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How to Remove Webroot Secure Anywhere from Mac OSX

October 20, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

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I always thought that getting an Antivirus for your system was for your own security but when this sense of security becomes an annoyance and acts like a malware, this is where you draw the line.

When I got this Macbook Pro as a gift, it comes with this software called Webroot Secure Anywhere for Mac, thought it was a good deal having it for 6 months trial. But things get awry when the trial runs out and it suddenly acts up popping up on my computer screen just about everytime asking me to renew. It didn’t stop from there, I can’t even force quit it and delete it directly from my applications folder.

It freaked me out and I had to dig deep just to find some forums that will shed light on the matter. I had to read more on the internet, most don’t work at all. Here’s what I’ve come up with as a solution to remove Webroot Secure Anywhere for Mac.

  1. Go to your “Applications” folder the Mac.
  2. Open the “Utilities” folder and find “Activity Monitor” and click on it.
  3. Find the Webroot Secure software in the “Activity Monitor”, click on “Disk”, once you find it there, click on the X on the upper left hand corner of the dialogue box just below the colored options yellow, red, and green, that X means to kill the process.
  4. Process #3 must be done quickly so you need to have your “Applications” folder open. After killing the process, go to your “Applications” folder and right click on the Webroot Secure app and move it to trash. If you’ve done it really fast enough, Webroot will not reactivate back after you kill the process instead a dialogue box will appear which will ask you if you want to UNINSTALL WEBROOT SECURE, so choose uninstall and your problem will be over.

I hope this short tutorial helps anyone in anyway that is having serious trouble with Webroot Secure. Never again that I would install this crap.

Tune up Windows and Clean your Registry with jv16 Power Tools

May 22, 2012 | By | Reply More

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It has been a while since we last reviewed a registry cleaning Windows utility tool so I’m quite excited on this one. MaceCraft Software, the maker of jv16 PowerTools 2012, offers its end users the right set of tools to boost Windows PC performance with their wide array of indispensable software that’s fun and easy to use.

jv16 PowerTools 2012 promises to keep your Windows system always running like new. With its various key features, you can never go wrong with it. Among such features are as follows:

Cleaning junk and fixing errors from your PC
Like most utility software, this tool seeks registry errors from your system, junk files, left-over files (those files left from deleted/uninstalled software), and unnecessary log files.

jv16 Power ToolsUninstalls software and delete left over files
Uninstalling a program does not mean it’s totally deleted from your system, some of which leave left-over files or folders that are of no use and eats up hard drive space overtime. It’s necessary thou that we have a special tools like jv16 Power Tools that can permanently eliminate these left-over files during the process of removal.

Optimize and speedup your computer
Part of this utility suite is generally making your system run like new so jv16 PowerTools is designed to replenish Windows performance by altering certain settings and disabling some functions that don’t serve any purpose other than to slow down your computer.

In addition, you can alter star-up programs depending on which ones you’d like to automatically run whenever Windows opens as this may induce longer startup/loading times.

A rare feature that you could find on any utility suite is its ability to immunize your system from malicious websites thus improving your security and privacy. This feature modifies the Windows host file and a list of malicious data is provided by

Part of this software is an Anti-malware tool that verifies if your download is safe to run. Malware that can be detected includes computer viruses, Trojans, rootkit installers, dialers, and system hijackers.

Recover deleted files
While most utility suites can permanently delete files and those that are left-over during the process however, for accidentally deleted files, this tool allows recovery of these files when necessary. If you’re unaware, emptying the Recycle Bin does not totally delete all the files in there that’s why there are recovery tools that can recover deleted files.

jv16 PowerTools 2012 includes 32 other useful tools and several translations in different languages, plus 60 days fully usable trial copy of the software and it only costs $29.95 to buy.

So there you have it, if you’d like to know more about jv16 PowerTools 2012 and how it can be beneficial to maintaining the smooth performance of your PC, give it a try.

Restore PC to Life with Reimage

July 26, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More

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By emulating the human brain and automating the way software problems are identified and repaired, it seems that Reimage has redefined the very concept of PC repair.

If you are experiencing popups, crashes or freezes, then you may have already downloaded malicious files to your operating system. Every time you install or update a program on your PC, you re-arrange the elements of your operating system, potentially disrupting the stability of your computer.

reimage logoReimage removes the guesswork in PC repair, removing the need for diagnostic decisions based on superficial symptoms. Reimage simultaneously studies every single software object and interlinked dependency, and compare this with a huge repository containing over 8 million objects. The technology then surgically pinpoints only faulty objects and dependencies. Throughout the process, user data and preferences remain untouched. The repository automatically corrects any malfunctions, with no need for prior preparation. The whole process takes no longer than 30 minutes, and the PC is as good as new.

reimageIt is the only product in the world that can correct the damage a virus has caused (as opposed to anti-virus software that simply removes viruses.)

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Update Your PC Drivers Easily With Driver Access

February 10, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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A smooth running computer is what everybody wants just like a well conditioned car. Nobody body wants hassles and as long as you have the right tools to keep your computer drivers at par, you don’t really have to look somewhere else and think about planning to buy a new PC no matter how old is the one you have.

All you need to do is keep your windows drivers healthy by keeping track of new driver updates because this will improve your PC’s performance exactly like you’ve first had them from the store.

Updating you computer drivers can be tedious but with the help of Driver Access, you can complete the task in less than a couple of minutes while at the same time getting the latest version for your drivers.

A variety of peripherals are supported by different types of drivers such mouse drivers, keyboard drivers, and USB drivers among others thus keeping them up-to-date will make sure these hardware from functioning properly.

A driver backup wizard that comes with the software makes certain that you have your own copy for safekeeping.

There are many driver updaters in the market today but those who can provide customer service is a much desirable aspect. Software developers cannot always assume that their users are technically savvy therefore providing a hand is a wise move.

How Do You Open Four Desktop Instances In One PC?

December 1, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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Users like us who sometimes leave multiple opened applications on our desktop often times battle with how our computer can perform such requests and run those programs without even crashing which was often the end result.

What if there’s a program that provides the ability to open multiple instances of your desktop in one PC without crashing it? It sounds pretty cool huh?

There certainly is nothing so impossible these days because what I’ve just asked you is indeed possible and can be accomplished by Virtual Desktops.



Virtual Desktops such as WindowsPager enable the opening of multiple instances of desktop interface in one desktop PC simply by switching them like tabs, similarly a desktop switcher or pager. This gives you a better overview of your different running applications on several desktops. Again, don’t be confused here because what we are talking about is just one desktop computer.

In order to switch from one desktop to another, simply click on the small preview boxes on your taskbar or hold CTRL + (1-4), choose the desktop number you’d like to open.

Four Possible Virtual Desktops in WindowsPager

Four Possible Virtual Desktops in WindowsPager

To move a program from one desktop to another, simply right-click the chosen program and move it to your desired desktop window. Basically, the instances of your opened virtual desktop are defaulted to four and it can’t be controlled though just to show fewer instances, a limitation of this free software.

I have tried this software and here are the applications I’ve set up for each opened desktop.

Desktop 1: Outlook Express for my domain emails.
Desktop 2: I’ve run my Revo Uninstaller to remove a particular program I no longer use and it works effectively without affecting the overall performance of the system. It doesn’t slow down the system or crash it. Even though uninstallers use large virtual memory when run and oftentimes tend to freeze up other running programs especially browsers in case it’s opened when you run it, this time, it ignores it perfectly.
Desktop 3: A windows image folder.
Desktop 4: Firefox browser with 5 tabs of different web pages, MS Word, and a currently running Yahoo Messenger desktop client.

As you can see, these programs and apps are all running at the same time on different virtual desktops. The savviest part though is it doesn’t even slow down your computer and switching from one desktop to another is seamless and executing software in between desktops is a breeze.

WindowsPager is indeed a very powerful and useful piece of tool which you can bring anywhere you need because it’s a zip file, so there’s no need for installation and it works well on Windows Vista/7/XP/2000 OS.

If you wanted to experience the difference of Virtual Desktops, simple head on this link to download. Enterprise and corporate users however, should look at the Virtualization page for large-scale network solutions.

A Closer Look at WinASO Registry Optimizer

November 30, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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I have talked about registry optimizers on this blog on numerous occasions but this time, it’s going to be about a shareware known as WinASO Registry Optimizer (Windows Advanced System Optimizer) developed by XMY LLC.

To brush up on our registry software knowledge, these utility tools fixes and restores registry errors caused by leftover files from failed installation or incomplete removal of programs from your computer.

Once these clutter completely clogged the registry, it will then cause major slow downs on startup and shutdown plus sporadic freezing of running programs or executables or crashing of applications while in use.

Registry optimizers will then save the system from collapsing and major trouble by automatically clearing up the registry from dormant files, unwanted and broken links, and missing registry entries thereby replenishing the system’s original performance making it responsive to various operations.

WinASO Registry Optimizer

WinASO Registry Optimizer

Unlike most registry optimizers, WinASo Registry Optimizer provides an advance feature that can help resolve IE problems, privacy cleaner for cleaning up browser history, start-up manager for controlling startup apps from loading, and a built-in defrag functionality.

Given the features above, it only makes optimizing your computer a lot easier because right after cleaning your browsers, folders and registry, it then provides you with the defrag functionality that allows compression of data within your hard disk thereby freeing more space. This latter option then is something that is not mostly found on regular registry cleaners.

Using registry optimizer have a lot of advantages but always remember not to totally delete all registry detected entries unless you back them up and you’re sure of what you’re doing. That’s basically the toughest challenge on registry cleaners because you don’t want to end up scraping out functional registry entries that may leave some of your programs damaged.

You might want to Download WinASO Registry Optimizer trial version for a full run and see if it passes your standard.

Do-It-Yourself PC Auditing Software

November 27, 2009 | By | 6 Replies More

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How often do you check your hardware for conditioning? Do often download the latest Windows Security updates? Do have all your software license keys intact?

If you answered at least a “no” in any of these questions then you might possibly need some computer auditing. Well, if you’re thinking about the cost of doing such task there’s really a way around it and you don’t have to pay somebody to do it for you.

A free PC auditing software does the trick of keeping you abreast with your current hardware settings and all the software installed. Belarc Advisor is a freeware that builds an HTML profile of your computer system in minutes indicating all installed software and hardware specs, missing Microsoft hotfixes or Security Updates you failed to download, your anti-virus’ status, and CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks.

Belarc Advisor Computer Profile Results

Belarc Advisor Computer Profile Results

All the above information is comprehensively shown on a web page via your default web browser which will open once the program has finished scanning your computer. The results are fairly accurate but it really wouldn’t tell you how to fix your computer is it’s slowing down or crashing. It will only show some salient details which might give you a hint on the areas of your PC that needs some attention.

Like for example, during the course of the Conficker scare, I’ve failed to download one of Microsoft’s Security updates and that caused my computer’s vulnerability to the malware.

Another savvy feature of this program is it allows you to take note of all the license keys you have on each installed software on your system. This way, you can have these vital information for safe keeping just in case you might need to rebuild an OS installation. Of course, it’s easy to download replacement software but you cannot use them fully if you don’t have your keys.

Belarc Advisor is free to use but is limited to a single computer and for personal purposes only. It doesn’t have a portable version which could have been better for servicing IT professionals and computer technicians but otherwise I think the software is really useful.

Go ahead and give it a try, who knows, you might be surprised with what you’ll find out about your PC.


How Confident Are You With Registry Cleaners?

November 18, 2009 | By | 7 Replies More

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It has been quite a while since I last featured a registry cleaner on this blog. Brushing up with the facts, registry cleaners are utility software designed to fix and restore Windows registry errors.

Registry cleaners running on a computer normally remove configuration and unnecessary data utilized by the system in an attempt to make the system respond quicker on various operations when required.

The latter scans your Windows registry for leftover files whenever there are failed installations on your computer, dormant files or data no longer used by the system including settings that trigger spyware or malware to operate on your system.

Though registry cleaners offer a great deal of optimizing your computer by automating the process of cleaning up the clutters in your system through removal of broken links, unwanted files, and missing file references from previously removed programs that cause system bloat, some similar software can scrape out old registry entries that are still usable. When that happens, old programs may not function properly and cause crash.

In this case, you may consult registry cleaner reviews to help you choose which utility tool best serves your requirement. Genuine feedback from users will provide you with an idea on how to gauge which software outperforms the rest in its kind.

Does Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009 really work?

July 11, 2009 | By More

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In the past, I have written on this blog several steps on the highly effective ways to optimize PC speed and it absolutely did a great deal in making this blog relevant to the blogosphere. While I admire tweaking my system and doing some hacks, it’s not obvious that I’m a fan of free software and open source but what I’ve just got into lately was a great venture with Uniblue as an affiliate (I just want to make sure that I’m very transparent and honest with you all). Being approved as an affiliate was quite a good deal so I want to thank you guys for all the support you had given this blog. In return for your avid readership and trust, I’m giving away a full version of Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009 including 1 year of Active Protection only if you subscribe to our newsletter. The download link and license will be sent to your email upon confirmation of your subscription

Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC

Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC

Going back to Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009, this software has remarkably increased my computer’s speed. You’ll notice the change in your computer’s system performance to gradually improve by frequent use especially when it is setup to run on windows star-up. The more you use it, the better it gets so I assure you that you won’t be disappointed because I’m using it myself so you can alert me if it doesn’t satisfy you in any way.

The salient features of the program allow you to monitor and control all your PC resources with easy, one click instructions. It automatically scans and cleans your system settings, internet usage, disk clutter, RAM and CPU for optimal performance. It also gives you the option to selectively disable or remove unnecessary background and auto-start processes to cut valuable seconds at windows start-up.

So, what are you waiting for? Subscribe to our newsletter now to get the full (licensed) version of Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009 inclusive of 1 year Active Protection absolutely FREE valued at $29.95 without any catch! Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support.

Free software license is already discontinued. Stay tuned for more free software licenses in the upcoming months.

Reliable data recovery softwares that bring files back to life

May 13, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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Based on my previous post entitled, “Conficker can damage MP3 players not just USB drives: AVG Antivirus Software detects and removes Conficker from my ZEN Stone MP3 Player“, I have mentioned that I’ve lost all my MP3 files along side the Conficker worm that infected my Zen Stone Mp3 player.

While it’s not a good thing to lose all those things that you’ve worked hard downloading and searching on the net, I’ve figured out a solution to beat this issue. Why not try to recover the lost files instead of re-downloading and re-searching them online? Sounds good, right?

Yes, it was a fact and indeed the best thing to do when you badly want those things you’ve lost back to life. It’s a matter of resourcefulness and thinking out of the box. So, did I succeed in recovering my corrupted MP3 files? Of course, I wouldn’t be writing about it if I haven’t. Want to know what I did?Well, I just simply researched on some software that would help recover data or files. A data or file recovery software or tool allows users to recover data from all popular file systems in situations from accidental file deletion, formatted hard drives, damaged or deleted partitions, to total erasure by a virus wherein the latter of which applies to my MP3 Player’s files.

One of the best data recovery software so far that I’ve used is the PC INSPECTOR Smart Recovery Software developed by CONVAR Germany. PC INSPECTOR Smart Recovery is the only data-recovery program for Flash Card, Smart Media, SONY Memory Stick, IBM Micro Drive, Multimedia Card and Secure Digital Card.

If you have accidentally deleted pictures, videos or audio files from your media, formatted the media or have removed the media during the write process, the software can single handedly reconstruct the corresponding data.

I’ve tried and tested this software on a recently burned data CD that contains photo and video files that are corrupted (due to an incompetent burning software I happen to have experimented) and this worked amazingly well. It was able to recover most of the video files although the time spent was a bit longer that what I’ve expected though generally I could say this is far better than most commercial data recovery softwares pretending to be excellent when in fact the trial versions cannot even deliver. So, this one is a standout.

The other file recovery software that I use was the MultiStage Recovery software which was developed by Enplase Research. Now, this data recovery software is the main reason why my MP3 files had been saved from total deletion due to the Conficker worm infection that invaded my Zen Stone MP3 player. Multistage Recovery software

is fast and highly efficient whose functions speak enough for its purpose. A really powerful tool that I never had expected to do wonders but it’s all worth it. The software may not be free but considering the usefulness of this software is worth investing.

Add-on features that make up a great uninstaller program

May 12, 2009 | By | Reply More

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This post serves as an installment from my previous article entitled, “Tips in finding a better uninstaller program“. As tackled from the latter, there are add-on features that make up a merchantable and an invaluable uninstaller program. While the use of built-in uninstaller within programs are a bit trivial, in this post, you will certainly know why a third-party uninstaller software is a must use.

Going back to uninstaller merchantability, a logger is necessary to watches any significant change that is made to the system during installation. Thereby, a system restore point is created prior to uninstalltion which determine change logs. The intangible part of third-party uninstallers is the Uninstaller itself which is used to reverse changes in the log. In this way, the applications can be uninstalled because all changes that were made at the time of installation are reversed.

Effective uninstallers include an Analyzer which is used to uninstall programs of which installation is not logged by the uninstaller. It analyzes the program and finds all related files and registry entries and deletes it should the user decided to uninstall the program.

Some uninstallers include a Watcher. A Watcher determines if there are running programs for installation programs such as SETUP.EXE, INSTALL.EXE, etc. It normally offers to start the logger when such programs are detected.

The add-ons are additional features that makes an uninstaller program merchantable and invaluable. These are certain applications that comes along with the software so you don’t have to get individual softwares to do certain tasks.

It’s rarely that you can find an uninstaller program with a built-in Autorun Manager, so this means that you can easily manage programs automatically running on Windows startup. Enabling or disabling certain programs is just a breeze.

Quick one click access to certain Windows Tools. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind. 

A Junk Files Cleaner is definitely a must have as this cleans up the hard drive from unnecessary files that may slow down you PC and free up disk space relatively.

A Browser Cleaner, Microsoft Office Cleaner, and a Windows Cleaner are simply an add-on worth having that comes along with a great uninstaller program.

One of the nifty features that I admire is getting an Evidence Remover along side the uninstaller I use regularly for years. Emptying the Recycle Bin doesn’t physically erase files and folders deleted because they are just left over in your hard drive. Eats up hard disk space and can easily be recovered by powerful data recovery softwares. Having this Evidence Remover deletes the data from your hard drive impossible enough to recover. I’ve tried this many times that even a hundred-dollar data recovery tool isn’t able to do its job.

One more thing is having an Unrecoverable Delete option within the program which makes deleting files securely and makes your disk space more spacious than ever. Like the former add-on, it deletes the files right from the hard disk making it unrecoverable.

So, do you want a slice of this piece of cake? You can actually get it from and the best part…it’s free.

Tips in finding a better uninstaller program

May 6, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

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While I’ve been busy for quite sometime, I’ve decided to write about some simple no-brainy tips or pointers in choosing a better uninstaller program for your PC. I’ve been using an uninstaller software for years and I might as well wanted to share with you the reasons why I opted to use one and what I use and how do I go about choosing this great uninstaller program.

First thing to know is what are uninstallers? An uninstaller or deinstaller is a computer program designed to perform removal of all or certain parts of a specific program or application.

While most software vendors include uninstaller within their applications and others claim that uninstallers are just a thing of the past, better think again.

I trust built-in uninstallers within applications or programs but the fact that most of them leave traces and unused junk files within the system where they have been once installed isn’t at all healthy. Why? Because these junk files that come from deleted applications remain permanently on your hard drive if there is an unexpected termination of the application, a system crash, etc. When this happens, it causes reduction of free disk space or may also cause a slower system speed.

With the appearance of various internet security threats such as malwares, viruses, worms, or even tracker spywares, adware or keyloggers, an uninstaller with a logger module could do you a great favor.

A third-party uninstaller is a program used to uninstall a certain application or program other than solely using a built-in uninstaller within an application.

For example, in Windows, you only have to go to the Control Panel and choose Add/Remove Programs to uninstall a software. Also, you may wish to click on Start, choose All programs, then find the uninstall option of the program you wanted to get rid off.

A third-party software does the uninstall by running the software itself. Most uninstallers(third-party) include a logger, uninstaller, analyzer, watcher, and some miscellaneous tools such as junk file cleaner, browser history cleaner and cache cleaner among many others.

So, why do I have to use a third-party uninstaller when in fact, I can just uninstall an application through its built-in uninstaller?

Most complex programs leave traces of third-party components that are sometimes overlooked by software authors thereby having no idea of how to uninstall them. As I have mention earlier, traces of junk files can be prominent. While some programs today are bundled with all kind of add-ons, spyware or not, can be intentionally left on the user’s computer after uninstallation of the main program for tracking purposes made by software manufacturers and distributors which could also be a security issue or can be used by identity thefts or cyber criminals.

The presence of add-ons on some uninstallers today make it merchantable and invaluable. And what are the add-on features that make up a great uninstaller? Well, that’s what I’m going to discuss not until my next post. So better subscribe now and be in the know. Watch out because there are more to come soon!

How “Microsoft Fix it” Resolves Inability To Open User Accounts Item in Control Panel on Windows XP

April 25, 2009 | By | Reply More

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At some point during my daily routinary PC usage habit, I have had once a problem accessing the User Accounts on my Windows XP-based computer. Even though I was the administrator and I was the one who setup the login password, it just amazed me how it happen. Although, I have tried so many times by all means just to access the User Accounts in Control Panel (in which I’ve also tried going through System Properties, clicked on Advanced, went to User Profiles and press on Settings) but it just didn’t work.

I’ve been to so many forums but what I got are half-baked pointless unhelpful answers pretending to be geeks. (just because they mentioned tweaking procedures to go through the msconfig> run> etc. process doesn’t necessarily make them geeks unless they truly resolved the issue)

As I have always mentioned, I don’t like complicted procedures as much as anybody does. And if these complicated steps aren’t going to help  in any way, why not do the easier and sure fire way? Makes sense, right?

Now, here’s the solution. There are only two ways to resolve this:

First, If you are unable to open User Accounts item in Windows XP Control Panel, the first thing you’ll get is this error message:

“Wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment”


Use the regsvr32 command to register the .dll files. To do this, follow these steps:

Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

At the command prompt, type the following commands, press ENTER after each command, and then click OK when a message says that the registration is successful:

Regsvr32 jscript.dll

Regsvr32 nusrmgr.cpl

Regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll

Regsvr32 themeui.dll

Regsvr32 Vbscript.dll

If the above solution does not work in anyway, don’t settle and make your life miserable. There’s always a solution to every problem. What is it then?

Second option is to download Microsoft Fix it which you can download from Microsoft Help and Support. Once downloaded, click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the wizard.

Simple right? Why am I saying this? I’ve learned from experience and nobody teaches well than first hand experience compared to by the book summons and explanations and pointless rants that some blogs do.

Obviously, the latter option worked for me although I’ve also tried the former. I just downloaded Microsoft Fix it and it made wonders.

Why would Microsoft think of putting this automatic fix solution if this is such a crap?(like some blogs say) They(Microsoft) didn’t build this autofix for nothing if it doesn’t serve its purpose. I won’t put up this blog either if this doesn’t serve its use. I’m not advocating Microsoft in any way. I was just stating a fact. They have their lapses too like anybody else.

If you don’t want to download Microsft Fix it, fine. If you don’t want to run the tweaks, it’s okay as well.

What’s the use of System Restore anyway? You can just restore the system to it’s state at some point back in time when you had access to your Windows XP User Accounts.

If you have encountered the same ordeal but was able to rectify the problem in a completely different way other than the ones mentioned on this post, feel free to share it with everyone through the comments section.


The solution discussed above applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Cause: Unregistered .dll files like the ones mentioned above. These .dll files can be deregistered due to scraping done by registry cleaners. (The effect of scraped registry entries can cause significant changes to the Windows registry that is why it is recommended not to overuse or at least use registry cleaners with caution.)

How to improve system performance by defragmentation

January 10, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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In computer systems administration language, defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in file systems done by physically organizing the contents of the disk to store the pieces of each file close together and contiguously. It mostly attempts to create larger regions of free space to impede the return of fragmentation.

Fragmentation occurs when the operating system cannot or will not allocate enough contiguous space to store a complete file as a unit, but instead puts parts of it in gaps between other files normally gaps created by files that have been deleted or mainly just the allocated excess space. File size and the number of files contribute to fragmentation and consequent performance loss. In order to alleviate these problems, defragmentation must be undertaken.

Darling Disc DefraggedA defragmentation program moves files around within the free space available to undo fragmentation. This is a memory intensive operation and cannot be performed on a file system with no free space.

A common strategy to optimize defragmentation and to reduce the impact of fragmentation is to partition the hard disk(s) in a way that separates partitions of the file system that experience many more reads than writes from the more volatile zones where files are created and deleted frequently. For partitions with relatively little write activity, defragmentation performance greatly improves after the first defragmentation, since the defragmenter will need to defrag only a small number of new files in the future.

The presence of immovable system files, especially a swap file, can impede defragmentation. These files can be safely moved when the operating system is not in use. However, some defragmentation programs, such as Diskeeper or PerfectDisk (at boot time), are capable of defragmenting these file types.

User and performance issues

In the modern multi-user operating systems, file systems such as NTFS (and most Unix/Linux filesystems) are designed to decrease the likelihood of fragmentation. Improvements in modern hard drives such as RAM cache, faster platter rotation speed, and greater data density reduce the negative impact of fragmentation on system performance to some degree though increases in commonly used data quantities offset those benefits.

The use of disk defragmentation is not recommended on solid-state drives (SSD), as it may reduce the lifespan of the drive. Unlike mechanical hard-drives, solid-state drives do not incur a performance penalty for random file access, so the act of defragmentation generally will not improve overall drive performance.

“Defragging the Windows registry removes gaps (by reducing file sizes and making it faster to access for applications), fragments and wasted space, which can improve system performance where fragmented files are put together thus maximizes your system speed.”

The presence of defragmentation tools on the market enables a quicker and simpler defragmentation of files. Some tools allow you to choose files and folders you want, without having to process the whole drive without struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool.

One of the limitations of the Windows NT/2000 defragmentation interface is that it is not possible to defragment files that are open for exclusive access. Thus, standard defragmentation programs can neither show you how fragmented your paging files or registry hives are, nor defragment them. Paging and registry file fragmentation can be one of the leading causes of performance degradation related to file fragmentation in a system. Given these issues at hand, some defragmentation tools uses advanced techniques that provide the ability for you to see how fragmented your paging files and registry hives are, and defragment them which can also defrag event log files and Windows 2000 hibernation files (where system memory is saved when you hibernate a laptop).

Some programs can defragment drives manually, or fully automatic in the background, keeping your system at peak performance by avoiding build-up of file fragmentation. Defragmentation jobs can also be scheduled, using various criteria. Additional features include status reports, cluster inspector, command line interface, optional MMC integration, boot time defragmentation, special support for mobile systems and more.

The benefit of defragging our system is intangible. I’ve seen it myself and it worked. My PC doesn’t respond quickly to some operations and most of the time hangs-up not until I started defragging my system. I normally defrag my entire hard drive so I don’t escape some files that have big allotted space. Hard disk space is improved tremendously and programs responded so well after defragging consistently. It also helps to check your registry with some programs that correct and fix or even cleans some registry issues although most of which has to be purchased in the market for full performance. Registry cleaners help speed up the process of defragmentation since before hand it already removed the unwanted registry errors.

There are some programs out there that don’t just remove registry errors and cleans them but also permanently removes them from the hard disk (since deleted items normally stays in the hard disk even if you already deleted them from the recycle bin because they are not physically erased). When these junk files are removed, it makes it easier to defrag the system.

CCleaner Cleans!

December 11, 2008 | By | Reply More

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Tired of expensive and inefficient PC Optimization tools?

Try CCleaner. CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool. It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner! CCleaner allows Windows to run faster, more efficiently and gives you more hard disk space. The best part is that it’s Small, Fast and Free!

This amazing program cleans the following Windows components:
Internet Explorer – Temporary File Cache, URL History, Cookies, Hidden Index.dat files, Last download file location
Firefox – Temporary File Cache, URL History, Cookies, Download manager
Google Chrome
Recycle Bin
Windows Temporary files
Windows Log files
Recent Documents (on the Start Menu)
Run history (on the Start Menu)
Windows XP Search Assistant history
Windows XP old Prefetch data
Windows memory dumps after crashes
Chkdsk file fragments

Its Advanced Options allow cleaning of:
Menu Order cache
Tray Notifications Cache
Window Size and Location Cache
User Assist history
IIS Log Files
Custom Folders

As well as cleaning up old files and settings left by standard Windows components, CCleaner also cleans temporary files and recent file lists for many applications. Including:
Firefox, Opera, Safari, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat Reader, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and more…

CCleaner uses an advanced Registry Cleaner to check for problems and inconsistencies. It can check the following:
File Extensions
ActiveX Controls
Shared DLLs
Help File references
Application Paths
Invalid Shortcuts and more…

CCleaner was designed from the ground to be safe and secure to use. It has multiple levels of checks in place to ensure that it cannot delete any useful information or documents you may still need. We also certify that it contains no Spyware or Adware.

For the super cautious users we also offer secure file erasing. By overwriting the files before deleting them, making it impossible to recover the data.

CCleaner is available in 35 different languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech/Slovak, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian Cyrillic, Serbian Latin, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Software review:

“With the advent of global financial crises, it is necessary that we keep ourselves from unnecessary expenditures and think highly of saving while making the most out of our money’s worth, so why buy something that doesn’t meet all your needs if there is something available that is for free and can do all the job more than half of what a purchased software can?

Software developers should be thinking of better ways to make their products competitive not just advanced in ways that it would be more than being affordable and efficient.”