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Dump files tweak and disable dr.watson
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/25/2005 | Security | Unrated
Dump files tweak and disable dr.watson

Heed the following from PC Magazines' site:

" Dump file. A dump file stores data from memory during a system crash and can be helpful when diagnosing problems, but like a swap file, it can also expose a lot of sensitive, unencrypted data. To prevent Windows from creating the file, go to Control Panel | System. Click on the Advanced tab and then the Settings button on the Startup and Recovery pane. Set the drop-down menu under Write debugging information to (none).

"Similarly, the debugging program Dr. Watson saves information when applications crash. To disable it, go to HKEY_local_machine\software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ AeDebug and set the Auto string to 0. Then use Windows Explorer to go to Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\DrWatson. Delete User.dmp and Drwtsn32.log, the insecure logs the program creates."

Heed related advice from 'microsoft' regarding 'Disable Dr.Watson' first before the preceding Dr. Watson advice (go Google search.)

Back up with System Restore, and go ahead. As cautious as I am, I have gladly applied these tweaks, and followed related microsot advice on Dr. Watson.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    providing a direct link would be better, thanks for this great tweek :)
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This article is good, but the ‘related advice’ is simply the admonishment about the dangers of editing the registry. This isn’t specifically related to this procedure and could have been handled by simply re-stating the disclaimer: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
     
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