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Business Success 101: Simple Strategies To Optimize Company Efficacy

August 5, 2016 | By | Reply More

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Most corporate leaders and entrepreneurs want their businesses to become successful. Whether you run a new small business or a huge corporation that has been in operation for decades, there are several techniques you can use to keep your company functioning smoothly and effectively. Here are three of them:

1. Invest In New Broadband Products.

If you want to optimize your business’s level of success, remember that having a strong internet connection and excellent telecommunication operations is immensely important. These elements enhance your ability to complete daily tasks and connect with customers in a manner that expedites and optimizes the completion of business transactions. If you’re in need of new broadband products such as the hybrid coupler, you can obtain them from organizations like Werlatone.

2. Obtain Feedback From Your Customers.

One of the most effective ways to ensure that your company operates optimally is by obtaining feedback from your customers. In so doing, you’ll be able to attain a clear understanding of which products and services your clients are dissatisfied with. Once you obtain this information, you’ll be able to update and optimize your brand so that you can attain repeat business. There are many ways you can start obtaining feedback from your customers, and one of them is by asking them to complete questionnaires regarding your product line.

3. Enhance Your Marketing Efforts.

In addition to obtaining feedback from your customers, be sure to get in the habit of enhancing your marketing efforts. This methodology is important because effective advertising ensures that you can continue connecting with and then converting members of your target audience who have yet to hear about your brand. Some of the traditional advertising mechanisms you may want to implement to facilitate this outcome include radio ads and television commercials. You might also want to invest in digital marketing techniques like:

• online reputation management
• link building
• responsive web design
• keyword analysis
• web design and development
• target market research

Don’t Delay: Optimize Business Success Today!

If you want to optimize your company’s efficacy, you can start moving the business enhancement process forward immediately. Three techniques that will optimize your efforts include investing in new broadband products, obtaining feedback from your customers, and enhancing your marketing efforts. By using these methodologies regularly and in conjunction, you can keep your business going and growing!

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.

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How to choose the right power supply for your system

December 9, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Choosing the right power supply can be daunting especially with the many factors to be considered like brands, form, sizes, connectors and prices.

Buying power supplies on a rush can lead to adverse consequences you don’t want yourself to get into as most malfunctions and failure comes from lower-end units.

In this regard, the following tips will help you make educated purchases in the future.

power cableMake sure that the dimensions such as width, length, and height of the power supply unit fits your enclosure or at least nearly identical to the one you’re looking for. For accuracy, consider checking your manuals for specifications.

As much as we don’t want to be brand focused, sometimes, brands spell a whole lot difference in terms of reliability and performance. Trusted brands that you may have experience using in the past will always be first in line.

Thirdly, you must pay attention to any devices you have that may require special power because you cannot apply the one-size-fits-all policy on some devices not to mention 24-pin versus 20-pin ATX connectors.

You must always go for the maximum power rating which highly exceeds your total drain from all your devices. This allows room for any additional device that you may add in the future.

Noise are normally reduced by power supply dampeners and shock absorbers thus reducing vibration-related noise associated with the unit shaking its attachment.

While price can be a factor also, always go for better performing brands and as your power supply goes hand-in-hand with your system, always make sure you also have a spare of reliable power cables for your system. It goes well with highly performing power supply to give you a smooth performing system every now and then.

Tips For Making Your Computer Run Faster

November 13, 2011 | By | Reply More

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Computers are high-powered devices these days. They help us do work, look up information, play games, communicate with family, and store important files. We use them for all facets of our personal and work lives, and it is consequently more important than ever to have a computer that is dependable and reliable.

But as we use our computers more, and rely on them more, we often place so many demands on the device that it works more slowly than ideal. At the same time, our expectations for computer speed are much higher than they once were. In our society of instant gratification, it doesn’t matter if the information we seek is stored in a file on our desktop or in some NY data center; either way, we want it immediately.

For these reasons, many of us are often looking to improve our computer’s speed. While there are few perfect fixes, here are some suggestions to consider:

Protect Against Spyware and Viruses
computer virusesNobody wants to get a computer virus, but many people are content with – or at least they don’t think about – the spyware programs that may be infiltrating their computer. Not only does spyware pose a risk to secure information and passwords you may have stored on your device, but it can also slow down performance. To combat this, it is important to download and install a trusted security program.

Delete Files
A computer operating at full storage capacity is bound to operate more slowly, which means that deleting some of that storage may help speed up your system. There are probably plenty of candidates for deletion on your computer. You remove temporary files, downloaded program files, components and programs you don’t use, and any media-rich files you may have saved at some point. And, of course, don’t forget to empty your recycle bin.

Defragment Your Programs
As space fills up on your hard drive, the computer will increasingly store new programs in fragments rather than as a whole. This takes up space in the long run and leaves small pieces of a program on your hard drive long-term, even after you uninstall a given application. By using your computer’s disk defragmentation abilities, you can clean this up and help make your computer faster. There are also programs that can be downloaded that will do this for you.

There are several other techniques for speeding up your computer, such as adding RAM or buying a program that analyzes, assesses, and responds to your device’s various speed-related problems. But if all else fails, and everything still seems too slow for your liking, it may just be time to accept the inevitable and get an upgrade.

How to Delete Themes on Symbian S60 Phones

September 30, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

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One of the most common mobile device features is to be able to dress it up to your liking. In this regard, themes come into play and make everything fit to your desires. For mobile consumers whose phones is of the Symbian S60 3rd edition OS, it is imperative to know some tips on how to tweak your device.

This time, deleting mobile themes on an S60 3rd edition phone can’t be any easier. While deleting themes on these devices can be as easy as going to the Application Manager options under the Installation menu, once you cannot find the installed themes under the App. Manager List, deleting themes would then have to be done manually on the phone’s memory card provided it is where the themes are installed.

Here’s a quick step on how to delete themes on your Symbian S60 3rd edition phone. Contrary to what other tutorials online say, I was able to delete the entire themes on my Nokia E71 simply by doing these steps:

1. Connect your mobile device to your PC in mass storage or by inserting the mini SD card reader.
2. Go to your phone’s root memory, find the Private Folder and make sure that you show Hidden folders in your PC.
3. Find the folder named 10207114. Contrary to other tutorials that you could find online, even if you’ll only delete a particular .skn file (which you could determine the theme by opening it using your Notepad), what will happen is that all themes installed on the phone will be deleted. That’s what happened on my end. Thus, it is advisable that you take note of the themes’ name that you’d want to retain before deleting anything.

I hope this quick tip helps. Stay tuned by subscribing to us via email or RSS for similar topics.

How To: Manually Install Favicon Correctly

May 20, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More

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Managing multiple sites has taught me the many different tweaks that can be done on a website and one of which was installing favicon to add a distinct identity to your site. So if you start a website a good looking favicon is a great add on.

Favicon or “favorites icon” is usually a tiny graphic which associates your site for display on browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.

FaviconThis icon can be found in the browser’s location field next to the site’s name in a bookmarks list, along with the site’s title in a tab on most browsers or even next to the site’s feed on many feed readers.

There are countless sites on the web that provides an online interface for creating favicons as many as there are blogs that have written topics on how to install a favicon on a website or php file. The later however for a long time has been disappoint as not most blogs have covered the topic succinctly.

Let me get this problem straightened out once and for all with this blog post on how to install favicon correctly on your website.

First thing is to have a favicon file which you have generated online or through some graphic software. The file extension is .ico which means a complete favicon file is “favicon.ico” which can also be in many forms such as youricon, or myicon depending on how you name it as long as the file extension remains at .ico or dot ico (when read).

On this tutorial, I’ll use “favicon.ico” as the file for simplicity.

Next thing to do is locate the root directory on your server e.g., public_html/yoursite.

Depending on the template or theme you’re using for your website, installing the favicon can be as simple as copy pasting a strip of code.

Please note that some scripts already include a favicon.ico file on the root directory of your server so you only need to locate them (if there’s any) and replace it with your own favicon file via FTP (otherwise proceed to your template or theme’s header.php file).

Once you’ve done that, locate your site template’s header.php file and place this code:
<link rel=”shortcut icon” type=”image/ico” href=”/favicon.ico” />

between the <head> and </head> section. Normally, your header.php looks like this:

DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN”
<head>

some codes here

<link rel=”shortcut icon” type=”image/ico” href=”/favicon.ico” /> – this is where you have to place the code.
</head>

This expression href=”/favicon.ico” shows the path where the favicon.ico file can be found on your server. Here, we can say that it was in the root directory because of the trailing slash before the file name.

The above code therefore can also be written as

<link rel=”shortcut icon” type=”image/ico” href=”URL or location of favicon” />

where “URL or location of favicon” can be found in the media library on WordPress sites’ backend.

That’s it. If you have any questions or anything to add that would make this even simpler, leave it on the comments. If you find this post useful, please share this post.

TinyMCE/Visual Editor Quick Fix for Self-hosted WordPress Blogs

January 11, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More

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My problem concerning visual editor or the TinyMCE not loading properly has been resolved just today. I always knew that somehow my web host could do something about it that somehow WordPress.org forum could not answer.

The problem is not with this domain but on my two other domains whose visual editors doesn’t work that’s why I could not update them.

I’ve searched on Google and visited the WordPress.org forum and was able to find a few hacks here. Although it has worked for some, others simply had the same problem.

I’ve actually followed all procedures stated in the thread but none of those worked for me until I decided to contact Bluehost and from them I got the answer to my problem. I’ve encountered this error before but I simply forgot what I did.

For those who have encountered the error, this is how it would look like on your post editing screen.

Missing TinyMCE or Visual Editor Icons

As you can see, the TinyMCE or visual editor icons are missing or washed out which means you’ll be missing a lot of functionality on your post creation or editing work. At the same time, this hinders you as well from aesthetically rendering uploaded photos for attachment on your post.

If you’re using cPanel and is hosted by Bluehost, all you have to do is follow these simple steps.

1. On your cPanel, go to Security then choose HotLink Protection.
2. Configure HotLink Protection by typing all the URLs you’re allowing to have access.

HotLinking prevents other sites from directly linking to your image files to avoid bandwidth theft.

However, if you’re using frontpage extensions, do not use HotLink Protection because it will corrupt the frontpage extensions in your account.

Only the current list of URLs based on the image below will be added when you enable Hotlink Protection. Be sure to update HotLink Protection when you setup additional addon domains on your account.

Bluehost cPanel Hotlink Protection

The relationship of TinyMCE/visual editor for WordPress and HotLinking has something to do with the former protecting the images on your server while the latter doing the aesthetic favor on you being the content publisher.

Although in the past, there had been a lot of bugs reported on this given case, I’m not hundred percent making a guarantee that this trick works for everyone else but it sure does worth trying out.

If you ever find this trick helpful, consider spreading the word or leaving a comment. Thank you.

HOW TO: Revert Firefox to Older Version

October 26, 2009 | By | 10 Replies More

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One of the many reasons why Firefox users tend to update to the latest version is their promise of providing a faster browser. Well, it could be fast as a clean install at first but based on experience, it slows down overtime as you continuously add extensions or add-ons as well as themes and even toolbars. In other words, the more accessories you put in, the slower it gets as a result.

The hype that Firefox 3.5 has gained over these past few months after it’s release have been massive but I didn’t joined the bandwagon, perhaps, I’ve joined the opposite side yet my observations are true. Why? Firefox 3.5 is not really that faster as they claim because like I said, the more accessories you put in, the slower it turns out but I was expecting that since they dubbed this newest release as the faster browser ever, then I assumed that it really was and can carry the weight of the additions from the previous version but I was wrong. However, on the lighter side, there’s a tool called Speedyfox that can turn around a slow loading Firefox browser.

In most Firefox updates, the most common setback has to make your extensions or add-on and themes compatible with the new version. Also, there are cases wherein users encounter the problem of losing all their bookmarks after an upgrade which can be a total nightmare for some. Who wouldn’t think of trying to revert back to the old version in hope of recovering your precious bookmarks and settings?

There are countless of discussion that could be found online on how to revert from a newer version of Firefox to the old version but it seems that most of it tackles the manual procedure of deleting your Firefox profiles when asked during the uninstall process and then deleting some file after the fresh install. It can be tedious and at the same time, confusing.

Isn’t it great if there’s a way to revert your current Firefox version to the older version while at the same time retaining all the extensions, themes and bookmarks in just a few clicks?

Well, there’s a way of doing it and that’s what I’m going to share with you on this post. If you’re not fond of using add-ons then better note this one that I’ll be suggesting as you may need it in the future.

In order to revert your latest Firefox installation to an older version, install FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) first.

FEBE is an add-on that allows quick and easy backup solutions for your Firefox extensions in just a few clicks. It individually rebuilds extensions into restorable .xpi files that can be used on freshly installed versions which makes it possible to synchronize Firefox installations on multiple computers using the same settings.

FEBE Backup Options 1

FEBE Backup Options 1

Currently this add-on supports Firefox version 3.0 and above. The best thing about this extension is saving you time and frustration from all the hassles of doing manual backups for your bookmarks, extensions, themes and customizations. You can even backup the browser’s cookies, history and form fill history. Also, you can set your download location for the files, schedule a backup while browsing, and host your files via Box.net

FEBE Backup Options 2

FEBE Backup Options 2

FEBE is a great backup add-on every Firefox user must have and it’s way better than OPIE (Ordered Preference Import/Export) although the latter functions the same, it cannot backup preferences and not all extensions.

Have you tried FEBE yet?

Turn PCs into Green Computers and Save Money

August 25, 2009 | By | 6 Replies More

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Worldwide concerns have been focused on reducing the environmental impact of computing particularly on carbon footprints. Carbon Footprints refers to the total set of GHG (Green House Gas) emissions caused by entities directly or indirectly which can be related to various forms of heat generated per kWh of electricity. Most of us may not be aware of this but imagine how a simple tweak can help you take part in saving the environment and taking control of your hard earned cash.

For most computer users, turning it off while not in use can be a hassle when you’re in a hurry and had to turn it on to use it but imagine how much unconsumed heat it releases and the power consumption it carries when you leave it on standby for hours. Do you think that the best way to save money and turn your PC into a Green computer is to just turn it off and unplug it when not in use? What do you think?

If you’re not into this idea, you can still reduce the amount of power your computer consumes when it’s idle by applying optimization steps or tweaks into your Windows power-saving settings.

Windows XP Power Options Properties

Windows XP Power Options Properties

XP users can find this via Control Panel> Performance and Maintenance> Power Options> with Power Schemes normally on default depending on the type of machine you’re using. You only have to set the settings you prefer. I really don’t use the settings much because I only prefer shutting down and unplugging my PC when I’m not using it. How about you? Do you have any power saving tips, tweaks or best practices you’d like to share?

How to change your homepage with—The Page

August 21, 2009 | By | Reply More

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I was checking out my emails when I suddenly came across this unique and visually engaging webpage known as The Page—a project developed by Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG.

The Page is simply a webpage that functions as a default homepage containing a search box similar to the search pages of Bing, Google, and Yahoo. The only difference is it allows you to use your name to personalize it using an amazing collection of themes to choose from that will certainly catch your mood and will maximize the experience.

You can play around with the available themes and change it anytime you want with much ease. I even prepared a video of it for you to see it in action using Firefox.

What are you waiting for? Try it and enjoy!

PHP Script Vulnerabilities and WordPress Blog Hacking

June 25, 2009 | By | 5 Replies More

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Based on my previous post about this blog being compromised, I decided that it would bring much justice to the previous post entitled, “Blogosphere Alert: Prevent your WordPress blogs from being hacked!” to expose the different ways on how a WordPress blog can be compromised or hacked. We all know that WordPress blogs are written on php scripts and are made operational by means of MySQL Database via a web host.

For WordPress blogs, most hackers in order to create damage usually introduce malicious codes that may cause unwanted action statements through php code snippets. One of which is through SQL Injection. SQL injection refers to the act of someone inserting a MySQL statement to be run on your database without your knowledge. Injection usually occurs when you ask a user for input, like their name, and instead of a name they give you a MySQL statement that you will unknowingly run on your database.

Another form of hack is Cross-site scripting (XSS) which is a type of computer security vulnerability typically found in web applications which allow code injection by malicious web users or cyber criminals into the web pages viewed by innocent users commonly exploited for phishing attacks to steal sensitive data such as credit card information in which most of the time, victims are unaware that a webpage is already stealing his/her valuable information.

The most common exploit that happens to a dedicated server is a script exploit that gives the hacker non root access to a dedicated server. What hackers do is pass the script some variables and commands in an http URL. The vulnerability is that the script allows the commands to be run thereby giving the hacker access only to the /tmp directory. The next action they would take is to upload scanning tools and start a DDOS attack against another server. While hackers don’t have root access, removing all their files and stopping all their processes will remove them but chances are, if the vulnerable scripts are not removed, they would still come back.

Another technique often used to attack Internet websites was via a remote computer known as Remote File Inclusion (RFI). Remote File Inclusion attacks allow malicious users to run their own PHP code called a webshell, also known as a PHP shell. A webshell can display the files and folders on the server allowing editing tasks such as editing, adding or deleting files which could also be used to gain administrator-level or root access on the server.

Familiarity with these vulnerabilities will give you ideas how your PHP scripts play a vital role in your WordPress blog’s security. Don’t try pretending to be a know-it-all guru, most tech bloggers’ blogs especially established one’s had once been compromised. It doesn’t hurt to ask what you don’t know. If you hardly believe it, do your research. Your call!

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When Not to Trust your Web Host

June 23, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

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The last time when I talked about my blog being hacked on this post entitled, “Blogosphere Alert: Prevent your WordPress blogs from being hacked! I have mentioned that I had my host informed of the matter and consequently they answered after 24 hours long enough and agonizing for serious issues such as these. The fact that they have given a response is not enough reason that gave birth to this post and I would certainly be depriving justice into my writing unless the paradox of today’s web hosting industry is not left in the open.

An hour after the discovery of my blog having lost its main index file (index.php), I immediately rushed a note to my web host to catch their attention regarding the problem. A day after support ticket was submitted, they responded and I quote,

“The index file is missing so the directories are listed… (After giving some pertinent information)… You should upgrade to the most recent WordPress, and then check all files for potential backdoors that have been uploaded. On premium hosting accounts real email addresses are the default offering, we accept Paypal, and credit cards for payment.”

So, can you check the paradoxical statement? Why upsell to a client who has some issues needed to be fixed? Isn’t that rubbish? Why not help the customer and make him satisfied before even thinking about upselling. Isn’t that the right way that do?

Following the response from my web host, I threw in some questions and again, like what I have expected which they do most of the time, another response with an up-selling tactic!

Come on, enough of this non-sense! Help me first before trying to sell me something! There has been quite an exchange of responses that have happened but the end result is me taking my business somewhere else where it deserves.

Okay, so much for the long story although these may have another sequel so just stay tuned. Here are the list which I thought would be helpful in giving any blogger or webmaster the idea when no to trust their web hosting company.

  • If your web host upsells during the course of an issue, leave them. There’s no point dealing with these money ripping businesses that wants more money but doesn’t work first. All they want is your hard earned cash!
  • If your web host doesn’t support php coding inquiries and assistance, leave them. They just don’t know what they are doing or are lazy to do so. If they ask you to upgrade your subscription just to get that service. Don’t get into their trap. It’s going to be the same thing.
  • If your web host offers both free and paid hosting services, think of this. Will they be providing the same kind of support and attention to their free service customers? Or even a fair treatment? Will they be consistent or will they even care at all. Perhaps, you just might be falling into a trap if you choose the free service because at some point, they will in turn convince you to switch for a paid service when the odds are low. Unless, there is a really good reason for you to upgrade by the quality of service they provide.

If your web host cannot provide 24/7 assistance, they are simply no good at all and there’s no reason for you to invest in them.

  • If your web host cannot even construct coherent statements to express themselves like my previous web host does, then they’re not professional and just a bunch of crooks trying to rip off your money. They can’t even educate themselves to formally communicate with you. Imagine receiving a letter with vague responses that aren’t relevant to your question.
  • If your web host cannot understand even simple technical terms and kept on asking things that you’ve already mentioned (for multiple exchanged responses), they simply just cannot comprehend or doesn’t really know what they are doing so they keep asking questions or perhaps they don’t have a dedicated support that handles your case so there’s a possibility that it was being pass around to many different people and you’re running around in circles.

There are just so many indications of when not to trust your web host so in case you think I’ve missed something, feel free to add yours at the comments section.

How to fix Yahoo! Messenger sign in error 81003002

June 9, 2009 | By | 20 Replies More

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There was one incident noted today by one of our intercafe clients that Yahoo! Messenger is inaccessible. As I figured it out, the sign in problem in Yahoo that he has been getting was error 81003002 which normally advises users to find out if they were putting in their correct Yahoo! ID and password. Having to try it many times could be stressful and annoying. The sign in error was not remote because it was the same for all PCs running within the network.

Yahoo Error 81003002

Yahoo Error 81003002

Unlike Yahoo! error 81003004, Yahoo messenger error 81003002 has nothing to do with internet connection. Like most users have observed while using Yahoo Messenger 9, its bugs really causes a lot of issues which are not even resolved in their blog.

Here’s what you need to do in case you encountered Yahoo messenger error 81003002:

  • Double check your Yahoo ID and password. If at several times of sign in attempts but you still get the same error, restart you PC and if you are connected to a modem or router, do the same.

If you are sure that no virus has actually penetrated the system, there is no need to run a system scan.

  • While some blogs advice reinstallation of the software (of the same verision, i.e. v9) and some may even advice removal of v.9 and installation on an older Yahoo messenger version like Yahoo Messenger 8, do not waste your time as I have already done that. The older version of the IM software no longer works.

Again, if you have had error 81003002 while attempting to sign in to Yahoo, open Windows Task Manager (by pressing CLT+ALT+DEL), select Processes and find YahooMessenger.exe and click End Process. Try to do this several times but if it does not work, then try to reinstall the software. Doing this step does not guarantee that you will be able to sign in but its worth the try. The surprising thing is that when it happened to me, I removed Yahoo Messenger v9 on one of the PCs within my nextwork, the next day when my sister checked it out, she was able to sign in. It just simply fixed itself overtime. Huh?! It’s fascinating why did it happen? Could it be that our IP has been blocked by Yahoo for the entire day and restored it afterward? It’s not a virus as I’m 100% sure. It could be a bug though but I’m not certain what caused it so what I did was reinstall the instant messenger again and I was able to sign in to Yahoo messenger finally.

This is what happened and it’s something that I don’t have any technical reason to offer but I suspect that it was really a bug. Have you experienced the same scenario? What did you do?

FYI, if you are in need of using the application but was caught in a situation similar to the one discussed, you can try signing in to these alternative link or sites to get Yahoo! Messenger access.

Links:

http://web.im

http://webmessenger.yahoo.com/

Websites:

http://www.ebuddy.com/

https://imo.im/

http://orgoo.com

http://www.meebo.com

http://paltalk.com-includes IM software or chat client

http://www.koolim.com/

http://www.imhaha.com/webmsg/index.jsp

Update: 23 November 2009

I have just discovered another workaround to get rid of this error. Head over to my post about Yahoo Error 81003004 and follow the steps stated from the 20th of November update and choose Option 1. I haven’t tried Option 2 yet on this error but hopefully Option 1 should do the job. If you have any questions, use the contact us page.

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.

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”

Solution:

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.

Note:

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.)

Fixing Parser Message Value Creation Failed at Line 472 or 521 When Clicking Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

April 24, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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In this tip, I am going to teach you how to fix the error “parser message value creation failed at line 472 or 521” in a very easy way. First, let me give you a hint how this error happens.

Whenever the default Windows XP Theme in Display Properties is changed or altered in someway, access to the Add or Remove programs are blocked since the XP Theme normally utilizes the default.

Other than that, using a different theme for Windows slows down PC performance because of disk space consumption since Windows is not optimized for appearance. As discussed in my previous post entitled Highly effective ways to optimize PC speed made simple,” I have emphasized the importance of optimizing the appearance settings in Windows in order to achieve boosted PC speed as it free up RAM thereby reducing the effects in the graphical user interface.

Going back to the importance of resolving this “parser message value creation failed at line” 472 or 521 error when accessing Add or Remove Programs, this actually solves the issue of trying to remove unwanted software or trying to add software drivers. If this issue remains unresolved, chances are, you as a user would have to go through the delicate process of removing the program yourself from the registry. Delicate because any wrong move or incorrect deletion of entries in the Windows registry can cause severe damages to your PC or it can cause some application within the system to malfunction. The worst could even require you to reinstall your operating system.

Having said this, whenever you encounter this error when trying to access Add or Remove Programs(On Windows XP OS), all you have to do is follow this guidelines:

For Service Pack 1

The Parser Message would be: Value creation failed at line 472

For Service Pack 2

The Parser Message would be: Value creation failed at line 521

(As discussed, this behavior is generally the result of a Theme problem)

To resolve this issue:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Open the Display applet.

3. Select the Themes tab.

4. In the Theme drop-down box, select Windows XP.

5. Press Apply and OK.

That’s it, everything should be fine and you can now access the Add or Remove Programs option in Windows XP.

Download Unlimited Free Music from Social Music Sites

March 18, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

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If you’re a certified music lover, you must have probably been a member of a social music service like Imeem™, Last.fm™, Pandora™, MySpace, eSnips™, Mog™, iJigg™ and Radio.blog.club™ just to mention a few widely known social music services.

The fact that these social music sites focus more on music as its media in connecting to a worldwide audience, have you ever thought of grabbing other members musical collection to listen to it offline via your favorite gadget like iPod or MP4 without having to pay anything?

If you haven’t, then, this post is something to look forward to. As social media continues to become a mainstream in today’s ever changing world wide web, the power of social interaction and its dynamism creates trends that drive people towards it. In line with this, music has always been a truly moving force behind it. Now, what do you think will you do if you can grab your favorite music online using a software and basically don’t need to pay anything. Isn’t that great?

With the use of Free Muzic Zilla, anybody can grab and download their favorite songs from their most loved social music sites. Free Music Zilla is a freeware that can download streams of music in flash video file format(otherwise known as .flv) without limit, supports the most widely known browsers, doesn’t have adware or spyware and is absolutely free.

In order for you to download any streaming music, you have to open the program first before you press to play the music or playlist at the background. The downloaded music file is then saved to your desired location of choice. In order for you to play the downloaded file, a file converter is needed to make it playable on your mp3, iPod or mp4. However, you may also wish to just leave it as an FLV file provided you have an FLV player.

Responsibility and legality have always been the main concern regarding these kinds of tips. Here in Software Critics, we always remain on the side of what is just and legal as we do not encourage, as much as we condemn, nor we tolerate violation of any license agreements or copyright infringements.

Everyone should understand that the purpose of this is just to provide information. As this information is somehow can be found and is never new on the web, any person who plans of making money out of these or any similar activities must consult or ask for permission from the copyright owners for business related activities.

Having the freedom to free information is not wrong but due responsibility and compliance with the law must be always kept in mind.

Anyone can use this software for its purpose but again, use it for your
own personal entertainment and at your own risk. And anything that goes beyond this scope especially dealing with monetizing or selling copyrighted materials without the necessary permit, license or even piracy is deemed illegal.

So, if you wanted to enjoy your freedom and access to free information, do it
legally. In relation to this how-to post, we have created a video that will show you how exactly downloading streaming audio can be done using Free Music Zilla.

Highly Effective Ways to Optimize PC Speed Made Simple

March 15, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

Reading time: 4 – 6 minutes

Here in Software Critics, we don’t only care about software but we make sure that your PC is highly optimized to perform your software’s full potential. And how are we going to do this? Simple.

Software Critics came up with these highly effective ways to optimize your PC speed that would not compromise your Windows registry. Again, we have always emphasized this,

“save money during this economic recession or just simply make the most of our money’s worth.”

So, these helpful tips will prevent you from spending just to upgrade your system in order to boost PC speed as these safe tweaks would not cause you any trouble and is guaranteed to make your computer run faster.

Here’s how:

Speed up Windows Explorer

Go to Windows Explorer, click on the Tools menu, then click on Folder Options, click on the View tab, find Automatically search for network folders and printers check box and uncheck it
click Apply, then click OK and reboot your PC.

These steps eventually will make you Windows Explorer run faster as Windows will no longer automatically search for network files, shared folders, and devices in the network.

Optimize Appearance Settings

Go to Start then Settings and select Control Panel, in the Control Panel, click System and then Advanced tab. In the Performance Options window select Adjust for best performance and click OK to confirm and close the window.

If you’re running on Windows XP, setting it optimized for best performance will free up RAM thereby reducing the effects in the graphical user interface.

Uninstall No Longer Used Device Drivers

Be extra careful in unistalling these device drivers in your PC. Make sure that even though these may be unused for the meantime, it must be something that you will no longer be using not even in the significant future because you don’t want these drivers to malfunction in case you might thought of using it somehow.

Remove Unnecessary Software

One of the easiest approach to do this is by clicking on Start, then Settings, select Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

You can also use an unistaller software do to the job but make sure that this unistaller would not remove any registry component. After removing the software, activate your computer’s registry cleaner or registry repair software to make sure that no unwanted components are left. Don’t forget to back up your registry as well. When the computer asks you something about removing “related components”, just don’t remove it. It’s better left in there as it would not harm your computer.

Disable Indexing Services

This is not really necessary as it utilizes large space of RAM. To disable this, go to Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs, click Add/Remove Windows Components, uncheck Indexing Service and click Next and then click Finish.

Defrag Windows frequently

Defragging the Windows registry removes gaps which can improve system performance where fragmented files are put together thus maximizes your system speed. For further information, read our post on “How to improve system performance by defragmentation”.

For optimum performance, you might want to consider using an internet speed optimizer software. What more could be as pleasing as having a fast internet access and a highly responsive system? Right?

Now, to make more impact, why not view these tips on video? Watch and learn. Remember, you don’t always have to spend in order to get the best out of your resources. You only need some tweaks and some helpful tips.

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