Dear Chrome Team, This “He’s Dead Jim” Error Message Is Pissing People Off!

One post that I get a lot of comments here on Chrome Story is this - “He’s Dead Jim” – Is Not A Virus, It’s Just An Error Message. Most of the times, people commenting there have a story to share, about how they got worried about this error message. Some are relieved because they finally figured out that it is just an error message and their computer is doing ok.

Some of them were happy when they finally got the joke.

and for some, the experience was not that great.

I am sharing only a few here, there are many more on that post, and I see new ones being added almost daily.! And yes, I hope at least one of the developers from Chrome team reads this!

chrome news  Dear Chrome Team, This He’s Dead Jim Error Message Is Pissing People Off!

1. WOW !!! NOW I THINK YOU HAVE GONE A BIT TO FAR. LAST WEEK I SEEN THIS ON MY DESKTOP & COULD NOT FIGURE OUT IF IT WAS A VIRUS OR WORM, & I EVEN WENT AS FAR AS TO THINKING SOME RANDOM CYBER-IDIOT NERD WAS HACKING MY COMPUTER. THEN TONIGHT I GET THE SAME DARN THING ON MY LAPTOP WHICH REALLY PISSED ME OFF. I THOUGHT I HAD A VIRUS, A WORM OR SOMEONE HACKED MY OTHER COMPUTER & TRUST ME I AM NOT ONE HAPPY PERSON RIGHT NOW WITH WHOM EVER THE IDIOT WAS THAT CREATED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE LUCKY YOU ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MY LAPTOP OTHERWISE I’D HAVE TO KICK UPSIDE THE HEAD YOU DUMBA**… REMOVE THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!! 

2. I appreciate the attempt at humor, especially Star Trek humor, but when I went searching on my Mac for answers to the message when my PC crashed, the top answers involved viruses and worms. I was just starting up my PC in safe mode, as recommended by one of the sites, when I spotted this site. Time to change the message, boys and girls.

3. My wife just got this same message (He’s dead Jim!) several times yesterday for the first time on her laptop. After googling the message, everything pointed to a virus. So, after running every anti malware program I have over several hours, I found this web site a find out it’a joke. May I say, it’s poor excuse of a joke.

4. NOT FUNNY Chrome. I’m not a Chrome user myself, my sister is, but just last month my laptop suffered from a virus so severe we had to wipe out my laptop memory to reset to factory settings. Since it happened the week before Christmas, we bought a new laptop for my sister and she got this stupid and immature joke two times in the past recent week. Call it Paranoia all you want, but after having all my photos nearly wiped out, we are NOT looking forward to being scarred by a ‘fake’ virus after that.

5. Thanks, guys. When my anti-virus didn’t find it, I bought a whole new program, with no results. You owe me $165 and 8 1/2 hours of my life back.

6. Sorry to offend the Trekkies and trivia heads, but the point of the message is to inform the user what’s going on. If not, just shut the sucker down and save the dweeby jokes for your friends. This is what happens when techies get full of themselves. I’m sure plumbers have plenty of great inside jokes, too, but at least they’re adult enough to just do their jobs and move on.

Finally, a couple of them that I found touching, and actually made me write this post.

7. My father, Jim, died recently and every time this comes up I get upset, then pissed off at the stupidity of someone at Google not realising that some people, albeit a small minority, could be upset by this taunting message. Get rid of the bloody thing pronto! Almost but not quite enough to make me revert to Firefox!

8. This is so stupid and insensitive. My son’s name is Jim and his father died when he was 15. This is a sick reminder.

9. This is going too far. Our only son, James, passed away unexpectedly four weeks ago. The first time I saw “He’s dead” was two days after we received word about his death. I could not read everything before the page was gone. I took my laptop to a computer wizard who finally figured out what it was as I thought it was a bad “joke” some idiot was playing on me.

10. “He’s dead, Jim” would be a funny reference, if not for the fact my new laptop suddenly displayed the exact words spoken by the EMT when my father was killed. Jim, my kid brother, held Dad’s head as he died. Very eerie and not a good phrase to see every time I shut down…

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  1. As often as I’ve been annoyed by that message appearing, I’ve never once thought it was a virus. Why? Because I read what it said as opposed to assuming. The first time I saw it, it gave me a chuckle, but after that, I was more annoyed at Chrome itself for crashing.

    But I will admit, I haven’t seen that screen in quite a while.

  2. While the “my X died and my name is Jim, you insensitive clod!” stories are unfortunate, the “I thought I had a virus” stories are just examples of pure human stupidity. If the error page was exactly the same (a sad tab icon, the “Something caused …” text) just without “He’s dead, Jim” then those unfortunate souls would still have done a search to find out what’s wrong and would still have found various web pages warning of viruses.

    There’s a word that describes why those users are angry at Google – Transference. Instead of being angry at themselves for being clueless they get angry at Google instead.

  3. I love Google’s humor. Overzealous political correctness zaps the joy out of life.
    These people need to lighten up or use the ultimate boring browser: IE

  4. Real viruses remain undetected.

    You can’t really argue against people who think Hollywood actually knows what they’re doing when they put hackers or computers in general in movies. The hacker always makes a flashy show of whatever he’s doing. Real hacking and malicious software does not work like that. Which is probably why people are consistently fooled by it.

    This screen very clearly states what went wrong, at least the best you’d be able to considering the reason it appears is a bit technical. If people are panicking instead of reading there’s not much you can do about it.

    Personally I think the red X or the yellow ! standard Windows dialogs, along eith their sound effects, are on par with this in terms of scariness but people just ignore them. You can’t win with that double standard logic.

  5. Hmmm, someone who writes in all caps and lots of exclamation marks and a bunch of posts that sound like troll fakery. Not convincing at all.

    The error is informative and funny and very Google, By all means, keep it.

  6. InvisibleElvis

    21/11/2012 — 3:55 am

    I think most of these people are bad trolls. Otherwise they’re really stupid.

  7. The trouble the last 4 commenters had comes about because the quote has been taken out of context. When said on Star Trek, we know who Jim is; but we don’t know if it turns up on our browser.

    We must remember that no harm was intended. Before reading those 4 comments, I thought that it was quite good (as good as a dead page could ever be). But maybe the mistake should be noticed, and Chromium should revert back to just the “Oh, snap” message (which could be construed as a Big Bang Theory reference, maybe).

  8. Wow, really? It’s paying homage to Star Trek. Jim is a common name. I lost my mother a few years back but I don’t freak out over everything that has to do with someones mom dying! Jeeze people lighten up…

  9. okay Everyone who complained about this message, because you didn’t read the rest of it or didn’t understand what you were reading and ended up running hours of anti virus scans………. PACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS AND SHIP THEM BACK TO THE MANUFACTURER WITH A NOTE STATING THAT YOUR TOO FUCKING STUPID TO OWN ONE………enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0yXqU-w9U0

  10. Not funny Google- my IT husband just got this message today….a day where he is trying not to panic – a terrible day when his brother, Jim, who is deathly ill, was unexpectedly incarcerated yesterday. Change it.

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