Visual Studio Hangs + SystemCertificates + Fiddler

category: [ Visual Studio ] tags: [ Fiddler ] [ System Certificates ] [ Visual Studio ]
created: 25 Feb 2014 @ 10:51 modified: 02 Aug 2018 @ 19:51

For the last while I have been experiencing weird hangs with Visual Studio 2013. To try identify what was causing the hangs or at least where about the problem was I ran ProcMon.exe on devenv.exe and the point where Visual Studio hung I was getting the below output recursively


This was kind of weird because I'd never seen this before, I logged a Microsoft connect case through Visual Studio's Report a Bug Feature after installing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Feedback Tool which allows a more detailed collection of data for your bug.


After creating this bug I attached a ETL trace using PerfView, if you don't know how to use PerfView you can follow the tutorials on Channel 9 (PerfView Tutorial).

The ETL Trace showed a large amount of time spent on the Certificates which matched what I found with ProcMon.exe


At this point it was pointed out that I should look at how many certs were in my SystemCertificates (C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My\Certificates), I found that I had 2405 certs which was a lot more than usual


At this point we still didn't know what was causing so many certs to be generated. I decided to delete all the certs and see what happens. After a reboot everything was working 100% again Smile

Later I was playing with Fiddler and saw a weird error talking about certificates, I went to the certs folder and saw that there was more there. I deleted them again, went to a https site and saw certs been generated Smile, the reason for so many certs is because I had Decrypt HTTPS traffic option checked


Changed this to not have it checked (because I didn't need it) and now I have a low amount of certs in my System Certificates folder again Smile.

Hope this helps someone else with this random issue Open-mouthed smile


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