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Best VR headsets in 2021 so far

Virtual Reality is slowly becoming standard in gaming. More and more affordable headsets are coming out lowering entry prices and making them affordable for all. But in a sea of new VR headsets, it is important to at least purchase a decent one that will perform nicely and hopefully last longer.

Therefore in today’s article, we will address some of the best options currently available on the market,

Oculus Quest 2

occulus quest 2 VRWith its Rift model, Oculus set itself as a big player in VR. Now the company is slowly bowing out of the dedicated, tethered VR headset with its latest Quest 2 designed to primarily be a standalone headset.

In case you do not know, tethered headset means that the headset itself is connected to your PC and is using its power to drive your VR experience.

Now technical specifications of Quest 2 are pretty OK and it can drive stuff pretty decently and if you want you can purchase the dedicated cable to connect it to your PC for the full experience of games requiring more capable hardware.

Oculus Quest 2 is the cheapest headset on this list and with its stable performance, is highly recommended.

Valve Index VR

valve index vrAlthough the headset itself is nothing revolutionary or special its controllers are. They can track individual finger movements, making games (that take advantage of them) much more immersive than the standard trigger grips on other controllers.

The Index's higher refresh rate makes for smoother action, as well, which is another nice bonus. If you already have an HTC Vive or Vive Cosmos Elite, and their base stations (not the regular Cosmos), you can buy only the controllers.

Sony PlayStation VR

playstation vrThe PlayStation VR is compelling thanks to Sony backing its development, plus the PlayStation 4's affordability and availability compared with gaming PCs. All you need is the headset, a PlayStation 4, and a PlayStation Camera (now included with most PlayStation VR bundles).

Not really the best of the bunch but still one of the top ones for console gaming. Sony is working on a new PlayStation VR system for the PlayStation 5, with redesigned controllers. The new headset hasn't been revealed yet, but the company has released a preview of the new controllers.

HP Reverb G2 VR

HP Reverb G2HP headset is one which you get if you want the best image quality in VR headset, sadly controllers did not follow the same quality of headset itself. But this is still a pretty decent headset overall and worth the purchase.

HTC Vive Cosmos

HTC Vive CosmosHTC's Vive Cosmos is the upgraded version of the Vive. It features a higher resolution and replaces the external base stations with outward-facing cameras for motion tracking. It's a comprehensive package for whole-room VR.

HTC recently released the Vive Pro 2, a high-end VR headset targeting both enterprise users and consumers. This new headset features a 2,448-by-2,448 resolution display for each eye, making it the highest-resolution headset currently available. It's also more expensive than the Cosmos Elite.

Sadly one thing that is bringing this headset down is the price.

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If you are a person which spends a lot of time in front of the computer doing work, then you are aware of the importance of having a proper backup of your archive so if anything bad happens you will lose almost none of the work. We can never tell when we might experience HDD failures or when we might be a victim of cyber attacks, natural disasters,s and other unpredictable circumstances where we could lose all of our data in a matter of minutes. Having a backup of our data is very important but sometimes we are too busy or not around and we miss that data backup we wanted to do, and if in this case disaster strikes we are out of luck and data is lost. To avoid such circumstances, you can set up automatic Windows Backups at a scheduled time. This way it will help to have the loss of important files and documents from unexpected hazards. in order to create automatic backups of your files, you have several options, and below we will explore each one in hopes that you will find one that best suits your needs.
  1. Create automatic file backup with OneDrive

    This is probably the best way to do it because each time when you sign in OneDrive files get backed up right away, files are stored in the cloud and can be accessed on any device via a Microsoft account. To get started, open the Settings app first. Click on the Update & Security category Select the Backup tab from the left pane. Move to the right page and click on the Back up files button that is available under Back up files to OneDrive. Select the folders you want to backup in the cloud, and remove those ones you don’t want to backup. On the next page, click the Start backup button to start the procedure.
  2. Create a backup using File History

    File History is an inbuilt feature that allows users to create automatic file backup on Windows 10. File History allows the users to back up their files in an external or cloud drive at different intervals of time. To create automatic file backup using File History: Press the ⊞ WINDOWS + I to open the Settings app. Click on the Update & Security category and then select the Backup tab from the left pane. Under the Back up using File History section, click on Add a drive button. Now choose the drive to store the backup files. Windows will use this drive for File History. Then turn on the toggle button under Automatically back up my files. This will back up your data to the drive automatically whenever you connect it to the system. Below the toggle button, click on the “More options” link to set how frequently File History will back up. Use the Keep my backups drop-down menu to get the option to configure the time for how long you want to keep your backups. By default, it will keep your backups forever. Under the section Back up these folders, tap on the Add a folder button in order to add one more folder to the backup. Then click on the Add a folder button, under Exclude these folders. This will exclude the files that you don’t want to back up. You can stop the drive from storing backup files to change the backup storage location. To do this, click the Stop using drive option under the Back up to a different drive category.
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    Open Control Panel Click on the System and Security option Scroll down and select the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) button Next click on the Set up backup button, available under the Back up or restore your files section Under the Save backup on section, select the Backup Destination where you want your backup files to get stored On the “Set up backup” page, Windows will ask you to choose the way to backup, check Let me choose checkbox, and then hit the Next button Under the section Computer, select the files and folders you want to backup. Then uncheck the box next to the Include a system image of drives option, and then hit the Next button Now click on the Change schedule link. Set the time and check the box beside Run backup on a schedule button Click OK then select the Save settings and run backup option
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CHKDSK cannot open volume for direct access
One of the most useful built-in tools in Windows 10 is the Check Disk or CHKDSK utility. It is the one that maintains the integrity of the disk that’s connected to a computer which can be launched using the GUI or graphical user interface and using the command line. There are a lot of things that warrant the running of this built-in utility and one of these things is the readability of the disk. Recently, a number of users reported that they encountered an error when they tried to run the CHKDSK utility – the error states, “Cannot open volume for direct access”. This kind of error in CHKDSK appears each time the command line is launched according to the affected users. As per the users who encountered this issue, they receive the following error messages when they tried running a ChkDsk command:
“C:WINDOWSsystem32>chkdsk /f g: Cannot open volume for direct access. C:WINDOWSsystem32>chkdsk /f f: The type of the file system is NTFS. Volume label is 0529357401.”
To fix the “Cannot open volume for direct user access” error, here are some suggestions that might help. Follow them carefully.

Option 1 – Try running the CHKDSK utility on Boot

On the other hand, you can also try to run the CHKDSK utility on Boot so you can fix the error and recover any damaged segments of the drive.
  • Open an elevated Command Prompt and enter this command: chkdsk /x /f /r
  • After that, you will a message that says, “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)”
  • Type Y and tap Enter to schedule a CHKDSK scan once your computer reboots next time.

Option 2 – Try to run the Primary Hard Disk Self Test

The next thing you can do to fix the problem is to run the Primary Hard Disk Self Test by following the steps below.
  • You need to boot your computer into the BIOS first.
  • After that, go to the Diagnostics tab and select the “Primary Hard Disk Self Test” option. Note that it may be different depending on the motherboard with different manufacturers but they should imply the same thing.
  • Now, wait until the test is completed, and then boot your computer normally.

Option 3 – Try to check the hard drive’s health

The next thing you can do to resolve the issue is to check the health of your hard drive using the WMIC utility in the Windows Command Prompt. This utility will check if your hard drive has any problems which resulted in the “Cannot open volume for direct user access” error.

Option 4 – Try to disable various restrictions on your hard drive

You might also want to disable the various restrictions on your hard drive since it is possible that it is encrypted or restricted which explains why you are unable to perform any operations in it and throws the “Cannot open volume for direct user access” error instead. For instance, if you have BitLocker, you can try to disable it and see if it fixes the error or not.

Option 5 – Try to uninstall or disable the Drive Locking feature on your hard drive

You could also look for any Drive Locking feature on your hard drive that tricks disk changes as it might be the root cause of the problem. Thus, if you find one, you need to either uninstall or disable it and then execute a check disk command to resolve the problem.

Option 6 – Try to disable the application service

Disabling the application service can also help you fix the problem. How? Refer to these steps:
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  • Next, scroll down among the list of services and look for the service related to the security software or disk checker software.
  • Once you find it, right-click on that service and select Properties.
  • After that, change its Startup type to Disabled and click on the OK and Apply buttons to save the changes made.
  • Now restart your computer and don’t forget to enable the service back once the disk check is completed.

Option 7 – Try to use Repair Volume via Windows PowerShell

You could also try to use the Repair Volume using Windows PowerShell. All you have to do is open PowerShell as admin and type the “repair-volume -drive letter <DRIVE LETTER>” command and then tap Enter to run Repair Volume. This should resolve the error.
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Error 0x00000024 – A Quick Fix

What is Error 0x00000024?

Error 0x00000024 can be seen when you start up and a screen comes up asking which mode you would startup in. Regardless of the mode you select, it leads up to the Windows screen with the loading bar and your computer crashes from there onwards. When you press F8 in order to select the “Disable Automatic Restart On System Failure” option, that is when this error shows up:
ST0P 0X00000024 (x00190203, 0x82700550, 0xc000012, 0x00000000)
Due to this error, both Safe and Normal modes become inaccessible.

Solution

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If you’re having this error then it is the indication of an issue with the file NTFS.sys. Further, there might also be problems with the IRP (Interrupt Request Packet) or the disk may have been corrupted. There are multiple other causes of this error, including heavy fragmentation of your hard drive or problems caused by your antivirus software.

Further Information and Manual Repair

First and foremost, you are suggested to run Chkdsk. In order to do this, you have to enter your BIOS and select CDROM as your primary booting device. Now follow the below-mentioned steps:
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  2. Press any key to proceed with the boot from CD when you are prompted to do so.
  3. When the Windows XP setup menu shows up, hit the “R” key to proceed with repairing Windows.
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  5. Now, you will see a screen that prompts you to enter your administrator password. Most people don’t have an admin password and in that case, you should simply hit enter and you’d be good to go. If you do have an administrator password, however, then you should type it in, hit enter, and proceed.
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INF file doesn't support this installation
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Option 1 – Try downloading the driver again from the official website of the manufacturer

Usually, you shouldn’t encounter this kind of issue no matter what installation method you used on your Windows 10 PC. However, there are times when the driver itself is corrupted for some reason which is why you are unable to complete the installation and receive an error message instead.

Option 2 – Try checking if the driver is compatible with the OS architecture

It is possible that you’re getting this error if you have a driver that is compatible with a 32-bit system and you are trying to install it on a 64-bit system and vice versa. Thus, you need to check if the driver you are trying to install is compatible with your operating system if you haven’t done it when you’ve downloaded the driver from the website of the manufacturer. To check the system architecture, in the Start Search, type “msinfo32” in the field and hit Enter to open the System Information window. From there, you should see all the information about your operating system. In addition, you can also search “system information” in the Cortana search box and look for the System Type entry and open it.

Option 3 – Try installing the driver from the Device Manager

If you have the driver files on your PC and you have to update a driver, refer to the steps given below to be guided on how to install the driver from the Device Manager.
  • First, click the Start button and type “device manager”.
  • Then click on the “Device Manager” from the search results to open it.
  • From there, look for the driver you want to update, and then right-click on each one of them and select the Update Driver from the menu.
  • After that, click on the “Browse my computer for driver software” option.
  • Next, select the “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer” option and then click the Next button.
  • On the next screen, you should see the “Have Disk” option. Click on this option and then click on the Browse button to go to the location of the file. After that, you shouldn’t have any problem installing the INF file.

Option 4 – Try running the System File Checker Scan

The SFC or System File Checker scan could detect and automatically repair damaged system files that could be causing the “The INF file you selected does not support this method of installation” error. SFC is a built-in command utility that helps in restoring corrupted files as well as missing files. It replaces bad and corrupted system files with good system files. To run the SFC command, follow the steps given below.
  • Tap Win + R to launch Run.
  • Type in cmd in the field and tap Enter.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow
The command will start a system scan which will take a few whiles before it finishes. Once it’s done, you could get the following results:
  1. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  2. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  3. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
 Now restart your computer.
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Fix Failed to play test tone Error in Windows
If you are testing your headphone or your speaker but all of a sudden encountered an error that says, “Failed to play test tone” in your Windows 10 computer, worry not for this post will walk you through how you can fix this problem. The test tone is used to check the right-left balance of the headphones and speakers in your computer, however, if you are not able to use it, there are several options you can check out. You can try to run the Playing Audio troubleshooter or restart the services that are related to Windows Audio. Aside from these, you could also disable Audio Enhancements or you could also change the default test tone rate and bit depth.

Option 1 – Try to run the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

Since the Windows 10 operating system has the Playing Audio Troubleshooter, you can use this troubleshooter to try and fix the problem with the “No Audio Output Device is installed” error. You can access this tool in the Control Panel or in the Taskbar Search and even on the Troubleshooters page of Windows 10. Run this troubleshooter and see if it can fix the issue or not.

Option 2 – Try to restart the Windows Audio-related services

The next thing you can do to fix the problem is to restart the services related to Windows Audio. Although the audio services start automatically on every system boot, there are times when they might fail to start. Thus, you can start these services manually by following these steps:
  • Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run utility and type “services.msc” in the field and hit Enter to open the Services Manager.
  • Then look for the services named “Windows Audio” and “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder”.
  • Double click on each one of these services and check if their Service Status is set to Running or not and also check if the Startup Type is set to Automatic.
  • If none of the services are running, just click on the Start button and select the Automatic option from the drop-down menu.
  • Now click on the Apply and OK buttons to save the changes made and then check if the error is fixed.

Option 3 – Try to update the Audio driver

You might also want to consider updating or the Audio driver as it could help in fixing the error.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and then type in devmgmt.msc and tap Enter or click OK to open the Device Manager.
  • Expand the section for the outdated device drivers.
  • And then select the outdated driver(s) and right-click on it/them.
  • From the drop-down menu, select the Update Driver option and follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version of the driver.
  • Then also click on the option, “Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Restart your PC after the installation.
Note: If updating or reinstalling the Audio driver didn’t work, you can go to the manufacturer’s website and look for the support section where you can download the drivers for your computer. You just need to take note of your PC’s correct model and model number so you can find the appropriate driver.

Option 4 – Try changing the default test tone rate and bit depth

Windows selects a default test tone rate and bit depth depending on your headphone or speaker. This allows you to look for the best sound quality from your audio output device. So if your headphone or speaker has some problems with the default settings, then it’s no wonder why you’re getting the “Failed to play test tone” error. To fix this, you can try to change the default test tone rate and bit depth by following the steps below.
  • First, you need to open the Windows Settings panel and then go to System > Sound.
  • Next, look for the Device properties option located on your right-hand side and click on it.
  • After that, select the Additional device properties option and go to the Advanced tab.
  • From there, select a different test tone rate and bit depth and then click on the Test button.
  • Once done, check if it was able to fix the problem or not.

Option 5 – Try disabling the Sound or Audio enhancements

To make your operating system’s specific hardware sound nothing but perfect, both Microsoft and third-party vendors have shipped audio enhancement packages which are usually referred to as “Audio Enhancements” in Windows 10. However, there are instances when instead of improving the sound or audio quality of your computer, it can cause problems so to fix the problem you need to turn off these audio enhancements. How? Simply follow the steps below.
  • Type in “Sound” in the taskbar search and then from the list of results, select “Sound Control Panel”.
  • After clicking Sound, the Sound properties box will pop up. From there, go to the Playback tab and right-click on the default device i.e. Speakers or Headphones then select Properties.
  • After that, the Speakers properties box will appear. From there, go to the Enhancements tab and select the checkbox for the “Disable all enhancements” option.
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USB ports, just like any other ports, also comes with a power rating. The default power output of a standard USB port is 0.5 amperes and if you notice, mobile phones charge slowly on USB ports which explains why. There are times when Windows may throw an error or warning that says, “Power surge on the USB port”. This kind of error occurs when a connected device tried to draw more power and the error comes as a part of that notification so when you select it, it will say,
“A USB device has malfunctioned and exceeded the power limits of its hub port. You should disconnect the device”.
To easily fix the problem, you can try to disconnect the device and click on Reset and if you click on Close, the port will not work until you unplug it and then restart your computer. On the other hand, if disconnecting the device did not resolve the problem, you can try running the Hardware & USB troubleshooter or use a USB hub. You can also try to reinstall, uninstall or roll back the USB drivers or run the OEM diagnostics. For more information, refer to each one of the potential fixes provided below.

Option 1 – Try to run the Hardware & USB troubleshooter

  • The first thing you need to do is click on Start and then on the gear-like icon to pull up the window for Settings.
  • After opening Settings, look for the Update and Security option and select it.
  • From there, go to the Troubleshoot option located on the left-hand side of the list.
  • Next, select Hardware and Devices from the list and open the Troubleshooter and run it. Once it is doing its job, wait for it to complete the process and then restart the system.
  • After the system restarts, check if the problem’s now fixed. If not, refer to the next option given below.
Note: You could also try to run the USB troubleshooter as it could also resolve the problem.

Option 2 – Try to use a USB hub

If you’ve encountered the error on a specific device, then it is possible that the device requires more voltage. To fix this error, you can try to use the same device on another computer and if you still got the same error, you might want to use a USB hub that comes with its power source. USB hubs come with high-speed charging ports that should be able to supply the power needed for the device.

Option 3 – Update, rollback or reinstall the Universal Serial Bus Controller driver

If updating the drivers of the device did not fix the “The device is not ready” error, you can try to update, rollback, or reinstall the Universal Serial Bus Controller drivers instead of using the Device Manager. Refer to the following steps:
  • First, click the Start button and type “device manager”.
  • Then click on the “Device Manager” from the search results to open it.
  • From there, look for the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” option and then right-click on each one of the USB drivers and select the Update Driver from the menu.
Note: If it is a regular USB drive, then it will be listed as a USB Mass Storage Device but if you have a USB 3.0 device, then look for a USB 3.0 Extensible Host Controller.
  • Restart your PC and then click the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option.
Note: If updating the USB Controller drivers didn’t work, you can try to reinstall them instead.

Option 4 – Try running OEM Diagnostics if you have any

If the laptop or desktop computer you are using is a branded one, OEMs usually include software to diagnose issues in the computer like the USB port error. So if you have this software, try to run it for diagnosis and use any given suggestions to fix the error.
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How to Obliterate PyLocky Ransomware

What is PyLocky ransomware? And how does it execute its attack?

PyLocky ransomware is a file-locking malware created in order to lock important files and demand ransom from victims in exchange for data recovery. This new ransomware uses the .lockymap extension in marking the files it encrypts. It starts to execute its attack by dropping the following malicious payload in the system:
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After dropping its malicious payload, this crypto-malware connects the infected computer to a remote server where it downloads more malicious files and places them on system folders. It then applies a data gathering module used to gather data about the user and the computer. The malicious files that were downloaded earlier along with the data obtained are used for another module called stealth protection. This allows PyLocky ransomware to execute its attack without detection from any security or antivirus programs installed in the system. It also modifies some registry keys and entries in the Windows Registry such as:
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  • HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
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  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnce
Once all the modifications are carried out, PyLocky ransomware will begin encrypting its targeted files using a sophisticated encryption cipher. Following the encryption, it adds the .lockymap extension to each one of the encrypted files and releases a ransom note named “LOCKY-README.txt” which contains the following content:
“Please be advised: All your files, pictures document and data has been encrypted with Military Grade Encryption RSA ABS-256. Your information is not lost. But Encrypted. In order for you to restore your files, you have to purchase a Decrypter. Follow these steps to restore your files. 1* Download the Tor Browser. ( Just type in google “Download Tor“ 2‘ Browse to URL: http://4wcgqlckaazungm.onion/index.php 3* Purchase the Decryptor to restore your files. It is very simple. If you don’t believe that we can restore your files, then you can restore 1 file of image format for free. Be aware the time is ticking. Price will be doubled every 96 hours so use it wisely. Your unique ID : CAUTION: Please do not try to modify or delete any encrypted file as it will be hard to restore it. SUPPORT: You can contact support to help decrypt your files for you. Click on support at http://4wcgqlckaazungm.onion/index.php”

How does PyLocky ransomware spread over the web?

PyLocky ransomware spreads using malicious spam email campaigns. Creators of this threat embed an infected attachment to spam emails and send them using a spambot. Crooks may even use deceptive tactics to trick you into opening the malware-laden immediately which is something you must not do. Thus, before opening any emails, make sure that you’ve thoroughly checked them. To successfully obliterate PyLocky ransomware from your computer, refer to the removal guide laid out below.
  • Step 1: Launch the Task Manager by simply tapping Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
  • Step 2: Under the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the process named facture_4739149_08.26.2018.exe and any suspicious-looking process which takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to PyLocky ransomware.
  • Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
  • Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Control Panel’s list of installed programs.
  • Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for PyLocky ransomware or anything similar, and then uninstall it.
  • Step 6: Next, close the Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
  • Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for PyLocky ransomware’s malicious components such as facture_4739149_08.26.2018.exe and LOCKY-README.txt as well as other suspicious files, then delete all of them.
%TEMP% %WINDIR%System32Tasks %APPDATA%MicrosoftWindowsTemplates %USERPROFILE%Downloads %USERPROFILE%Desktop
  • Step 8: Close the File Explorer.
  • Step 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in Regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
  • Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnce HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnce
  • Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by PyLocky ransomware.
  • Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies Restoring your encrypted files using Windows Previous Versions feature will only be effective if PyLocky ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot. To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
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How to Fix Windows 8 Error Code 0xd0000272

Error Code 0xd0000272 – What is it?

Error code 0xd0000272 occurs when Windows users are unable to activate their operating system. This usually occurs due to activation servers being busy or unavailable and affects Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 users. Common symptoms of the error code include the following:
  • Inability to activate Windows operating system
  • Message box with error code 0xd0000272

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

Windows users affected by error code 0xd0000272 usually receive a message stating that the “activation server is busy or unavailable”. Some users report the error is resolved on its own after a few hours, while others experience activation issues that resolve only after manual repair methods are implemented.

Further Information and Manual Repair

To improve your chances of resolving issues related to Windows activation error codes, use manual repair methods and procedures. These are often successful as they address the issues causing the error codes to occur, whether there be missing or corrupted system files, network connectivity issues, or invalid product keys.

Error code 0xd0000272 may be resolved by simply waiting until later – a few hours at most – to reattempt activation. If, however, the activation process fails, proceed with the methods suggested below or contact a Windows repair technician.

  1. Method One: Verify Internet Connection to Activate Windows

Are network connectivity issues preventing your machine from activating Windows? Check for this issue by verifying whether or not you are connected. Once you’ve been able to check your connection via your Internet settings and troubleshoot your network where necessary, proceed to the Product Activation Wizard.

The Product Activation Wizard will check if you have permission or authorized access to the version of Windows you are attempting to activate. This process usually involves the use of a product key. Once you enter the 25-character code – in the correct order, of course – proceed by selecting the activation option.

If the process is successful, you will be able to complete the activation and access all the features of the Windows edition you have activated. You will also notice the absence of the error code 0xd0000272 message. In cases where this manual repair method is unable to successfully resolve the issue, however, move to the next manual repair procedure on this list.

  1. Method Two: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Another tool available to Windows users is the Windows Update Troubleshooter. You may access the Windows Update Troubleshooter offered on Windows 8 since it does not require an internet connection and runs most of the functions required. To do so, follow the steps below.
  • Step one: Swipe to the right of the screen and click Search
  • Step two: Type Troubleshooting
  • Step three: Click Settings then select Troubleshooting
  • Step four: Under System & Security, click Fix Problems with Windows Update
  • Step five: Select Next

You can also visit Microsoft’s website to access a more comprehensive Windows Update Troubleshoot tool. Download the troubleshooter and run it to fix problems related to Windows Update. Afterward, restart your computer then check the Product Activation Wizard to verify whether or not you can activate Windows 8 or 8.1.  If the problem persists, however, and error code 0xd0000272 reoccurs, proceed to the third manual repair method.

  1. Method Three: Disable Proxy Settings

Your computer’s proxy settings may in some cases interfere with the activation process, resulting in issues like error code 0xd0000272. To fix this problem, first, disable your proxy setting then reattempt the activation process using the Product Activation Wizard.

  • Step one: Press Win + C keyboard combination
  • Step two: Select Settings
  • Step three: Click Change PC Settings
  • Step four: Select Network, then Proxy
  • Step six: Switch proxy server settings to Off

Open the Product Activation Wizard once you’ve disabled the proxy settings. Complete the activation process based on the instructions provided. If you are successful, you will no longer be bothered by error code 0xd0000272 as the symptoms of the error code will not occur.

If, however, this manual repair method fails to resolve the error code, you may need to consider other alternatives. These may include the use of a powerful automated tool. You can also consider getting help from a Windows repair technician as such professionals are able to assess your computer and provide solutions as needed.

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0x80070780, The file cannot be accessed
Error 0x80070780 is a particularly nasty error since it means we can not access files on our hard drive. This might be an important file from work or anything similar and it can be frustrating when we can access it. In this article, we will address solutions to this error so you can continue with your activities where you have left off. Follow the guide step by step in the given order to minimize file damage and find the solution quickly.
  1. Run File and Folder built-in troubleshooter

    The simple and clean solution, try first by running Windows built-in tools. Leave troubleshooter to scan and attempt repairs and try to access a file after that.
  2. Run disk checker

    Maybe the file is corrupted or slightly damaged but repairable, run a built-in Windows disk checker and let it scan and repair any error found. Try accessing your file after the scan.
  3. Try copying file

    If the file is under a bad sector or cluster on a disk drive that could be a reason why you can not access it, try copying the file to another location and then opening it, if the operation fails, boot Windows in safe mode and try to copy or move file then. If you are successful with copying files in safe mode, reboot your computer and try to open the file.
  4. Reinstall the driver for the hard drive

    Like when the driver for USB is not working and you can not access files same can happen on your hard drive. Go to the device manager and reinstall the driver for your hard drive.
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Remove Polimva from your PC

Polimva is a Browser Extension for Google Chrome. This extension offers users the ability to search for any recipe on the web.

From the Author:

Polimva will help you discover new content! You will be exposed to cool and fun content every day! You can search and find new articles, videos, and reviews on daily basis.

-Amazing search experience. -Access to new interesting articles and videos every hour. -Polimva Changes the default search. -Updated content every day. -Follow any channel and topic that you like. -Choose the interface and the design of the results you get every time.
This extension changes your default search engine to Yahoo, and while active it changes the displayed ads on your browser, allowing it to make revenue on every ad you click. While this is not malicious, the extension redirects your search to its servers first before forwarding it to yahoo and displaying search results. The information that is sent back to the servers contains your browsing data & visited web pages. As a result, Polimva is considered a potentially unwanted browser hijacker and if flagged for optional removal.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijackers (also known as hijackware) are a kind of malware that modifies internet browser settings without the computer owner’s knowledge or approval. These kinds of hijacks appear to be rising at an astonishing rate worldwide, and they could be truly nefarious and often harmful too. They are designed to disrupt browser functions for many different reasons. It redirects you to the sponsored websites and injects adverts on the browser which helps its developer generate ad revenue. Even though it might seem naive, all browser hijackers are damaging and therefore always regarded as security threats. What’s more, hijackers could make the entire infected system vulnerable – other destructive malware and viruses will grab these opportunities to get into your computer system effortlessly.

Indications of browser hijack

Here are some signs that suggest you’ve been hijacked: 1. your browser’s home page is reset to some unfamiliar webpage 2. bookmark and the new tab are also modified 3. the default web browser configurations have been changed and/or your default web engine is altered 4. you see multiple toolbars on your web browser 5. your internet browser displays endless pop-up windows 6. your internet browser starts running slowly or displays frequent errors 7. you’re disallowed access to certain websites, for example, the website of an antimalware software manufacturer like SafeBytes.

Exactly how browser hijacker infects PCs

Browser hijackers can enter a PC in some way or other, including via downloads, file sharing, and email also. They can also come from any BHO, extension, add-on, toolbar, or plug-in with malicious purpose. Some internet browser hijackers spread in user’s PC by using a deceptive software distribution method called “bundling” (generally through freeware and shareware). Some of the popular hijackers are Polimva, Conduit Search, Babylon Toolbar, OneWebSearch, Sweet Page, and CoolWebSearch.

The best ways to remove a browser hijacker

Some browser hijacking could be simply corrected by finding and removing the corresponding malware software from your control panel. Unluckily, many of the software applications used to hijack an internet browser are deliberately built to be difficult to remove or detect. You should think of doing manual fixes only if you’re a tech-savvy person since there are possible risks associated with tinkering around with the computer registry and HOSTS file. You can opt for automatic browser hijacker removal methods by simply installing and running an efficient anti-malware program. If you need to get rid of persistent hijackers effectively, install the top-rated, award-winning anti-malware software Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Malware Blocking Internet And All Anti-Malware Software? Do This!

Malware could cause many different types of damage to computer systems, networks, and data. Some malware variants alter browser settings by adding a proxy server or modify the PC’s DNS settings. In such cases, you will be unable to visit certain or all of the websites, and thus unable to download or install the required security software to eliminate the malware. So what to do when malicious software prevents you from downloading or installing Safebytes Anti-Malware? There are a few steps you can take to circumvent this issue.

Use Safe Mode to fix the issue

Safe Mode is a special, simplified version of Microsoft Windows where just bare minimum services are loaded to counteract viruses and also other troublesome applications from loading. In case the malware is set to load immediately when the computer starts, shifting into this mode may well prevent it from doing so. In order to get into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, press F8 while the computer is starting up or run MSConfig and find the “Safe Boot” options in the “Boot” tab. Once you are in safe mode, you can attempt to install your anti-malware software application without the hindrance of the malicious software. Now, you could run the anti-virus scan to eliminate viruses and malware without any interference from another application.

Switch over to a different browser

Certain malware might target vulnerabilities of a specific web browser that block the downloading process. In case you suspect that your Internet Explorer has been hijacked by a trojan or otherwise compromised by cybercriminals, the ideal thing to do would be to switch to an alternate browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari to download your chosen computer security software – Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Install security software on a thumb drive

To successfully eliminate the malware, you might want to approach the issue of running an anti-malware software program on the affected computer system from a different angle. Follow these steps to run the anti-malware on the infected computer. 1) Download the anti-malware on a virus-free PC. 2) Plug in the pen drive to a USB slot on the clean computer. 3) Run the setup program by double-clicking the executable file of the downloaded software, with a .exe file format. 4) Choose a USB flash drive as the location when the wizard asks you exactly where you want to install the program. Follow the instructions on the computer screen to finish off the installation process. 5) Now, plug the pen drive into the corrupted computer. 6) Double-click the EXE file to run the Safebytes software from the thumb drive. 7) Click on “Scan Now” to run a scan on the infected computer for viruses.

A Look at the Best Anti-Malware Program

Want to install the very best anti-malware software for your desktop? There are numerous applications on the market that comes in free and paid versions for Microsoft Windows computers. Some of them are good, some are ok types, and some will destroy your computer themselves! You must be very careful not to choose the wrong product, particularly if you purchase a paid program. On the list of recommended software by industry experts is SafeBytes Anti-Malware, well-known security software for Windows computers. SafeBytes anti-malware is really a powerful, highly effective protection application created to assist end-users of all levels of IT literacy in identifying and removing malicious threats out of their PC. With its outstanding protection system, this software will automatically detect and eliminate most of the security threats, including adware, viruses, browser hijackers, ransomware, trojans, worms, and PUPs. There are plenty of wonderful features you will get with this particular security product. Listed below are a few of the great ones: Robust, Anti-malware Protection: By using a critically acclaimed malware engine, SafeBytes gives multilayered protection that is made to catch and remove viruses and malware that are hidden deep inside your PC. Live Protection: SafeBytes gives you round-the-clock protection for your personal computer limiting malware intrusions instantly. This software will constantly monitor your computer for suspicious activity and updates itself continuously to keep current with the constantly changing threat scenarios. Safe Web Browsing: Through its unique safety rating, SafeBytes tells you whether a website is safe or not to visit it. This will assure that you’re always certain of your safety when browsing the internet. Lightweight Tool: SafeBytes is a lightweight and easy-of-use anti-virus and anti-malware solution. As it utilizes very little computer resources, this application leaves the computer power exactly where it belongs to: with you. 24/7 Support: Expert technicians are at your disposal 24/7! They will quickly fix any technical issues you may be experiencing with your security software. Put simply, SafeBytes has formulated a meaningful anti-malware solution that is aimed to protect your computer against various malware. Malware problems can become a thing of the past when you put this application to use. So if you’re searching for the very best malware removal application out there, and when you don’t mind shelling out a few bucks for it, opt for SafeBytes Anti-Malware.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

To get rid of Polimva manually, navigate to the Add or Remove programs list in the Control Panel and choose the program you want to get rid of. For browser plug-ins, go to your browser’s Addon/Extension manager and select the plug-in you intend to disable or remove. You might even want to reset your home page and search engine providers, and also delete browsing history, temporary files, and internet cookies. If you choose to manually delete the system files and Windows registry entries, use the following checklist to make sure you know exactly what files to remove before undertaking any actions. However, this can be a complicated task and only computer experts can accomplish it safely. Furthermore, certain malware keeps replicating which makes it tough to eliminate. You are advised to do this process in Windows Safe Mode.
Files: %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\epngjnkooalbmphkdlahcdhnfondeicc Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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