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#1 moomoo


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Posted 14 September 2006 - 05:49 PM

I was just getting on my computer,not starting it was already on and loged it but just turning on the screen and rigt when i moved the mouse an error screen came up...Dr.Watson PostMortem Debugger Has ecountered and error and needs to close blah blah blah...then im like ok whatever ill just restart it.. right before i did another error message...Explorer.exe Has ecountered and error and needs to close...as i closed it the computer totally froze...i could only move my mouse...i couldnt make the boxes...i couldnt click at all and it didnt make that beep noise when you rapidly clicked...i had to kill the power bar to actually shut it down...does anyone know what caused this?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 05:58 PM

I had the Dr. Watson thing yesterday for the first time on this computer along with the freezing. I managed to get into task panel with escape and ctrl/alt/del after a couple of tries and clicked on shut down. Since then I have had no problem. (knock on wood) What caused it??? I am blaming the recent Windows updates until I learn differently.
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 05:24 AM

Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger.

The information obtained and logged by Dr. Watson is the information needed by technical support groups to diagnose a program error for a computer running Windows. A text file (Drwtsn32.log) is created whenever an error is detected, and can be delivered to support personnel by the method they prefer. You also have the option of creating a crash dump file, which is a binary file that a programmer can load into a debugger.

If a program error occurs, Dr. Watson will start automatically.

Are you experiencing any buggy behavior or having any problem running any programs?

Did you click to send the DR Watson report to Microsoft?

Is your XP fully updated?

It is doubtful that an update caused an error to occur setting off DR Watson. Errors that do so usually cause widespread awareness almost immediately.

Have you run an updated anti-virus scan usuing your resident av program recently? If not, it may be an opportune time to do so as well as antimalware scans both resident and online.

Resident anti-malware programs you should have in adition to your resident anti-virus ap.

(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)

Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware

Spybot S&D:
Update – Aug 2006 - Spybot by default now ignores certain products such as New.Net and Sidestep for no good reason. New.Net compromises the WinSock stack by routing all your DNS queries through the NewDotNet.DLL. To enable detection go to "Settings", "Ignore products", "All products" Tab, right click on "Product", left-click on "Deselect all".

Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion.

Microsoft Windows Defender
This also provides realtime protection.

Ewido Antispyware Free


Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

A² - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

On-line scans
Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these as they require ActiveX to function.)

Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
File scanner and virus scanner

Panda Activescan

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Avast Online scan

F Secure online scan

Ewido Online scan

Trojan scans –
Sygate Trojanscan

Windows Security Trojanscan
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Posted 17 September 2006 - 07:56 PM

Im 100% sure its not a virus...My windows is fully up-to-date, i didn't send anything to microsoft...i never do =P, i don't have any anti-adware programs except for Windows Defender...would you think it has something to do with my hard drive failure?

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 07:16 AM

The Dr Watson logfile is typically saved here: drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINNT\Application Data\Microsoft\Dr Watson

Have a look at it and see if anything jumps out at you. If it's not too long, copy and paste it here. Here's a description of the error message: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...p.mspx?mfr=true

Here's some links about the tool itself:
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