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CHKDSK cannot open volume for direct access

One of the most useful built-in tools in Windows 10 is the Check Disk or CHKDSK utility. It is the one that maintains the integrity of the disk that’s connected to a computer which can be launched using the GUI or graphical user interface and using the command line.

There are a lot of things that warrant the running of this built-in utility and one of these things is the readability of the disk. Recently, a number of users reported that they encountered an error when they tried to run the CHKDSK utility – the error states, “Cannot open volume for direct access”. This kind of error in CHKDSK appears each time the command line is launched according to the affected users.

As per the users who encountered this issue, they receive the following error messages when they tried running a ChkDsk command:

“C:WINDOWSsystem32>chkdsk /f g:
Cannot open volume for direct access.

C:WINDOWSsystem32>chkdsk /f f:
The type of the file system is NTFS. Volume label is 0529357401.”

To fix the “Cannot open volume for direct user access” error, here are some suggestions that might help. Follow them carefully.

Option 1 – Try running the CHKDSK utility on Boot

On the other hand, you can also try to run the CHKDSK utility on Boot so you can fix the error and recover any damaged segments of the drive.

  • Open an elevated Command Prompt and enter this command: chkdsk /x /f /r
  • After that, you will a message that says, “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)”
  • Type Y and tap Enter to schedule a CHKDSK scan once your computer reboots next time.

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

The next thing you can do to fix the problem is to run the Primary Hard Disk Self Test by following the steps below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Option 6 – Try to disable the application service

Disabling the application service can also help you fix the problem. How? Refer to these steps:

  • Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run utility and type “services.msc” in the field and then hit Enter to open the Services Manager.
  • Next, scroll down among the list of services and look for the service related to the security software or disk checker software.
  • Once you find it, right-click on that service and select Properties.
  • After that, change its Startup type to Disabled and click on the OK and Apply buttons to save the changes made.
  • Now restart your computer and don’t forget to enable the service back once the disk check is completed.

Option 7 – Try to use Repair Volume via Windows PowerShell

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

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What Is Phishing And How Can You Protect Yourself From It?

Ever gotten an e-mail offer that seemed just a little bit too good to be true? Might’ve been a phishing attempt! These are everywhere and can come in many different forms. 

So what’s phishing exactly, how can you detect it and how can you keep safe?

What is phishing?

Phishing (pronounced like fishing) is a type of cyberattack that tricks the user into trusting the source and revealing sensitive information. Fishing being the perfect analogy, the bait is a legitimate-looking site, e-mail or file and when you take a bite, your identity, banking information and much more can be revealed and stolen.

Phishing Illustration
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Some phishing attempts are incredibly obvious, others are super elaborate. Like with most types of malware, cybercriminals have become extremely well-versed in phishing and anyone can fall for it. To help you recognize and avoid it, we’ll take you through a couple of phishing types and give you tips on what to do if faced with them.

Phishing techniques

E-mail phishing

This is actually the most common type of phishing. A cybercriminal creates an e-mail containing stuff like attractive offers, legitimate-looking attachments or links and makes it appear as though it’s coming from a trusted source.

Illustration of Email Phishing
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For example, it looks like it’s coming from your bank or your favorite retailer. The logo looks legit and the structure of the e-mail seems familiar, so you might get tricked into clicking on whatever clickable content is in it.

Unfortunately this exposes your device to malware that hands your data off to the hacker, who can decide what to do with it further.

SMS and social media phishing

Like the above example, you could be approached with lucrative offers or links via text messages or social media messages. Typically, the messages seem relevant to the user as they will be made to look like they’re related to apps or services you’re using.

Voice phishing

Voice phishing attacks are schemes that appear as though they’re coming from a credible number. Normally, you’ll get a call about something related to credit cards or taxes to get you into a state of worry, leading you to disclose personal information on the phone.

Spear phishing, whaling and BEC

Spear phishing normally targets specific individuals within a company who are likely to have access to sensitive data. Spear phishers spend time collecting information they can use to reach out to the individual looking as trustworthy as possible. They’ll typically lead with something relevant, for example mentioning an upcoming company event, and make a seemingly legitimate request.

Whaling is a more elaborate form of spear phishing, which targets people in even stronger positions such as executives or high-value individuals. The ultimate goal is to get them to transfer financial or other sensitive information that can be used to compromise the entire business.

Spear Phishing Illustration
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BEC, or Business e-mail compromise, is a specific spear phishing technique carried out via e-mail. While there are many ways this is done, most commonly you’ll see instances where the phisher poses as a CEO or similar executive, or as a lower-level employee in specific positions (e.g. sales managers or financial controllers).

In the first situation, the impersonator reaches out to employees requesting them to transfer certain files or pay invoices. In the second situation, the phisher takes control of the employee’s e-mail account and sends false instructions to other employees in order to obtain data and information from them.

What can you do?

There are many ways you can be aware and spot a phishing attempt. Here are some tips:

  • Always check the sender’s address in your e-mails, even when they seem to come from a familiar source.
  • In any instance where payment information is requested, be very, very careful.
  • If you are receiving attachments you never asked for and definitely didn’t expect, better not click on them. 
  • Beware of content that transmits a sense of urgency (sales deals, urgent updates to login credentials, etc.).
  • Bad spelling and grammar are usually a telltale sign of phishing.
  • Links that look shortened (e.g. Bit.ly) or just suspicious in general - if you have a bad feeling, do not click on them.
  • If you are receiving threats, you probably shouldn’t be clicking on anything in that message.
  • Always examine first-time senders in detail.
  • Block suspicious e-mail addresses, numbers and social media accounts.
  • If you are receiving a coupon for free stuff… You aren’t.
  • If you’re being asked to update your payment details by a service you use, such as Netflix, chances are it’s an impersonator.

Those are some of the ways to identify and prevent phishing attacks. However, sometimes phishers disguise themselves a little too well or a misclick happens and there you go - you’ve been exposed to malware.

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This won’t happen if you invest in powerful protection software from the get-go, though. A good antivirus program like Bitdefender will keep you safe from becoming a victim of phishing scams. In fact, it will protect you from malicious attacks overall.

Be it your household or your business you’re concerned about, there are a bunch of different packages and options available, providing different kinds of cybersecurity services. That’s the only way you can ever really be sure you aren’t at risk of a digital attack.

Summary

Have you ever been targeted by phishers and didn’t know that’s what it was until you read this article? Many can relate. Protect yourself before it’s too late!

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NVIDIA GameStream is not working
The GameStream is an NVIDIA service that allows users to stream games from their Windows 10 computers to other supported devices which includes the NVIDIA SHIELD devices. However, a number of users reported that the NVIDIA GameStream is not working on their Windows 10 computers. This kind of issue is most likely caused by improper installation, some glitches with the network, and many more. To fix this issue in the NVIDIA GameStream, there are several options you need to check out to fix the problem. You can try to lo logout of GameStream and try logging back in again. You could also try to update or uninstall and reinstall the drivers related to NVIDIA or fix some network glitches or update the NVIDIA SHIELD device. For more details, you can refer to each one of the given potential fixes below.

Option 1 – Try to logout and log back into NVIDIA GameStream

The first thing you can do is to log out and then log back into NVIDIA GameStream. Some users claimed that by doing this simple task, they were able to resolve the problem. This is probably because with the re-login, the entire cache of the system and service is rebuilt and any bad sectors of that data will be replaced with the fresh one so this should resolve the problem with the NVIDIA GameStream, if not, refer to the other given options below.

Option 2 – Try updating the drivers from the official site of NVIDIA

If both the first and second given options didn’t work, you can also try updating the drivers from the official NVIDIA website. And in case you don’t know the type of Nvidia graphics card that your computer is on, follow the steps below:
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next type in “dxdiag” in the field and click OK or hit Enter to open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
  • From there, you can see what type of Nvidia graphics card that your system is on.
  • Take note of your graphics card information and then look for the best drivers for your operating system. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the file, restart your PC.

Option 3 – Try to roll back the driver to the previous version

If updating the NVIDIA display drivers didn’t work for you, then it’s time to roll back the device drivers. It is most likely that after you updated your Windows computer that your driver also needs a refresh.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run window and then type in the “MSC” command and hit Enter to open the Device Manager window.
  • Under the Device Manager, you will see a list of drivers. From there, look for the NVIDIA Drivers and expand it.
  • Next, select the driver entries that are labeled appropriately.
  • Then select each one of them and double click to open a new mini window.
  • After that, make sure that you’re on the Driver tab and if you are not, just navigate to it then click the Roll Back Driver button to switch back to the previous version of the NVIDIA Drivers.
  • Now restart your computer to successfully apply the changes made.

Option 4 – Try fixing your network

The next thing you can do to fix the problem with the NVIDIA GameStream is to fix the glitches in your network. Make sure that you connect both of your devices to a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network and you also have to ensure that the Wi-Fi connection you’re connected to is strong enough for both the devices for the latency to go down. Once you’ve covered all of these things with your network, restart your computer and change the Wi-Fi channel both devices are connected to. This should resolve the problem.

Option 5 – Try to update the NVIDIA SHIELD device

You might also want to update the NVIDIA SHIELD device. There are times when an outdated NVIDIA SHIELD device can result to several issues like the problem with the NVIDIA GameStream. Thus, you need to update NVIDIA SHIELD and check if it fixes the problem or not.
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A Quick Guide to Fixing Error 2046

Error 2046 - What is it?

Error 2046 is an error code related to Adobe Flash Player. It usually occurs while watching movies or videos on the web browser. This error code may interrupt video display and hamper you from watching your favorite movies and videos.

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

Narrowing down the reason for the occurrence of this error code is quite difficult virtually because it may trigger due to several reasons such as:
  • There might be issues with Adobe Flash Player settings
  • Ad-blocking products
  • Windows not updated
  • Registry issues
  • Malware infection
  • Flash Player Add on not properly installed

Further Information and Manual Repair

The good news is that the error 2046 is not fatal. It is easy to fix. In fact, it is so easy to repair that you can do it all by yourself even if you are not a computer whiz. You don’t have to hire a professional and spend hundreds of dollars on repairs. Here are some of the many manual solutions that you can try to fix this issue on your computer screen:

Reinstall Adobe Flash Player

Since this error code is largely related to Adobe Flash Player, it is advisable to start by reinstalling the Flash Player. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you work through it.
  1. First, click start and then select the control panel.
  2. Now click on programs and then uninstall Flash Player from the program list.
  3. After that’s done, reboot your computer.
  4. Now download Adobe Flash Player from a reliable website and run it.
If it works perfectly, then the issue is resolved. If not, then try other methods given below.

Re-Enable Flash Player Add-on

Adobe Flash Player add-on is basically installed in IE (Internet Explorer) which is loaded each time you load IE. Sometimes the problem with this add-on can also generate error 2046.
  1. To resolve this, open Internet Explorer and press Alt-Key.
  2. Select tools and then manage add-ons.
  3. Now select Adobe Flash Player Active X and then click disable tab.
Once that’s done, restart the web browser and repeat the same steps but this time click enable button. This will hopefully resolve the issue.

Unblock Ad Blocking Products

Sometimes error 2046 may pop up on your screen if you use ad-blocking products like AdBlock Plus. If so, then try uninstalling ad-blocking products installed on your PC to fix the issue.

Install Window Update

Microsoft releases new updates every now and then. These updates are made with the objective of solving bugs and run-time errors like error 2046. Therefore if the error code is related to Windows updates then to resolve it is it advisable to launch the Windows update program and update your operating system. For this, click Start, All Programs, and then click Windows Update. Now click the Check for updates button and download and install the new updates. Once that is complete, restart your PC to bring changes into effect.

Scan for Malware and Look For Registry issues

Whether the issue is related to malware or the registry, it is recommended to download Restoro. This is a next-generation and a multi-functional PC Fixer embedded with a powerful antivirus and a registry cleaner. Run it on your PC and scan for viruses and registry issues and click repair to resolve. It is user-friendly and compatible with all Windows versions. Click here to download Restoro to resolve error 2046.
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How to remove "program" from startup

Instaling and removing applications from your Windows can sometimes leave some traces that are unpleasant and can cause annoyances. One of these annoyances is the program in the startup section of the task manager.

If you ever opened task manager and went into the startup section trying to disable some of the startup items on your Windows boot there might be a chance that you have experienced and seen a program without any icon or information about it just sitting there.

Program inside task manager

This is due to some applications being removed from the system but for some reason, it still shows itself in startup and it is quite annoying. So here we will show you how to get rid of this annoyance so your startup is clean again without junk in it.

Removing a program from startup

Locating the source of the issue

The first thing of course is to open the task manager itself and navigate to the startup tab. Inside the startup tab right-click on the column header and tick or enable Startup type and command line. Now you will see the location of the supposed file (that is missing or you could just go there by right-clicking on the item, but here it is greyed).

program in task manager with details

99% of the time startup type will be registry since the file is missing, if it was a file fix would be just to simply delete the file in the folder but since it was installed and not properly removed registry key is still present but the file cannot be found. After confirmation that the file is indeed missing and that the startup type is registry open the registry editor by typing Regedit in search and pressing enter.

Removing the key from registry

Inside Registry editor navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Inside on right part, you will see all auto-start entries added by installed applications.

regirsty editor

Locate one that is causing issues by comparing its path with the path inside the task manager command line and delete the key. Once the key is deleted right-click on RUN on the left part and choose HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to quickly jump on that key location and repeat the process of key deletion if needed. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE will delete startup entry for all users and sometimes entry will not be present here since the application is not installed for all users or there are no other users on the machine.

After the procedure is finished, reboot your systems in order to apply changes.

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How to Remove FileShareFanatic

FileShareFanatic is a browser extension developed by Mindspark Inc. This extension offers users the ability to quickly access some of the most popular file-sharing websites. While this may sound tempting and useful at start, using this extension might prove more annoying then useful.

When installed FileShareFanatic hijacks your new tab page changing your default search engine to search.myway.com. Additionally it monitors user activity, recording visited websites, clicked links, viewed products, and whatever other information that can be used by the Ad network to display targeted Ads.

While browsing the internet with this extension you will notice an increase of ads on pages, especially in search results. This extension injects additional ads, sponsored links, and even displays pop-up ads in order to gain revenue.

FileShareFanatic has been marked as a Browser Hijacker by several top anti-virus scanners, and is scheduled for deletion.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijacking is considered the web’s constant danger that targets browsers. It is a kind of malicious software that modifies your internet browser’s configuration settings so that you are redirected to websites or pages that you had no intention of visiting. Browser hijackers can do more than simply modifying homepages. It redirects you to the sponsored sites and inserts advertisements on your browser which helps its developer generate earnings. It might appear naive, but most of these websites are not legitimate and will pose a major risk to your online safety. Browser hijackers can even let other vicious programs without your knowledge to further damage your PC.

Symptoms of browser hijack

There are numerous symptoms of browser hijacking: 1. you see unauthorized modifications to your internet browser’s homepage 2. you get re-directed to internet sites you never meant to visit 3. default online search engine is modified 4. discover new toolbars which you did not add 5. you observe lots of pop-ups on your screen 6. your web browser gets slow, buggy, and crashes frequently 7. Inability to navigate to certain sites, especially anti-malware as well as other security software webpages.

How they infect computers

Browser hijackers attack computers via malicious email attachments, downloaded infected documents, or by visiting infected internet sites. Many internet browser hijackings originate from add-on software, i.e., browser helper objects (BHO), toolbars, or extensions added to browsers to give them extra features. A browser hijacker could also be installed as a part of freeware, demoware, shareware and pirated programs. Browser hijackers can interrupt the user’s web browsing experience significantly, track the websites visited by users and steal sensitive information, cause difficulty in connecting to the internet, and eventually create stability problems, making software programs and computer to crash.

Removal

The one thing you can try to get rid of a browser hijacker is to find the malware within the “Add or Remove Programs” list in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. It may or may not be there. If it is, try to uninstall it. But, most hijacking codes aren’t very easy to eliminate manually, as they go deeper into your operating system. Besides, browser hijackers could modify the Computer registry so that it could be very hard to repair manually, especially when you’re not a very tech-savvy individual. You can choose automatic browser hijacker removal by just installing and running reliable anti-malware software. If you need to get rid of persistent browser hijackers effectively, install the top-rated Anti-Malware software Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Find Out How To Install Safebytes Anti-Malware On An Infected PC

Malware can cause a lot of damage to your PC. Some malware types alter internet browser settings by including a proxy server or change the PC’s DNS configuration settings. When this happens, you’ll be unable to visit certain or all of the sites, and thus unable to download or install the required security software to remove the infection. If you are reading this, you may have infected by a virus that prevents you from downloading a security program such as Safebytes Antimalware on your PC. There are some actions you can take to circumvent this issue.

Download the application in Safe Mode with Networking

If the virus is set to load immediately when Microsoft Windows starts, entering Safe Mode could very well block the attempt. Since only the bare minimum programs and services launch in safe mode, there are hardly any reasons for conflicts to occur. To start your Windows XP, Vista or 7 computer in Safe Mode with Networking, please do as instructed below. 1) At power on, hit the F8 key before the Windows splash screen starts to load. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. 2) Choose Safe Mode with Networking with arrow keys and hit ENTER. 3) Once this mode loads, you will have the internet. Now, utilize your browser to download and install Safebytes Anti-malware. 4) As soon as the application is installed, allow the scan run to eliminate viruses and other malware automatically.

Switch to an alternate internet browser

Web-based viruses can be environment-specific, aiming for a particular web browser or attacking specific versions of the browser. The best solution to avoid this problem is to opt for a browser that is known for their security measures. Firefox comprises built-in Phishing and Malware Protection to keep you safe online.

Run antivirus from a USB drive

Another option is to make a portable antivirus program onto your USB thumb drive. To run antivirus from a thumb drive, follow these simple steps: 1) Download Safebytes Anti-Malware or Microsoft Windows Defender Offline onto a clean computer system. 2) Plug the Thumb drive into the uninfected computer. 3) Double-click the Setup icon of the anti-malware software to run the Installation Wizard. 4) Select the drive letter of the USB drive as the place when the wizard asks you exactly where you would like to install the anti-virus. Follow the directions to finish the installation process. 5) Unplug the pen drive. Now you can utilize this portable antivirus on the affected computer. 6) Double-click the anti-malware program EXE file on the thumb drive. 7) Simply click “Scan Now” to run a complete scan on the infected computer for malware.

SafeBytes Anti-Malware Features

To protect your personal computer from many different internet-based threats, it’s important to install an anti-malware application on your computer system. However, with countless numbers of anti-malware companies in the marketplace, nowadays it is challenging to decide which one you should purchase for your PC. Some are good ones, some are decent, and some are simply just fake anti-malware applications that could harm your personal computer themselves! You should choose one that is trustworthy, practical and has a strong reputation for its malware source protection. On the list of strongly recommended software by industry analysts is SafeBytes Anti-Malware, the most dependable program for Windows computers. SafeBytes anti-malware is a powerful, very effective protection application made to help users of all levels of computer literacy in finding and eliminating malicious threats from their computer. Once you’ve installed this program, SafeBytes state-of-the-art protection system will ensure that absolutely no viruses or malware can seep through your PC.

SafeBytes anti-malware takes PC protection to a totally new level with its enhanced features. These are some of the highlighted features included in the software.

World-class AntiMalware Protection: Built on a greatly acclaimed anti-virus engine, this malware removal tool can identify and get rid of several obstinate malware threats such as browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, and ransomware that other typical antivirus programs will miss. Real-time Threat Response: Malware programs attempting to get into the computer are discovered and stopped as and when detected by the SafeBytes active protection shields. It’ll examine your PC for suspicious activity at all times and its unrivaled firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access by the outside world. Safe Browsing: Safebytes assigns all sites a unique safety ranking that helps you to get an idea of whether the webpage you’re just about to visit is safe to browse or known to be a phishing site. Lowest Memory/CPU Usage: SafeBytes is a lightweight tool. It consumes a really small amount of processing power as it operates in the background therefore you will not see any computer performance difficulties. 24/7 Guidance: SafeBytes provides 24/7 technical support, automatic maintenance and updates for best user experience. All in all, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is a solid program as it has lots of features and could identify and remove any potential threats. Once you have downloaded and installed this software, you no longer need to worry about malware or any other security worries. So if you’re searching for the best anti-malware subscription for your Windows-based computer, we recommend SafeBytes Anti-Malware tool.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to carry out the removal of FileShareFanatic manually instead of using an automated software tool, you may follow these measures: Proceed to the Windows Control Panel, click the “Add or Remove Programs” and there, choose the offending application to uninstall. In cases of suspicious versions of web browser plug-ins, you can easily get rid of it via your web browser’s extension manager. You’ll probably also want to reset your browser. To be certain of complete removal, find the following registry entries on your computer and remove it or reset the values appropriately. Having said that, editing the registry can be a complicated job that only advanced users and professionals should try to fix it. Furthermore, some malware is capable of replicating or preventing removal. It is advisable that you carry out the removal process in Windows Safe Mode.
Files: %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\FileShareFanaticTooltab %LOCALAPPDATA%\FileShareFanaticTooltab Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: FB8C7587-6C03-425D-821D-65339B3E249E HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\FB8C7587-6C03-425D-821D-65339B3E249E HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\FB8C7587-6C03-425D-821D-65339B3E249E HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\EA89EC10-2255-42A6-9AA7-84B4441C2DCA HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\EA89EC10-2255-42A6-9AA7-84B4441C2DCA HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\FB8C7587-6C03-425D-821D-65339B3E249E HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\EA89EC10-2255-42A6-9AA7-84B4441C2DCA HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\6E4DF5E6-A1D8-48E0-BA5A-91C5DBD6AAF1 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\BDF4A303-E4F0-42F0-B235-351F6C8F6C1A HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\BDF4A303-E4F0-42F0-B235-351F6C8F6C1A HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\FileShareFanatic_RASMANCS HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\FileShareFanatic_RASMANCS HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\FileShareFanatic_RASAPI32 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\FileShareFanatic_RASAPI32 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\filesharefanatic.dl.myway.com HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\FileShareFanatic
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Calibrating Windows 10 display for HDR video
High Dynamic Range or HDR is a technique that’s used to create lifelike videos which have improved and better dynamic range, especially when it comes to details. And as you know, Windows 10 supports the steaming of HDR videos as long as the display supports it and it comes with the option to enable the HDR Playback for Windows 10 Video Streaming apps. However, before you can get the best viewing experience, you need to calibrate the display further for HDR video on your Windows 10 PC. Take note that even when you have the HDR Playback feature enabled on your computer, you still need a display that supports it. To make sure that your display supports this feature, you can use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to have the display correctly wired and have the latest WDDM 2.4 drivers installed as well as set the other settings properly. Once you’ve made sure that your computer’s display really supports HDR and you’ve already enabled the HDR Playback feature, now it’s time for you to calibrate. Remember that when you calibrate the display, you should make an external monitor your primary display if you are using it for HDR and then adjust the settings to your liking. And if you are calibrating for primary display, you need to disconnect all other displays.

Follow the given steps below to calibrate the display of your PC.

  • Step 1: You need to open the Video Playback first. To do so, navigate to Settings > Apps > Video Playback.
  • Step 2: Under the Video Playback settings, uncheck the “Don’t increase display brightness when watching HDR video on battery” checkbox or plug in your PC.
  • Step 3: Next, click the “Change calibration settings for HDR video on my built-in display” link located on the right side.
  • Step 4: After that, click on the Play button located on the left side to play the video. Then move the sliders to the left or right so you can start to calibrate. Once you see that the quality of the image is to your preference, stop.
Note: Just a tip when calibrating – you just have to find the right balance between the details in the darker parts of a scene. For instance, you have Mountains in the background and buildings in the front – you need to drag the slider to the right to add more details to the snow on the mountain or drag the slider to the left to add more details to the buildings. After that, you can pause the video and exit the full-screen mode. Keep in mind that the quality of HDR depends on you as it is a personal choice. Some users might like a brighter shade while other ones want the darker shade so it really depends on your taste. If you are not satisfied with how your HDR turned out, you can just try calibrating the display again. Simply go back to the default HDR video calibration and click or tap the Reset calibration button. Another thing to remember. First, you can only see HDR content on the full screen and if you’re using a laptop, you need to make sure to watch videos when plugged in and check that the battery settings won't’ lower the brightness.
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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

Restoro box imageError Causes

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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Guide for Removing FullTab From PC

FullTab is a Browser Extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. When installed this extension hijacks your home page, and changes your default search engine to http://search.fulltabsearch.com. This extension usually comes bundled with other freeware software, and while installed it monitors your internet browsing activity, visited links, clicked pages, and other private information that it later uses to distribute targeted unwanted ads in your search results.

While this extension is installed, you will see modified search results, injected ads, sponsored links, web page redirects, and sometimes even pop-up ads. Several anti-virus scanners have detected this extension as a Browser Hijacker, and due to the information it is gathering from your computer it is not recommended to keep.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijackers (sometimes called hijackware) are a kind of malicious software that modifies web browser configuration settings without the user’s knowledge or consent. These hijacks appear to be increasing at an alarming rate globally, and they can be truly nefarious and sometimes harmful too. Browser hijackers are capable of doing more than just changing home pages. Usually, browser hijacking is utilized for earning advertising revenue that comes from forced ad clicks and website visits. Most people believe that such websites are legitimate and harmless but that is not the case. Almost every browser hijacker poses an actual threat to your online safety and it is necessary to categorize them under privacy risks. Browser hijackers can also let other vicious programs without your knowledge further damage your personal computer.

Browser hijacking signs and symptoms

There are numerous signs that indicate the web browser is hijacked: 1. your browser’s home page is suddenly different 2. you find redirected to internet sites you never meant to visit 3. the default web browser settings are modified and/or your default web engine is altered 4. you find unsolicited new toolbars added 5. unstoppable flurries of pop-up advertisements appear on your personal computer screen 6. webpages load slowly and sometimes incomplete 7. you can’t navigate to specific web pages, like computer security software-related sites.

Precisely how browser hijacker infects computers

There are many ways your PC can get infected with a browser hijacker. They usually arrive through spam e-mail, via file-sharing networks, or by a drive-by download. They are usually included with toolbars, BHO, add-ons, plug-ins, or browser extensions. Browser hijackers sneak to your pc in addition to free software application downloads also that you unintentionally install along with the original. Examples of popular browser hijackers include Fireball, GoSave, Ask Toolbar, CoolWebSearch, RocketTab, and Babylon Toolbar. The presence of any browser hijacker on your system can considerably diminish the web browsing experience, record your internet activities that lead to troublesome privacy concerns, diminish overall computer performance and cause application instability as well.

Removal

Some browser hijacking can be quite easily corrected by identifying and removing the corresponding malware software through your control panel. However, most hijackers are very tenacious and require specialized tools to remove them. And there’s no denying the very fact that the manual fixes and removal methods can certainly be a difficult job for a rookie PC user. Additionally, there are many risks associated with tinkering around with the pc registry files.

Virus Blocking Access To Safebytes Website And Anti-Malware Downloads - What You Should Do?

All malware is inherently dangerous, but certain types of malicious software do much more damage to your computer than others. Some malware is meant to interfere with or block things that you’d like to do on your computer. It may not allow you to download anything from the net or prevent you from accessing a few or all sites, especially antivirus websites. If you are reading this article now, you have probably recognized that a malware infection is a reason behind your blocked internet traffic. So how to proceed if you want to install an antivirus program such as Safebytes? There are some actions you can take to get around this problem.

Start Windows in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is actually a special, basic version of Microsoft Windows where just minimal services are loaded to counteract viruses and other troublesome programs from loading. If the malware is blocking the internet connection and affecting your PC, running it in Safe Mode will let you download anti-malware and run a scan while limiting possible damage. In order to enter into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, press F8 while the computer is booting up or run MSCONFIG and look for the “Safe Boot” options under the “Boot” tab. After you restart into Safe Mode with Networking, you can download, install, as well as update the anti-malware program from there. Right after installation, run the malware scanner to eliminate most standard infections.

Utilize an alternate internet browser to download an antivirus program

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

Make a bootable USB anti-virus drive

Another solution is to store and run an antivirus program completely from a Thumb drive. Do these simple measures to clean up your affected computer using portable anti-malware. 1) On a virus-free computer, download and install Safebytes Anti-Malware. 2) Put the pen drive into the uninfected PC. 3) Double-click on the downloaded file to run the installation wizard. 4) When asked, select the location of the pen drive as the place where you would like to store the software files. Do as instructed on the screen to finish up the installation process. 5) Now, insert the USB drive into the corrupted PC. 6) Run the Safebytes Anti-malware directly from the pen drive by double-clicking the icon. 7) Hit the “Scan Now” button to start the virus scan.

Ensure the Safety of Your PC by Using SafeBytes Anti-Malware Software

Do you want to install the best anti-malware application for your laptop? There are many applications available in the market that comes in free and paid versions for Windows systems. Some of them are great, some are decent, and some will affect your PC themselves! You need to go with a tool that has obtained a good reputation and detects not only computer viruses but other types of malware too. While thinking about trustworthy applications, Safebytes Anti-Malware is certainly the highly recommended one. SafeBytes anti-malware is a powerful, very effective protection application designed to assist users of all levels of IT literacy in finding and removing malicious threats from their personal computers. After you have installed this program, SafeBytes sophisticated protection system will make sure that absolutely no viruses or malicious software can seep through your computer. SafeBytes has outstanding features when compared to various other anti-malware programs. A few of them are given as below: Real-time Threat Response: SafeBytes provides round-the-clock protection for your personal computer restricting malware intrusions instantly. They’re extremely effective in screening and eliminating different threats because they’re regularly improved with new updates and safety measures. World-class AntiMalware Protection: With its advanced and sophisticated algorithm, this malware removal tool can detect and get rid of the malware threats hiding within your PC effectively. Quick Multithreaded Scanning: SafeBytes’s high-speed malware scanning engine cuts down scanning times and extends battery life. Simultaneously, it will effectively detect and eliminate infected computer files or any internet threat. Web Security: Through its unique safety rating, SafeBytes alerts you whether a site is safe or not to access it. This will make sure that you’re always certain of your safety when browsing the world wide web. Lightweight: This tool is not “heavy” on the computer’s resources, so you’ll not see any overall performance difficulties when SafeBytes is operating in the background. 24/7 Live Professional Support: You can obtain high levels of support round the clock if you’re using their paid software.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

To eliminate FullTab manually, navigate to the Add/Remove programs list in the Windows Control Panel and select the program you want to get rid of. For internet browser extensions, go to your web browser’s Addon/Extension manager and select the add-on you want to disable or remove. You’ll probably also want to reset your browser. To ensure the complete removal, find the following Windows registry entries on your system and remove them or reset the values accordingly. However, this is a challenging task and only computer professionals could carry it out safely. Moreover, certain malware keeps replicating which makes it difficult to eliminate. You are advised to do this process in Safe Mode.
Files: %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsdddjdbagaalmcfiaklngpcdefppkhpnf %UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsdddjdbagaalmcfiaklngpcdefppkhpnf %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsdfobofkgfnlaibpdigilbhhnampnfphg %UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionskikgikaaibdokmgbiocgoeepfphfllml %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionskikgikaaibdokmgbiocgoeepfphfllml %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsekeidcohoadhbbfgbhppjihllchhdgea %UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsdokppbonbkemcpplmcghjemlodkjcoif %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsdokppbonbkemcpplmcghjemlodkjcoif %UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultExtensionsekeidcohoadhbbfgbhppjihllchhdgea Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDOMStoragewww.search.fulltabsearch.com HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDOMStoragesearch.fulltabsearch.com HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareGoogleChromePreferenceMACsDefaultextensions.settings, value: dfobofkgfnlaibpdigilbhhnampnfphg
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TeamViewer stuck on Initializing Display
One of the popular tools that allow a user to offer or obtain remote assistance on a computer is the TeamViewer. It is available on all the major computer and mobile platforms which makes it a lot useful to every kind of user, even on the go. If you are one of the users who frequently use TeamViewer, then you must be familiar with this one sentence that states, “Initializing display parameters”. In common cases, this sentence will appear for a second and load the other user’s screen. However, some users reported that TeamViewer gets stuck on that stage and did not move ahead even a bit. If you experience the same problem, read on as this post will guide you in fixing this issue with TeamViewer on your Windows 10 computer. At the time of writing, the cause of this issue is still unclear. It could be due to the quality of internet connection, conflicts in process, misconfiguration of Remote Access, and many more. To fix this issue, you can try to update TeamViewer for both the users or have it reinstalled with Unattended Remote Access, or reconfigure the Remote Access. You can also try to kill any conflicting processes or optimize your internet connection. For more details, refer to the given options below.

Option 1 – Reboot your router

The first thing you can try to do to fix the error is to simply restart your router. All you need to do is reboot the router from its Admin panel or you can also turn it off manually and turn it back on after a couple of seconds so that it can completely reboot. Once you’re done, try accessing your server again and see if the error is now fixed.

Option 2 – Try to update TeamViewer on both users’ end

You might have to update the TeamViewer on both ends and to do that, you need to start the TeamViewer installer again. Once it is installed, run the program and click on the Help option in the Menu ribbon and then select the “Check for updates…” option. If an update is found, you will be notified within a couple of seconds through a pop-up mini window. From there, click on Update and then follow the next onscreen instructions that appear and choose your TeamViewer version to update.

Option 3 – Try reinstalling TeamViewer via the Unattended Remote Access

If the first two given options didn’t work, you might have to reinstall TeamViewer from the Windows 10 Settings app or Control Panel.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run utility and type “regedit” in the field and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Here, navigate to this registry key: Computer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Wow6432Node TeamViewer
  • Next, look for the TeamViewer key and right-click on it, and select Delete.
  • After that, restart your PC to apply the changes made and then start TeamViewer again, and then click on Connection > Open Management Console.
  • Then sign in or sign up to get registered and select the Add new device radio button under Add > Add computer located on the top-right corner and then select the Download now option.
  • Now follow the next onscreen instructions that appear to complete the installation and then check if it fixes the problem or not.

Option 4 – Try reconfiguring the Remote Access

You can also try to reconfigure Remote Access in case there is some misconfiguration that might have caused the problem with TeamViewer.
  • On your Desktop, right-click on This PC and click on Properties.
  • Next, go to the left side of the navigation panel and click on Remote Settings.
  • From there, make sure that the “Allow Remote Assistance Connections to this computer” checkbox is checked under the Remote Assistance section.
  • Once done, click on the Advanced button. This will open a new mini window where you’ll have to check the “Allow this computer to be controlled remotely” option under the Remote Control section.
  • Then click on OK and see if it fixed the problem.

Option 5 – Try to kill any conflicting processes

  • Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination to open the Task Manager.
  • Then navigate to the Processes tab and right-click on the BGInfo process.
  • Now select the End Task option to kill its process and then start TeamViewer again and check if the problem is resolved.

Option 6 – Try to optimize the quality of connection

You need to take care of two things under this option – first, you have to disable the loading of the Wallpaper of the computer which is the one that you’re trying to access remotely. To do that, you have to select the Extras menu from the menu ribbon and then select Options. And under the Remote Control section, check the “Remove remote wallpaper” option. The next thing you have to do is to optimize the quality for the speed by selecting the “Optimize Speed” for the menu of Quality still under the Remote Control section.
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Experiencing Error Code 36, We Have A Solution!

Error Code 36 – What is it?

This is a common Device Manager Error Code that users encounter. It is commonly found on all Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows operating systems. Error Code 36 is usually prompted by the following message:

"This device is requesting a PCI interrupt but is configured for an ISA interrupt (or vice versa). Please use the computer's system setup program to reconfigure the interrupt for this device. (Code 36)"

Solution

driverfix boxError Causes

Error Code 36 occurs when there is a failure in IRQ translation due to your Windows operating system getting corrupted. This is caused due to a number of triggers, such as:

  • An excess of startup entries
  • Errors in registries
  • RAM or hardware failure
  • Excessive unnecessary installed programs
  • Malware or spyware

When programs are removed excessively, some programs are not removed completely and create problems in your computer’s registry.

Also, due to the presence of malware and spyware and other causes mentioned above, your computer registry builds up errors with the time that leads to slowing your PC, time lags, and even result in crashes and freezes.

Error Code 36 can cause internal and external components to malfunction or experience time lags such as DVD drive or printer and hence can severely affect your entire PC.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Error Code 36 is a severe PC error and any attempt at fixing the error must be approached with extreme caution for your PC to start functioning properly again. Here are two methods to fixing your PC.

Method 1 – Change IRQ reservation settings

Changing the IRQ reservation settings is the best way you can rely on to fix the error code. You can do this by changing the BIOS settings of your PC.

The BIOS stands for ‘Basic Input/Output System’ and is the program of your PC’s microprocessor that allows your PC to boot after you switch it on.

Caution needs to be exercised before changing the BIOS settings of your PC. This is because every PC’s BIOS version differs from another and any wrong attempt to change the settings may make matters worse.

It is therefore recommended to refer to hardware documentation that you received with your PC or motherboard and check for the model number and details of your PC’s motherboard.

Only after you have checked and confirmed all the details, should you use the specific BIOS settings required to configure your IRQ reservations?

Method 2 – Install DriverFIX

Error Code 36 isn’t an easy error to remove.

While changing the BIOS settings can work to restore your PC, it may create a whole lot of inconvenience for finding the time and effort to check the hardware documentation details and attempting to change the specific settings and especially, if your PC does not support the options to change IRQ reservations.

Given the high risks of fixing such an error, you can also install software that enables you to fix your slow PC at the click of a few buttons.

Programs such as DriverFIX can enable you to download and replace your outdated drivers with new updated ones without you having to look for them. It will detect which drivers to download based on your PC’s motherboard version from the program’s database and can get rid of error code 36.

Click here to download DriverFIX and remove error code 36 and any other type of Device Manager error from your PC.

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