Windows 10: DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION when opening a particular website and randomly


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 1709
       07 Mar 2018 #1

    DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION when opening a particular website and randomly


    This problem started to happen around 3 months ago.

    My current PC was assembled by myself in february 2017. Probably the only stuff missing in the logs about the build is the PSU model, which is a Seasonic S12II 520W (bought brand new), and cooler, a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme.

    Strangely, I usually have this DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION BSOD when opening AliE****s (I hope you figure out) website using Firefox, but sometimes happens at random at lower chances when using the computer ordinarily, including gaming.

    I have around 3 BSODs of this kind per week, but if I access the quoted website, it's 50/50 chance to immediately BSOD, which is funny.

    What I already tested:

    1 - Full 3 passes in the new Passmark Memtest86, no reboots or errors reported.
    2 - 1 hour of Furmark, no graphical glitches, BSODs or reboots.
    3 - 3 hours of Intel Burn Test (IBT) at maximum stress level, also no problems like previous tests.

    Observations:

    1 - During this time, I even switched my SATA SSD to a M.2 NVMe model.
    2 - The build is very well cooled, no overheating even after hours of stressing CPU or GPU.
    3 - I believe all drivers are updated, including UEFI BIOS and Intel Watchdog Timer Driver (WDT).
    4 - No problems in the house electric installations, the PC is also plugged in a APC surge protector.
    5 - Happens no matter how many times I reinstall Windows 10, I even tested the system only without any software installed after a fresh OS install + updated drivers and web browser only.
    6 - I also included two more previous dumps that I collected before the newer ones got overwritten.

    DM Log collector: DESKTOP-HSRMPDN-07_03_2018_221715,49.zip
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  2. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 3,561
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1803 Build 17134.285 and W10 Insider Build 18234
       08 Mar 2018 #2

    Hello Gacrux,

    All the crash dumps seem to point to an ESET driver causing the problems.
    epfwwfp.sys Fri Nov 3 06:53:40 2017

    Try removing the ESET security and see if it makes a difference. Windows Defender will provide sufficient protection while you are troubleshooting.
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 1709
    Thread Starter
       08 Mar 2018 #3

    philc43 said: View Post
    Hello Gacrux,

    All the crash dumps seem to point to an ESET driver causing the problems.
    epfwwfp.sys Fri Nov 3 06:53:40 2017

    Try removing the ESET security and see if it makes a difference. Windows Defender will provide sufficient protection while you are troubleshooting.
    I suspected it was something with ESET Firewall too when I analyzed the memory dumps by myself, but since I'm unexperienced in this matter, I was hopping that someone here could find something more that would pinpoint the culprit for my BSODs.

    I remember searching into this matter and found this post in ESET forums, but since other users are reporting different BSODs in ESET solutions v10 too, even they saying epfwwfp.sys is not used anymore by v10, maybe it's ESET fault. I'm using ESET Internet Security v11.

    The problem is, I really need the firewall, maybe I'll switch to other solution such as Kaspersky and try to migrate the rules.
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  4. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 3,561
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1803 Build 17134.285 and W10 Insider Build 18234
       08 Mar 2018 #4

    Why will the built in Windows firewall not be sufficient for you?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    07 Apr 2018 #5

    Gacrux said: View Post
    I remember searching into this matter and found this post in ESET forums, but since other users are reporting different BSODs in ESET solutions v10 too, even they saying epfwwfp.sys is not used anymore by v10, maybe it's ESET fault. I'm using ESET Internet Security v11.
    My PC is also experiencing regular crashes with epfwwfp.sys as the culprit. I am not sure which version I initially installed on it, but since I only bought it late last year, it seems unlikely that it started with V9 - I suspect I installed v10 and upgraded to V11.

    So, if this file is not actually part of V10 / V11, how come it even exists on my PC?
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  6. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 1709
    Thread Starter
       02 May 2018 #6

    Protopia said: View Post
    My PC is also experiencing regular crashes with epfwwfp.sys as the culprit. I am not sure which version I initially installed on it, but since I only bought it late last year, it seems unlikely that it started with V9 - I suspect I installed v10 and upgraded to V11.

    So, if this file is not actually part of V10 / V11, how come it even exists on my PC?
    I have the same question. ESET says that epfwwfp.sys is not part of it's products anymore, but it's still there crashing our systems?

    I still use ESET Smart/Internet Security (currently on version 11.1.54) and occasionally still have this infamous crash, but it became rarer, like once every two weeks or even more, mostly when I open AliE****s website.

    Do you happen to have a Xonar sound card or Asus motherboard with SupremeFX drivers installed?
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