using too many programs at the same time by having multiple programs open at once will take up lots out memory or other programs that are trying to access the unallowable memory location. So if you get an access violation try closing programs that you are not using which will free up memory by allowing the program causing the access violation error access the memory location that the program is not allowed to use.
To close the programs that you are not using you will need to open the Windows task manager by holding down CTRL+ALT +DEL this will allow the specific program to access the memory location and get rid of the error. This will close programs manually so you must be careful which programs you shut down as you will not be able to save your work before you close the program.