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Delete Downloaded, Failed and Pending Windows Updates in Windows 10

There are instances when instead of fixing problems the Windows Update brings you problems on your Windows 10 computer. You might even see some pending Windows Updates which for some reason, refuse to install no matter what you do. The good thing is you won’t have to deal with those failed and pending updates that are incompletely downloaded to your PC as you can actually delete them.

Follow the instructions prepared below to delete the failed and pending Windows Updates.

Step 1: The first thing you have to do is delete all the contents in the Temporary folder

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next, type in “%temp%” in the field and hit Enter or click OK to open the Temporary folder.
  • From there, select all the folders and files within the Temporary folder and then delete them all.

Note: %temp% is one of the many environment variables in Windows that could open the designated folder by Windows as the Temporary folder which is usually located at C:\Users[username]AppDataLocalTemp.

Step 2: Next, remove the pending.xml file

  • Go to the C:\Windows WinSxS folder.
  • Once you’ve opened the folder, look for a file named “pending.xml” file and right-click on it and you can either rename it or delete it.
  • After that, the Windows Update should delete the pending tasks and build a fresh new update.

Step 3: Delete all the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder

The Software Distribution folder in the Windows operating system is a folder that can be found in the Windows directory and is used to store files temporarily which might be required to install the Windows Update on your PC. Thus, it is required by the Windows Update and maintained by WUAgent. Aside from that, it also contains all the Windows Update History files and once you delete them, you will most likely lose the Update history. As a result, the next time you run the Windows Update, it may result in a longer detection time.

  • Open the WinX Menu.
  • From there, open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in the following command – don’t forget to hit Enter right after typing each one of them.

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

  • After entering these commands, it will stop the Windows Update Service and the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
  • Next, got to the C:\Windows\Software\Distribution folder and get rid of all the folders and files thereby tapping the Ctrl + A keys to select them all and then click on Delete. Note that if the files are in use, you won’t be able to delete them.
  • Once all the contents in the Software Distribution folder are deleted, restart your PC and then go back to Command Prompt and input the following commands again.

net start wuauserv

net start bits

Since the folder has already been flushed, it will be populated afresh the instant your restart your computer and open Windows Update.

Step 4: Try resetting the catroot2 folder

You can also try resetting the catroort2 folder as it is known to fix tons of Windows Update issues. Both the Catroot and catroot2 are Windows operating system folders that are required for the Windows update process.  So when you run the Windows Update, the catroort2 folders stores the signatures of the Windows Update package and helps it in the installation. It makes use of the “%windir%System32catroot2edb.log” file in the updating process. Afterward, the updates are stored in the SoftwareDistribution folder which is used then by the Automatic Updates in order to execute the updating process. Keep in mind that you must not rename or delete the Catroot folder. Although the Catroot2 folder is recreated automatically by Windows, the Catroot folder isn’t.

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How to Fix Error Code 0xc1900106 on Windows 10

Error Code 0xc1900106  – What is it?

One of the most common errors encountered by Microsoft users upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10 is the Error Code 0xc1900106. Microsoft users experience a failure in the installation process. Either they will be notified that the installation process was ended but failed or that Windows is not able to install the update.

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

More and more Windows users are having trouble upgrading their operating system to Windows 10. There are a lot of errors being encountered by users and one of them is the Error Code 0xc1900106. This error is normally due to the misconfigured system files. If a Windows user encounters this error, most likely their device has some registry problems.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Fixing error code-related issues could be best resolved to do manual repair methods. Applying repair methods manually can help Windows users address the root causes of the errors they encounter, as well as apply definite solutions to rectify the issue.

Most Windows users can be able to implement manual repair methods themselves but there are some cases where help from a Windows professional is needed. If you’re not a very tech-savvy person and not confident performing the manual repair methods yourself, it would be advisable to seek help from a professional Windows technician who is knowledgeable enough to address the errors or problems you are encountering. However, if you don’t want to resort to seeking help from a professional, you can also consider using a powerful automated tool.

In trying to fix Error Code 0xc1900106, here are the following manual repair methods you can take:

Method One: Custom Installation

  1. Make a backup of your personal files
  2. Users of Windows 8/8.1 should Refresh first then proceed to upgrade.
  3. If the Refresh process does not work, reset your device then try again.
  4. If resetting your device still does not work, you can proceed with a custom installation.
  5. When your Windows installation media is ready, you need to choose to boot from CD, DVD, or USB drive to begin setup. (For example purposes, this article will discuss booting from DVD).
  6. When your device is all set to boot from DVD, you will be prompted to Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…
  7. Once you’ve pressed any key, the screen will show the Windows logo which might take a while. No need to worry though, as long as you can see the indicator, you’re good.
  8. Choose your Language, Time, and Keyboard method from the drop-down menu then hit Next.
  9. Click on the Install Now button then wait until Setup begins.
  10. Tick on the I accept the license terms check box then select Next.
  11. Choose Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)
  12. Choose the Primary partition then select Next. You will be prompted by the following warning: The partition you selected might contain files from a previous Windows Installation. If it does, these files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. You will be able to access the information in Windows.old, but you will be able to use your previous version of Windows. Just click the OK button then wait as the Windows continue to install. Windows will restart once this phase of the setup completes and will reboot into setup once again.
  13. At this point, Windows will detect and install your hardware. Once this finishes, Windows will restart again.

Method Two: Reset Windows Update Components

  1. From your device’s desktop, hit Windows key + X to open the command prompt as admin.
  2. Once the command prompt window appears, you can type or copy and paste the following commands (all at once):

net stop wuauserv net stop cryptSvc net stop bits net stop msiserver ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver pause

  1. Exit the command prompt.
  2. After you reset the Windows Update components, see if you receive Windows Updates which includes the firmware updates for your computer.

Method Three: Ensure Windows is Updated

  1. If you have an antivirus, make sure to disable it during the upgrade process.
  2. Run Windows Update to check if the system is updated.
  3. Ensure that the latest firmware and drivers are installed. To be able to do this, go to the computer manufacturer’s website or you can also try contacting company support.
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Error 0x8007002C - 0x4001E, installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT phase
Recently, a lot of users reported getting several error messages when they upgraded their Windows 10 computers. One of these error messages users encountered during a Windows 10 upgrade is the Error 0x8007002C-0x4001E. if you are one of the users who is facing this error, read on as this post will help you fix it. When you encounter this error, you will see the following error message on your screen:
“We couldn’t install Windows 10 We’ve set your PC back to the way it was before you started installing Windows 10 0x8007002C-0x4001E, The installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT phase with an error during PRE_OOBE operation.”
To resolve the 0x8007002C-0x4001E, The installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT phase error, here are some suggestions that might help.

Option 1 – Try flushing the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders

You have to stop a couple of services such as BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services. And to do that, you need to flush the contents in the SoftwareDistribution folder. The Software Distribution folder in the Windows operating system is a folder that can be found in the Windows directory and is used to store files temporarily which might be required to install the Windows Update on your PC. Thus, it is required by the Windows Update and maintained by WUAgent. Aside from that, it also contains all the Windows Update History files and once you delete them, you will most likely lose the Update history. As a result, the next time you run the Windows Update, it may result in a longer detection time.
  • Open the WinX Menu.
  • From there, open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in the following command – don’t forget to hit Enter right after typing each one of them.
net stop wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
  • After entering these commands, it will stop the Windows Update Service, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Cryptographic, and the MSI Installer
  • Next, go to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and get rid of all the folders and files thereby tapping the Ctrl + A keys to select them all and then click on Delete. Note that if the files are in use, you won’t be able to delete them.
After flushing the SoftwareDistribution folder, you need to reset the Catroot2 folder to restart the services you just stopped. To do that, follow these steps:
  • Type each one of the following commands.
net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
  • After that, exit Command Prompt and restart your computer, and then try to run Windows Update once more.

Option 2 – Select the Keep your files option

You can also select the option to perform an in-place upgrade and opt for the “Keep my files” option during an installation as it might make the process a lot smoother and if you need to perform a clean install, you can do so once the setup is completed.

Option 3 – Try to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Running the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter could also help you resolve the 0x8007002C-0x4001E, The installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT phase error. 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.

Option 4 – Try to run Microsoft’s online troubleshooter

Aside from the Windows Update Troubleshooter, you can also run the online troubleshooter of Microsoft as it can help you with Windows 10 upgrade errors.

Option 5 – Perform a clean install

If none of the options worked, you can try to clean install Windows 10. Just make sure that you have the ISO from the official Microsoft Website and then a bootable USB drive to install Windows 10 again. Take note that this will delete all the data from your drive where Windows 10 was installed previously.
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Location services are greyed out in Windows
Location services is a built-in tool in Windows 10 is a useful tool that offers users location information even when your laptop or desktop computer does not have a GPS since it uses Wi-Fi positioning as well as your device’s IP address. However, there are instances when you might encounter some problems when using this service. One instance is when you suddenly find the toggle button for Location service greyed out. This kind of program could be due to some glitch in the system or some third-party application on your computer. Because of this problem, you won’t be able to toggle the Location service on or off and you won’t be able to make any changes in its settings. Worry not, for this post will guide you on what you can do to fix the greyed-out toggle button of Location services in Windows 10. Before you perform some troubleshooting steps, you might want to restart your computer and see if it fixes the problem. If it didn’t, then this problem is not just some minor glitch. Thus, you have to follow the potential fixes provided below to fix the problem but before you do that, make sure that you create a System Restore point first. After that, follow each one of the following options.

Option 1 – Put your PC in a Clean Boot State

The first thing you can do to resolve the problem is to put your computer in a Clean Boot State. It could be that there is a third-party program that’s preventing the toggle button from functioning. To isolate this possibility, you need to put your computer in a Clean Boot State.
  • 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.)
  • Now check if you can now use the toggle button of the Location service or not.

Option 2 – Try to use the Registry Editor

If putting your computer in a Clean Boot state didn’t fix the problem, you might want to make some adjustments in the Windows Registry via Registry Editor.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run utility and type “regedit” in the field and then tap Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • After that, navigate to this registry path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServiceslfsvcTriggerInfo
  • From there, select the Key (folder) named as “3” and right-click on it, and then delete it.
  • Once done, exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Option 3 – Try to use the Windows Services Manager

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “services.msc” in the field and hit Enter to open the Services Manager.
  • Next, look for the “Geolocation Service” entry from the list of services.
  • Once you find it, right-click on it and select Properties. This will open a new mini window.
  • From there, make sure that it is “Running” and its Startup Type is set to “Automatic”.
  • After that, close the Services Manager and check if the problem is now resolved.

Option 4 – Try to use the Group Policy Editor

  • Tap the Win + R keys to launch Run and type “gpedit.msc” in the field and click OK to open the Group Policy Editor.
  • After that, navigate to this path: Administrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsLocation and Sensors
  • Next, double click on each one of the following settings and select the “Not configured” or “Disabled” option.
    • Turn off location scripting
    • Turn off location
    • Turn off sensors
  • Once done, navigate to this path: Administrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsLocation and SensorsWindows Location Provider
  • From there, double click on the “Turn off Windows Location Provider” policy setting and set its configuration to either “Disabled” or “Not configured”. You should see the following description of the policy setting in the window:
“This policy setting turns off the Windows Location Provider feature for this computer. If you enable this policy setting, the Windows Location Provider feature will be turned off, and all programs on this computer will not be able to use the Windows Location Provider feature. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, all programs on this computer can use the Windows Location Provider feature.”
  • Now restart your computer.
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Microsoft Store not opening
When Windows 10 was introduced as an upgrade to Windows 7 and 8, a lot were thrilled because of its new features. One of the most interesting features that this has is the Microsoft Store. Just like in our tablets and smartphones, we can now download our favorite apps from a trusted source. Without the Microsoft store app, you can’t download any applications that you can use on your computer. But what happens if you can’t open your Microsoft Store or you accidentally uninstalled it? The most common error that users encounter when accessing Microsoft Store is the error code 0x80072efd. This error code appears when there is a problem with the internet connection. To resolve this, troubleshoot your modem by doing a simple power cycle. Turn off your modem and wait for a couple of minutes and turn it back on. It should refresh your internet. This works if there is really no problem on the Service provider’s side. Disable your Proxy server, if you are using one to access the internet. To do this, press Windows + R keys on your keyboard. Type “inetcpl.cpl” in the box and go to Connection. Next, click on LAN settings then tick on the box next to Automatically detect settings. Uncheck the box below Proxy Server Among the useful apps that came with the Windows 10 upgrade is PowerShell. It allows you to install and uninstall individual and all apps by using a series of commands. So you don’t have to worry if you can’t find your Microsoft Store or if you accidentally delete it. To access PowerShell, type in the word PowerShell into the search box found beside your Window Icon. Look for PowerShell from the results and right-click on it and hit Run as Administrator.

When you are in the PowerShell window, enter the command below:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"
Another option is to download a Windows Update Troubleshooter. After you download it, open the troubleshooter tool and follow the steps. If you saved the file instead of directly opening it, go to the folder where the troubleshooter was saved and double click on the wu.diagcab file to rub the troubleshooter. One of the most interesting error codes that you might encounter when accessing the Microsoft store is error code 1. This particular error code is resolved by changing your PC’s region to the United States. To do this, go to Settings and look for Time & Language. Then go to region and language. Under the Country or region, choose the United States from the dropdown menu then restart your computer. The troubleshooting procedures above are the most common solution to resolve the problem on Microsoft Store issues but there are times that these procedures won’t work. If you are not confident to resolve this through the procedures mentioned in this article, there are so many tools online that you can download to help you out. It also helps to contact Microsoft or consult a technician to ensure that you are doing the correct procedure.
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A command is not recognized Error in Windows
A command is not recognized Error, what it is? If you are constantly using programs like CMD or DISM directly from the Run prompt, you might have wondered how they launched instantly and how is it that the Windows operating system is able to find them right away. For instance, when you create a shortcut of a program, the shortcut knows where exactly the program is located and launches it quickly. The Windows operating system keeps a list of paths where the most common system programs are located so when you use the Run prompt, it opens easily. The list kept by Windows is called the Windows Environment Variables. If something goes wrong with this list, the programs won’t work. So in this guide, you will be guided on how you can troubleshoot the problem where any command you use is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file. Before you start troubleshooting the problem, you need to make sure that the program you are trying to run really exists. In fact, this can also happen to the Run program which is pulled up using the Win + R shortcut. To check, go to C:\Windows\System32 and there, check if the program exists or not or you can also try searching for the EXE in the System 32 folder. After making sure that the program exists, refer to the instructions given below.

Modify the Windows Environment Variables:

  • Step 1: Tap the Win + X keys and then select System. After that, it will open the section where you can see all the properties on your computer.
  • Step 2: Next, select the Advanced system setting located on the left pane and click on the Environment Variables.
  • Step 3: After that, locate Path under the System Variables and select EDIT.
  • Step 4: Before you edit, you need to copy the entire string and paste it into the Notepad app so that in case something went wrong, you can paste it back.
  • Step 5: Next, look for the directory path, “C:\Windows\System32”. If you can’t find it, try adding a semi-colon at the end.
  • Step 6: Afterwards, click OK to save the changes made and then exit.
  • Step 7: Now restart your computer as all the paths are picked up when your computer restarts.
Note: Now all you have to do is to try executing the programs once again – the ones where you got the error, “ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file” every time you open them and then see if you can now open these programs or not.
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Remove Polimva from your PC

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

From the Author:

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

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

About Browser Hijackers

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

Indications of browser hijack

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

Exactly how browser hijacker infects PCs

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

The best ways to remove a browser hijacker

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

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

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

Use Safe Mode to fix the issue

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

Switch over to a different browser

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

Install security software on a thumb drive

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

A Look at the Best Anti-Malware Program

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

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

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

If you have a laptop that is slowing down and some usual tasks are sluggish you probably mean that it is time to change it and get a new one. Altho it is a good solution and it will guarantee that you will be able to do your tasks with more speed and comfort, straight purchasing is not always the best thing to do.

laptop

There are things you can do and some upgrades that are cheaper and will bring your laptop back into the game and extend its usage for a few more years.

1. Clean it

The most common issue for slowing down of computer is dust and dirt that accumulates over time and usage. If the laptop has not been properly cleaned in a while, cleaning it and placing new thermal paste on the CPU can do wonders. If you are not keen on doing this yourself or do not possess the required skillset take it to your local IT center for cleaning.

2. Uninstall software that you are not using

Various software can have speeding effects on computers, it can have some services running in the background and thus take precious resources slowing the whole system. If you are not using software, uninstall it.

3. Do not install the latest software

If you are using your computer for basic tasks there is no really need to install the latest and best. A lot of new software will require new hardware and things that offer are not so much better nor even required to justify the upgrade. Let us take office, for example, if you are using it to just write some text and not using any advanced options there is really no need to switch to a newer version, the old one will do just fine tasks that you are in need of.

4. Replace HD

Now this fits in the domain of upgrading your hardware but still it is much cheaper than replacing the whole laptop. Windows 10 works much better with SSD and SSD itself is faster than your standard HD, especially if it is slower model spinning in only 5400RPM. Operation of HD replacement is simple and straightforward and anyone can do it but the benefits of replacement will be visible right away. With a new SSD instead of an old mechanical one, you will have the feeling that you actually bought a new laptop.

5. Add more RAM

This is basically the last thing you can do in order to speed up your old laptop that will not break your bank account. Upgrading RAM was always the thing that can push your computer to have more power and to behave better while you are doing tasks. One important thing here is to first see how much RAM you have in your computer. If you are packing already 8GB then upgrading will not do much but if you have only 4GB, raising it to 6GB or 8GB will be beneficial. Also, check if the model of the laptop supports more RAM in the first place.

Conclusion

We have covered here a vast array of options in order to get your laptop back into the game with variability between hardware upgrades to taking care of your software. Whatever option you choose to do it will speed up your computer but among all of them, replacing the hard drive will do the most.

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Guide to Fixing Error 0x800CCC0E

Error Code 0x800CCC0E - What is it?

The error code 0x800CCC0E is an Outlook error that appears while using either Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. The error message hampers your ability to send and receive emails.

Solution

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0x800CCC0E Outlook error code is triggered by multiple reasons including:
  • Improper connection with SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server
  • Damaged files
  • Registry corruption
In most cases, it’s the registry that gets corrupted which leads to the occurrence of 0x800CCC0E error code display. This typically happens when you try to update your Outlook/Outlook Express version. When updating, you need to remove all the software files of the previous Outlook version which includes the registry too. If the files are not removed from the registry, the new version update will often fail. The junk files of the old version are likely to damage and corrupt the registry.

Further Information and Manual Repair

It is advisable to repair the error code 0x800CC0E right away to avoid inconvenience and system failure and fatal crashes which can lead to valuable data loss.

Cause: Improper connection with SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server

Solution: If the cause of the 0x800CCC0E is SMTP server connection failure, then the best way to resolve the error is to reconfigure your email account settings. Make sure that port 25 is being used in the SMTP area. Port 25 is the standard outgoing mail port. If the SMTP setting is on port 25 then another reason for the error 0x800CCC0E can be your anti-virus or firewall software enabled on your PC. Turn it off for a moment and then try sending emails from your Outlook.

Cause: Damaged Files and Registry Corruption

Solution: If the error code is triggered due to registry corruption and file damage, then the best way to resolve it is to download Restoro. Restoro is a safe, efficient, and highly functional inbox cleaner and a system optimizer embedded with numerous powerful utilities designed to repair multiple PC-related errors including the error code 0x800CCC0E when triggered by registry corruption. This cutting inbox cleaner scans your PC entirely and detects all the unnecessary and malicious files saved in your system’s registry like junk files, internet history, invalid entries, and files of the uninstalled programs. These files take up most of the registry disk space thus causing the registry files to get damaged and corrupt and triggering error codes like 0x800CCC0E. With the help of Restoro,  you can easily wipe out all such files from your system in just one click. After scanning for errors all you need to do is click the repair tab to make your registry disk clutter-free. Once the clutter is removed, update the new version of the Outlook/ Outlook Express again on your system and then try sending emails. You’ll see two noticeable differences after repairing your PC with Restoro. One is that you will be able to install the new version and send emails smoothly from your Outlook account without any 0x800CCC0E error pop-ups. And the second difference you’ll see is the change in your PC performance. This tool optimizing your PC speed and reduces boot time. This tool is very simple and easy to use. It has a neat design layout and a user-friendly interface which makes it easy for all levels of users to use Restoro smoothly with zero complexity. In just a few clicks the error message 0x800CCC0E is resolved. What makes this tool a favorite among users is that it does not require any skills or technical know-how. To get started here’s what you need to do:
  1. Click here to download Restoro software on your PC
  2. Once the download is complete, run it to scan for 0x800CC0E error
  3. After the scanning is successfully complete, click on the Repair button to fix the error right away.
  4. Then install the new version of Outlook/ Outlook Express again on your system
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Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024A10A
The Windows Update service, just like other services in Windows 10 may sometimes experience some issues and stop behaving properly. One of the issues you might encounter as you use the Windows Update service is the Windows Update error 0x8024A10A. This kind of error code signifies that the Windows Update service is shutting down. So if you encounter this error, read on as this post will guide you on how you can fix it. When you receive the Windows Update error 0x8024A10A, you may see this error message on your screen: “USO_E_SERVICE_SHUTTING_DOWN indicates that the WU Service is shutting down. This may happen due to a very long period of time of inactivity, a system hang leading to the service being idle and leading to the shutdown of the service. Ensure that the system remains active and the connections remain established to complete the upgrade.” You could try to restart your computer to resolve the problem since there are instances when a simple restart can fix errors. However, if it does not work, you might find the options provided below useful.

Option 1 – Try to restart the Windows Update Service

The first thing you can do to fix Windows Update error 0x8024A10A is to restart the Windows Update Service from the Services Manager. To do so, follow these steps:
  • In the Cortana search box, type “services” and click on the Services icon to open the Services Manager. Alternatively, you can also tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run prompt and then type “services.msc” in the field and hit Enter to open the Services Manager.
  • After opening the Services Manager, look for the Windows Update Service.
  • Once you found it, right-click on it and check if the Service is stopped. If it is, then select the Start option. On the other hand, if the Windows Update Service is already started, just select the Restart option.
  • After that, try to run the Windows Update again and see if the error 0x8024A10A is now fixed.

Option 2 – Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Since the Windows Update troubleshooter reviews the status of the services that support the process, it would prompt and fix it if there is anything that’s not right. Thus, you might want to run a built-in Windows Update troubleshooter to resolve the Windows Update error. It is one of the things you can check out as it is known to automatically resolve any Windows Update errors like error 0x8024A10A. To run this troubleshooter, 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 3 – Run Microsoft’s online troubleshooter

Aside from the Windows Update troubleshooter, running Microsoft’s online troubleshooter might also help you fix the Windows Update Error 0x8024A10A. This online troubleshooter is known to help in fixing Windows Update errors, it scans your computer for issues that might be causing the problem and then fixes them automatically.

Option 4 – Try to run the Windows Update Service in a Clean Boot State

There are some instances that some conflicting programs installed in your computer might be the one that’s causing Windows Update error code 0x8024A10A. To identify which program is causing the problem, you need to put your computer in a Clean Boot State. To do so, follow the steps below.
  • 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.)
  • Now try to run the Windows Update Service again and see if Windows Update error 0x8024A10A is now gone.
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How to Fix Bttray.exe Application Error

Bttray.exe Application – What is it?

Bttray.exe is basically a Bluetooth Tray Application. Bluetooth Tray Application is developed by WIDCOMM. It provides a system tray icon that allows users to see the status of their Bluetooth connections at a glance. It allows you to easily access the configuration and settings for the Bluetooth products enabling you to change the configuration of the Bluetooth devices. The bttray.exe application error may pop up on your computer screen due to some issue with the Bluetooth software. The process fails to initialize and therefore stops working. Bttray.exe application error code is  displayed in the following format:
  • “BTTray.exe can’t initialize (0xc0150004).”
  • “BTTray.exe – System Error”
Though this is not a fatal or critical computer error it is advisable to resolve it otherwise it will hamper your access to Bluetooth software and cause you a great deal of inconvenience.

Solution

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Bttray.exe application error code may be triggered due to one of the reasons stated below:
  • Bttray.exe application is damaged
  • Bttray.exe is accidentally removed from your PC
  • The Bluetooth software or driver becomes problematic.
  • Some modules that run by the process are corrupt
  • Malware infection
  • Invalid registry entries

Further Information and Manual Repair

If you experience a bttray.exe application error code on your system, it is recommended to fix it right away. To resolve this error you don’t have to be a computer programmer or a technical whiz or have to hire a professional and spend hundreds of dollars in repair. It is easy to fix, simply follow the manual methods given below:

Method 1- Reinstall Bluetooth Software

If the Bluetooth Software is damaged or outdated, the bttray.exe will also not work. If this is the cause of the error code, then simply reinstall Bluetooth software on your system. To do this, first, uninstall the current software and then download the latest version of the Bluetooth Software on your PC. To uninstall click start, go to the control panel, and then programs. Now select Bluetooth software and click uninstall to remove it. After that, install the latest version and update it. To activate changes

Method 2: Scan for Malware

Sometimes the bttray.exe application error code may pop up due to malware and viral infection. To fix it, download a powerful antivirus. Scan and remove malware to resolve.

Method 3: Clean Registry

The registry basically saves all the activities being performed on the PC including junk and obsolete files. If the registry is not clean frequently, unnecessary files like cookies, junk files, temporary files, and internet history can take up a lot of space and cause the registry to damage. Due to this error code like the bttray.exe application can also pop up. To resolve, clean the registry. You can do it manually but that may be difficult and time-consuming if you are not a computer programmer. However, a good alternative would be to download Restoro. This is a user-friendly and next-generation PC Fixer deployed with multiple utilities like a registry cleaner and an antivirus. Simply run it to remove viruses and clean the registry. Click here to download Restoro and resolve the bttray.exe application error now!
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