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Don't be fooled by errors in Event Viewer or by those who try to get you to pay for a cure! It doesn't mean your computer is dying.
Hi, Leo. I have so many warnings or errors in Event Viewer. What can I do for removing them from my computer?
In this excerpt from Answercast #27, I look at the Event Viewer, why it is often full of errors, and what you need to do about it.
Event Viewer is a mess. I'll just say that straight out.
All the errors... all the warnings... to you and to me, they are just noise. They really don't tell you anything useful and the fact that there are lots of them is actually normal.
That's what's frustrating about Event Viewer.
The best thing I can suggest for the average computer user is to completely ignore what's in the Event Viewer.
This comes up as a topic from time to time; specifically because there are scammers out there who are taking advantage of people's fear with all this noise in Event Viewer.
They will give you a call and say, "Your computer is causing trouble on the internet. Just have a look at the Event Viewer and see how much stuff is in there that's causing trouble? That's a problem."
No, it's not. Those are people trying to scam you out of money, or trying to hack into your machine.
Hang up on them. It's that simple.
Like I said, the Event Viewer is a mess. It's useful for people who are specifically diagnosing problems.
It can provide additional information for those folks. But you really have to know what to look for, how to weed out the information from the noise. Even then – only when you're looking for a problem.
I'll just say it again: on a perfectly well operating machine, the Event
Viewer will have lots of errors and warnings in it. It's unfortunate. It's
misleading. But do not read anything more into it than the fact that the Event
Viewer and the event log is simply a mess.
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