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 http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1
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". http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion.
Microsoft Windows Defender http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection.
Ewido Antispyware Freehttp://free.grisoft.com/doc/20/lng/us/tpl/v5
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
A² - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html
. Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.
On-line scansWeb 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 http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scannerhttp://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest
File scanner and virus scannerhttp://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus
Panda Activescan http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htmhttp://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm
Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan
Etrust Anti-virus web scannerhttp://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Avast Online scanhttp://onlinescan.avast.com/
F Secure online scanhttp://support.f-secure.com/ols/start.html
Ewido Online scanhttp://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/
Trojan scans –
Windows Security Trojanscanhttp://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp