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  1. #1

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL after logging in

    So I've been getting tons of BSoDs after logging into my account on Windows 8 with a small chance of logging in successfully and I need help with it
    My laptop is a Ultrabook 14z (Inspiron 5423)
    6 GB RAM
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Your issue seems to be probably caused by "Avast antivirus".

    fffff880`1a4288c8  fffff880`03ea2240Unable to load image \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\aswSP.SYS, Win32 error 0n2
    *** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for aswSP.SYS
    *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for aswSP.SYS
    Driver Reference Table - aswSP.SYS

    Please follow the below steps.

    1. Uninstall Avast using "Avast removal tool" from "safe mode".

    avast! Uninstall Utility | Download aswClear for avast! Removal

    2. Uninstall "Hotspot Shield". This software is a known BSOD causer, especially in "Windows 7" and "Windows 8". Please remove it and any associated components like "Hotspot Sheild Toolbar" etc completely from the system.

    Please report your findings in next reply.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Restarted a few times and there wasn't any BSoDs so far
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Okay, after a few days of it "working" I thought there wasn't any crashes but there actually was (Probably done around the time I restarted my laptop). And just today my computer started to have BSoDs again.
    I thought it was fixed for good D:
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  5. #5


    None of the new crash dumps except one directly blames any third party drivers. So we should start with updating all the outdated drivers.

    1. Uninstall "Virtual Box".

    One crash dump directly blames "Virtual Box" network driver so please uninstall it completely as a test.

    BugCheck C5, {8, 2, 0, fffff803fe27adf7}
    *** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for VBoxNetFlt.sys
    *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for VBoxNetFlt.sys
    Probably caused by : Pool_Corruption ( nt!ExDeferredFreePool+1b7 )
    If it is necessary for you, install the latest version after resolving the BSOD issue.

    2. Update "Intel" Drivers.

    Please run the web based "Intel Driver Update Utility" and install any driver update it offers (Display , chipset , Storage etc).

    Intel® Driver Update Utility

    3. Update "OpenVPN" driver.

    Current version seems to be very old and not compatible to "Windows 8".

    tapoas.sys Mon Jul 12 06:01:59 2010 (4C3A627F)
    OpenVPN Virtual Network Driver

    Please uninstall it if not necessary. Otherwise update to the latest version from

    If the BSOD continues, please upload the latest dumps.
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