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Change the Taskbar Size in Windows 11

Default Taskbar inside Windows 11 is pretty good if we are talking about its height. Sitting at 48 pixels it is a pretty decent size considering functionality and size ratio but if you want to make it a little larger or smaller know that you can do that as well in order to customize it for your personal needs.

Sadly in order to actually change height size, you will have to do it inside the registry editor, but worry not, we are here with you to guide you all the way, one step at a time.

Also, note that you can only change Taskbar from normal size of 48px to either small of 32px or large gapping at 72px. Icons will also be scaled proportionally with the taskbar.

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  1. Press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to open the run dialog
  2. Inside run dialog type in RegEdit and press ENTER
  3. In registry editor locate and find HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  4. Right Click on it to select it and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value
  5. Name the value TaskbarSi
  6. Inside TaskbarSi double click in order to set the value to 0 if you want a small size Taskbar, 1 is if you want to revert back to medium (standard one), or type in 2 if you want a large Taskbar.
  7. Save and close the Registry editor
  8. Reboot PC

And there you go, you have successfully changed Taskbar size inside Windows 11. If you want to revert back to standard size just repeat steps and place 1 as a value in point 6.

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Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you do not want to use malware removal software and like to remove VideoDownload Converter manually, you may do so by going to the Add/Remove Programs menu in the control panel and deleting the offending software; in cases of web browser extensions, you could uninstall it by going to the browsers Add-on/Extension manager. You may even want to reset your internet browser settings, and also delete temporary files, browsing history, and cookies. Finally, examine your hard disk for all of the following and clean your registry manually to remove leftover application entries following an uninstallation. Please keep in mind that this is for advanced users only and could be difficult, with wrong file removal causing additional PC errors. Furthermore, certain malware is capable of replicating or preventing removal. Doing this malware-removal process in Safe Mode is recommended.
Files: LOCALAPPDATA\VideoDownloadConverterTooltab\TooltabExtension.dll Folders: LOCALAPPDATA\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikgjglmlehllifdekcggaapkaplbdpje LOCALAPPDATA\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\ikgjglmlehllifdekcggaapkaplbdpje LOCALAPPDATA\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ikgjglmlehllifdekcggaapkaplbdpje LOCALAPPDATA\VideoDownloadConverterTooltab Registry: key VideoDownloadConverter at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ key VideoDownloadConverterTooltab Uninstall Internet Explorer at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\
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Fix NTOSKRNL.exe high CPU, Memory & Disk usage
This post will guide you in fixing high CPU, Memory, and Disk usage problems caused by NTOSKRNL.exe. NTOSKRNL stands for “NT Operating System Kernel. This file is a kernel image that is responsible for a lot of systems-based processes such as Hardware Virtualization, Process, and Memory. Aside from that, it is also the one that compresses the old pages of memory that reduces the overall amount of memory being used. If you notice that your computer is running slowly and you find that the NTOSKRNL.exe file is hogging your resources such as disk usage, CPU usage as well as memory usage, then read on as this post will guide you in fixing the problem caused by NTOSKRNL.exe. Make use of the options given below to resolve the issues caused by NTOSKRNL.exe. 1] Scan your computer for potential malware There might be a good chance that your computer might be infected with malware. And this malware might be associated with the NTOSKRNL.exe file and hence making it consume a lot of system resources. So, I would really recommend you to make sure that your Antivirus is up to date and then scan your computer with it specifically the C:/Windows/System32 folder because this is the location where the NTOSKRNL.exe file is located.

Option 1 – Put your computer in a Clean Boot State

The first thing you have to do is to put your computer in a Clean Boot State as this can help you in finding any incompatible programs that are causing the problem.
  • 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.)
  • From there, start to isolate the problem by checking which one of the programs you installed recently is the root cause of the problem.
Once you’ve found any incompatible programs, you need to uninstall them. Refer to the steps below to do so.
  • In the search box, type in “control” and then click on Control Panel (desktop app) among the search results.
  • After that, select Programs and Features from the list which will give you a list of all the programs installed on your computer.
  • From there, look for the concerned program and select it and then uninstall it.
Note: If you have downloaded the app from the Windows Store, you can simply right-click on it from the application list and then uninstall it.

Option 2 – Update or rollback drivers

If the first option didn’t work for you, then it’s time to either update or roll back the device drivers. It is most likely that after you updated your Windows computer that your driver also needs a refresh. On the other hand, if you have just updated your device drivers then you need to roll back the drivers to their previous versions. Whichever applies to you, refer to the steps below.
  • Open the Devices Manager from the Win X Menu.
  • Then locate the device drivers and right-click on them to open the Properties.
  • After that, switch to the Driver tab and click on the Uninstall Device button.
  • Follow the screen option to completely uninstall it.
  • Finally, restart your computer. It will just reinstall the device drivers automatically.
Note: You can install a dedicated driver on your computer in case you have it or you could also look for it directly from the website of the manufacturer.

Option 3 – Try to run the DISM tool

If the first two options didn’t work, then running the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management might. Using this built-in tool, you have various options such as the “/ScanHealth”, “/CheckHealth”, and “/RestoreHealth”.
  • Open the Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • Then type in the following commands and make sure to hit Enter right after you type each one of them:
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Do not close the window if the process takes a while as it will probably take a few minutes to finish.

Option 4 – Try to stop the Runtime Broker process

The RuntimeBroker.exe or the Runtime Broker process is the one that monitors access to Windows APIs to make sure that the apps do not violate the core security of Windows. This process usually leaves a very small footprint. However, there are times when it consumes more resources than it’s supposed to and does not release memory after the work is done that results in a memory leak. As a result, it affects NTOSKRNL.exe which is why you have to stop the Runtime Broker process. To do so, refer to these steps:
  • Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  • After opening Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the Runtime Broker process.
  • Once you find it, check if it is using more than 15% of your memory. If it is, then you most likely have an issue with an app installed on your computer.
  • Select the Runtime Broker process and right-click on it and then click on the End Task option to end its process.

Option 5 – Try to run the Performance Troubleshooter

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type “msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic” in the field and hit Enter to open the Performance troubleshooter.
  • Then click on Next to get started. Wait until the process is completed.

Option 6 – Try using the Windows Performance Toolkit

You can also use the Windows Performance Toolkit in finding the root cause of the problem. Just refer to the following steps to use this toolkit.
  • Search for “cmd” in the Cortana Search box and click on Command Prompt from the search results to open it.
  • Next, type in the command given below or copy and paste it and then hit Enter:
xperf -on latency -stackwalk profile -buffersize 1024 -MaxFile 256 -FileMode Circular && timeout -1 && xperf -d cpuusage.etl
  • After executing the command, wait for at least 60 seconds and then check the logs of the Windows Performance toolkit which is stored in a file named cpuusage.etl in the folder located at C:/Windows/System32. From there, you should see a list of all the causes of the System Resources being hogged.
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How to get rid of YourTemplateFinder from PC

YourTemplateFinder is a browser extension developed by Mindspark for Google Chrome. This extension allows users to browse and download various templates that can be used for all kinds of occasions.

When installed, it changes your default search engine and home page to MyWay.com. During your browsing sessions, YourTemplateFinder will monitor user activity, recording website visits, user information, product purchases, etc. This data is later used to target better ads to users.

While browsing the internet with this extension active you will see additional ads displayed throughout your browsing sessions. Sponsored content such as links, banners, and pop-up ads will appear on websites sometimes even covering the website content.

This extension has been marked for removal by several anti-virus applications and has been classified as a Browser Hijacker due to its aggressive behavior and ad injections. It is flagged for optional removal.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijacking is a common type of online fraud where your web browser settings are altered to make it carry out things you never intend. There are various reasons why you might experience a browser hijack; however commercial, advertising, and marketing are the main reasons for their creation. It redirects you to the sponsored websites and inserts adverts on your web browser that helps its creator generate revenue. However, it is not that innocent. Your online safety is jeopardized and it is also extremely irritating. As soon as the program attacks your PC, it begins to mess things up a whole that slows your system down to a crawl. In the worse case, you may be forced to deal with serious malware threats too.

How to know whether the browser is hijacked?

Symptoms that your internet browser is hi-jacked include: 1. the home page of your browser is changed unexpectedly 2. you observe new unwanted favorites or bookmarks added, typically directed to advertisement-filled or porn sites 3. the default browser settings are changed and/or your default web engine is altered 4. you see unsolicited new toolbars added 5. you’ll find random pop-ups start occurring frequently 6. webpages load slowly and sometimes incomplete 7. you can’t navigate to specific websites, like security software-related sites.

How they infect computer systems

There are a number of ways your computer or laptop could become infected by a browser hijacker. They generally arrive by way of spam e-mail, via file-sharing networks, or by a drive-by-download. They can also come from any BHO, extension, toolbar, add-on, or plug-in with malicious intent. A browser hijacker can also be installed as a part of freeware, demoware, shareware, and fake programs. Well-known examples of browser hijackers include CoolWebSearch, Conduit, RocketTab, OneWebSearch, Coupon Server, Delta Search, Searchult.com, and Snap.do. Browser hijackers can affect the user’s browsing experience greatly, track the websites visited by users and steal personal information, cause problems in connecting to the internet, and eventually create stability problems, causing applications and computers to freeze.

How you can get rid of a browser hijacker

Certain hijackers can be removed by simply uninstalling the corresponding freeware or add-ons through the Add or Remove Programs in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. However, most browser hijackers are hard to remove manually. Irrespective of how much you try to get rid of it, it could come back over and over. Furthermore, manual removals demand deep system understanding and thus can be a very difficult job for novices. Installing and running anti-malware software on the affected system could automatically erase browser hijackers and also other malicious applications. If you’d like to eliminate persistent hijackers effectively, install the award-winning Anti-Malware program Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Can't Install Safebytes Anti-malware due to the presence of a Virus? Try This!

All malware is bad and the level of the damage will differ greatly depending on the type of infection. Some malware variants modify browser settings by including a proxy server or change the PC’s DNS settings. In such cases, you will be unable to visit some or all sites, and therefore not able to download or install the necessary security software to get rid of the infection. If you’re reading this right now, you have probably realized that virus infection is the reason for your blocked internet traffic. So what to do if you need to download and install an antivirus program such as Safebytes? There are a few solutions you can attempt to get around with this particular obstacle.

Install in Safe Mode with Networking

Safe Mode is actually a special, basic version of Microsoft Windows in which only the bare minimum services are loaded to prevent viruses and also other troublesome applications from loading. In the event the malware is obstructing the internet connection and affecting your computer, running it in Safe Mode will let you download antivirus and run a diagnostic scan while limiting potential damage. To enter into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, press the F8 key while the system is booting up or run MSConfig and locate the “Safe Boot” options in the “Boot” tab. Once you are in safe mode, you can attempt to download and install your antivirus software program without the hindrance of the virus. Now, you are able to run the antivirus scan to get rid of viruses and malware without interference from another application.

Switch to some other web browser

Malicious code can exploit vulnerabilities in a specific web browser and block access to all anti-virus software sites. In case you suspect that your Internet Explorer has been hijacked by malware or otherwise compromised by cybercriminals, the ideal approach would be to switch to an alternate internet browser like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari to download your chosen security software – Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Create a portable USB antivirus for eliminating malware

Here’s another solution which is using portable USB anti-virus software that can scan your computer for viruses without the need for installation. Try these simple steps to clean up your infected computer by using a portable antivirus. 1) Make use of another virus-free computer system to download Safebytes Anti-Malware. 2) Insert the USB drive into the uninfected computer. 3) Double-click the Setup icon of the anti-malware program to run the Installation Wizard. 4) Select the USB stick as the destination for saving the file. Follow activation instructions. 5) Now, plug the USB drive into the infected computer. 6) Double-click the antivirus program EXE file on the thumb drive. 7) Simply click “Scan Now” to run a complete scan on the infected computer for malware.

SafeBytes AntiMalware Overview

These days, an anti-malware program can protect the computer from different forms of internet threats. But wait, how to choose the right one among various malware protection software that’s available out there? Perhaps you might be aware, there are lots of anti-malware companies and tools for you to consider. Some are good ones, some are ok types, while some are simply just fake anti-malware programs that could harm your personal computer themselves! You must select one that is efficient, practical, and has a good reputation for its malware source protection. Among few good programs, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is the highly recommended software for the security-conscious individual. SafeBytes anti-malware is a powerful, very effective protection software made to help end-users of all levels of computer literacy in identifying and eliminating malicious threats out of their PC. With its outstanding protection system, this software will quickly detect and remove the majority of the security threats, including adware, viruses, browser hijackers, ransomware, trojans, worms, and PUPs.

SafeBytes anti-malware takes computer protection to a totally new level with its enhanced features. Let us discuss a few of the great ones:

World-class AntiMalware Protection: Safebytes is built on the best virus engine within the industry. These engines can identify and remove threats even during the initial phases of a malware outbreak. Real-time Protection: SafeBytes offers real-time active monitoring and protection against all known computer viruses and malware. It will inspect your computer system for suspicious activity at all times and shields your personal computer from illegal access. Web Security: SafeBytes checks the links present on a webpage for possible threats and informs you if the website is safe to look at or not, through its unique safety rating system. Low CPU and Memory Usage: The program is lightweight and will run silently in the background, and that does not impact your PC efficiency. 24/7 Customer Service: Support service is available 24 x 7 x 365 days via email and chats to answer your queries. SafeBytes has created an amazing anti-malware solution that can help you conquer the latest malware threats and virus attacks. You can rest assured that your PC will be protected in real-time once you put this software program to use. So if you are looking for the best anti-malware subscription for your Windows-based PC, we recommend the SafeBytes Anti-Malware application.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

To remove YourTemplateFinder manually, go to the Add or Remove programs list in the Windows Control Panel and select the program you want to remove. For internet browser extensions, go to your web browser’s Addon/Extension manager and select the add-on you intend to remove or disable. You will probably also want to reset your web browser. Finally, examine your hard disk for all of the following and clean your computer registry manually to remove leftover application entries following uninstalls. Please note that only advanced computer users should try to manually edit the registry because removing any single critical system file results in a serious problem or even a system crash. Also, some malware is capable of replicating itself or preventing its removal. You are encouraged to do this process in Windows Safe Mode.
Files: %LOCALAPPDATA%\YourTemplateFinder_br %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\YourTemplateFinder_br %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jadhamcfimejpbemfkgoeijaimpciehj %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jadhamcfimejpbemfkgoeijaimpciehj %PROGRAMFILES%\YourTemplateFinder_br %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\YourTemplateFinder_br Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\42f6cdef-be6a-48e4-b6ef-bc987c64fed9 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\42f6cdef-be6a-48e4-b6ef-bc987c64fed9 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\free.yourtemplatefinder.com HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: F724FE0B-8C05-4498-B99E-9192CF2AECF4 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: 4D283A70-2D2F-4CBB-81DA-C75B8DF410CC HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: 3C417C00-968B-48B7-822E-407A82A47AE1 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\yourtemplatefinder.dl.tb.ask.com HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\yourtemplatefinder.com
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Fix Unsupported video type/invalid file path
The MP4 MIME-type is a video type that is mainly configured in IIS or Internet Information console. It is the one that instructs a web browser to use the default video application when running MP4 files from websites. MIME which stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions which offers a way to identify files on the Internet-based on their format and nature. For example, when a content-type header value like MP4 is defined in an HTTP response, the browser can be configured to open the file with the proper plugin. However, there are some servers that don’t have an associated MIME type to support MP4 files and so they fail to play these files. In such cases, you will encounter the “Unsupported video type or invalid file path” error, especially when you use the Internet Explorer browser in Windows 10. To fix this problem, you may have to configure the MP4 MIME type in IIS but you might find that IIS is not enabled in Windows 10 which is why you need to turn it on or enable it first. For more details, refer to the following instructions below.

Step 1 – Enable IIS:

  • Open Control Panel and go to Programs > Programs and Features.
  • From there, select “Turn Windows features on or off” to mark its checkbox.
  • After that, select “Web Management Tools” and expand its menu and look for “IIS Management Console”.
  • Click the OK button and then wait for a couple of seconds to allow Windows to successfully apply the changes made.

Step 2 – Configure the MP4 MIME type in IIS:

  • Go to Control Panel and from there, access Administrative Tools.
  • Next, click “Internet Information Services Manager” from the list of given options.
  • Once confirmed, it will open the IIS console where you have to click the name of your IIS Server located on the left panel. This will enable several options in the central details section.
  • Now double click on the icon with the label “MIME Types”.
  • After that, you should see an “Add” link option on the right panel. Click on the link to open a configuration dialog box.
  • Then type “.mp4” in the File Name Extension field and enter “video/mp4” in the textbox of the MIME Type.
  • Click the OK button to save the changes made. This should fix the “Unsupported video type or invalid file path” error on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 3 – Reset your browsers:

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and click the icon that looks like three stacked lines located at the top-right section of the browser.
  • Next, select the question mark icon from the drop-down menu.
  • Then select “Troubleshooting information” from the slide-out menu.
  • After that, click on the “Reset Firefox” button located at the top-right section of the newly opened web page.
  • Now select “Reset Firefox” in the confirmation pop-up window that appears.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
  • After that, click on Settings.
  • Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
  • After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
  • Now restart Google Chrome.

Internet Explorer

  • Launch Internet Explorer.
  • Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
  • Then click Internet Options.
  • After that, go to the Advanced tab.
  • From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
  • Now click OK to save the changes made.
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How to Fix Error 0199, Security password retry
The errors that are caused by the BIOS of your computer can get annoying as they can be hard to fix for they are really dangerous and won’t be resolved by simple fixes. This is because of the fact that these kinds of errors do not even allow you to load your operating system as it throws the error even before you can access your computer. One of these errors is the “Error 0199: System Security – Security password retry count exceeded”. Fixing this error can be quite tricky but you need not worry for you will be guided in doing so. Simply follow the given instructions below.

Option 1 – Try to update the BIOS

Updating the BIOS can help you fix the “Error 0199, Security password retry count exceeded” error but as you know, BIOS is a sensitive part of a computer. Even though it is a software component, the functioning of the hardware depends on it largely. Thus, you must be careful when modifying something in the BIOS. So if you don’t know much about it, it’s best if you skip on this option and try the other ones instead. However, if you are well-versed in navigating the BIOS, then follow the steps below.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next, type “msinfo32” in the field and press Enter to open System Information.
  • From there, you should find a search field on the bottom where you have to search for the BIOS version and then press Enter.
  • After that, you should see the developer and version of the BIOS installed on your PC.
  • Go to your manufacturer’s website and then download the latest version of BIOS on your computer.
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure that you keep it plugged in until you have updated the BIOS.
  • Now double click on the downloaded file and install the new BIOS version on your computer.
  • Now restart your computer to apply the changes made.

Option 2 – Try resetting the BIOS

If updating the BIOS didn’t help in fixing Error 0199, you can try to reset the BIOS instead.
  • Start your computer and tap the F10 key during the booting process to enter the BIOS. If it does not work, you can try tapping the F1 or F2 key as well as the Del key.
  • Once you’re already in the BIOS, tap the F9 key to get the prompt to RestoreLoad default configuration now for the BIOS.
  • Next, click on Yes and then follow the next on-screen instructions that appear to set the BIOS back to its default settings.
  • Once you’re done restoring the default settings of the BIOS, restart your computer and then check if it now boots properly.
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