A Guide to the KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE Blue Screen of Death Error

Error Name: KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE

STOP Code: 0×000000139

All right, you’ve been hit with a relatively serious BSoD, called KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE. Sounds bad, right? Fortunately, we can help. This error sometimes appears on your Blue Screen with the code above, rather than the error name. Either way, this error gives us a clue on how to approach the problem.

A Guide to the KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE Blue Screen of Death Error
The KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE error in Windows 8.

Note: if you cannot boot into Windows at all due to this BSoD, use the BIOS to change the Boot Order and prioritize your disc drive, grab your Windows installation disc, and use that to repair and/or reinstall your operating system. If those steps don’t work, you have faulty memory that needs to be replaced.

If, however, you can get into your operating system and you just encounter this problem, it means one of these things: hard drive issues, memory problems, outdated drivers, or a virus.

KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE and Hard Drive Issues

To check for hard drive issues, open your Start Menu/Screen, click Search, type chkdsk /f C:, and set a disk check for the next time your computer is restarted. Make sure you do what you need to before you restart — because a disk check can take a long, long time. If you’ve already made all the arrangements you need to and choose to restart immediately, your computer may very well be unusable for the next few hours, depending on the size and speed of your hard drive.

Memory Issues

To check for memory problems, use Windows’ built-in Memory Diagnostic, which can also be accessed from a search. Windows will scan your memory for issues upon your next reboot, or reboot right away to do it, just like the disk checking process. This shouldn’t take as long as a disk check, but still make sure you have your documents in order before you begin such a time-consuming process.

Driver Issues

To see if you have outdated drivers, open Device Manager in the same manner you opened the Memory Diagnostic and the Disk Check. Right-click all your devices and click Update driver. Note that Windows may not find updated drivers for some devices — you may have to manually go to your manufacturer’s website to find them. Alternately, you can use our Driver Reviver software to do all this automatically.

Virus Issues

If all this doesn’t work, you simply have a virus. Luckily, we’ve recently done a rundown of the best free antivirus solutions. Pick one from that list, and see if the problem goes away after that.

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  • ReviverSoft

    Hi Paul,

    It’s very likely a bad driver causing the issue in this case. Try running Driver Verifier to track down the source of the problem. Good luck!

    http://www.reviversoft.com/blog/2013/09/using-driver-verifier-to-fix-a-blue-screen-of-death/

  • Davide De Vellis

    Hi Tim,

    If it happens exclusively when you plug your mouse in then I would almost certainly say that it’s a mouse driver issue. I would go through the process of rebooting your computer with your mouse plugged in. Then, run a driver check to see if there is an appropriate driver found for your mouse. If so, get it and install it and that will hopefully fix your problem. If not, then I would look to uninstall the existing mouse driver and reinstalling it. You should be careful when considering uninstalling drivers. If you’re set on uninstalling, navigate to your control panel, and choose Device Manager. Find the Device that you’re interested in and right click on it. Hit properties. It will bring up a properties screen for the device with a number of tabs, one of which will be Driver. Click on this tab, then look for the option to “Uninstall”. Be prepared that the device is unlikely to function after you’ve done this and you’ll want to look to re-install the correct driver at your earliest convenience. Let us know how you go.

  • Michael Toth

    My computer does this for no reason. I use linux mint 95% of the time with no problems. I use win8.1 with no problems most of time in order to play netflix and such. Occasionally when return from sleep I get BSODS for various reasons. the latest one is the one referenced in the OP. I’ve ran MBAM and Windows Defender scan for the first time since I got this laptop, both came back clean. I am running 8.1 with windows update up-to-date. This seems to be happening for no reasonse when I return from sleep. Not too concerned, but seems like a failure on window’s part.

    TX300CA | Windows 8.1 | Linux Mint 3.12.4

  • Ruben Vanravan

    Hi, yesterday i had this error On my PC (Toshiba p855-34j) andar after he collects some data information it would restart automactally but it fail. The PC is now starting andar shutting down after 3 or 4 seconds and is doping that non-stop. This terror could be the reason of this?

  • Angela Aeger

    Hey, I have had this issue on my computer, because of a mouse that was not compatible with Windows 8. I have lost all my document, picture, videos, music and libraries. How do I get my libraries back on my computer? Thanks.

  • nookaraju

    how to solve these errors memory_management error,ntss.sys, kmode_exception-not_handled,page_fault_in_nonpaged-area & system_service-exception

  • Denise Potas

    Hey I have run into a huge problem with my laptop.
    I recently upgraded to windows 8.1 from windows 8. my laptop came pre installed with the windows therefore I don’t have a disc.
    the problem I have is the following:
    a blue screen came up with a sad face stating my pc ran unto a problem and needs to restart. the problem it gave was some kernel security thing but now its stuck on the restart screen and it not going to my log in screen and I cant access any of my system files from there. I need help asap please.
    thank you
    kindly appreciate help as soon as possible

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