Debug.log File Automatically Appears on Desktop
Problem and Solution

Ankit Asks,

I am running Windows 7. Recently I have noticed an empty file with name debug.log automatically appearing on my desktop. I have deleted it many times but it appears again without any apparent reason. Please explain what is this debug.log file and how can I get rid of it.

Ankit, you are not the first to ask this question. In the last week, I have got about 8 emails asking for the solution for the automatic appearing of debug.log file problem.

After some research, I have concluded that this issue can be easily resolved. The debug.log file is actually created by a misconfiguration in the Google Talk plugin.

To solve the issue First close your browser. Then Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. Find Google Talk Plugin in this list of programs. Right click on it and click on Repair. It will start the repair process. After the process is over restart your computer.

The issue will be probably resolved and you will not see the debug.log file again. In case, the debug.log file still appears on your desktop, go ahead and uninstall the Google Talk Plugin from the Add or Remove Programs, by clicking on Uninstall instead of Repair, as explained above. After this you can re install Google Talk Plugin if you need it but you will never see the debug.log file again. Hope this helps!

Comments

  1. scotty:

    your wrong i tried all of that and debug log file reappears on all three of my computers your solution doesnt work

  2. Mayur Somani:

    Can you please tell these things,

    1. What OS are you using?
    2. Do you use iGoogle?

    Once you tell me these details, I’ll tell you how to get rid of that debug.log file.

  3. Bob:

    Thanks for this info – I’d suspected that this was the case – you’ve confirmed it.

  4. AJ:

    The debug.log file began appearing after I installed the googletalk plugin so I could make phone calls from gmail. I followed your instructions, repair didn’t work but uninstalling and restarting did work. I have since reinstalled the googletalk plugin so I can use the free phone calls. I’ll live with the log file. I just needed to know where it was coming from. Thank you.

  5. Nick:

    I have also tried the info above. It does not repair the problem as a repair asks for the file location. Please help in finding a solution to this problem. I am using Windows XP and I don’t use iGoogle.

  6. Mayur Somani:

    @AJ

    Uninstalling and reinstalling must have already fixed the problem. I think you’ll never see the debug.log file again.

    @Nick

    If you can’t repair, then uninstall and reinstall the Google talk plugin as explained above.

  7. Nick:

    Well I have uninstall the google talk plugin as outlined abouve and when I did the debug file does not show up. As you stated above…”After this you can re install Google Talk Plugin if you need it but you will never see the debug.log file again.” I did reinstall the google talk plugin and then the debug file return. I believe that is what AJ is saying when he can live with it. Please provide a method, if any, that will allow us to use the google talk plugin without having to see the debug file all the time. Thanks for the help.

  8. Mayur Somani:

    @Nick

    Do you use iGoogle?

  9. Nick:

    No I do not use iGoogle.

  10. Mayur Somani:

    @Nick

    Try to install the latest version of Google Talk Plugin. If you are already using the latest version, then try the version that came just before that.

  11. madhu:

    thank you it helped me a lot

  12. Maria:

    thank you so much!!
    seems that yous advice worked!! i was ready to kill my PC!!

    Maria

  13. nino:

    that was soo helpful thank you!!!

  14. Prerak:

    It’s issue with IE. Just don’t use IE, switch to chrome or firefox; that’s the simplest way i found.

  15. Shengpu Liu:

    I tried to uninstall and re-install the newest version google talk plugin, the debug.log still appears on my desktop. How could I solve it?

    Thanks

  16. Mayur Somani:

    @Shengpu Liu

    Try to Repair it.

  17. jeff:

    i tried repairing, and also uninstalling and re-installing. nothing works. the debug.log file keeps appearing no matter what.

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