Fatal Exception 0E in VXD SYMEvent
After upgrading 2 systems to Win98SE, I was
experiencing the following error:
Msg: A Fatal Exception 0E Has Occurred at 0028:<XXXXXXXX>
in VXD SYMEvent(02)
mostly when trying to open a DOS-window.
I first could not find a solution, so I posted the problem in a
newsgroup, where I got a reply within
4 hours pointing me to the solution:
I had on both system pcAnywhere installed, which I only use as
One of the modules to work in host-mode was causing the problem,
see below the information from
the Microsoft Knowledge base Q189655 and from the Symantec
This solution disabled the possibility on the system to run as
pcAnywhere host, the other
solution would be to updrade to the latest version of the
Err Msg: A Fatal Exception 0E Has Occurred at
information in this article applies to:
This article contains information about editing the registry.
Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to
restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do
this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in
Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help
topic in Regedt32.exe.
install Windows, you may receive the following error message when
Exception 0E has occurred at 0028:XXXXXXXX in VXD
can occur if an older version of a Symantec program (such as
Norton AntiVirus) is installed.
Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may
require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot
guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of
Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own
For information about how to edit the registry, view the
"Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry
Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in
the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics
in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before
you edit it.
To resolve this issue, disable the Symantec Symevnt.386 file. To
do so, follow these steps:
Registry Editor to delete the following registry key, if
Start, click Run, type sysedit, and then click OK.
- On the
Window menu, click System.ini.
- On the
Search menu, click Find.
- In the
Find box, type symevnt.386, and then press ENTER.
- Place a
semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line that contains
- On the
File menu, click Save, and then click Exit on the File
Setup has finished successfully, reinstall the Symantec
program. If the problem continues to occur, contact
Symantec for additional information.
Symevnt.386 file is part of the "Symantec Event
Handler," which is actually a set of files named
Symevnt.386, Symevnt1.dll, and S32evnt1.dll. These Norton files
monitor system information and report that information to Norton
AntiVirus and other Symantec utilities.
The third-party product discussed in this article is manufactured
by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty,
implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or
You can find additional information about updating Norton
products at the Symantec Web site at:
Symantec Knowledge Base:
SYMEVNT from Windows 9x
You need to remove SYMEVNT from your system and need to do so
SYMEVNT is a shared component used by several Symantec products.
Removing SYMEVNT from your system will adversely affect some or
all of your Symantec applications.
Manually removing SYMEVNT is a two-step procedure: removing the
SYMEVNT files and deleting a registry key.
Removing the files
Removing the registry key
- 1. Click Start, and choose Run. The Run
2. In the Open field, type regedit and then
click OK. The Registry Editor appears.
3. Navigate to the following key:
4. Highlight the SYMEVNT key and then press Delete.
5. Close the Registry Editor.
6. Restart Windows.
You can restore SYMEVNT to your Windows 9x system by downloading
and executing the self-installing file SEVINST.EXE.
This file is available from the following sources:
Web page: http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/files/symevnt/symevnt.html
FTP site: ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/symevnt/sevinst.exe
It is possible to manually uninstall SYMEVNT from a Windows NT
workstation. However, there are few, if any, situations where
this should be necessary and, once done, you cannot reinstall
SYMEVNT using the SEVINST.EXE file. You have to reinstall one of
Symantec's applications that use SYMEVNT.