Solved What is Machine Debug Manager, ok to disable it?

October 3, 2016 at 09:28:49
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
I'm using Windows XP Pro SP3. Never had any major problems, but this morning when I booted up, on my desktop a big box popped up labeled "Machine Debug Manager". Near the bottom of the box, under several lines of information, is a small "OK" box. Not knowing what any of this is, I didn't click "OK". Just clicked the small "x" at the upper right corner to close the box. Everything seems to be running ok.

I read elsewhere this has something to do with script debugging, but that it's ok to disable it bu going to Internet Options, clicking the advanced tab and selecting disable script debugging. I haven't tried it because another site said in some cases it could be a virus and had a link to click to check the PC. I wasn't about to do that and risk downloading a virus.

Is it safe to disable Machine Debug Manager? Why did this suddenly pop up on my PC. It has never shown up before today.


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October 3, 2016 at 10:24:13
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It must have found a script somewhere which had an error in it. It is quite safe to disable it along the lines you suggested (good idea unless you are writing scripts):
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

If you want to do a quick check for malware and viruses run these three small freebies in the order given - they often unearth what other programs miss:

AdwCleaner:
https://toolslib.net/downloads/view...
(blue "Download Now" button on right).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwa...
(blue Download button).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "download" button rather than the "buy" button).
Install and Run the program but before running the Scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits". Quarantine anything it finds.

Please copy/paste the logs on here so that we can see the situation.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 9, 2016 at 09:21:30
I see you've awarded a Best Answer. Have those programs helped? If so the logs would be useful because there might still be more things to check.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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