Whenever I get an error with my
Internet Explorer 6.0, a pop-up appears asking
me if I would like to run Dr. Watson Debugger. Is this a legitimate program?
Yes, Dr. Watson is a legitimate program. However, you probably do not need to
run it unless someone tells you to do so. Dr. Watson will run in the background
and monitor many different things that are going on behind the scenes in your
computer. If an application crash is detected, Dr. Watson will place all the
information it has gathered into what is called a dump file. The dump file will
be analyzed to see what was going on just before the crash, to see if there is
any indication as to the cause of the crash.
Most of the time, this sort of file is only useful to people who have access to
the source code for a particular application because the problems it detects are
very low level type problems. For example, Dr. Watson could help someone figure
out that an application they have written keeps crashing because it keeps trying
to overwrite a piece of
memory that is restricted.
If you have a recurring problem with a particular application, then try
person or company that created the application and send them a
Dr. Watson dump file along with a description of what you were doing at the time
of the problem. They might be able to send you a patch for the problem, but
most of the time, you won't need to worry about Dr. Watson.
Let me know if you need anything else.
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