I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you being a parent is awesome. However, you need to be super careful with what you let your kids do, especially when it comes to technology (obviously). Now, you can take this in a handful of different ways. First of all, you don’t want your kids getting into naughty websites or into forums or places they shouldn’t be – duh. Additionally, you don’t want them to mess something up, especially if it’s important or on your important computer. Not many people have tons of extra computers sitting around for kids to play on, but a lot of kids have tablets or their own mini-tech devices they can use. In this case, kids can wreak havoc on a desktop (or any device) and cause a ton of trouble for you or someone who knows how to fix the issue.
Here’s what happened
My kids were playing games on the computer for awhile one morning and decided they had enough. Either that or they couldn’t continue playing because they ran into an error. Regardless, I was left to figure out what was going on. If you have any experience with a Windows computer, chances are you’ve encountered Windows errors (exe errors, viruses, malware, etc.). If you haven’t, they aren’t fun!
In fact, the error I noticed after my kids were done was the DWM error. I discovered this is related to the dwm.exe file (or the Desktop Window Manager) after doing some research to figure out how I can fix it.
Generally, errors aren’t hard to fix. This is a quick video that can help if you encounter basic errors:
In my case, it was more complex.
I did some additional research and found out the importance of this file. I asked my kids if they knew what they were doing when it happened and of course I was greeted with the classic “we didn’t do anything wrong” message.
Following some additional searches, I found this website with a detailed writeup about how to remove dwm.exe virus as well as a ton of other helpful info. What I discovered was that it may not be that file itself, but it could be a variety of other issues on my computer. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any anti virus scans on the computer or it may have prevented this. I ran a bunch of the scans I found online to see if they caught anything. Nothing is fixed yet, but I have a lot of resources that I can refer to now.
I’m going to bring my computer to my friend and see if they can fix it for me and provide me with some tips for avoiding this in the future. I really don’t want to deal with this, and it’s really hard to blame my kids for something like this. I guess I need to take additional security steps in the future to prevent this from happening so I don’t lose important data on my computer. That way I can still let my kids use it without being frustrated or nervous about it.