What is event viewer?

Question

a few days ago i noticed a dramatic decrease in my dell inspriron 5150 laptop's performance which started with a blue screen and went onto random yellow bubbled windows in the bottom corner of my screen stating it cannot save info on various types of folders, my processor's sound will randomly work then pause work then pause every two seconds, i've done system restore, defrag, scandisk and emptying out my temp folders to no avail. so very frustrating.. I'm wondering if this is related to the new virus worm infecting systems, seeing as how my anti-virus mcafee hasn't been updated since feb '04.. if it is unrelated, what do you suggest I do? thank you

-mace

Answer

This question was answered on October 31, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

To search for specific events

Using the Windows interface

Open Event Viewer

In the console tree, click the log you want to search

On the View menu, click Find

Under Types, click the types of events you want to find

In Event source, Category, Event ID, User, Computer, or Description, specify additional information about the event or events you want to find

Click Find Next

Notes

To open Event Viewer, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Event Viewer

In Description, you can type any text that matches a portion of an event record description For more information about the other fields, right-click the name of the field, and then click What's This

To restore the default search criteria, click Restore Defaults before clicking Find Next

Your search parameters remain in Find throughout the current session The default settings are restored the next time you start Event Viewer

If you are looking for groups of events instead of a small number of individual events, you can also filter the log For more information, see Related Topics

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 31, 2004