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Man, what gives....I keep getting these popups that say microsoft has detected an error...send a report, etc. I do everytime and then I have to start all over. What is going on? This is getting very annoying and frustrating. How can this be avoided? Do I need to download another browser that would be better that microsoft? But then, which one and how long does it take to download with my dialup? I have windows xp and have never had this much trouble. Any suggestions or ideas?

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What program?

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What program(s) are causing the problem(s)? If it's just Internet Explorer, since you mentioned browsers, then not using Internet Explorer is ALWAYS a smart move in my books. You have to lobotomize the thing to make it safe to use on the Internet, making me wonder what the point is in using it period.

The alternative browsers out there are of reasonable size, even for a dialup speed download. Firefox, Opera, and Safari should all weigh in at less than 10MB. I'd give the nod to Firefox as being the most dialup friendly. Firefox can do incremental updates. So, if some new version is released to address security concerns with the existing version, a small patch of only a few hundred K (usually, the size varies) can be downloaded and applied as opposed to having to download the entire browser again with the others.

The real problem is that it sounds like you've contracted some malware, which is the main problem with IE. So, simply downloading and using another browser may not be much help until you've gotten rid of that malware. That means you'll need to download some anti-malware tools as well, and that's only going to increase your total download time. So, if there's anywhere nearby you can get broadband access for a short period of time, I'd do the downloads there. Put them on a CD or USB flash drive, then install them when you get home.

Get copies of AdAware, Spybot, AVG Anti-Spyware, and Windows Defender. Install them all, update them all to make sure they have the latest definition files, switch off system restore, reboot into safe mode, and run each one of them in sequence. Then reboot, go back into safe mode, run each one again, and if they all come up clean, you can reboot normally. Then you can install whatever browser you chose to replace Internet Explorer, and start using it. You can also switch system restore back on.

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Microsoft Eror Reports

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I do have defender, spybot and norton. I do run these quite often. If I were to download firefox, can I switch between ie and firefox? Can I go to either browser, or would firefox override ie?

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You can use either

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You could download all of those browsers and use them in any combination you choose. With a little care taken, you can even run multiple major releases of Firefox (e.g. 2.0 and 3.0) on the same system.

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I keep getting these popups

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A. Man, what gives....I keep getting these popups that say microsoft has detected an error...send a report, etc.

1. Error Reporting which is enabled by default displays an error dialog box prompting the user to indicate whether or not they want to report the problem. When choosing to report the problem, technical information about the problem is collected and then sent to Microsoft over the Internet. If a report is rendered and if a similar problem has been reported by other people and more information is available, a link to that information will be provided the user. Turning it ON or turning it OFF is the user's call. For assistance and resolution, we would need to know WHAT cause(s) is/are reported.

a. Were there no links or anything else provided should you submit the report?

b. Please. For your benefit, always report the error information this report contains when wanting our analyses.

2. When a system error occurs the computer displays a blue screen containing error codes and all computer operations stop. When an illegal operation or other error occurs in a program, that program stops working. System and program errors may be transmitted to Microsoft which allows them to track and address operating system, Windows component, and program errors. Error Reporting configuration is outlined in, [Q310414]:

a. Enable or disable
b. Enable for the operating system
c. Specify the program for which a report is generated
d. Remove programs from the list
e. Send an error report to Microsoft

3. Supplemental reading:

a. "Description and Availability of Internet Explorer Error Reporting Tool (Q276550)."

b. "No Date or Time Information Available When Program Stops Responding in Windows 98 or Windows Me (Q280660)."

c. "How to Disable or Redirect Internet Explorer Error Reporting (Q310116)."

d. "How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP (Q310353)."

e. "Preparation Before You Contact Microsoft After Receiving a STOP Message on a Blue Screen (Q314103)."

f. "You Receive a "System Has Recovered from a Serious Error" Message After Every Restart (Q317277)."

4. Many users question what the file "Appcompat.txt" is, besides assuming that IT is the error itself, which is a file generated by the WinXP compatibilit

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