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DISM Error 14098, component store corrupted

As you know, one of the useful and efficient utilities in Windows 10 is the DISM tool. It can be used with the Command Prompt command line which allows users to carry out various tasks. However, there are instances when the DISM tool could encounter some errors when you try to execute a command. One of these errors is the one that states, “The component store has been corrupted”. This kind of DISM error is due to an error in the image file.

When you encounter the DISM Error 14098 when running the DISM tool, you will see the following content in the command line:

“C:>Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:testmountwindows /LimitAccess

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool

Version: 10.0.10586.0

Image Version: 10.0.10586.0

[==========================100.0%

Error: 14098

The component store has been corrupted.

The DISM log file can be found at C:WINDOWSLogsDISMdism.log

C:>”

There are several fixes you can check out to fix the DISM Error 14098, “The component store has been corrupted”. You can try to run the Restore Health command or reset the Windows Update components, or whitelist the dism.exe in your antivirus program, as well as try to uninstall any recently installed updates. Follow the options provided below for more details.

Option 1 – Run the Restore Health command in a Clean Boot State

  • First, you need to put your computer in a Clean Boot State.
  • 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 open Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • Then type and enter this command to execute it: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Wait until the process is completed and restart your computer.

Note: If the Restore Health command fails, you can use the “/StartComponentCleanup parameter” by executing this command: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

Option 2 – Try to reset the Windows Update components

If by any chance that the second option didn’t work, resetting the Windows Update components could also help you resolve the problem. How? Refer to the following steps:

  • Open Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • After that, type each one of the following commands and hit Enter after you key in one after the other.
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop cryptsvc
    • net stop bits
    • net stop msiserver

Note: The commands you entered will stop the Windows Update components such as Windows Update service, Cryptographic services, BITS, and MSI Installer.

  • After disabling WU components, you need to rename both the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders. To do that, type each one of the following commands below, and don’t forget to hit Enter after you type one command after the other.
    • ren C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution/SoftwareDistribution.old
    • ren C:/Windows/System32/catroot2/Catroot2.old
  • Next, restart the services you’ve stopped by entering another series of commands. Don’t forget to hit Enter after you key in one command after the other.
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start cryptsvc
    • net start bits
    • net start msiserver
  • Close Command Prompt and reboot your PC.

Option 3 – Whitelist the “dism.exe” in your antivirus program

The DISM error 14098 might also be caused by your antivirus program which could be interfering it from running. To fix this, you have to whitelist dism.exe. How? Refer to these steps:

  • Open the Windows Defender Security Center from the system tray area.
  • Next, click the “Virus & threat protection” option and then open the “Virus and threat protection settings”.
  • After that, scroll down until you find the “Exclusions” and click on the “Add or remove exclusions” option.
  • Then click the plus button and select the type of exclusion you want to add and from the drop-down list, select Folder.
  • Next, navigate to this path and select the WinSxS folder: C:/Windows/WinSxS
  • When a User Account Control or UAC prompt, just click on Yes to proceed.

Option 4 – Try to uninstall recently installed updates

There are times when some Windows Updates affect some mechanism internally when you update your Windows 10 computer. As a result, it causes issues with other components of the operating system which could be the reason why you’re getting the DISM error 14098.

  • Go to Settings and select Update and Security > Windows Update.
  • From there, click on the “View update history” option and then click on the “Uninstall Updates” option.
  • This will open a new window that contains the list of installed Windows Updates.
  • Now right click on the Windows Update you wish to uninstall and click Uninstall.

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  • Then type “inetcpl.cpl” in the field and hit Enter to pull up the Internet Properties.
  • After that, go to the Connections tab and select the LAN settings.
  • From there. Uncheck the “Use a Proxy Server” option for your LAN and then make sure that the “Automatically detect settings” option is checked.
  • Now click the OK and the Apply buttons.
  • Restart your PC.
Note: If you are using a third-party proxy service, you have to disable it.

Option 3 – Try to use the Registry Editor

Before you apply some registry tweaks, make sure that you create a System Restore point. Once you have that covered, follow these steps:
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run utility and type “Regedit” in the field and tap Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • After that, navigate to this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpipParametersDataBasePath
  • Look for the default key and double click on it and make sure that its Value data is set as “C:/Windows/System32/driversetc”.
  • Now exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer to apply the changes made

Option 4 – Flush the DNS cache

You could also try to flush the DNS cache to fix the “ERR_ICAN_NAME_COLLISION” error. All you have to do is open Command Prompt as an administrator and then execute each one of the following commands sequentially to flush the DNS cache:
  • ipconfig/release
  • ipconfig/renew
  • ipconfig/flushdns

Option 5 – Get rid of any conflicting browser extensions

  • Open Chrome and press Alt + F keys.
  • Go to More tools and click Extensions to look for any suspicious browser extensions or toolbars.
  • Click the Recycle bin and select Remove.
  • Restart Chrome and press Alt + F keys again.
  • Proceed to On Startup and mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
  • To check if the browser hijacker is still active, click Set pages, if it is active, overwrite the URL.
Note: If removing the browser extensions or toolbars didn’t work, you can also try to reset your Google Chrome browser.
  • Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
  • After that, click on Settings.
  • Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
  • After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
  • Now restart Google Chrome.

Option 6 – Run a malware scan using Windows Defender

It is possible that your computer is infected with malware which could be why you’re getting the “ERR_ICAN_NAME_COLLISION” error. Thus, you need to scan your computer using Windows Defender.
  • Tap the Win + I keys to open Update & Security.
  • Then click on the Windows Security option and open Windows Defender Security Center.
  • Next, click on Virus & threat protection > Run a new advanced scan.
  • Now make sure that Full Scan is selected from the menu and then click the Scan Now button to get started.
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Disabling Windows 10 startup delay
First time when your computer is turned ON and when Windows is booting it will wait 10 seconds before starting your startup applications. This 10 second is used to load all of Windows services so everything is running smoothly. If by any chance you do not want to wait for this startup delay and wish to start applications right away then keep on reading and follow this guide precisely. This guide will require you to play ad tweak with the registry of Windows, it is always recommended to make a registry backup before attempting any tweaks. Also, it is imperative to follow the guide as it is presented step by step. be aware that this guide will eliminate a 10-second delay for all of your starting applications, there is no way currently to remove delay for only one or a few.
  1. Press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to open the run dialog
  2. In run dialog type Regedit and press ENTER
  3. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize
  4. If the key does not exist, make a new one,  Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\, right-click on the explorer and choose new > key. Name it Serialize
  5. Right-click on Serialize and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  6. Name the value StartupDelayInMSec
  7. Double click on StartupDelayInMSec and locate Value data
  8. Set the value to 0
  9. Save changes and Exit Registry editor
  10. Reboot
If you want to reverse changes and enable delay again, go back to the Registry Editor and delete the StartupDelayInMSec value.
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Fix cannot open IPv4 Properties in Windows 10
Many Windows 10 users often change the IP addresses of their computers’ network adapter in order to connect to the internet or network they belong to in times when there is no automatic connection for their computers. In most cases, access to modifying this setting is restricted for some odd reason even if you are an administrator. So if you are one of the users whose Windows 10 VPN IPv4 Properties are not working, this post can help you remedy that so that you can open and edit the IPv4 Properties on your Windows 10 PC. The common way to change IP settings is by going to Settings > Network and then to Internet > Change adapter options > Select Network adapter > right click and open Properties. From there, you can select TCP/IP 4 and modify it. If you aren’t able to do this, refer to the instructions laid out below to troubleshoot the problem in accessing the IPv4 Properties.

Option 1 – Try using PowerShell to manually set the IPv4 properties

As you are not able to set it using the interface, you can do so using PowerShell instead. Note that this option will only work for you if you run PowerShell with administrator privileges. After opening PowerShell, according to many users, you have to run the this command – set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceAlias “Ethernet” -ServerAddresses xxx.xx.xxx.xxx,x.x.x.x,xxx.xx.xxx.xxx,x.x.x.x Usually, Ethernet is the name of your network adapter which is set by default. If you want to see the actual name of your network adapter, you can just type this command and tap Enter after doing so – Get-NetAdapter -physical | where status -eq 'up' After entering the given command, you will see a list of active Ethernet adapter in your computer as you can see on the image above. Note that the 4 sets of X like the one on the image below should match with the sequence:

Option 2 – Try editing the rasphone.pbk files

The rasphone.pbk files stores property for the connections and since you are not able to access the IPv4 properties, it is most likely that it has been disabled here. The good thing is that you can open these files and edit them using Notepad. Refer to the steps below to do so.
  • Open the Windows Explorer and then enable the show hidden files option.
  • After that, look for the files at this location – C:Users <username>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftNetworkConnectionsPbk_hiddenPbkrasphone.pbk
  • Then right-click on it and select the “Open with” option and choose the Notepad app.
  • After opening the file, look for “IpPrioritizeRemote” from the long list.
  • Once you found it, set its value from “1” to “0”.
  • After that, look for “IPInterfaceMetric” and set its value to “1” and tap Ctrl + S to save the changes you’ve made, and then exit and try accessing the IPv4 properties again. It should work, but if you’re still unable to access it, try the next option below.

Option 3 – Enable the Split Tunneling if you use VPN

All data goes back and forth when you are using a VPN service on your computer. And since you are using VPN, it could be that it disables the IPv4 interface. If that’s the case, you need to stay connected with both the local network and VPN and to do so, you have to enable Split Tunneling. How? Follow these steps:
  • Open PowerShell with administrator privileges.
  • Next, type in “Get-VpnConnection” and tap Enter. After doing so, it will give you the exact name of your VPN.
  • After that, type in “Set-VpnConnection -Name “yourVPNName” -SplitTunneling $True” and tap Enter. Once you enter the command, it will free your IPv5 settings so that you can change it to connect with your local network if you prefer it to.
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HTTP Error 500 – Edge Installation or Update
If you are trying to install or update Microsoft Edge on your Windows 10 computer but ended up getting HTTP Error 500 or Error 0x8004xxxx or 0x8007xxxx, then you’ve come to the right place as this post will help you sort this problem out. The aforementioned errors when either installing or updating the Edge browser occur due to a Network issue. There is actually a range of error codes that are associated with the network connection issue. These error codes include Error 500 or 0x80010108, 0x80040801, 0x80042193, 0x80042194, 0x800421F4, 0x800421F6, 0x800421F7, 0x800421F8, 0x80072742, 0x80072EE2, 0x80072EE7, 0x80072EFD, and 0x80072EFE. To fix them, there are several options you can try. You can try to run the Network Adapter troubleshooter or update or reset the Network Adapter as well as check and the proxy configuration.

Option 1- Try updating the Network Adapter Driver

Follow the steps below to update your Network Adapter Driver:
  • 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.
  • From there, expand the list of all the network drives and update each one of them.
Note: If updating the network drivers didn’t help in fixing the problem, you can also try to uninstall the very same drivers and restart your Windows 10 PC. After that, the system itself will reinstall the drivers you just uninstalled. Alternatively, you can also download and install the drivers from the manufacturer’s website directly.

Option 2 – Run the Network Adapter troubleshooter

To run the Network Troubleshooter, refer to these steps:
  • Open the Search bar on your computer and type in “troubleshoot” to open the Troubleshoot settings.
  • Next, scroll down and select the “Network Adapter” option from the right pane.
  • Then click on the Run Troubleshooter” button.
  • After that, your computer will check for any possible errors and will pinpoint the root cause of the problem if possible.
  • Restart your computer.

Option 3 – Try to reset the Network Adapter

You can also try to perform a Network Reset to resolve the problem. This will reset the entire network configuration including your IP address. To perform Network Reset, follow these steps:
  • Tap the Win + I keys to open Settings.
  • From there, go to the Network and Internet section.
  • Next, scroll down and look for “Network Reset” under the status pane.
  • After that, click on Network Reset and then on Reset now to start resetting the network configuration. Once done, check if it is able to fix the error or not.

Option 4 – Try to fix the Proxy Settings

  • In the Cortana search box, search for Internet Explorer and then click on the related search result.
  • After that, tap the Win + T keys on your keyboard and click on Internet Options.
  • Next, navigate to the Connections tab and click on LAN Settings.
  • Then click on the Advanced button and delete all the entries in the list generated in the Exceptions section. And if the Advanced button is disabled because the “Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections)” option is disabled then you are good to go. Now proceed to the next step.
  • Tap the Win + X keys or right-click on the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin) or you could also search for “cmd” in the Cortana search box and right-click on Command Prompt from the search results and select the “Run as administrator” option.
  • If a User Account Control appears, click on Yes to proceed. After that, type each one of the commands listed below, and don’t forget to hit Enter after you type each one of them.
    • netsh winhttp reset proxy
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net start wuauserv
  • Now restart your computer and check if the problem is fixed or not by installing or updating Microsoft Edge again.
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BringMeSports Removal Malware Removal Tutorial

BringMeSports is a browser extension developed by Mindspark Inc. that lets you watch live sports streams, follow sports scores, and catch up on the latest news from the sports world. BringMeSports installs an extension into your browser that replaces your default home page with the MyWebSearch starting page, it also replaces your default search engine, shows additional ads, and while running, collects personal and web browsing data that is later sent back to be Sold / Forwarded to serve ads. While browsing the internet with this extension installed, you will see additional ads and sponsored links appear in your search results. It may even show pop-up ads. Several anti-virus scanners have marked this extension as a Browser Hijacker and are therefore not recommended to keep on your computer.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijacking is a type of unwanted software, commonly a web browser add-on or extension, which causes modifications in web browser’s settings. Browser hijacker malware is created for many different reasons. The idea would be to force users to visit particular websites that are trying to increase their website visitor traffic and produce higher ad income. Although it might appear naive, all browser hijackers are damaging and therefore always regarded as security risks. Browser hijackers can even allow other harmful programs without your knowledge to further damage your personal computer.

Signs of browser hijack

There are various symptoms of browser hijacking. Here are a few of them: 1. you notice unauthorized changes to your Internet browser’s homepage 2. you find re-directed to websites you never meant to visit 3. the default search engine is changed and the web browser security settings have been lowered without your knowledge 4. you’re finding new toolbars you have never seen before 5. you observe numerous ads pop up on the browsers or computer screen 6. your web browser gets slow, buggy crashes frequently 7. you are blocked to access those sites of computer security solution providers.

Precisely how browser hijacker infects computers

Browser hijackers attack computer systems through malicious email attachments, downloaded infected computer files, or by going to infected internet sites. They could also come from add-on programs, also called browser helper objects (BHO), web browser extensions, or toolbars. A browser hijacker could also be installed as a part of freeware, shareware, demoware, and pirated programs. Common examples of browser hijackers include CoolWebSearch, Conduit, Coupon Server, OneWebSearch, RocketTab, Snap.do, Delta Search, and Searchult.com. The existence of any browser hijacker malware on your computer might drastically diminish the web browsing experience, track your online activities that result in troublesome privacy concerns, create system stability problems and eventually cause your computer to slow down or to a practically unusable state.

How you can remove browser hijackers

Some hijackers could be removed by deleting the free software they were included with or by removing any extension you have recently added to your system. Having said that, many hijackers are quite tenacious and need specialized tools to eliminate them. And there’s no denying the very fact that the manual fixes and removal methods can certainly be a complicated job for a novice PC user. Also, there are plenty of risks associated with fiddling around with the system registry files.

What To Do If You Cannot Install Any Anti-Malware?

Every malware is bad and the consequences of the damage could vary based on the specific kind of malware. Certain malware variants alter internet browser settings by including a proxy server or modify the computer’s DNS configurations. In these instances, you will be unable to visit certain or all of the websites, and therefore unable to download or install the required security software to remove the infection. If you are reading this, odds are you’re stuck with a malware infection that is preventing you to download or install Safebytes Anti-Malware software on your system. Although this type of issue will be difficult to circumvent, there are a few actions you can take.

Install in Safe Mode

In Safe Mode, you could change Windows settings, uninstall or install some programs, and remove hard-to-delete malware. If the malicious software is set to load automatically when the computer starts, switching to this particular mode may prevent it from doing so. To enter into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, press F8 while the PC is starting up or run MSCONFIG and look for the “Safe Boot” options in the “Boot” tab. Once you are in Safe Mode, you can try to install your antivirus software application without the hindrance of the malware. After installation, run the malware scanner to get rid of most standard infections.

Utilize an alternate internet browser to download the anti-malware application

Web-based viruses could be environment-specific, aiming for a particular browser or attacking particular versions of the browser. The most effective way to overcome this issue is to select a web browser that is renowned for its security features. Firefox comprises built-in Malware and Phishing Protection to keep you safe online. Create a portable anti-malware for removing viruses Another option is to create a portable anti-malware program onto your USB stick. To run anti-virus using a USB flash drive, follow these simple steps: 1) Download the anti-malware on a virus-free PC. 2) Insert the USB drive on the same system. 3) Run the setup program by double-clicking the executable file of the downloaded software, which has a .exe file format. 4) Select the drive letter of the pen drive as the place when the wizard asks you exactly where you want to install the anti-malware. Do as instructed on the screen to complete the installation process. 5) Transfer the flash drive from the uninfected PC to the infected PC. 6) Run the Safebytes Anti-malware directly from the flash drive by double-clicking the icon. 7) Click the “Scan” button to run a full system scan and remove malware automatically.

Protect Your PC & Privacy With SafeBytes Anti-Malware

If you are looking to buy anti-malware for your PC, there are lots of brands and packages for you to consider. A few of them do a great job in getting rid of malware threats while some will affect your PC themselves. You need to be careful not to pick the wrong product, especially if you buy a premium program. One of the recommended software is SafeBytes AntiMalware. SafeBytes carries a very good reputation for top-quality service, and clients appear to be very happy with it. Safebytes is among the well-established computer solutions firms, which provide this complete anti-malware application. Using its cutting-edge technology, this application will assist you to eliminate multiples types of malware such as viruses, PUPs, trojans, worms, ransomware, adware, and browser hijackers. SafeBytes has got a variety of features that can help you protect your computer from malware attacks and damage. Let’s check out a few of them below: Robust Anti-malware Protection: With a critically acclaimed malware engine, SafeBytes offers multilayered protection which is intended to catch and get rid of viruses and malware which are hidden deep in your computer system. Active Protection: SafeBytes provides real-time active checking and protection against all known viruses and malware. It’ll continuously monitor your laptop or computer for hacker activity and also provides users with superior firewall protection. “Fast Scan” Abilities: SafeBytes Anti-Malware has a multi-thread scan algorithm that works up to 5 times faster than any other anti-malware software. Internet Security: Safebytes assigns all sites a unique safety score that helps you to have an idea of whether the webpage you are going to visit is safe to view or known to be a phishing site. Lightweight Utility: SafeBytes is a lightweight and user-friendly anti-virus and anti-malware solution. Since it utilizes negligible computer resources, this application leaves the computer’s power exactly where it belongs: with you actually. Premium Support: Support service is available for 24 x 7 x 365 days via email and chats to answer your queries.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove BringMeSports without the use of an automated tool, it may be possible to do so by removing the program from the Windows Add/Remove Programs menu, or in cases of browser extensions, going to the browsers AddOn/Extension manager and removing it. You will likely also want to reset your browser. To ensure the complete removal, manually check your hard drive and registry for all of the following and remove or reset the values accordingly. Please note that this is for advanced users only and may be difficult, with incorrect file removal causing additional PC errors. In addition, some malware is capable of replicating or preventing deletion. Doing this in Safe Mode is advised. The following files, folders, and registry entries are created or modified by BringMeSports
Files: C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionbarBringMeSportsCrxSetup.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensiont8sql.dll C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionBringMeSportsCrxSetup.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionBringMeSportsCrxSetup.05F72CDF-5595-450B-9BAB-B1F6C606AAEC.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionBringMeSportsCrxSetup.1E4C7E0D-19E7-4C18-ADB3-3D45FC4BE84C.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionBringMeSportsCrxSetup.85D40F0D-233C-463F-8BAB-F6D446902D65.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionBringMeSportsCrxSetup.A94A3339-330B-4B96-B05A-B909E6BB85A1.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionBringMeSportsCrxSetup.EEE1FB37-85E3-49E8-BC44-36CC97CE3B73.exe C:Program Filesbringmesports_1c chrome extensionsqlite3.dll C:Program Files (x86)BringMeSports_1cEI C:Program Files (x86)BringMeSports_1c C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataLocalBringMeSports_1c C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataLocalIAC C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataLocalLowBringMeSports_1cEI C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataLocalLowBringMeSports_1c C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataRoamingMozillaFirefoxProfilesXXX.defaultextensionscffxtbr@BringMeSports_1c.com C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUserDataDefaultExtensionsllkjooekcinmdmojmfdjhidbakfpepod Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerApproved Extensions, value: F653D037-97FA-4755-98C1-7F382EEB59A7 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerApproved Extensions, value: CC53BD19-7B23-43B0-AB7C-0E06C708CCED HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerApproved Extensions, value: 002D1BA6-4766-4D7D-82B8-F49439C66F97 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar, value: cc53bd19-7b23-43b0-ab7c-0e06c708cced HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar, value: cc53bd19-7b23-43b0-ab7c-0e06c708cced HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtPreApprovedbc61ca7a-6b81-47ec-b62d-ae1a236cadb9 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtPreApproved82c7004a-078e-468c-9c0f-2243618ff7cb HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtPreApproved6285c254-4465-4f8b-a009-5f42ab02c291 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtPreApprovedA8CC25D-66FF-41DF-B3B4-416079EF8F87 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorerBrowser Helper Objectsf653d037-97fa-4755-98c1-7f382eeb59a7 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorerBrowser Helper Objects02d1ba6-4766-4d7d-82b8-f49439c66f97 HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtPreApprovedf0c8ccc2-baaa-4236-ad0a-22b5a401b9ef HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtPreApprovedA8CC25D-66FF-41DF-B3B4-416079EF8F87 HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorerBrowser Helper Objectsf653d037-97fa-4755-98c1-7f382eeb59a7 HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorerBrowser Helper Objects02d1ba6-4766-4d7d-82b8-f49439c66f97 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicyfa460720-7b38-421d-981c-66f0ae288fb9 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicya2b4da91-a53c-4a84-b486-40080de13a9b HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicy89b7ae32-9c52-41d6-a64d-14d7bdec9c58 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicy32a63172-5bcc-4d7e-9fe8-072eee6c287e HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicya2b4da91-a53c-4a84-b486-40080de13a9b HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicy89b7ae32-9c52-41d6-a64d-14d7bdec9c58 HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicy32a63172-5bcc-4d7e-9fe8-072eee6c287e HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicy1856a7bd-de8c-488b-aa7a-5682d13166fc HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerLow RightsElevationPolicy164ea1fc-b0a0-4202-8c65-e4ba4d54a3ae HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtStatsF653D037-97FA-4755-98C1-7F382EEB59A7 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtStatsCC53BD19-7B23-43B0-AB7C-0E06C708CCED HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtSettingsCC53BD19-7B23-43B0-AB7C-0E06C708CCED HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtSettings02D1BA6-4766-4D7D-82B8-F49439C66F97 HKEY_CURRENT_USERWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes8c9ef753-beb6-4582-b653-93ac59274437 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes8c9ef753-beb6-4582-b653-93ac59274437 HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDOMStoragebringmesports.com HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDOMStoragebringmesports.dl.tb.ask.com HKEY_CURRENT_USERBringMeSports HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDOMStoragebringmesports.dl.myway.com HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEHKEY_CURRENT_USER[APPLICATION]MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall..Uninstaller BringMeSports_1cbar Uninstall Internet Explorer BringMeSports_1cbar Uninstall Firefox BringMeSportsTooltab Uninstall Internet Explorer
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Guide How to Remove PCOptimizerPro

PC Optimizer Pro is a PC optimizer utility developed by Xportsoft Technologies. It is classified as a potentially unwanted program, due to its aggressive scan and registration reminders, and that it is often distributed bundled with other programs in a manner that leads many users to not know how it got on their computer. While not inherently malicious, PC Optimizer Pro adds numerous registry keys, startup entries and while running consumes a relatively high amount of system resources, especially during its scans. The software installs from a .exe file that is around 5.20 MB or 5.453.240 Bytes (depending on the version). As of the publication of these videos, the current version of PC Optimizer Pro was detected as malicious or potentially unwanted by at least 21 AntiViruses.

About Potentially Unwanted Applications

If you have ever installed freeware or shareware, chances are high that your computer can get installed with a bunch of unwanted applications. A Potentially Unwanted Program, also called PUP, in short, is actually software that contains adware, installs toolbars, or has other hidden goals. These kinds of programs are almost always bundled up with free software which you download from the net or are also bundled within the custom installers on many download sites. PUPs did not really constitute pure “malware” in the strict sense of the term. Just like malicious software, PUPs cause problems when downloaded and installed on your PC, but what makes a PUP different is that you give consent to download it – although the truth is vastly different – the software installation package actually tricks you into accepting the installation. Irrespective of whether it is regarded as malware or not, PUPs are nearly always harmful to the user as they might bring on adware, spyware, keystroke logging, and also other bad crapware features on your computer.

What do PUPs do on your computer, exactly?

Potentially Unwanted Programs come in many forms and varieties, but in most instances, these are adware programs that show annoying pop-up adverts and advertisements on websites you check out. The PUPs also get installed into your computer in the form of web browser add-ons and toolbars. Not only they needlessly take up space on your computer screen, but toolbars may also manipulate search engine results, watch your web browsing activities, decrease your web browser’s efficiency, and decelerate your internet connection to a crawl. Potentially Unwanted Programs at times act quite similarly to viruses or spyware. Some PUPs include keyloggers, dialers, along with other software to gather your private details that may result in identity theft. These are programs that don’t do anything good for you; in addition to taking over space on your hard drive, they also slow down your computer, often modify settings without your approval, the list of bothersome features goes on.

Ways to avoid PUPs

• Always study the EULA and privacy statement. Don’t agree until you know precisely what you are acknowledging. • Choose the “custom” install whenever installing a software program. In particular, look closely at those small boxes that have been checked as default, where you may ‘agree’ to receive promotions or install software bundlers. • Use good antivirus software, like Safebytes Anti-Malware that offers real-time protection against PUPs. • Avoid adding a freeware program you do not use. Turn off or remove toolbars and web browser extensions you don’t really need. • Always download software from reliable sources like official sites as opposed to untrustworthy sharing space. Avoid file-hosting sites where/when possible.

What you can do if Malware Prevents You From Downloading Or Installing Antivirus?

Practically all malware is bad, but certain types of malware do much more damage to your computer than others. Certain malware goes to great lengths to stop you from downloading or installing anything on your personal computer, particularly antivirus applications. If you are reading this right now, you have probably recognized that a malware infection is the real cause of your blocked web connectivity. So what to do if you need to install an antivirus program like Safebytes? There are a few steps you can take to circumvent this problem.

Install in Safe Mode

The Windows OS has a special mode known as “Safe Mode” in which just the bare minimum required programs and services are loaded. In the event the malware is blocking the internet connection and affecting the computer, running it in Safe Mode will let you download antivirus and run a diagnostic scan while limiting possible damage. To start the computer into Safe Mode, press the “F8” key on your keyboard right before the Windows boot screen comes up; Or right after normal Windows boot up, run MSConfig, look over “Safe Boot” under Boot tab, and click Apply. After you reboot into Safe Mode with Networking, you can download, install, and update anti-malware software from there. Right after installation, run the malware scanner to remove standard infections.

Switch to an alternate browser

Some malware may target vulnerabilities of a specific browser that block the downloading process. If you seem to have malware attached to Internet Explorer, then switch over to an alternate web browser with built-in safety features, such as Firefox or Chrome, to download your favorite antivirus program – Safebytes.

Install and run anti-virus from the USB drive

Another solution is to create a portable anti-malware program on your USB stick. Adopt these measures to employ a thumb drive to clean your infected computer system. 1) Download Safebytes Anti-Malware or MS Windows Defender Offline onto a clean PC. 2) Plug the Thumb drive into 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 the flash drive as the location for saving the file. Do as instructed on the screen to complete the installation process. 5) Now, plug the pen drive into the corrupted computer. 6) Double-click the anti-malware software EXE file on the USB flash drive. 7) Press the “Scan” button to run a full system scan and remove viruses automatically.

SafeBytes Anti-Malware: Lightweight Malware Protection for Windows PC

These days, an anti-malware tool can protect your computer from different types of online threats. But how to choose the best one amongst numerous malware protection application that’s available out there? You may be aware, there are numerous anti-malware companies and tools for you to consider. A few are well worth your money, but many aren’t. You have to be very careful not to choose the wrong application, especially if you buy a paid application. In terms of commercial anti-malware application options, many people select well-known brands, such as SafeBytes, and are quite happy with it. SafeBytes anti-malware is a powerful, highly effective protection tool created to help end-users of all levels of IT literacy in detecting and eliminating malicious threats from their computer. Using its cutting-edge technology, this software can assist you to eliminate several types of malware such as computer viruses, trojans, PUPs, worms, ransomware, adware, and browser hijackers. SafeBytes has excellent features when compared to other anti-malware programs. Let’s have a look at a few of them below: Robust, Anti-malware Protection: Safebytes is made on the best virus engine within the industry. These engines will find and get rid of threats even during the initial phases of a malware outbreak. Active Protection: Malware programs aiming to enter the system are discovered and stopped as and when detected by the SafeBytes active protection shields. It’ll check your PC for suspicious activity at all times and safeguards your personal computer from unauthorized access. High-Speed Malware Scanning Engine: SafeBytes’s high-speed malware scanning engine minimizes scan times and extends the life of the battery. Simultaneously, it will effectively detect and eliminate infected computer files or any online threat. Website Filtering: SafeBytes checks the hyperlinks present on a webpage for possible threats and informs you whether the site is safe to explore or not, through its unique safety rating system. Lowest CPU/Memory Usage: SafeBytes is a lightweight and user-friendly antivirus and antimalware solution. Since it utilizes negligible computer resources, this tool leaves the computer’s power exactly where it belongs to: with you. Premium Support: You may get high levels of support round the clock if you’re using their paid software.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

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

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

Files: DesktopPC Optimizer Pro.lnk. %Programs%PC Optimizer ProLive Support.url. %Programs%PC Optimizer ProPC Optimizer Pro.lnk. %Programs%PC Optimizer ProUninstallation Guide.url. %Programs%PC Optimizer ProVisit Website.url. %ProgramFiles%PC Optimizer ProPCOptimizerPro.exe. %ProgramFiles%PC Optimizer ProPCOptProCtxMenu.dll. %ProgramFiles%PC Optimizer ProPCOptProTrays.exe. %ProgramFiles%PC Optimizer ProStartApps.exe. %ProgramFiles%PC Optimizer Prouninst.exe. %QuickLaunch%PC Optimizer Pro.lnk. WindowsTasksPC Optimizer Pro Idle.job. WindowsTasksPC Optimizer Pro Scan.job. WindowsTasksPC Optimizer Pro startups.job. WindowsTasksPC Optimizer Pro Updates.job. C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempoptprosetup.exe C:WINDOWSsystem32netmsg.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempoptprosetup.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-SJGJ9.tmpoptprosetup.tmp C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-NTRVH.tmp_isetup_shfoldr.dll C:WINDOWSsystem32shfolder.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-NTRVH.tmpOptProHelper.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-NTRVH.tmpitdownload.dll C:1e4e2d65e12311cac2c0eeb8c5c1d7bd1ddc865b367b98b56bc2330bf18436 C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempoptprosetup.exe C:WINDOWSsystem32shfolder.dll C:1e4e2d65e12311cac2c0eeb8c5c1d7bd1ddc865b367b98b56bc2330bf18436 C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32shell32.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-SJGJ9.tmpoptprosetup.tmp C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99OptimizerPro.exe C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99unins000.exe C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99OptProStart.exe c:autoexec.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempoptprosetup.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-SJGJ9.tmpoptprosetup.tmp C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-NTRVH.tmp_isetup_shfoldr.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-NTRVH.tmpOptProHelper.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Tempis-NTRVH.tmpitdownload.dll C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99is-BDCDJ.tmp C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99is-DB4S5.tmp C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99is-C16E7.tmp C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99is-QE691.tmp C:Program FilesOptimizer Pro 3.99is-GQ78C.tmp Registry: Key 003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib. Key 12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface. Key 203ABD21-41F1-4F1B-BAE3-D6A89A90D239 at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. Key PC Optimizer Pro at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware. Key PC Optimizer Pro at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE. Key PC Optimizer Pro at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall. Key PCOptimizerPro.exe at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp Paths. Key PCProCtxMenu at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellexContextMenuHandlers. Key PCProCtxMenu at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfileshellexContextMenuHandlers.
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