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DrWatson Postmortem Debugger

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by dglockster, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. dglockster

    dglockster

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    Has anyone encountered problems with something called "DrWatson Postmortem Debugger" shutting down IE on an XP machine? This began randomly appearing this past Saturday.

    I didn't see any reference to it in this forum but there is a lot of information on Google about the DrWatson Postmortem Debugger problem. Unfortunately, my pc technical skills are not advanced enough to understand and apply all that I was reading there. :sad:

    Any simplistic help that anyone may offer will be appreciated. :hugs:
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

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    Is Dr Watson your antivirus software? I'm assuming it is.

    Google is your friend...

    http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.co...son-postmortem-debugger-i-e-drwtsn32-exe.html

    http://www.techiegroups.com/showthread.php?t=29144

    I didn't read through all that, looking for fixes, you can do that. But they were pretty long threads on the issue. If it persists, you can uninstall Dr. Watson, and install Antivir or AVG. AVG also has a great spyware program called Ewido... All of them are free. I don't have any experience with Dr. Watson, but if its like most of the box antivirus programs(McAfee, Norton), I don't have high hopes.

    http://www.avira.com/ for Antivir

    http://www.grisoft.com/doc/71/lng/us/tpl/tpl01 for AVG and Ewido..

    IGF
     

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  4. Tennessee Slim

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    There are two issues here. First, Dr. Watson is a “postmortem debugger”, a real, honest-to-Goshen Microsloth application meant to assist with fault diagnosis. Ironically, it sometimes can cause problems of its own. Here’s Microsloth’s description of it: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;308538 and here’s how to turn it off: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q188296/

    Second, there also is a virus called Dr. Watson. Here’s the Symantec page regarding it: http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2000-122109-2016-99&tabid=2 …and here’s from the viruslist: http://www.viruslist.com/en/viruses/encyclopedia?virusid=3257

    What you’re describing sounds like normal Dr. Watson operation, not a virus. The way to tell for sure is to look for the crash dump logs it would create for transmission to the Microsloth support gnomes. Search your system for a file called drwtsn32.log. If it exists and the time closely coincides with the last occurrence of the problem, my money’s on a system problem rather than a virus.
     
  5. dglockster

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    Thanks for the info.

    The antivirus on the computer is Symantec 10.1

    I'll follow up on the other.