Anybody with kids knows just how crazy life can be. While kids can be some of the cutest and most innocent things in the world, they can also cause a HEAP of trouble and frustrate you to no end. Once your kids reach an age where they can somewhat entertain themselves, you need to provide them with things they can do to stay busy. This is a great time as it allows them to develop specific skills, including being independent. However, they can also wreck things if you leave them unattended, especially with technology. Even if you teach them the proper way to use a computer, tablet, or phone, they obviously aren’t as skilled and do not understand what to do in many situations. This is what happened when I left them unattended on my laptop computer while I was doing laundry.
The food fiasco
Before the issue with the computer, I made them a snack to fuel them up and keep them happy. However, they decided to play a little game and make a huge mess instead of eating their snack. Needless to say, this was not the way I wanted to start my day.
The computer fiasco
After cleaning them up, I wanted some time to get things done. I set them up with some learning games on my laptop and let them be. A short while later, they come running up to me and say the computer broke. My first thought is that the physical computer is broken and I need a new one. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. However, when I looked on the screen, I saw tons of errors including the dwm.exe error, the msmpeng.exe error, quickly followed by a blue screen message. I freak out. I have no idea what to do! My first thought is to pay someone to fix it. Instead, I did a little research of my own.
I found that these files can become damaged, moved, infected, or otherwise modified. The dwm file is one of the more common files to have issues, and it’s also associated with some nasty malicious behavior. I found a bunch of articles about the dwm.exe file and how to fix it. Luckily, I wouldn’t have to buy a new computer.
I also found a quick YouTube clip about the file:
As I mentioned, in addition to this dwm virus, I also noticed a message about the msmpeng file. I had never seen any of these before, but I did find some additional information about it. Just like the dwm.exe process, the msmpeng.exe file can be corrupt too. The video above actually does a great job of explaining the different causes and things that can happen on your computer if this happens to you.
Long story short, I ended up getting my computer fixed and back in working order. I will not be letting my kids on it until I have some additional programs to prevent this type of annoyance from happening in the future. If you have a suggestion for a good program to use, I’m all ears. I definitely DO NOT want to deal with this stuff again.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep chugging along. As always, here’s another original story from our freak parade. Have a great weekend!