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Dr. Watson

By CopperCowboy
Sep 1, 2006
  1. I am having a issue with Dr. Watson debugger popping up in XP and freezing my system. I go to Task manager and stop the process, and I can use Computer again, but it will invariably pop up again later. Any ideas on how to correct the problem?
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Have you virus and spware scanned recently? If so, with what software?
     
  3. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,644

    Dr Watson doesn`t cause crashes,it just offers to help determine the

    cause of a crash that has just occured.It`s useless.You can disable it.

    Possible causes of a crash -

    1.A device driver.

    2.Spyware,

    3.A faulty right click menu extension.

    4.The presence of .AVI video files on your system.

    First thing I would suggest is to got to msconfig/Startup and uncheck everthing

    except Firewall/AV.

    Check the running processes in the Task Manager,see if there are any likely suspects.
     
  4. CopperCowboy

    CopperCowboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    I use AVG anti virus and Xsoft spy for spyware. Recent scans with both show no infections or hazards. I will check my task manager processes next time it pops up. Thank you
    Will advise when it happens again.
     
  5. CopperCowboy

    CopperCowboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Systemdoes not crash just stops until I stop Dr. Watson. Popped up today, but no .avi extensions
     
  6. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,644

    You can disable Dr Watson like THIS

    Did try looking in msconfig start up ?

    Sometimes things like printer drivers or other hardware drivers can cause occasional freezes like that.

    You need to use other anti-spyware programs besides X-soft and AVG(anti virus),to fully check your system.

    Ewido,Spyware blaster,Trend micro,and Kaspersky`s online scans,
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,056   +169

    Dr. Watson IS quite useless :unch:
     
  8. CopperCowboy

    CopperCowboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    I disabled Dr. Watson following the link you, Peddant, Posted. I will advise of my progress. Thank You again
     
  9. CopperCowboy

    CopperCowboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Three days and no trouble.Thanks alot
     
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