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Delete a Volume or Drive Partition in Windows 10

Operating systems now give users a feature that allows them to create separate partitions out of HDD or SSD-based storage in order to store data in an organized manner. This small yet powerful feature has always been supported by Microsoft. However, there are times when users might fill up on some particular very soon. This may result in the lack of space for that partition which makes the entire process of using PCs slower since there is a large chunk of files that has to be indexed in a smaller partition. If you are one of the users experiencing this dilemma, you need to either delete the other partitions to allocate their storage to the partition that is short on storage or simply recreate the partition so that all the useless data will be deleted and you can start afresh with the overflowing partition.

In this post, you will be guided on how you can delete any storage partition from your Windows 10 PC via Disk Management, Command Prompt as well as Windows PowerShell.

Option 1 – Delete storage partition via Disk Management

This is one of the simplest ways you can use to delete a storage partition. Go to the WinX Menu and from there, open Disk Management and then select the Drive you want to get rid of, right-click on it and then select Delete Volume.

Option 2 – Delete storage partition via Command Prompt

  • Tap the Win + X keys or right-click on the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin) or you could also type in “cmd” in the Cortana search box and right-click on the Command Prompt icon and then select the “Run as Administrator” option from the context menu.
  • Once you have Command Prompt pulled up as admin, type in and enter this command – diskpart
  • After entering this command, the Diskpart Utility will start. Diskpart Utility is a command line-based utility just like Command Prompt but it will get a UAC Prompt after you invoke it so you have to click Yes for the UAC Prompt.
  • After that, type in list volume and tap Enter to see the list of all the partitions created on your PC. This includes both types of partitions that are visible to a normal user in the File Explorer as well as the ones that are created by Windows 10 by default which helps it in storing the boot files and other essential system files.
  • You should see a list of all the partitions made on your computer. Select the partition you want to delete by its Unique Identification number as Volume X where X denotes the Unique Identification Number.
  • Next, type in the select volume number command and hit Enter to select the desired volume.
  • Then delete the volume you’ve selected and type in the delete volume command and hit Enter to delete the volume you just selected and convert it into unallocated space.

Option 3 – Delete storage partition via Windows PowerShell

  • Start by tapping the Win + X keys or simply right click on the Start button and select Windows PowerShell (Admin) or you could also type in “windows powershell” in the Cortana search box and right-click on the Windows PowerShell icon and select the “Run as administrator” option.
  • Once you’ve opened the Windows PowerShell, type in the Get-Volume command and hit Enter to get a list of all the partitions on your PC.
  • Next, select the drive letter you want to delete and then type in the Remove-Partition –DriveLetter command and hit Enter to delete the selected partition. Note that you need to replace the drive letter with the letter of the partition you want to get rid of.
  • After that, it will ask you for confirmation. Just hit the Y key for Yes or hit the A key to say Yes to All. This will delete all the partition you’ve selected and will move them in as unallocated space.

And that’s how you delete a Drive Partition or Volume in Windows 10. Note that you should only follow the last two options given in case the Disk Management is not able to fulfill the user requirements.

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Error Code 12 - What is it?

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Error code 12 is mostly displayed on the computer screen in the following format:

‘This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system.’

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Although this error code is not fatal, it is nonetheless advisable to fix it immediately to avoid inconvenience and hassle. This error is most likely to lower and hamper the performance of your system.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Here are some of the easiest and most effective do-it-yourself methods to resolve error code 12 on your PC. To perform these fixes, you don’t have to be technically sound or a computer programmer for that matter. Simply follow the steps to fix the problem right away.

Method 1 - Use the Troubleshooting Wizard to identify the Conflict

To repair error code 12, simply go to the start menu and type Device Manager in the search box. Now go to the Device Properties dialog box. After that click on the ‘General Tab’ and now access Troubleshoot to start the Troubleshooting Wizard.

The Wizard will ask you some questions and provide you a solution accordingly. Follow the instructions and resolution steps provided by the troubleshooting wizard to repair error code 12 on your PC.

Method 2 - Disable the Device to Resolve

By disabling the problematic device in the Device Manager, Windows will ignore that piece of hardware. Once disabled, Windows will then no longer assign system resources to that device and no driver/software will be able to use that device.

To disable, go to the Device Properties in the Device Manager and then click the Driver tab. Click disable located at the bottom of the window. Then you will be prompted with a message stating ‘Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you wish to disable it?’ Click yes to continue and then click OK to save changes.

Method 3 - Restore Your PC to its Previous State

Another method to resolve error code 12 is to restore your PC to its previous state when it was working properly.

For this, it is important to backup all your data first to avoid data loss issues that are likely to occur during this process. Creating backups manually can be a time-consuming and tedious task. To save time and quicken the process, it is best to install a program like DriverFIX.

DriverFIX is a user-friendly and intuitive device driver management software that helps backup all your data automatically and efficiently, while simultaneously restores your PC back to its previous state before you encountered problems.

Click here to download DriverFIX on your system to resolve error code 12

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NewTabAid Malware Removal Guide

New Tab Aid is an extension for Google Chrome. It is published by Spigot Inc. It is classified as a potentially unwanted browser hijacker as it injects Yahoo search into your new tab windows. This extension also adds recently viewed tabs under the search bar. It also redirects all your searches to Yahoo instead of your default browser search engine. It is often found bundled with other software found on the internet and not installed directly by the user. For these reasons, numerous anti-malware utilities flag New Tab Aid as potentially unwanted or malicious.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijackers (sometimes called hijackware) are a kind of malicious software that changes internet browser configurations without the user’s knowledge or permission. These types of hijacks appear to be increasing at an alarming rate around the world, and they could be actually nefarious and often harmful too. Browser hijackers could do more than just modifying homepages. The idea is to force users to visit specific websites that are looking to improve their website visitor traffic and produce higher ad earnings. Even though it may seem naive, all browser hijackers are damaging and therefore always regarded as security risks. Browser hijackers can even allow other vicious programs without your knowledge to further damage your personal computer.

Major signs that your web browser has been hijacked

There are numerous signs of browser hijacking: 1. the home page of your respective web browser is changed all of a sudden 2. you see new unwanted bookmarks or favorites added, typically directed to advertisement-filled or pornography sites 3. the default web browser settings are changed and/or your default web engine is altered 4. unwanted new toolbars are added to your browser 5. you observe numerous ads show up on your browsers or computer screen 6. your web browser gets sluggish, buggy crashes regularly 7. Inability to navigate to particular websites, particularly anti-malware and other security software sites.

How does a browser hijacker infect a computer?

Browser hijackers might use drive-by downloads or file-sharing networks or even an email attachment in order to reach a targeted computer. Many web browser hijackings come from add-on applications, i.e., toolbars, browser helper objects (BHO), or plug-ins added to browsers to provide them additional features. Browser hijackers sneak into your computer in addition to free software application downloads also that you unintentionally install alongside the original. Popular examples of browser hijackers include Conduit, CoolWebSearch, Coupon Server, OneWebSearch, RocketTab, Searchult.com, Snap.do, and Delta Search. Browser hijacking can result in severe privacy issues and also identity theft, affect your browsing experience by taking control of outgoing traffic, substantially slows down your personal computer by consuming a lot of resources, and cause system instability also.

How to fix a browser hijack

Certain browser hijacking could be quite easily stopped by discovering and eliminating the corresponding malware software through your control panel. However, most hijackers are hard to get rid of manually. No matter how much you attempt to remove it, it may come back again and again. Moreover, browser hijackers could modify the Windows registry therefore it can be very hard to repair manually, particularly when you’re not a very tech-savvy individual.

Virus Blocking Access To Safebytes Site And Preventing Anti-Malware Downloads - What To Do?

Malware can cause all kinds of damage if they invade your computer, from stealing sensitive information to deleting files on your computer system. Certain malware goes to great lengths to stop you from installing anything on your computer system, especially anti-malware software programs. If you’re reading this, you probably have affected by malware that prevents you from installing a computer security application like Safebytes Anti-Malware. Although this sort of issue will be tougher to get around, there are a few actions you can take.

Eliminate malware in Safe Mode

If any malware is set to load immediately when Microsoft Windows starts, getting into Safe Mode could block this attempt. Just minimal required applications and services are loaded whenever you start your personal computer into Safe Mode. The following are the steps you need to follow to take out viruses in Safemode. 1) Tap the F8 key repeatedly as soon as your PC boots, however, before the large Windows logo shows up. This should bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. 2) Select Safe Mode with Networking with arrow keys and hit ENTER. 3) When this mode loads, you should have the internet. Now, obtain the malware removal application you want by using the web browser. To install the software, follow the directions within the installation wizard. 4) Once the application is installed, let the diagnostic scan run to eliminate viruses and other threats automatically.

Switch over to an alternate browser

Malicious program code may exploit vulnerabilities on a particular browser and block access to all anti-malware software sites. The most effective solution to avoid this issue is to choose a browser that is well known for its security measures. Firefox contains built-in Malware and Phishing Protection to keep you safe online.

Install and run antivirus from your USB drive

Another way is to download and transfer an antivirus application from a clean computer to run a scan on the affected system. Do these simple measures to clean up your affected computer using a portable antivirus. 1) Download the anti-malware program on a virus-free computer. 2) Insert the USB drive on the same system. 3) Double-click the exe file to open the installation wizard. 4) When asked, select the location of the pen drive as the place in which you want to put the software files. Follow the instructions on the computer screen to finish off the installation process. 5) Now, transfer the USB drive to the infected computer. 6) Double-click the Safebytes Anti-malware icon on the pen drive to run the software. 7) Run Full System Scan to detect and get rid of all sorts of malware.

Ensure the Safety of Your PC by Installing SafeBytes Anti-Malware

These days, anti-malware software can protect your computer from various types of internet threats. But exactly how to decide on the best one among many malware protection application that is available on the market? As you might be aware, there are several anti-malware companies and products for you to consider. Some of them are good, some are ok types, and some will destroy your computer themselves! When searching for antimalware software, pick one that provides reliable, efficient, and full protection against all known viruses and malware. One of the highly recommended software by industry experts is SafeBytes Anti-Malware, the most dependable program for Microsoft Windows. SafeBytes anti-malware is a powerful, very effective protection tool designed to assist end-users of all levels of computer literacy in detecting and eliminating malicious threats out of their computer. This program could easily detect, remove, and protect your computer from the most advanced malware attacks including spyware, adware, trojan horses, ransomware, parasites, worms, PUPs, along with other possibly damaging software programs. SafeBytes has excellent features when compared to various other anti-malware programs. Let’s look into some of them below: Active Protection: Malware programs trying to get into the computer are discovered and stopped as and when detected by the SafeBytes real-time protection shields. This tool will constantly monitor your computer for any suspicious activity and updates itself continuously to keep current with the latest threats. Antimalware Protection: With its enhanced and sophisticated algorithm, this malware removal tool can identify and remove the malware threats hiding in your PC effectively. Web Security: Safebytes allots all websites a unique safety rating that helps you to get an idea of whether the webpage you’re about to visit is safe to browse or known to be a phishing site. Lightweight: SafeBytes is well known for its minimal impact on computer resources and great detection rate of diverse threats. It operates quietly and efficiently in the background so you are free to utilize your personal computer at full power all of the time. 24/7 Customer Service: For any technical concerns or product assistance, you can get 24/7 professional assistance through chat and email.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove NewTabAid 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 NewTabAid

Files: C:windowssystem32services.exe C:Windowswinsxsamd64_microsoft-windows-s..s-servicecontroller_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_2b54b20ee6fa07b1services.exe C:WindowsInstallerbbee3ba2-89af-930c-bb78-1fb4e17db3cc C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsw1.tmp C:c0b5e060b7e0becc89a6b6111a8644db7612072dc9a02f5bd32dc25dc459d7 C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsw2.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpSM.dll C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32rsaenh.dll C:c0b5e060b7e0becc89a6b6111a8644db7612072dc9a02f5bd32dc25dc459d7 C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsw2.tmp C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32rsaenh.dll c:autoexec.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32cmd.exe C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Temp~sp4.tmp.exe C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsb6.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsw2.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpSM.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpSystem.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmp.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpNSISdl.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmppixel C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Temp~sp4.tmp.exe C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsb6.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsb7.tmpSystem.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsb7.tmpSM.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsw1.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpNSISdl.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmppixel C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpSM.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsg3.tmpSystem.dll C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Temp~sp4.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsr5.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsb7.tmp C:DOCUME~1USER~1LOCALS~1Tempnsb7.tmpSM.dll Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunRandom.exe HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunRandom.exe HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentversionpoliciesexplorerEnableShellExecuteHooks= 1 (0x1) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciesExplorerrunRandom.exe
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