One interesting feature that was introduced since .NET 4.0 was AppDomain.FirstChanceException FirstChanceException MSDN: Occurs when an exception is thrown in managed code, before the runtime searches the call stack for an exception handler in the application domain. This means that whenever an exception occurs in your managed code, all subscribers of above mentioned event will be notified with exception details. It is called first chance because this event is notified to the debugger or subscribers even before the actual program gets it. Event before Try/Catch block (if any) are executed. It serves as "first chance" to take a note of the exception thrown. All exceptions except Stackoverflow and access violation exceptions will be notified to this event. This is subscribed by your Visual Studo debugger, you can verify that by running an sample and throw an exception from your program. You will see following or similar output » Read more