The Werfault.exe process is a part of Windows Error Reporting in Windows Vista. This feature allows Microsoft to monitor and solve problems in the Vista operating system, features and applications, and enables users to send error data and receive updates and solutions. The werfault.exe program allows the developers to find and address errors to improve the quality of the product in the long run.
You can opt to turn the feature on or off here depending on your preference. If you want to use the feature, you can customize it according to your requirements. If you do not want certain executable files or programs to send error reports, you may also create a block list. Let us now have a look at the steps that you can follow to customize Error Reporting on Windows Vista.
- Go to Windows Error Reporting, open Control Panel.
- Click System and Maintenance, and then click Problem Reports and Solutions.
- Click Change Settings located in the left panel of the Problem Reports and Solutions window.
- Select an option to configure how you want Windows to look for a solution to your problems. You may allow Windows to do it automatically or ask you every time to check if problem occurs.
- Next, click the Advanced settings link.
- Select On or Off to configure whether you want to use Error Reporting or not.
- Click Change settings and choose the appropriate option to configure how you want problem reporting to be set for all users and programs.
- If you choose to use Error Reporting, then click the second Change setting button to configure how error reporting is set for all users. Here, you can choose from the following consent levels:
- Ask each time a problem occurs – Windows Error Reporting will ask for permission before sending an error report
- Automatically check for solutions – Minimal data is sent to find a possible fix. After consent is given, more data may be sent if requested by Microsoft.
- Automatically check for solutions and send additional information if needed – Minimal data along with data that the application developer has indicated as a requirement is sent. This sent data does not contain any personally identifiable information. After consent is given, more data may be supplied if requested by Microsoft.
- Send all data - All data is sent, no prompt required. This setting is configurable only in Group Policy.
- If you do not want certain executable files or programs to send error reports, you may create a block list. To do this, click Add in the Block list section.
- Browse through your programs and add them to the list.
- Click OK to save your settings.
You should keep in mind that many malware programs can show up on your system as seemingly legitimate files by using file names that are very similar to those of legitimate files. Whenever you are in doubt about a particular file, always scan your system using a reliable antivirus and anti-spyware program.
You should also keep in mind that sometimes a false positive report is generated for a perfectly valid file. This is true when the executable file is fairly new to the market or if the virus definition database hasn’t been updated in quite a while. This is the reason why, you must keep your antimalware up-to-date at all times.
To further avoid errors, you must also conduct regular registry scans. This will help avoid unsightly and unwanted registry bloating issues. Regular registry scanning plus protection from infection and intrusion paired with safe surfing practices can keep you and your machine secure.