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What is HEIF file format and how to use it?

High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a container format for individual images and image sequences. The standard covers multimedia files that can also include other media streams, such as timed text, audio, and video. A HEIF image using High-Efficiency Video Coding, HEVC, requires only about half the storage space as the equivalent quality JPEG. HEIF also supports animation and is capable of storing more information than an animated GIF or APNG at a small fraction of the size.

HEIF files are a special case of the ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF, ISO/IEC 14496-12), first defined in 2001 as a shared part of MP4 and JPEG 2000. Introduced in 2015, it was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is defined as Part 12 within the MPEG-H media suite (ISO/IEC 23008-12).

HEIF was adopted by Apple in 2017 with the introduction of iOS 11, and support on other platforms is growing.

HEIF files can store the following types of data:

Image items
Storage of individual images, image properties, and thumbnails.
Image derivations
Derived images enable non-destructive image editing and are created on the fly by the rendering software using editing instructions stored separately in the HEIF file. These instructions (rectangular cropping, rotation by one, two or three quarter-turns, timed graphic overlays, etc.) and images are stored separately in the HEIF file, and describe specific transformations to be applied to the input images. The storage overhead of derived images is small.
Image sequences
Storage of multiple time-related and/or temporally predicted images (like a burst-photo shot or cinemagraph animation), their properties, and thumbnails. Different prediction options can be used in order to exploit the temporal and spatial similarities between the images. Hence, file sizes can be drastically reduced when many images are stored in the same HEIF file.
Auxiliary image items
Storage of image data, such as an alpha plane or a depth map, which complements another image item. These data are not displayed as such but used in various forms to complement another image item.
Image metadata
Storage of EXIF, XMP and similar metadata which accompany the images stored in the HEIF file.

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Spending a large amount of time working or gaming in front of the computer can take a toll on your health. And as someone who indeed spends a large amount of time in front of the computer, I would like to share some insights about how can you be happy and healthy at the same time by incorporating some practices and habits.

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Get good chair

This is first on the list because it matters the most. A proper sitting chair is essential for back health. If your budget allows it, do yourself a favor and get an anatomic sitting chair or gaming chair with lumbar support. It costs but it is worth it.

Learn to sit properly

As the important chair is, sitting properly is also as important as much. Your spine believe it or not is a very important part of your body and you need to take care of it. Sadly long periods of sitting sessions are bad for muscles around the spine that could reflect on the spine itself. Keep your back straight and keep your head not down nor up, place it in a position like when you are walking so the spine that is going from your head is in line with the spine on your back.

Stretch

By medical standards, each hour of sitting should be accompanied by a stretch session since sitting itself is placing too much pressure on certain muscles and blood circulation is lowered. Changing leg position and doing just a little stretch each hour can be really beneficial for your health in long run.

Take breaks

Yes, playing games is fun and most of the time we do not want to stop playing, especially if we are winning but taking breaks is essential for your personal health. Old saying goes that overdoing anything is bad and this applies true even to things that we do for pleasure and relaxation. Take periodic breaks to stretch, stand up and maybe even walk just a little.

Drink water

During long work hours or long gaming sessions, it is not uncommon that we are so focused on our activity that we forget to take our water intake. Approximately 2liters of water per day is needed for an adult person to function properly during that day and if you spend long times in front of a PC do not forget to drink water.

Do not neglect your daily tasks

As enjoyable as it is gaming can make us forget about our daily tasks, do not neglect your life and your tasks. Remember, gaming is only OK if it does not interfere with the daily things that you need to do. Do not postpone going for groceries because of gaming, do not switch shower for another level in the game. Do all of the things you must do first and then sit and game.

Take care of yourself mentally

Having mental health is as important as having a physical one. Playing games is fun, but playing games with someone is even better, do not forget to socialize and invite some friends so you can share some fun times together. Also, detach yourself from outcomes that will come because of gaming, this is very important for gamers that do a lot of PVP games and get annoyed and angry when they lose or when some other player is talking trash. Remember, gaming is for you to relax and enjoy, not to stress you.

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Same as NVIDIA's DLSS and Intel's XeSS systems, Apple MetalFX also uses AI algorithms to upscale the resolution of output game frames. So, for example, the GPU inside your MAC might render the game at 1080p, but through MetalFX and AI upscaling it will look like a 4K image but have a good frame rate since it is rendered in base resolution.

apple metalfx

The ability to make AI strike a good balance between performance and image quality is a key to technology in today's modern gaming and having this technology will help developers a ton to be able to achieve great results on Apple hardware.

The First MetalFX Games

So far three official games that will use this technology and be released natively for Appl hardware are Resident Evil 8 Village, GRID legends, and No Man's Sky. All three games have been confirmed and Resident Evil 8 Village is already sent for review people are impressed since the game can run smoothly on all Apple devices, even ones with an M1 CPU.

Apple is back into gaming

When you say Apple gaming is probably the last thing that comes to your mind but truth be told Apple makes more money from games than Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony combined. Also, Apple itself was a big player once regarding computer games as well, Myst and Prince of Persia are games that were made and have been released for Apple first. Bungie was also founded by Apple developers and Halo was originally announced as a Mac game.

Apple has been trying and pushing gaming on its platform since it kind of died down. Today all Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft controllers work without any issues with all Apple products. Apple also has its own gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, and its Apple TV is packed with GPU that can rival Xbox ones.

MetalFX API ties and brings it all together, it is designed to get the most performance from the hardware by minimizing overhead.

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How to Fix Error Code 0x80073afc

Error Code 0x80073afc - What is it?

Error code 0x80073afc deals with an antivirus program first built into Windows 8/8.1 This error occurs when Windows Defender, the built-in anti-virus software in Windows 8/8.1 and higher, does not start automatically and users attempt to manually start the program. During the initialization period of the program start-up, something goes wrong and users get a 0x80073afc Error message. The error message states there was a problem with the initialization of the program. Windows Defender provides protection of your computer and it is advised by the Microsoft Corporation that you ensure it starts up automatically on every start-up.

Solution

Restoro box imageFurther Information and Manual Repair

Users have found several manual repairs that have fixed the problem without needing to contact technicians for extra help. While the methods below should solve your problem easily, if this is the first time you have encountered the issue you may want to do a simple restart. This has fixed the problem for some users and is the easiest first troubleshooting move. If it doesn’t work move on to the methods listed below, which are easily completed without extra help.

Before trying any of these methods, please make sure that you are logged into a profile that is listed as the administrator of the computer of his administrative powers enabled. If this is not the case you will not be able to complete the following methods. Please log out and log back in on the administrator profile.

Method 1:

First, check to see if you have a third-party anti-virus program installed on your computer. Some users believe that the built-in Windows Defender program is not powerful enough to handle the safety of their computer so they usually download a third-party program. However, that program may have caused a conflict with Windows Defender and may not allow it to open. If you do have a third-party program installed, try uninstalling it then manually starting Windows Defender.

Method 2:

If method one does not work, you may be infected by malware or a virus that has tampered with the settings on your computer and will not allow Windows Defender to start automatically or manually.

First, open Run by holding the “Win” key and pressing the “R” key. Then type “Regedit”. The program will ask for permission to follow through with this action. Click on “Yes” and the Open Registry Editor will open.

Find the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Option and check to see if there are any files similar to MSASCui.exe or MpCmdRun.exe. If there are any file entries that resemble that, you will want to right-click on them before selecting the “Delete” option. If you do not see any entries that match, this is not the issue with your Windows Defender and you will want to try another method.

The Registry on your computer is very important. It helps tell your computer what programs are safe to run, what programs should be run, and what programs should not be run. If it is tampered with by a virus or Malware, multiple system operations can be affected.

However, if you did find similar file names, and you deleted them, try to start Windows Defender manually. If it does not work again, move on to the next method. 

Method 3:

If the first two methods do not work for your issue, and you are still receiving error code 0x80073afc when attempting to start Windows Defender, this step should solve the problem if you have Restore Point installed on your computer, which you most likely do.

For this method, we will be restoring your computer to a previous Restore Point. First, just like in method two, hold the “Win” key and press the “R” key. This will open run. Next type “Rstrui.exe” and click “ok”. After some time, you will see System Restore Windows. Click “Next” and select the restore point that you would like to go back to. After your computer has restored to the point you selected, check to ensure that Windows Defender has started correctly.

If the above methods aren't able to rectify the issue, you might have to download and install a powerful automated tool to get the job done.

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Option 1 – via the Registry Editor

If you are using the Home edition of Windows 10 and you want to change the policy for non-admin users on your local computer, then you can use the Registry Editor for that. Here’s how you can do it:
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  • Then type “Regedit” in the field and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows
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Option 2 – via Group Policy Editor

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  • After that, shift the Radio button to “Enabled” and from the drop-down menu for Configure automatic updating, select option 5: Allow local admin to choose the setting.
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Step 3: Set up a VPN server on Windows 10.
  • In the Cortana search box, type “ncpa.cpl” and click on the related entry from the search results.
  • After that, tap the Alt + F keys to bring down the File Menu and then select New Incoming Connection which will open a mini window where you can allow the user accounts on the particular machine to access the VPN connection.
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MyWebFace is a browser extension developed by Mindspark. This extension claims to allow users to easily access websites that allow them to make a cartoon portrait of themselves. While this may seem interesting in the beginning, all this extension does is to add links to already popular websites that are easy to find.

When installed MyWebFace changes your default search engine and your home page to MyWay.com.

While the extension is running it gathers user browsing information, allowing it to mine data and better server unwanted ads throughout your browsing sessions. MyWebFace has been marked as a Browser Hijacker by many anti-virus programs, and while not considered malware, it is not recommended to keep it on your computer.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijackers (sometimes referred to as hijackware) are a type of malicious software that alters web-browser configurations without the user’s knowledge or consent. These hijacks happen to be rising at a worrying rate worldwide, and it could be really nefarious and sometimes harmful too. Browser hijackers are capable of doing a variety of things on your PC. In general, hijackers are made for the benefit of online hackers often through revenue generation that comes from forced ad clicks and website visits. Although it may seem naive, all browser hijackers are harmful and thus always classified as security risks. Browser hijackers could also let other destructive programs without your knowledge further damage the computer.

Indications of browser hijack

There are numerous signs that indicate the browser is highjacked: 1. the browser’s home page is changed 2. if you enter a URL, you find yourself constantly directed to a different web page than the one you intended 3. the default web engine has been changed and your web browser security settings have been lowered without your knowledge 4. unsolicited new toolbars are added to your web browser 5. you observe numerous ads pop up on the web browsers or computer screen 6. your browser gets sluggish, buggy crashes often 7. you can’t go to certain websites like home pages of anti-malware software.

How does a browser hijacker infect a PC

Browser hijackers can get into a PC in some way or other, for instance via downloads, file sharing, and e-mail also. They also come from add-on applications, also known as browser helper objects (BHO), web browser extensions, or toolbars. Also, some shareware and freeware can put the hijacker within your computer through “bundling”. Typical examples of browser hijackers include Conduit, CoolWebSearch, OneWebSearch, Coupon Server, RocketTab, Snap.do, Delta Search, and Searchult.com. Browser hijacking can cause severe privacy problems and even identity theft, disrupt your browsing experience by taking control over outgoing traffic, substantially slows down your PC by deleting lots of system resources, and lead to system instability at the same time.

Browser Hijacker Malware – Removal

Certain hijackers can be removed simply by uninstalling the corresponding freeware or add-ons from the Add or Remove Programs in the Windows control panel. In some cases, it can be a difficult task to discover and get rid of the malicious piece because the associated file will be running as part of the operating system process. Moreover, manual removal requires you to execute several time-consuming and complex procedures that are tough to conduct for inexperienced computer users. Browser hijackers could be effectively removed by installing the anti-malware application on the affected system. To get rid of any type of browser hijacker from your computer, you could download this particular top-notch malware removal program – SafeBytes Anti-Malware. And use a system optimizer, such as Total System Care, to eliminate all related files from the registry and repair browser issues.

Tips on How to Eliminate a Virus that is Blocking Websites or Preventing Downloads

Malware may cause several different types of damage to PCs, networks, and data. Some malware is meant to restrict or block things that you wish to do on your personal computer. It may well not permit you to download anything from the internet or stop you from accessing some or all sites, in particular the anti-virus sites. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re stuck with a malware infection that is preventing you to download or install the Safebytes Anti-Malware program on your system. Even though this type of problem can be tougher to get around, there are a few actions you can take.

Start Windows in Safe Mode

The Windows OS includes a special mode known as “Safe Mode” where just the bare minimum required programs and services are loaded. In case the virus is set to load immediately when the PC starts, switching to this mode may prevent it from doing so. To start the computer into Safe Mode, press the “F8” key on the keyboard right before the Windows boot screen appears; Or after normal Windows boot up, run MSCONFIG, look over “Safe Boot” under the Boot tab, and click Apply. Once you’re in safe mode, you can attempt to install your antivirus software application without the hindrance of the malicious software. Following installation, run the malware scanner to eliminate standard infections.

Switch over to an alternate internet browser

Some malware only targets certain internet browsers. If this is your case, utilize another web browser as it might circumvent the computer virus. If you suspect that your Internet Explorer has been hijacked by malware or otherwise compromised by hackers, the best course of action is to switch to an alternate browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to download your favorite computer security software – Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Install and run anti-virus from a USB drive

To effectively get rid of the malware, you should approach the problem of running an anti-malware software program on the affected computer from a different angle. To run anti-virus using a USB flash drive, follow these simple steps: 1) Use another virus-free computer system to download Safebytes Anti-Malware. 2) Insert the USB drive into the uninfected PC. 3) Double-click the Setup icon of the anti-malware software package to run the Installation Wizard. 4) When asked, select the location of the USB drive as the place in which you would like to store the software files. Do as instructed on the screen to complete the installation process. 5) Transfer the thumb drive from the clean computer to the infected computer. 6) Double-click the anti-malware software EXE file on the USB flash drive. 7) Click the “Scan Now” button to start the virus scan.

Highlights of SafeBytes Anti-Malware

If you are looking to install an anti-malware program for your PC, there are numerous tools on the market to consider nonetheless, you just cannot trust blindly anyone, irrespective of whether it is a free or paid program. A few of them do a good job in removing threats while some will harm your computer by themselves. You should choose one that is efficient, practical, and has a strong reputation for its malware source protection. On the list of strongly recommended software is SafeBytes Anti-Malware. SafeBytes has a superb history of top-quality service, and customers appear to be very happy with it. SafeBytes anti-malware is a reliable tool that not only secures your PC permanently but is also quite easy to use for people of all ability levels. With its outstanding protection system, this utility will quickly detect and remove the majority of the security threats, including browser hijackers, viruses, adware, ransomware, trojans, worms, and PUPs.

There are many amazing features you will get with this particular security product. Listed below are a few of the great ones:

Antimalware Protection: Using its enhanced and sophisticated algorithm, this malware elimination tool can identify and remove the malware threats hiding in your PC effectively. Real-time Threat Response: Malware programs looking to enter the computer are discovered and stopped as and when detected by the SafeBytes real-time protection shields. This tool will continuously monitor your PC for any suspicious activity and updates itself continuously to keep abreast of the constantly changing threat scenarios. Faster Scanning: This software has one of the fastest and most powerful virus scanning engines in the industry. The scans are extremely accurate and take a little time to complete. Safe Web Browsing: Through its unique safety ranking, SafeBytes notifies you whether a site is safe or not to visit it. This will assure that you’re always certain of your online safety when browsing the net. Minimal CPU Usage: SafeBytes is a lightweight and user-friendly anti-virus and anti-malware solution. As it uses very low computer resources, this program leaves the computer’s power exactly where it belongs: with you actually. 24/7 Guidance: You can obtain absolutely free 24/7 technical assistance from their computer experts on any product queries or PC security issues. To conclude, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is really great for securing your computer against all kinds of malware threats. You now may understand that this particular software does more than just scan and eliminate threats in your PC. You will get the best all-around protection for the money you spend on SafeBytes Anti-Malware subscription, there isn’t any doubt about it.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove MyWebFace without the use of an automated tool, it might be actually possible to do so by removing the program from the Windows Add/Remove Programs menu, or in cases of browser plug-ins, going to the browsers AddOn/Extension manager and removing it. You will likely also want to reset your browser. Lastly, check your hard disk for all of the following and clean your computer registry manually to remove leftover application entries after uninstallation. However, editing the registry can be a difficult job that only advanced users and professionals should try to fix it. Moreover, certain malicious programs are capable to defend against its deletion. You’re advised to do this process in Safe Mode.
Files: %PROGRAMFILES%\MyWebFace_5aEI\Installr.binaEZSETP.dll %PROGRAMFILES%\MyWebFace_5aEI\Installr.bin\NP5aEISb.dll Search and Delete: 5aauxstb.dll 5abar.dll 5abarsvc.exe 5abrmon.exe 5abrstub.dll 5adatact.dll 5adlghk.dll 5adyn.dll 5afeedmg.dll 5ahighin.exe 5ahkstub.dll 5ahtmlmu.dll 5ahttpct.dll 5aidle.dll 5aieovr.dll 5aimpipe.exe 5amedint.exe 5amlbtn.dll 5amsg.dll 5aPlugin.dll 5aradio.dll 5aregfft.dll 5areghk.dll 5aregiet.dll 5ascript.dll 5askin.dll 5asknlcr.dll 5askplay.exe 5aSrcAs.dll 5aSrchMn.exe 5atpinst.dll 5auabtn.dll CREXT.DLL CrExtP5a.exe NP5aStub.dll T8EXTEX.DLL T8EXTPEX.DLL T8HTML.DLL T8RES.DLL T8TICKER.DLL Folders: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\gb5e8gtn.default\[email protected]_5a.com C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\MyWebFace_5a C:\Program Files\MyWebFace_5a Registry: Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\MyWebFace_5a Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins\@MyWebFace_5a.com/Plugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MyWebFace_5abar Uninstall Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\b1df253a-9e7a-480d-b6a5-7a435b520dbb Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\14d02517-c8be-4735-a344-3c8366c77aa0 Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.ThirdPartyInstaller Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.SkinLauncherSettings Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.SkinLauncher Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.ScriptButton Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.SettingsPlugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.RadioSettings Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.Radio Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.PseudoTransparentPlugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.MultipleButton Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.HTMLPanel Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.HTMLMenu Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.FeedManager Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyWebFace_5a.DynamicBarButton Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Value: MyWebFace_5a Browser Plugin Loader Data: 5aPlugin.dll Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Value: MyWebFace Search Scope Monitor Data: 5abrmon.exe Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Value: MyWebFace Data: MyWebFace.dll
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How to Fix Windows 10 Error 8024402C

Error Code 8024402C – What is it?

When upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10, some users may encounter Error Code 8024402C. This error, while attempting to update, is a result of five possible issues. The error code itself is not a critical concern, yet while the error is occurring, users will not be able to upgrade their Windows software. As with any Microsoft error code, even if it is not critical, it is recommended that the error be addressed sooner rather than later. An insignificant error now could lead to a larger, more catastrophic error later on. Common symptoms include:
  • A dialog box appears with the Error Code 8024402C when attempting to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Your current version of Windows is unable to recognize the need for an update to Microsoft Windows 10.

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

As previously stated, there are five major reasons why error code 8024402C occurs.
  • An erroneous character in the proxy override settings
  • A wrongly configured firewall is preventing the update from taking place.
  • Attempting to access the Windows 10 update through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.
  • Workstations that operate behind a corporate ISA server.
  • A corporate network system that does not have auto proxy enabled.
The sooner these known causes are addressed, the sooner you will be able to successfully upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Microsoft Support posits four different resolutions to these known error code 8024402C issues. Some of these methods will be more comfortable for at-home users than others. If you are experiencing this issue in a corporate or business setting, it may be better to have your IT tech or department attempt the methods.

Method 1:  When your firewall is causing the issue.

  1. Access your firewall software.
  2. Specifically, look into the settings associated with your firewall.
  3. Make sure that the following three websites are listed as exceptions to your firewall or proxy.
  • https://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com
  • http://download.windowsupdate.com
  • http://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com
  1. If any of these websites are missing from your firewall list, add them to the list.
  2. Restart your Microsoft Windows 10 update.

Method 2: For an erroneous character in the proxy override settings.

  1. Open internet explorer, if you use another program to access the internet, you will still need to use internet explorer for this solution.
  2. Open your internet explorer tools window.
  3. Click on internet options.
  4. Choose the connections tab.
  5. Select LAN settings.
  6. Choose the Advanced option.
  7. Delete anything that appears in the exceptions section.
  8. Closeout of internet explorer.
  9. Click on your start button.
  10. Select RUN and type CMD into the field, press ENTER.
  11. This will access the command prompt screen. Type “proxycfg -d” and press ENTER.
  12. Type the command “net stop wuauserv” and press ENTER.
  13. Finally, type “net start wuauserv” and press ENTER.
  14. Now you have cleared your proxy cache. Access the Microsoft Windows 10 update again to download.

Method 3: If a VPN connection is causing error code 8024402C.

  1. Disconnect from your VPN connection, thus connecting directly to the internet without a proxy or network.
  2. Retry the Microsoft Windows 10 update.
  3. After the update is successful, reconnect to the VPN network.

Method 4: Use this is an ISA server is in place at your networked business site.

  1. Access the ISA firewall client option. From here your goal is to initiate the ISA server automatic detection feature.
  2. From the control panel, select the firewall client option.
  3. Choose the configure option.
  4. Check the box next to “automatically detect firewall server”.
  5. Select the “update now” button.
  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Restart your Microsoft Windows 10 update.
Again, not all of these methods are meant for computer users who do not usually explore and change software settings of this nature. If you do not feel comfortable with any of these methods, you can opt to download and install a powerful automated tool to repair Windows error code 8024402C.
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Tutorial for Removing RegCleanPro From Windows

RegClean Pro is a program developed by Systweak Inc. RegClean Pro cleans such invalid registry errors using its advanced scan engine. It not only fixes invalid registry entries, it also defragments the registry, keeping it streamlined for smoother system performance.

RegClean Pro defines auto-start registry entities that allow the program to run each time the system is restarted, it also adds various Scheduled tasks in Windows Task Manager in order to launch the application at various times. This application has been found bundled up with various other potentially unwanted applications, also several anti-virus programs have detected this application for optional removal.

About Potentially Unwanted Applications

What is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)?

Have you ever detected an unwanted program on your computer system and pondered how it got there since you’re confident that you didn’t consciously download or never gave authorization to be installed? Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), also known as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA), are programs that you never wanted in the first place and sometimes come bundled with freeware software. Once installed, the majority of these applications can be hard to eliminate and become much more of a nuisance rather than a benefit. The term PUP was coined to outline this crapware as something other than malicious software. Similar to malicious software, PUPs cause problems when downloaded and placed on your PC, but what makes a PUP different is you grant consent to download it – the fact is very different – the software installation bundle actually tricks you into accepting the installation. No matter whether it is viewed as malware or otherwise, PUPs are nearly always harmful to a computer owner as they will bring on spyware, adware, keystroke logging, along with other nasty “crapware” features on the PC.

What do PUPs do on your PC, precisely?

PUPs come in many forms. Commonly, they will be seen in adware bundlers which are known to use aggressive and misleading advertising. Most bundlers install multiple adware applications from various vendors, each of which has its own EULA policy. Safebytes Anti-Malware totally eliminates this threat and safeguards the computer against unwanted programs or adware infection. They will also come in the form of web browser extension add-ons and toolbars. They may keep track of your online movements, redirect your search results to risky sites where spyware and adware can be downloaded, hijack your search page, and slow your web-browser down to a crawl. PUPs lie in the gray part of the software spectrum. Also in the large majority of the cases, people won’t be aware that they are installing an unwanted program. Even if the PUPs really aren’t inherently malicious, these software programs still do practically nothing good on your computer system – they will take valuable resources, slow your PC, weaken your computer security, making your PC more vulnerable to viruses.

How you can stop PUPs

• Read carefully before accepting the license agreement as it might have a clause about PUPs. • Do not accept standard, express, default, or any other installation settings which are recommended. Always select “custom” installation. • Install an advert blocker/pop-up blocker; Deploy anti-malware products like Safebytes Anti-Malware. These types of software programs could establish a wall between the computer and online criminals. • Be alert if you download and install freeware, open-source software, or shareware. Never install applications that seem suspicious or malicious. • Use official product websites for downloading software. Stay away from download portals altogether as most websites compel users to download the software using their own download manager, which is often bundled with some sort of unwanted programs.

Can't Install Safebytes Anti-malware due to the presence of Malware? Do This!

Practically all malware is bad, but certain types of malicious software do more damage to your computer or laptop than others. Some malware sits in between the computer and the internet connection and blocks a few or all websites which you want to check out. It might also prevent you from the installation of anything on your PC, particularly anti-virus programs. If you’re reading this article right now, you’ve perhaps recognized that virus infection is a reason for your blocked internet traffic. So what to do when you want to install an anti-malware application like Safebytes? There are a few actions you can take to circumvent this issue.

Download the software in Safe Mode with Networking

In Safe Mode, you are able to change Windows settings, uninstall or install some software, and remove hard-to-delete viruses and malware. If the virus is set to load immediately when the computer boots, switching to this mode may prevent it from doing so. To get into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, press the F8 key 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 anti-malware software from there. Following installation, run the malware scanner to eliminate most standard infections.

Switch to an alternate web browser

Certain viruses might target vulnerabilities of a particular web browser that block the downloading process. If you seem to have a trojan attached to Internet Explorer, then switch to an alternate web browser with built-in security features, such as Chrome or Firefox, to download your preferred anti-malware program – Safebytes.

Install and run anti-malware from a USB drive

Another method is to download and transfer an anti-malware application from a clean PC to run a virus scan on the infected system. Follow these steps to run the antivirus on the infected computer. 1) On a clean PC, download and install Safebytes Anti-Malware. 2) Plug in the USB drive into the uninfected PC. 3) Double click on the downloaded file to open the installation wizard. 4) Choose a USB flash drive as the place when the wizard asks you where you wish to install the application. Follow activation instructions. 5) Remove the USB drive. You may now use this portable antivirus on the infected computer. 6) Double-click the antivirus software EXE file on the pen drive. 7) Run Full System Scan to identify and clean-up up all types of malware.

A Look at the Best Anti-Malware Program

These days, anti-malware software can protect your PC from different types of internet threats. But exactly how to decide on the right one among various malware protection application that is available out there? As you might be aware, there are numerous anti-malware companies and products for you to consider. Some are worth your money, but most aren’t. You have to purchase a product that has obtained a good reputation and detects not only viruses but other sorts of malware too. Amongst few good programs, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is the highly recommended program for the security-conscious end user. Safebytes is among the well-established computer solutions firms, which provide this all-inclusive anti-malware software program. With its cutting-edge technology, this application will let you eliminate several types of malware like computer viruses, trojans, PUPs, worms, adware, ransomware, and browser hijackers. SafeBytes has great features when compared to other anti-malware programs. The following are some of the features you will like in SafeBytes. Real-time Protection: Malware programs trying to enter the computer are identified and stopped as and when detected by the SafeBytes active protection shields. They are very efficient in screening and getting rid of various threats because they’re constantly revised with new updates and alerts. World-class AntiMalware Protection: This deep-cleaning anti-malware software goes much deeper than most anti-virus tools to clean out your computer. Its critically acclaimed virus engine locates and disables hard-to-remove malware that conceals deep within your personal computer. Internet Security: SafeBytes checks and gives a unique safety ranking to each and every site you visit and block access to web pages known to be phishing sites, thus protecting you against identity theft, or known to contain malware. Fast Scan: Safebytes Anti-Malware, with its advanced scanning engine, offers ultra-fast scanning which can immediately target any active on-line threat. Lightweight: This program is not “heavy” on your computer’s resources, so you will not notice any performance problems when SafeBytes is operating in the background. Premium Support: For any technical issues or product support, you can get 24/7 professional assistance via chat and email.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove RegCleanPro 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 RegCleanPro

Files: File %APPDATASystweakRegClean ProVersion 6.1ExcludeList.rcp. File %APPDATASystweakRegClean ProVersion 6.1German_rcp.dat. File %APPDATASystweakRegClean ProVersion 6.1log_06-13-2013.log. File %APPDATASystweakRegClean ProVersion 6.1results.rcp. File %APPDATASystweakRegClean ProVersion 6.1TempHLList.rcp. File %COMMONDESKTOPRegClean Pro.lnk. File %COMMONPROGRAMSRegClean ProRegClean Pro entfernen.lnk. File %COMMONPROGRAMSRegClean ProRegClean Pro.lnk. File %COMMONPROGRAMSRegClean ProRegister RegClean Pro.lnk. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProChinese_rcp.ini. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProCleanSchedule.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProCloud_Backup_Setup.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProCloud_Backup_Setup_Intl.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean Proisxdl.dll. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProRCPUninstall.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProRegCleanPro.dll. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean ProRegCleanPro.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean Prosystweakasp.exe. File %PROGRAMFILESRegClean Proxmllite.dll. File %WINDIRTasksRegClean Pro_DEFAULT.job. File %WINDIRTasksRegClean Pro_UPDATES.job. Directory %APPDATASystweakRegClean ProVersion 6.1. Directory %APPDATASystweakRegClean Pro. Directory %COMMONPROGRAMSRegClean Pro. Directory %PROGRAMFILESRegClean Pro. Registry: Key Distromatic at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware. Key Systweak at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware. Key Systweak at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE.
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Your Windows license will expire soon
If you suddenly get a message telling you that “Your Windows license will expire soon, You need to activate Windows in Settings” on your Windows 10 computer but you know that your Windows 10 is already activated. Worry not for this post will help you get rid of that error message right away. Before you get started, make sure that you have the Windows product key with you. If you don’t, you can get it by running the following command in an elevated Command Prompt:
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
Take note of the product key and then proceed to the options given below.

Option 1 – Try activating Windows 10 again or use another product key

  • If you’re sure that you have the correct product key, click the Go to the Settings button.
  • After that, click the Activate button once again.
  • If you have another license key, you can also use that as well, just simply click on the Change product key.
  • Then enter the new product key and click on Activate. That should fix the problem, if it doesn’t, refer to the next option below.

Option 2 – Try to reset the licensing status

  • Click the Start button and then type “cmd” in the Search box and then tap Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  • Next, type the “slmgr –rearm” and hit Enter to reset the licensing status.
  • Restart your computer and check if the error is now gone or not.

Option 3 – Try uninstalling the product key and re-enter it once more.

  • The first thing you have to do to uninstall the product key is to know the Activation ID of your Windows installation. To do so, open an elevated Command Prompt and type this command, and hit Enter – vbs /dlv
  • After you enter the command, you should see the licensing status and Activation ID. And to get all the Activation IDs of all the installed Windows versions, key in this command and hit Enter – vbs /dlv all
Note: The “/dlv” parameter will give you the license information for the installed operating system.
  • After you enter the second command, you should see a Windows Script Host window with all the Windows licensing and activation status. Take note of the Activation ID.
  • Next, in the same elevated Command Prompt, type this command – slmgr /upk <Activation ID>
Note: In the third given command, “/upk” stands for “uninstall product key”. This parameter uninstalls the product key of the current Windows edition.
  • Restart your PC. After that, your computer will be in an unlicensed state so you need to re-enter the product key again.

Option 4 – Try rebuilding the Tokens.dat file.

The issue might be caused by a corrupted Tokens.dat file. The Tokens.dat file is a digitally signed file that stores most of the Windows Activation files so if it is corrupted then no wonder you’re having activation issues. To rebuild the Tokens.dat file, refer to these steps:
  • From the WinX Menu, open an elevated Command Prompt.
  • After opening Command Prompt, you need to type each one of the following commands and after you type each command, hit Enter.
    • net stop sppsvc
    • cd %windir%ServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppDataLocalMicrosoftWSLicense
    • ren tokens.dat tokens.bar
    • net start sppsvc
    • exe %windir%system32slmgr.vbs /rilc
  • Now restart your computer.

Option 5 – Try running the Windows 10 Activation Troubleshooter

  • Go to Settings and then select Activation.
  • After that, click on the Windows Activation and then troubleshoot. This will help you address most of the commonly found activation issues in Windows devices.

Option 6 – Try activating Windows 10 via mobile phone

Activating Windows 10 can also be done using your phone. Just note that you have to call Microsoft to do so.
  • In the Start Search box, type in “Slui 4” and tap Enter.
  • Next, select your country and click on Next.
  • Keep the window open and call the toll-free number of the country you’re from.
  • Afterward, a confirmation ID should be given by the automated system which you must take a note of.
  • Finally, in the box on the window, type in the confirmation ID and click on the Activate button. That should do it.
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How to Fix Black Screen During Installation Windows 10

Black Screen During Installation - What Is It?

Many are upgrading their OS to Windows 10, however, it’s not always smooth sailing because users have been reportedly experiencing different bugs including Black Screen after a successful update.

One common issue in installing Windows 10 is the appearance of a black screen after installation. This usually occurs when the user restarts the computer. Initially, there will be a black screen only appearing on the monitor. There are also cases where a mouse cursor is present, while some cases have no cursor at all.

Not only that, it seemed that you’ve lost all your desktop icons when experiencing this bug.

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

Just like the other bugs experienced by Windows 10 users, booting to a black screen has reasons. Before you even try to look for the solution, you first have to determine the cause of the error, in this case, the error would be black screen when booting.

  • Error on external devices such as printer or mouse.
  • Having outdated display/video drivers that normally result in black screen when OS is updated.
If error messages are left unsolved, you may encounter other Windows 10 related issues such as error code 0xc0000142

Further Information and Manual Repair

Before you even think of upgrading your OS to Windows 10, you need to know that there are specific system requirements and specifications to be able to successfully update your operating system.

  • Minimum of 1 gigahertz (GHz) Processor
  • Either 1 (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Ram
  • You need at least 16 GB of free hard disk space
  • A Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or later with WDDM 1.0 driver graphics card
  • 800 x 600 display
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access.

There are more system requirements in order to use other certain Windows 10 features, but we’ll focus on solving your black screen problem in this article.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While it’s possible that you’ll be able to find the solution for your black screen during Windows 10 update, contacting the service of a professional technician or using an automated tool is advisable if you’re not confident in performing the methods to be discussed.

Method 1: Windows 10 DVD Boot

  1. Hit Repair your computer at the Install Now screen.
  2. Press Advanced Options
  3. When you’re in the Advanced Options find Troubleshoot and click it.
  4. Proceed to pressing Startup Repair
  5. Simply follow the instructions of the screen and check if that helps solve the black screen problem.

Method 2: Safe Mode from Windows 10 DVD Boot

  1. Go to Install Now screen
  2. Hit Repair your computer button
  3. Go to Advanced Options
  4. Click Safe Mode option

There’s a chance that you’ll get an error prompt saying, “installation cannot be completed in safe mode.” If this happens, simply press Shift + F10. This command will redirect you to the Command Prompt. You just open Device Manager by keying in devmgmt.msc then disable the display adapters, now check if you’ll be able to successfully boot in normal mode.

This process will normally allow you to complete the Windows 10 installation, if that’s the case you can just update the display adapter drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Restart your computer and see if this solves the problem.

Method 3: Driver Roll Back

  1. Hit Windows Key + X then press the Device Manager
  2. Expand the Display Adapters option
  3. Right-click the listed Display Adapter and press on properties
  4. Find the Driver Tab and click on it, then press Roll Back Driver

Do take note, however, that the Roll Back Driver option is not available if there was no previous version installed.

Method 4: Check External Devices

Since one common cause of black screen during a Windows 10 update is the external devices you use in your computer, you might want to consider these steps as well.

  1. Simply unplug all of the external devices you currently use
  2. Restart your computer
  3. If in case this solved your black screen problem, carefully plug back the devices one at a time to determine which of the device is the culprit.
  4. Update the drivers for the outdated hardware using a reliable third party tool.

Method 5: Fast Startup Disabled

Some Windows 10 users had success in solving their black screen problem by disabling the fast startup.

  1. Go to the Control Panel, find Power Options and press “Choose what the power button does,” which is located in the left pane of the panel.
  2. Hit the “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”
  3. Make sure to unmark the checkbox button saying, “Turn on fast startup.”
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