Dr Watson postmortem

May 24, 2005 at 08:06:12
Specs: windows XP, 512 mb

"Dr Watson postmortem debugger"-what is it? I got an error message that said this encountered a problem. I did a google search and there were all kinds of links to message boards, with people posting logs and stuff. Is this some sort of virus/spyware, or something normal?

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May 25, 2005 at 05:29:24

Yeah, I've had a look on various websites, but different websites say different things. There doesn't appear to be any more errors on my system, and according to some of the problems people have been having, they are getting these errors all the time.

On one website, it said "DrWatson is a program that originated in Windows 3.x for finding software bugs and minor problems with Windows. In Windows XP it now provides a critical role in finding problems in software to submit to Microsoft." but errors relating to this might be some kind of virus.

If anyone else can clarify for me, thank you :-)

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May 25, 2005 at 05:34:59

Sorry to double post, but I found something else on the microsoft website:

So, as long as I'm not getting errors, that program is meant to be there?

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May 25, 2005 at 06:16:40

So, as long as I'm not getting errors, that program is meant to be there?

No unless you yourself have installed Dr. Watson as the postmortem debugger. I read somewhere that this debugger is being used as a mask for some kind of stealth virus (AceBot trojan?) I hope I'm wrong.


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May 25, 2005 at 09:01:52

I went to configure the debugger so I could look at the help section, and it gave me some information:

Setting up Dr. Watson
Dr. Watson (Drwtsn32.exe) is installed in your system folder when you set up Windows. The default options are set the first time Dr. Watson runs, which can be either when a program error occurs or when you start Dr. Watson yourself.

When a program error occurs in Windows, the system searches for a program error handler. A program error handler deals with errors as they arise during the running of a program. If the system does not find a program error handler, the system verifies that the program is not currently being debugged and considers the error to be unhandled. The system then processes unhandled errors by looking in Registry Editor for a program error debugger.

I am really not very clued up when it comes to computers but google brings up lots of message board links about people trying to run windows explorer etc. and getting continuous errors, and hijack this logs.

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June 2, 2005 at 04:52:11

i get dr watsons come up when ever i right click on the desktop back ground i comes up windows explorer has encountered a problem then dr watsons comes up saying send error report dont send error report does any one know why this happens

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June 9, 2005 at 18:09:24

Does anybody who has repeatedly gotten this error message about DrWatson seen any weird icons on their desktop or taskbar after reboot? I keep seeing this little dark green and blue-ish design with three squares, side by side, and the center one taller than the other two. I cant open it or close it, whatever it is, and I'm thinking that it may have something to do with whatever is wrong with my computer. And also, I'm getting alot of error messages with programs, that should be working fine, and now arn't. I think my computer is slowly dying. Damn you DrWatson.

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June 22, 2005 at 02:00:03

I am still really confused about what this whole Dr Watson thing is. Since my post, I havn't had any more errors, so hopefully everything is ok.

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June 23, 2005 at 15:23:32

Whenever I get the Dr Waston error my computer always locks up. Does everyone elses computer do this also.

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June 26, 2005 at 10:58:57

dr watson is a legit program, but acebot is behind it. I am currently trying to kill it and have come accross this site http://www.thenerdnetwork.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3086

I tells you just about everything you need to know and how to destroy acebot. It is a slippery little devil of a program that is hard to get to finnaly die, but with how that site has you delete it will kill that virus and almost every other virus you can think of. When you are done you will have enough security to make the old USSR cry in there attempt to be like you.

mess with the best, get laughed at.

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