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Change date and time inside Windows 11

date and time windows 11Same as Windows 10, Windows 11 also keeps track of date and time using an internet time server. But in a case that you need to change the date or time for any kind of reason here is a guide for that process:

  1. Press ⊞ WINDOWS + I to open settings
  2. Click on Time & Language in Taskbar
  3. Inside Time & Language click on Date & Time
  4. Turn off Set Time Automatically by clicking on the switch next to it
  5. Below find Set the date and time manually and click on Change
  6. Inside, Change Date and Time window use the drop-down menu to set desired date and time

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How to Resolve Socket Error 10060

Socket Error 10060 - What is it?

Socket Error 10060 is basically a connection time-out error. This error occurs when the remote FTP server does not respond to CuteFTP. This time-out error occurs after an FTP session is established but even the server doesn’t respond. The error message is displayed in the following format:
‘Connection timed out. A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host failed to respond.’

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

Socket Error 10060 may occur due to multiple reasons including:
  • Blocked port
  • Data connection incorrect settings
  • When the web proxy connection setting does not allow enough time to receive a response from the destination website and therefore the connection is timed-out.
  • Registry issues
  • Viral infection

Further Information and Manual Repair

Here are some of the best and quick DIY methods to resolve Socket Error 10060 on your PC.

Method 1: Troubleshoot the Web Proxy Connection

This method is workable and effective if Socket Error 10060 occurs only when the web proxy service is used. To execute it, here’s what you need to do: install the Winsock Proxy Client on your PC. Disable the web proxy settings under the LAN settings on the Connections tab of the internet options. Once you disable the settings, then try to go to the website that you giving you the error. If the site is accessible, the error is resolved.

Method 2: Increase Web Proxy Time out Settings

If disabling the web proxy settings doesn’t work, then try increasing time-out settings. To do so, you will also have to modify the registry. Remember serious problems may occur if you modify the registry incorrectly.
  • Here’s what you need to do, click start, run and then type Regedit in the dialogue box.
  • Navigate to the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW3ProxyParameters.
  • On the right side of the Registry Editor, right-click Request TimeoutSecs and then click Modify.
  • Click decimal, they type the number of seconds that you want the proxy service to wait until the session times out.
  • To confirm changes, click OK.
  • Now restart WWW publishing service by going to start, run and type cmd. Click OK to continue.
  • Type net stop iisadmin/y and then press enter. After that type net start iisadmin /y and then press enter. Test the new settings by going to the website that displayed the Socket Error 10060 message.

Method 3: Switch from Passive Mode to Active Port Mode

This method is effective if the error occurs due to incorrect data connection settings. CuteFTP uses passive mode by default so to ensure the error is resolved, you may have to switch from passive mode to active port mode. To make this switch, open the site manager and then click once on the name of the problem website. Now on the Type tab change the data connection type to use the port.

Method 4: Configure Firewall Settings

Sometimes the error may also occur due to Firewall.  To resolve, configure Firewall settings to allow FTP protocol.

Method 5: Download Restoro

Whether the error occurs due to viral infection or registry issues, it is advisable to download Restoro. This is an advanced and multi-functional PC fixer embedded with multiple utilities like antivirus and a registry cleaner. The registry cleaning utility removes junk files, cookies, and invalid entries damaging the registry. It cleans, repairs, and restores the registry while the antivirus removes all types of viruses like spyware and Trojans in seconds thereby resolving socket error code 10060. It is safe, user-friendly, and compatible with all Windows versions. Click here to download Restoro today.
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Fix 0xA00F4244 or 0x200F4244 error in Windows
Error 0xA00F4244 or 0x200F4244 is when Windows can not detect the WEB camera in your system and it is usually accompanied by the message: We can’t find or start your camera. There could be several reasons for this error and in this guide, we will cover all of them in order to help you to get back on track and start using your WEB camera which is perhaps now more required than ever in this world we live in.
  1. Check privacy settings

    With the latest Microsoft Windows updates come the latest issues and it is not strange that privacy settings can become reset or changed when an update is applied. This is a quick fix to this issue and can be the sole reason why you get this error, go to Windows settings, then to privacy and check to see if the WEB camera is turned OFF, if this is the case turn it back ON and make sure that option Allow apps to access your camera is also set to ON.
  2. Check if the camera is enabled

    Sometimes it is by mistake, sometimes by an update but the web camera could be disabled in the device manager of Windows. Right-click on the Windows Start button and click on device manager to open it up, find and expand the cameras category. Right-click on your camera, if it is disabled, you will have the option to enable the camera, if it is enabled and Windows is detecting that it is working fine you will have the option to disable it.
  3. Check antivirus settings

    Antivirus and firewall applications are in today's world and life-essential piece of software but they can sometimes create more harm than good, from stopping windows updates to killing important services of applications and preventing internet access being just some examples of their paranoid behavior. Try disabling or turning your protection software OFF and see if your WEB camera will miraculously come back to life. If this is the case, somewhere in the settings of software there is an option that controls this aspect, try to locate it and set it in that way so you are able to use your camera.
  4. Reinstall camera driver

    If the previous three solutions failed to produce a satisfactory solution then reinstalling the camera driver might fix the problem. Go to your manufacturer's camera website and download the latest driver for your camera. Go to the device manager and uninstall the driver for the camera, then apply the latest driver and reboot the system.
  5. Check connections and cable

    Sometimes an issue is not due to software nature, sometimes it is hardware. Try checking connections and plug the camera in another USB port, twist and turn the cable a little to see is issue cable-related.
  6. Check to see if the application supports your camera

    If Windows has detected the camera and is not reporting any issues with it check your application to see if it can detect your camera and that it supports it fully. Sometimes newer applications tend to support only newer camera models. Try to use the camera in other software as well to see if the problem is with the application you are using.
  7. Try camera on another computer

    If everything else fails, try the camera on another computer to see if it will work there. If the camera is not working there as well it is probably malfunctioned and broken for good. If it does work there, try to find out what is different in that computer in comparison to yours, maybe it is some service running in the background, certain application configuration, Windows version itself, USB port version, or something else.
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Fixing “Could not find this item. This is no longer located in [Path]. Verify the item’s location and try again” Error in Windows 10
If you are trying to access a particular file on your Windows 10 computer either to open, rename or delete it, and you suddenly encounter an error stating, “Could not find this item. This is no longer located in [Path]. Verify the item’s location and try again”, read on for this post will help you out in resolving this issue. If you are able to find and view a file on your computer, you should have clear access to it. And since you are seeing an error message when you try to do something about this file, you are not able to do anything with the file. There are times when this error pops up with the files created by third-party services and that the file’s extension is not defined properly. On the other hand, there are also other obscure causes for this error. To fix it, here are some suggestions you can try.

Option 1 – Delete the file using Command Prompt

If you wish to delete the problematic file and weren’t to, you can use Command Prompt.
  • In the Start menu, type in “Command Prompt” to search for it or you could also click the search button right next to the Start menu and then right-click on the related result and select the option “Run as administrator”.
  • Once you’ve opened Command Prompt, copy and paste the command given below and tap Entre after you do so. You also have to make sure that you key in the correct path where the file is located as well as its name.
rd /s \?X:badfolderpath Note: In the command above, “X” is the placeholder letter so you must input the letter that corresponds to the drive’s letter where the file is located.
  • After that, you will see the “Operation completed successfully” message on your screen. If you don’t, check if you’ve really inputted the correct location of the file or its name.

Option 2 – Use a Command Prompt tweak to rename the file

If you don’t want to delete the file and only want to rename it, you can apply some tweaks using the Command Prompt. Make sure to follow the steps carefully.
  • In the Start menu, type in “Command Prompt” to search for it or you could also click the search button right next to the Start menu and then right-click on the related result and select the option “Run as administrator”.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in “cd” followed by the path where the file is located with this format – “C:\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3”. However, you have to omit the problematic file this time. To put it simply, the last folder in the command must be the folder where the file is located.
  • After inputting the command, tap Enter on your keyboard and then use the set of commands given below. Note that each command is a new line so you need to tap Enter after copying each line.
    • DIR /A /X /P
    • RENAME (the current name of the problematic file) (a non-problematic name)
    • EXIT
Note: Make sure that you only input the current name and the new name separated by a space. You must not write the brackets in the command. If everything goes well, you will now be able to operate the file like you used to before.

Option 3 – Use Command Prompt to delete the file without any extension

This option applies to cases where the affected file does not have any viable extension which means that Windows does not really know what to do with it and it only displays the “Could not find this item. This is no longer located in [Path]. Verify the item’s location and try again” error message. It usually occurs with the files created by browser plugins that are mostly from Mozilla Firefox. To delete these kinds of files, here’s what you have to do:
  • Follow the first two steps from the previous option above so you can navigate to the location of the file accurately just be careful in inputting the folders.
  • Don’t forget to tap Enter right after each command and then use the next command below so you can delete the affected file which has no extension:
del *.*
  • After you’re done, open the File Explorer and then check if the file is now deleted or not.

Option 4 – Try using another workaround without using Command Prompt

This option is a lot like a workaround but it definitely gets the job done for you. It’s ideal for you if you do not want to deal with Command Prompt and only want to do everything in a graphical environment. To get started, follow the steps below.
  • Look for the affected file or folder on your PC using File Explorer. Once you found it, right-click on it and select the “Add to archive” option from the context menu.
  • Once the archiving options window pops up, look for the “Delete files after archiving” option and make sure that you select it then click OK to start archiving the folder or file. After that, you should now notice the file no longer exists.
  • After that, delete the archive file as well.
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3 Kings of VR 2022 edition

Virtual Reality or VR for short has come a long way from its infant stage and as 2022 is in half period we are looking at the VR market and reflecting on what has changed in one year. For starters, games have increased in quality and quantity while the hardware price has decreased making the whole VR experience a little closer to a wider audience.

Many companies have tried to get on the VR bandwagon but also many have failed. What remained are staples in VR hardware from large companies that have started with VR early and kept improving their headsets.

So with great pleasure, we are presenting the remaining best 3 virtual headsets so far of 2022 brought to you from Sony, Valve, and Meta.

SONY PLAYSTATION VR

sony playstation vr

If you want VR on consoles then there is really one option, and that is SONY VR. Premium Virtual Reality solution from SONY, sadly you can do this only on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. Sony managed to pull off great quality hardware and packed with its exclusives on playstore at a very affordable price that is still cheaper than other products.

While waiting for the Sony PlayStation VR2 headset this one is still a great option and quality is still among the top of the game. From the time of its release until today, many AAA titles have been released for it as exclusives that you can not play any other way and some of them are really worth it.

VALVE Index

valve index

Altho there are headsets like HTC Vive Cosmos Elite that have some features that place it as a better solution than Valve Index, Index is still an overall better VR headset as a whole product but its price is something that is keeping it still way out of reach of your standard user. The price, however, is really an illusion since it applies only when buying the system first time, you see Valve has created this headset as a modular design system making it upgradable meaning that you can, for example, buy newer controllers only and they will work perfectly with rest of hardware.

The modular design will save you money when you want to upgrade your VR system but as said entry price is steep. Besides its somewhat higher price than competitors, it is also notable that Index is a positional tracking VR set which means that it relies on a base station in order to locate the user. This means that once set, it is not so easy to change its location of use.

However, its quality and steam use are unmatched, high-quality games and compatibility that no other headset with steam will even pull off probably make Index one of the 3 best headsets out there. Half-life Alyx, arguably and currently one of the best VR games ever made so far was specifically designed for Valve Index and other games are behaving also incredibly nice with this headset, so if you want a great powerhouse for PC VR gaming, you will no go wrong in purchasing Valve Index.

META QUEST 2

meta quest 2

Cheapest of the three and coming in various iterations, Meta has established itself from the beginning as a leading player in VR technology with its oculus line of products. Quest 2 is the next product in their line and it comes with 128GB and 256GB versions.

Meta has removed the need for the Facebook account for its VR systems and now you can use them without the need to send any kind of data to meta. Priced fairly for its entry 128 models this standalone VR set improves in any way possible from its previous iteration and sets the bar for what will come in VR's future.

Offering both wired and wi-fi connection with its standalone battery Quest 2 also is packed with a large library of games and it is user friendly as your typical game console but still allows some under-the-hood tinkering if you wish so.

Also, Meta's Vr solution since it uses inside-out tracking makes it incredibly easy to just pick it up and carry it with you wherever you go.

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Fix Element Not Found for Bootrec /Fixboot
One of the most useful utilities for advanced users in Windows is the Windows command line or Command Prompt. It is efficient in fixing system files, checking the disk for errors as well as other intensive tasks that are made convenient using this. One of the tasks you can carry out using Command Prompt is repairing the Windows bootup process if it encounters any issues. However, if you tried running the “bootrec/fixboot” command and you receive an error message saying, “Element not found”, read on as this post will guide you in fixing this error. This kind of error in the command line could be due to a damaged BCD or MBE, inactive system partition, or it could also be that there is no drive letter being assigned to the EFI partition. Whichever the case is, here are some possible fixes that should help you resolve the problem.

Option 1 – Try to repair BCD

As mentioned the error could be caused by a damaged BCD and so to fix the problem, you need to repair BCD by following these steps:
  • First, make sure that you have a bootable Windows 10 USB drive with you and use it to boot your computer.
  • Once you’re on the Welcome Screen, click on Next.
  • After that, click on Repair your computer located at the bottom-left portion of the window.
  • Then select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.
  • After you open the Command Prompt window, execute the following command:
bootrec /fixboot
  • Afterward, enter the next command below to rename the BCD file:
ren BCD BCD.bak
  • Next, type the following command and make sure to replace “b:” with the letter of your bootable drive attached to your computer.
bcdboot c:Windows /l en-us /s b: /f ALL
  • Now, wait until the process is completed and restart your computer to successfully apply the changes made.

Option 2 – Try assigning the drive letter to the EFI partition

  • Tap the Win + X keys or right-click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) to open Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • Then type the following command to start the Diskpart utility:
diskpart
  • After that, if you receive a UAC prompt, just click on Yes to proceed.
  • Next, type the following command to list all the volumes created on your PC including both types of partitions that are visible to a normal user in the File Explorer as well as the ones created by Windows 10 by default which helps it in storing the boot files and other important system files:
list volume
  • Now type the following command to select the desired volume:
select volume number
  • Then type the following command to assign a letter to the selected volume:
assign letter=<LETTER>
Note: Make sure to replace “<LETTER>” with the letter you want to allocate to that partition. Afterward, it will assign a letter to the selected volume.
  • Reboot your PC to apply the changes made.

Option 3 – Try setting the System Partition to Active

Like the first given option, you also have to make sure that you have a bootable Windows 10 USB drive before you proceed to set the System Partition to Active. Once you have it covered, refer to these steps:
  • Boot your computer using the bootable Windows 10 USB drive.
  • Next, click Next when you get to the Welcome Screen.
  • Then click on Repair your computer located at the bottom left part of the window and select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type the following command and hit Enter to start the Diskpart utility. It is a command line-based utility just like Command Prompt but has a UAC prompt once you provoke it. So if you encounter a UAC prompt, just click on Yes to proceed.
diskpart
  • Now type the following command:
list disk
  • From there, select your primary disk by typing the following command:
select disk number
  • After that, list all the partitions on the selected disk by entering the following command:
list partition
  • The command you just entered will list all the partitions created on your PC including both types of partitions that are visible to a normal user in the File Explorer as well as the ones created by Windows 10 by default which helps it in storing the boot files and other important system files.
  • Now type the following command to select the partition that is usually around 100 MB in size:
select partition number
  • Finally, type the following command to mark the partition active:
active
  • Then type the “exit” command to exit the disk part utility.
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Fix Feature Update failed, error 0x8007000e
In every task carried out in the Windows 10 operating system, some of them don’t go smoothly and it could encounter a couple of errors along the way. One of these errors you could encounter is the Windows Update error code 0x8007000e. This particular error was reported to occur a lot when downloading and installing a Feature update via Windows Updates. And recently, it has been reported to occur a couple of times for the Windows 10 1903 May 2019 update. According to security experts, this error could be caused by a lack of memory or disk space as well as issues in the Windows Update mechanism. Whatever the cause is, troubleshooting this problem shouldn’t be hard as this post will give you some potential fixes you can check out. To fix this error, here are some options you need to consider:

Option 1 – Clear up temporary or junk files

The error could be caused by some temporary or junk files in your computer and so you need to clear them up to fix the problem. You can achieve that using the Storage Sense feature.
  • Open Setting > System > Storage from the WinX Menu.
  • From there, you will see a list of all the local and connected storage devices along with the details on the free space. Make sure that Storage Sense is on.
  • Next, find a link that says “Free Up Space” and click it to open.
  • After that, a screen which is the built-in program in Windows 10 will appear and will scan your computer for the following junk files so you can free up disk space:
    • Windows Upgrade Log Files
    • System created Windows Error Reporting Files
    • Thumbnails
    • Temporary Internet Files
    • Previous Windows Installation Files
    • Delivery Optimisation Files
    • DirectX Shader Cache
  • Choose the files you want to get rid of and then click on the remove files option. Note that you’ll have an idea of the total size as you select any of the junk files listed above.
  • Now go to the “Free Up Space Now” section and click the Clear Now button. This will get rid of all the temporary or junk files in your computer and should hopefully fix the Windows Update error 0x8007000e.

Option 2 – Reset the Windows Update components

If by any chance that the second option didn’t work, resetting the Windows Update components could also help you resolve the problem. How? Refer to the following steps:
  • Open Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • After that, type each one of the following commands and hit Enter after you key in one after the other.
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop cryptsvc
    • net stop bits
    • net stop msiserver
Note: The commands you entered will stop the Windows Update components such as Windows Update service, Cryptographic services, BITS and MSI Installer.
  • After disabling WU components, you need to rename both the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders. To do that, type each one of the following commands below and don’t forget to hit Enter after you type one command after the other.
    • ren C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution/SoftwareDistribution.old
    • ren C:/Windows/System32/catroot2/Catroot2.old
  • Next, restart the services you’ve stopped by entering another series of commands. Don’t forget to hit Enter after you key in one command after the other.
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start cryptsvc
    • net start bits
    • net start msiserver
  • Close Command Prompt and reboot your PC.

Option 3 – Try configuring the Windows Update-related Services

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Then type “cmd” in the field and tap Enter to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  • Next, execute the following commands. Note that you have to type and enter each the command one after the other.
    • SC config wuauserv start= auto
    • SC config bits start= auto
    • SC config cryptsvc start= auto
    • SC config trustedinstaller start= auto
  • The commands you executed will make sure that the Windows Update-related services are available. Once it’s done, restart your computer and see if the Windows Update error is now fixed.

Option 4 – Try running the Windows Update troubleshooter

Windows 10 have various troubleshooters that can help you resolve many system issues. So if you’re dealing with Windows Update errors like Error 0x8007000e, you can run the Windows Update troubleshooter to resolve it. To run it, go to Settings and then select Troubleshoot from the options. From there, click on Windows Update and then click the “Run the troubleshooter” button. After that, follow the next on-screen instructions and you should be good to go.

Option 5 – Try to use the Media Creation tool

The Media Creation tool in Windows allows you to use the ISO installation file to make a bootable device that you can use to install Windows on your PC. Note that this is kind of different from the usual installation process as it could erase your computer’s current settings and data on the primary drive. Thus, before you proceed, you need to backup all your data into some removable drive and then use the Media Creation tool to make a bootable drive.
  • After making the bootable drive, you need to plug it in your computer and then reboot.
  • Next, tap the F10 or Esc key to open the boot options.
  • Now set the boot priority of the removable drive the highest. Once the setup comes forth, follow the next onscreen instructions and install Windows without any problems.
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How to Fix ISDone.dll Error in Windows
As you know, games with good graphics and fast play are definitely resource-intensive and can consume a lot of storage space on your computer. Because of that, they have to be compressed before it gets downloaded to your computer and then unpacked to the hard drive before it gets installed. However, if an error occurs in your computer’s RAM during the installation process or if your hard disk does not have enough memory to handle the process, then you might encounter the isDone.dll error which states:
“An error occurred when unpacking, Unarc.dll returned error code -1, ERROR: archive data corrupted (decompression fails).”
If you encounter the isDone.dll error message on your Windows 10 computer, then read on as this post will show you how you can fix it. This error has something to do with the incomplete installation of PC games or files of larger size. The ISDone.dll error appears due to faulty Unarc.dll file residing in the System32 folder on 32-bit operating systems and the SysWOW64 folder on 64-bit systems. So, if you see this error message, then, it means your computer was not able to read installation archive files.

What is Unarc.dll file?

Unarc.dll is a dynamic link library for Windows. Some applications or games require this file to function properly. So, if it goes missing or, an error occurs when you start a game or an application, you may get various kinds of errors. ISDone.dll error while playing games on PC

Option 1 – Try to reinstall the game

The isDone.dll error could also be caused by the installation of an unknown application. Or it could also be caused by an outdated or corrupted application. In other words, if the game you are trying to install is broken or corrupted, then it’s no wonder why you’re getting the isDone.dll error. To fix this, make sure that you download the latest updated version of the game and then try to install it again and see if the problem is resolved or not.

Option 2 – Try to re-register the .dll file using the Regsvr32 tool

  • The first thing you have to do is to locate the DLL file named dll on your computer and rename it to Unarc-bak.dll.
  • Next, copy the Unarc.dll file from another well-functioning computer and save it on your desktop.
  • After that, move the DLL file you just copied to the System32 folder if you are using a 32-bit operating system, or the SysWOW64 folder if you are using a 64-bit operating system.
  • Now you have to register the new DLL file and you can do that using Windows PowerShell.
  • Open Windows PowerShell and then execute this command if you have placed the DLL file in the System32 folder: regsvr32 %systemroot%System32unarc.dll
  • On the other hand, if you have placed the DLL file in the SysWOW64 folder, then execute this command: regsvr32 %systemroot%SysWOW64unarc.dll
  • Once you’re done, a message will be displayed saying that the DLL file was registered.
  • Restart your computer and check if the problem is now fixed.

Option 3 – Troubleshoot the isDone.dll error in a Clean Boot State

You can also troubleshoot the isDone.dll error in a Clean Boot state. It could be that there are some third-party applications in your computer that're preventing the application from getting installed and to isolate this possibility, you need to boot your computer in a Clean Boot State and then try installing the program again. Putting your computer in this state can help you identify which program is the culprit and thus isolates the problem. In a Clean Boot state, your computer will start using only the pre-selected minimal set of drivers and startup programs. Note that you have to disable and enable one process at a time.
  • Log onto your PC as an administrator.
  • Type in MSConfig in the Start Search to open the System Configuration utility.
  • From there, go to the General tab and click “Selective startup”.
  • Clear the “Load Startup items” check box and make sure that the “Load System Services” and “Use Original boot configuration” options are checked.
  • Next, click the Services tab and select the “Hide All Microsoft Services” check box.
  • Click Disable all.
  • Click on Apply/OK and restart your PC. (This will put your PC into a Clean Boot State. And configure Windows to use the usual startup, just simply undo the changes.)
  • After you’ve set your computer into a Clean Boot State, make sure that you’re signed in as administrator and then try to install the application again.

Option 4 – Try updating or reinstalling your Graphics drivers

Updating or reinstalling the Graphics drivers in your computer can also help in resolving compatibility issues between the operating system and the driver that might have caused the isDone.dll error.
  • First, boot your computer into Safe Mode.
  • After that, tap the Win + R keys to launch Run.
  • Type in devmgmt.msc into the box and tap Enter or click OK to open the Device Manager.
  • After that, a list of device drivers will be displayed. From there, look for the Display Adapters and click on them.
  • After that, right-click on each entry under the Display Adapters and select the “Uninstall Device” option from the menu.
  • Now restart your computer.
  • After restarting your computer, go to the Settings app and Check for Updates in the Windows Update section.
Note: You also have the option to go directly to the website of your graphics card manufacturers like NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD and go to the section called Drivers then check if there’s a new available update – if there is, download and install it.

Option 5 – Try scanning your computer using Windows Defender

The isDone.dll error might also be infected with malware or virus and to eliminate it, you have to scan your computer using security programs like Windows Defender.
  • Tap the Win + I keys to open Update & Security.
  • Then click on the Windows Security option and open Windows Defender Security Center.
  • Next, click on Virus & threat protection > Run a new advanced scan.
  • Now make sure that Full Scan is selected from the menu and then click the Scan Now button to get started.
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Completely Remove SweetIM From Computer

SweetIM Toolbar for Internet Explorer is a browser add-on which adds various shortcuts to your browsers for easy access. This toolbar also changes your homepage to home.sweetim.com. The toolbar is typically bundled with the free Sweet Instant Messenger program and does not necessarily get uninstalled when Instant Messenger is removed from the user’s PC. Additionally, if the home page and search settings were modified by this toolbar, they need to be manually reverted back by the user.

This extension injects various ads into your browser search results and changes your default search engine. While you are browsing the internet, this software records your website surfing data, clicks, and possibly private information. Several Anti-virus programs have classified SweetIM Toolbar as a potentially unwanted application and are not recommended to keep.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijacking means that a malicious program code has power over and modified the settings of your web browser, without your approval. They are made to disrupt browser functions for many different reasons. Generally, the idea would be to force users to visit particular sites that are looking to increase their visitor traffic and produce higher ad revenue. Most people assume that such websites are legitimate and harmless but that is incorrect. Nearly every browser hijacker poses an actual threat to your online safety and it is vital to categorize them under privacy dangers. On top of that, hijackers can make the whole infected system vulnerable – other harmful malware and viruses would grab these opportunities to intrude into your system effortlessly.

Major signs that an internet browser has been highjacked

The common signs that indicate having this malicious software on your PC are: the home page of your respective browser is changed unexpectedly; bookmark and the new tab are also modified; the default search engine and the default web browser settings are altered; discover new toolbars that you didn’t add; you find lots of pop-up ads on your computer screen; web pages load very slowly and sometimes incomplete; Inability to navigate to particular sites, particularly antivirus and also other computer security software websites.

Exactly how they get into your computer or laptop

There are several ways your computer can get infected with a browser hijacker. They usually arrive by way of spam e-mail, via file sharing websites, or by a drive-by download. Many browser hijackings originate from add-on software, i.e., toolbars, browser helper objects (BHO), or extensions added to browsers to give them additional features. A browser hijacker may also come bundled up with some freeware that you unwittingly download to your computer system, compromising your internet security. A good example of some notorious browser hijackers includes Anyprotect, Conduit, Babylon, SweetPage, DefaultTab, RocketTab, and Delta Search, but the names are continually changing. Browser hijackers can record user keystrokes to gather potentially invaluable information that leads to privacy concerns, cause instability on systems, severely disrupt the user experience, and eventually slow down the PC to a stage where it becomes unusable.

Removal

Some browser hijacking could be quite easily corrected by identifying and removing the corresponding malware application through your control panel. But, many browser hijackers are hard to eliminate manually. Regardless of how much you attempt to remove it, it may keep returning over and over. You should consider doing manual repairs only if you are a tech-savvy person, as there are risks associated with tinkering around with the computer registry and HOSTS file. Browser hijackers could be effectively removed by installing the anti-malware application on the affected computer. One of the finest tools for repairing browser hijacker malware is Safebytes Anti-Malware. It will help you get rid of any pre-existing malware on your computer and gives you real-time monitoring and protection from new internet threats. Along with the antivirus tool, a PC optimizer will help you in getting rid of all related files and modifications in the registry automatically.

Can't Install Safebytes Anti-malware because of Malware? Do This!

Viruses could potentially cause a great deal of damage to your personal computer. Certain malware variants alter browser settings by including a proxy server or change the computer’s DNS settings. In such cases, you will be unable to visit certain or all internet sites, and thus unable to download or install the necessary security software to remove the infection. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re stuck with a virus infection that is preventing you to download or install Safebytes Anti-Malware software on your system. Although this kind of issue will be difficult to get around, there are some actions you can take.

Eliminate malware in Safe Mode

The Windows-based PC has got a special mode referred to as “Safe Mode” in which only the minimum required programs and services are loaded. If the malware is blocking access to the internet and affecting your computer, launching it in Safe Mode enables you to download anti-virus and run a diagnostic scan while limiting potential damage. To boot into Safe Mode, hit the “F8” key on the keyboard just before the Windows logo screen shows up; Or after normal Windows boot up, run MSCONFIG, check the Safe Boot under the Boot tab, and then click Apply. As soon as you restart the PC into Safe Mode with Networking, you can download, install, and update the anti-malware program from there. At this point, you can actually run the anti-virus scan to remove computer viruses and malware without any hindrance from another malicious application.

Switch over to an alternate browser

Malicious code could exploit vulnerabilities on a specific internet browser and block access to all antivirus software sites. If you appear to have malware attached to Internet Explorer, then switch over to an alternate internet browser with built-in safety features, such as Firefox or Chrome, to download your preferred antivirus program – Safebytes.

Make a bootable USB anti-virus drive

Another solution is to create a portable antivirus program onto your USB thumb drive. Follow these steps to run the anti-virus on the affected PC. 1) On a clean computer, install Safebytes Anti-Malware. 2) Mount the USB drive onto the same computer. 3) Double-click the Setup icon of the anti-malware software to run the Installation Wizard. 4) Pick a USB flash drive as the place when the wizard asks you exactly where you want to install the application. Follow activation instructions. 5) Disconnect the USB drive. You may now utilize this portable antivirus on the infected computer. 6) Double-click the EXE file to open the Safebytes program from the thumb drive. 7) Click “Scan Now” to run a complete scan on the infected computer for viruses.

Overview of SafeBytes Anti-Malware

Nowadays, an anti-malware program can protect your laptop or computer from different forms of online threats. But wait, how do choose the best one amongst plenty of malware protection applications that’s available on the market? You may be aware, there are numerous anti-malware companies and tools for you to consider. A few of them are good, some are ok types, and some will affect your computer themselves! You should go with a product that has gained a strong reputation and detects not just viruses but other kinds of malware as well. On the list of highly recommended applications by industry, analysts are SafeBytes Anti-Malware, a well-known security application for Windows computers. SafeBytes anti-malware is a trusted software that not only protects your system completely but is also very user-friendly for people of all ability levels. Once you’ve got installed this application, SafeBytes advanced protection system will ensure that absolutely no viruses or malicious software can seep through your PC. There are many great features you’ll get with this security product. Listed below are some of the great ones: Active Protection: SafeBytes offers complete and real-time security for your laptop or computer. This tool will constantly monitor your PC for suspicious activity and updates itself regularly to keep current with the latest threats. Antimalware Protection: With its advanced and sophisticated algorithm, this malware elimination tool can identify and remove the malware threats hiding within your computer system effectively. Web protection: Through its unique safety score, SafeBytes informs you whether a site is safe or not to visit it. This will make sure that you’re always certain of your safety when browsing the net. Lightweight Tool: This program is not “heavy” on the computer’s resources, so you’ll not see any overall performance difficulties when SafeBytes is operating in the background. 24/7 Live Expert Support: Support service is available 24 x 7 x 365 days via chat and email to answer your concerns.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove SweetIM without the use of an automated tool, it may be possible to do so by removing the program from the Windows Add/Remove Programs menu, or in cases of browser extensions, going to the browsers AddOn/Extension manager and removing it. You will likely also want to reset your browser. To ensure the complete removal, manually check your hard drive and registry for all of the following and remove or reset the values accordingly. Please note that this is for advanced users only and may be difficult, with incorrect file removal causing additional PC errors. In addition, some malware is capable of replicating or preventing deletion. Doing this in Safe Mode is advised.

The following files, folders, and registry entries are created or modified by SweetIM

Files: File %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerconfusersmain_user_config.xml. File %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerdatacontentdbcache_indx.dat. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerdefault.xml. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengermgYahooMessengerAdapter.dll. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengermsvcp71.dll. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengermsvcr71.dll. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesAudibleButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesDisplayPicturesButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesEmoticonButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesGamesButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesKeyboardButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesNudgeButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesSoundFxButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimagesWinksButton.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerSweetIM.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerdefault.xml. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesabout.html. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesaffid.dat. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesbasis.xml. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesbing.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesclear-history.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcescontent-notifier.js. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcescontent-notifier-anim.gif. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcescontent-notifier-anim-over.gif. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesdating.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesdictionary.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcese_cards.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceseye_icon.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceseye_icon_over.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesfind.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesfree_stuff.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesgames.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesglitter.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesgoogle.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceshelp.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceshighlight.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceslocales.xml. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceslogo_16x16.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceslogo_21x18.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceslogo_32x32.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourceslogo_about.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesmore-search-providers.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesmusic.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesnews.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesoptions.html. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesphotos.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcessearch-current-site.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesshopping.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet ExplorerresourcesSmileySmile.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet ExplorerresourcesSmileyWink.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcessweetim_text.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcestoolbar.xml. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesversion.txt. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesvideo.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesweb-search.png. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesweb-toolbar.js. File %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresourcesyahoo.png. Registry: Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerconfusers. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerconf. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerdatacontentdb. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerdata. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerlogs. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessengerupdate. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMMessenger. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorercache. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorer. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIMToolbars. Directory %COMMONAPPDATASweetIM. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresourcesimages. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessengerresources. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMMessenger. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerconf. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet ExplorerMicrosoft.VC90.CRT. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorerresources. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbarsInternet Explorer. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIMToolbars. Directory %PROGRAMFILESSweetIM. Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT named SWEETIE.IEToolbar.1, plus associated values. Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT named SWEETIE.IEToolbar, plus associated values. Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT named SweetIM_URLSearchHook.ToolbarURLSearchHook.1, plus associated values. Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT named SweetIM_URLSearchHook.ToolbarURLSearchHook, plus associated values. Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT named Toolbar3.SWEETIE.1, plus associated values. Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT named Toolbar3.SWEETIE, plus associated values. Key 4D3B167E-5FD8-4276-8FD7-9DF19C1E4D19 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib. Key 82AC53B4-164C-4B07-A016-437A8388B81A at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. Key A4A0CB15-8465-4F58-A7E5-73084EA2A064 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. Key EEE6C35B-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. Key EEE6C35C-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. Key EEE6C35C-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects. Key EEE6C35D-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. Key EEE6C35E-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib. Key EEE6C35F-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib. Key EEE6C360-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes. Key EEE6C360-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes. Key 878E59AD181B66344A3316549572708A at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInstallerProducts. Key E54D4DC11584D69448F0C2E257E2FC7B at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInstallerProducts. Key Install at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSweetIM. Key Messenger at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARESweetIM. Key SweetIM.exe at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp Paths. Key SweetIM at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware. Key SweetIM at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE. Key Toolbars at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSweetIM. Key Toolbars at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARESweetIM. Value (Default) at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp PathsSweetIM.exe. Value EEE6C35B-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbarWebBrowser. Value EEE6C35B-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar. Value EEE6C35D-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847 at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerURLSearchHooks. Value Path at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp PathsSweetIM.exe. Value simapp_id at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSweetIM. Value simapp_id at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARESweetIM.
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How to add Windows Store games to Steam
  1. Open the Steam app and select Add a Game.
  2. Click Add a Non-Steam Game and choose Browse.
  3. Access: C:\Windows\
  4. Then, scroll down, open explorer.exe, and click Add Selected Programs.
  5. Hold Windows + R keyboard shortcut, type shell:AppsFolder, then press Enter.
  6. Select the game you want to add, right-click on it, and choose Create Shortcut.
  7. Right-click on the desktop shortcut, go to Properties, type in Target Type or Target, delete the shortcut.
  8. Go to Steam, access Library, select Games, right-click on the game explorer, choose Properties, choose the name of the game you want to add.
  9. Choose Select Launch Options, write: shell:AppsFolder\<Target Type or Target Here>
  10. Click OK, then Close.
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MS Store and Electron Bot

So, what is Electron bot, and why it even matters if it is in the MS store. Electron bot is malware that somehow found its way inside MS Store via game clones of popular games temple run and subway surfer. This infiltration led to the infection of around 5000 systems over the globe in a very short period of time.

electron bot malware

This malware is a backdoor that gives complete system control to the attacker. Any type of execution can be performed remotely in real-time. Usually, this kind of attack was aimed at a spread of click fraud over popular social media like Facebook, google, youtube, etc.

Primary goal

Electron Bot's primary goals in the ongoing campaign analyzed by researchers are:

  • SEO poisoning – Create malware-dropping sites that rank high on Google Search results.
  • Ad clicking – Connect to remote sites in the background and click on non-viewable advertisements.
  • Social media account promotion – Direct traffic to specific content on social media platforms.
  • Online product promotion – Increase store rating by clicking on its advertisements.

These functions are offered as services to those who want to increase their online profits illegitimately, so the gains for the malware operators are indirect.

Publishers that contain malware

For now, users may take note of the publishers who released confirmed malicious game apps using the following names:

  • Lupy games
  • Crazy 4 games
  • Jeuxjeuxkeux games
  • Akshi games
  • Goo Games
  • Bizzon Case
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