Archive for March, 2008

The Absolute Truth about RegCure PC Optimizer

Friday, March 28th, 2008

RegCure is a very simple and powerful software that is used to clean and optimize the windows registry, which is developed by Pareto Logic corp, a Canadian company.

Before most people realize it, one of the leading causes of all PC errors is a
corruptted Windows registry. Without cleaning and impacting your registry on a regular basis, it becomes increasingly larger and messy. This will cause all kinds of problems and annoying computer errors including windows freezes , blue screen crashes, runtime errors, script errors, and program lockups. Not to mention, it will severely slow down your computer.

In order to avoid this mess and keep your computer running at an optimal speed,
a registry optimization program like RegCure should be used on a regular basis.

Regcure automatically scans and removes invalid and corruptted files. These are the hard-to-find problems that aren’t detected by anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.

You could easily spend $80 to get these kind of computer problems fixed by a
computer technician, but why not use some simple and inexpensive software to keep your computer running at peak performance right at home.

Best practices to use Regcure PC Optimizer

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

From Wikipedia, Best Practice asserts that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc.

Just as using other system-maintenance softwares, there are some best practices to use Regcure PC Optimizer. In this article I will try to list all important things when you choose to use Regcure. If you are new to computer or not very familiar with PC, we recommend you to read these best practices before using Regcure.

  1. Backup your windows registry before using Regcure “fix errors” functionality. Because what Regcure touches is window registry, the core database of window operating system, it is always a good idea to back up the whole windows registry beforehand. If you need more information about how to backup registry, please see our article Registry Editor.
  2. Never delete the registry backups Regcure made for you if you have enough disk space. According to RegCure help file, every time you use RegCure to remove registry items a backup file is created. RegCure saves these backups so that you can restore the items that were removed from the registry. You can restore one or more backup files at a time. Keeping these backups will help you a lot in case you do encounter some difficulty using your computer after using Regcure.

Right now, this is still a short list. I will keep update this list and any feed backs are welcome.

How to disable runtime errors in Internet Explorer?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Are you getting annoying messages such as “A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to Debug?” or “Internet Explorer Script Error. An error has occurred in the script on line 1. Do you wish to continue running scripts on this page?”

There are three reasons why these problems occur. The first is that the web page author made some programming error. The second reason may be that you are running a pop-up killer that closes pop-up windows so fast that the script on the web page fails. The third is that you might have some adware or spyware installed on your computer that opens the script error pop-ups.

How to disable script and runtime errors
You can configure Internet Explorer to ignore these script and runtime errors. Please follow this step-by-step guide:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click on Tools, then on Internet Options.

3. Click on the Advanced tab.

4. Look for the “Disable script debugging” line and put a check mark in the box.

5. Now look for the “Display a notification about every script error” line and remove the check mark in the box.

Still getting script errors?

f you still get the script or runtime error messages after disabling them in Internet Explorer, the problem might be that you have some unwanted spyware or adware installed on your computer. We recommend that you scan your computer with one anti-spyware. We recommend Pareto Logic Anti Spyware.

What is runtime error?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

An runtime error is an error that occurs during the execution of a program. In contrast, compile-time errors occur while a program is being compiled. Runtime errors indicate bugs in the program or problems that the designers had anticipated but could do nothing about. For example, running out of memory will often cause a runtime error.

Note that runtime errors differ from bombs or crashes in that you can often recover gracefully from a runtime error.

Possible Causes:

The runtime or run-time error message can be caused by:

  1. Confliction with TSR or other running program
  2. Software issue
  3. Computer Virus
  4. Memory issue

Solution:

Confliction with TSR or other running program

If you are encountering a runtime error message while in Windows or above ensure that the issue is not being caused by a third-party program or TSR by end tasking all open programs.

If, after end tasking all TSRs, you continue to experience the same issue and are running Windows 95 or Windows 98, verify that no utility or program is being loaded in the autoexec.bat / config.sys that is causing your issue by temporally renaming the files. To do this, follow the below instructions.

  1. Boot to a MS-DOS prompt.
  2. Once at the MS-DOS prompt, type:cd\ <press enter>
    ren autoexec.bat autoexec.ch <press enter>
    ren config.sys config.ch <press enter>Once completed, reboot the computer.

Software issue

If your issue persists it is possible that the program, utility or game causing the runtime error may have issues. Verify through the developer’s web site that all updates or patches that may be available have been downloaded and applied.

If no patches or updates are available, attempt to uninstall and/or reinstall the program that is causing the issue. If you are having a runtime error in your operating system, reinstall the operating system.

Add-on, plug-in, or other extra software

Many runtime errors are also caused by other add-ons, plug-ins, or other extra software that has been installed onto the computer and is associated with the program generating the error. If you have any extra software installed that is associated with the program generating the error make sure there are no available updates for the programs and/or try uninstalling each of them to verify they’re not the cause of your issue.

 

Computer virus

Because computer viruses are capable of tampering with the system settings / memory it is possible for a computer virus to generate a runtime error. If you are currently running a virus protection program on your computer ensure it has the latest updated patch or .dat file.

If you do not have a computer virus protection program it is recommended one be purchased or that a demo be temporarily downloaded to scan your computer hard disk drive for viruses.

Memory issue

Finally, if you have followed all of the above recommendations, it is possible that you may be encountering a hardware / memory related issue. We recommend that you first contact the developer of the program causing the issue for any possible solutions. If no solutions are found, we recommend you contact the computer or motherboard manufacturer for additional recommendations and/or service.

 

Windows freezes or stops responding

Monday, March 10th, 2008

If you have used your computer for a long time, you may notice that your Windows often freezes or stops responding, especially when you are opening a lot of windows or running a lot of applications on your computer. The speed is too slow, you may say.

This “windows freezes” issue could be caused by any of the below possibilities.

  1. Software related issue.
  2. Driver related issue.
  3. Operating system related issue.
  4. Heat related issue.
  5. Hardware issue.
  6. Serious issue with Windows
  7. Hardware failure.

This article contains recommendations on what to do if the computer frequently freezes or completely halts. An easy way to determine if your computer is in this situation is by pressing the Num Lock button on the keyboard and watching the Num Lock led to see if it turns off and/or on.

If you’re able to get the light to turn off an on, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and attempt to end task the program. Otherwise continue reading this article.

Software related issue

A computer locking up or freezing is often is caused by a software related issue. If you’re encountering lockups when the computer is opening a particular program, make sure you have all the latest updates for that program. You can find the latest updates for your software through the publisher.

Driver related issue

A computer lock up can also be caused by drivers. For example, if there is an issue that exists with your video drivers a computer could lock up while playing a game or displaying any other type of video. Make sure you have the latest drivers for all major devices in your computer (video, sound, modem, and network).

Operating system related issue

Make sure your operating system has all of the latest updates installed on it.

Heat related issue

If the computer processor is getting too hot it can cause the computer to freeze. If you have heard any abnormal noises coming from your computer recently such as a high squealing, this could indicate a fan may be failing in your computer.

You can first start by verifying the fan on the power supply is working by examining the back of the computer and seeing if the fan is moving and moving smoothly. For all other fans in the computer you will need to either open the computer and make sure the fan are working (processor fan and case fan) and/or if your BIOS monitors the RPM of the fans, enter BIOS and make sure the BIOS does not report any errors.

Users may also be able to determine how hot their computer is by onboard thermal sensors. If your computer comes equipped with these sensors, make sure your CPU is not running too hot.

Hardware issue

In addition to software, hardware can also cause a computer to lock. If you have recently added any new hardware into the computer, try temporarily removing it to make sure it is not the cause of your issue.

Before attempting to remove any hardware, make sure you are not encountering this issue because of hardware conflicts by viewing Device Manager for errors.

If you have not recently installed any new hardware into the computer, the next best solution to determining if this is a hardware issue would be remove any hardware on the computer that is not needed. For example, remove your modem, network card, sound card, and any other expansion cards that are not needed for the computer to operate. Run the computer without these cards to see if they are the cause of your issue.

Serious issue with Windows

If you have tried all the above recommendations and the computer continues to frequently lock up, its possible that Windows may be seriously corrupt. Try running through the basic troubleshooting steps for your version of Windows. If these additional steps do not resolve your issue, we suggest you backup all information and erase and reinstall Windows on your computer.

Hardware failure

If after reinstalling your operating system, or during the installation of your operating system, your computer turns off abnormally, it is very likely that other hardware is failing in the computer. Often this is RAM, CPU, Motherboard, and/or Power Supply(in that order).

If you have extra available parts or have a friend or co-worker with a similar configuration that is willing to allow you to test their hardware in your computer, try swapping these parts to determine if they are at fault. Otherwise, you will need to have the computer serviced.

Speed up Windows Shutdown

Friday, March 7th, 2008

This article applies to both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

You may find that it is very annoying that your Windows takes “for ever” to shut down. Here we explain what can affect your Windows Shut down time, and how to speed up the shut down.

Windows XP and Windows Vista stores a couple of values in its registry which are responsible for determining how long to wait before shutting down open applications and services once the shutdown command has been given.

By editing these two settings and changing them to lower values, you can considerably decrease the amount of time that Windows needs to successfully shut itself down, and so speed up the shut down process. The first part of this tweak deals with setting the amount of time Windows will take to kill open applications on shutdown.

Open Regedit and navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\’
Highlight the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′.
Now highlight the ‘HungAppTimeout’ value
Set it to ‘1000′ also.

The second part of this tip changes the same settings, this time for all users on the system.

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop’
Highlight the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′.
Now highlight the ‘HungAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′ also.

In the third part of this tip, we will alter a second registry setting to decrease the amount of time Windows will wait before shutting down active services after receiving a shut down command.

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\’

Highlight the value ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’

Change this value to ‘1000.’

This should help to considerably speed up the time Windows XP and Window Vista takes to shut itself down.

Auto kill tasks on shutdown

By default, Windows will prompt the user for input if there are one or more applications which have crashed or are not responding and it receives a shut down command. This halts the shutdown process entirely until the user approves the stopping of the non-responsive app. In order to speed up shut down time, we need to avoid this happening.
By altering the registry slightly, Windows can be set to close crashed applications automatically. While this does not technically speed up the shut down process, it does streamline it, and ensure that the user will not give the shutdown command then get up and leave, only to find the PC still powered on because Windows never received input on what to do with a hung application.

To allow Windows to close non-responsive applications automatically upon shutdown:

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’

Highlight the value ‘AutoEndTasks.’

Change the value to ‘1′

Windows will now be able to close hung applications without user input during the shutdown process.

Our experience

This tweak has really increased our systems shut down speed. I can now shutdown my PC within a few seconds.

View Source doesn’t work in Internet Explorer

Friday, March 7th, 2008

When you attempt to view the source HTML of a web page in Internet Explorer it may not be displayed for several reasons. This article describes some of the common causes of this problem.

There are a number of reasons that the Internet Explorer View Source feature may not function correctly, below is a list of the most common causes.

  1. Temporary Files Full
    When the Internet Explorer disk cache becomes full it may stop the View Source function from working. To resolve, open Internet Explorer and click “Tools” > “Internet Options” > “Delete Files”.
  2. Cookie Folder Location
    This issue can also occur if your Cookies folder is located on an NTFS partition and you do not have at least Change permissions for the Cookies folder. To resolve, make sure your account has sufficient permissions on the Cookies folder.
  3. Missing Notepad.exe
    The View Source function uses Notepad to display the HTML, if “notepad.exe” is missing from the Windows directory then it will not work. To resolve, ensure a copy of Notepad.exe is in the Windows directory.
  4. Incomplete Page Download
    If you press the ESC key before the page has completed loading then the “View Source” menu item may not be displayed.
  5. View Source Restriction
    The View Source function may have been restricted by your Administrator. To resolve, see the “NoViewSource” registry value in Internet Explorer Restrictions.
  6. Invalid Temporary Directory
    You may also receive this error if the path specified for the TMP environment variable is invalid. To resolve, make sure that the TEMP directory is a valid directory and that there is sufficient space on the drive.
  7. Invalid View Source Program
    If you have specified an alternate program to view the source code. To resolve, make sure that the alternate viewer is valid and operational.
  8. Right-click disabled by Web Page
    Some web pages may implement a restriction to stop visitors from right-clicking on the web page. The source may still be viewed by clicking the main “View” menu, then “Source”.

Restart Internet Explorer for most of these changes to take effect.

Home Page Setting Problems in Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

If you use Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 as your commonly used internet browser, you may experience problems with your home page setting. Your home page setting in Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 may change unexpectedly, or you may be unable to change your home page setting in Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7. You may also find that after you set your own home page, after reboot your PC, the home page in Internet Explorer has been changed to a different web site. Your modification doesn’t take in effect.

There are several reasons why this Internet Explorer home page setting problem can happen. The first reason could be that your PC is infected with a spyware, adware, or a virus. The second reason is that you may have installed third party software which changed your Internet Explorer home page setting. The last reason is that you may also experience this Internet Explorer home page setting problem if your administrator configured your home page by using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK), by using Group Policy, by using System Policy, or by using manual registry settings such as a logon script.

According to different reasons there are different methods to solve the Internet Explorer home page setting problem.

Method 1. Use an anti-spyware or anti-virus software

If the cause of your Internet Explorer home page setting problem is because of malware. The only thing you can do is to install and run anti spyware and anti virus software. We recommend you use Pareto Logic Anti Spyware and MacroVirus Anti Virus Solution. After fixing your errors using the softwares, reboot your PC, and test your Internet Explorer again.

Method 2. Upgrade your Internet Explorer to Internet Explorer 7 if you are still using Internet Explorer 6 or earlier versions

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or an earlier version of Internet Explorer, upgrade to Windows Internet Explorer 7. Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista have many security improvements that make Internet Explorer less susceptible to spyware and to malware. Typically, badly written add-ins can affect the browsing experience in Internet Explorer 7. RIES enables Internet Explorer 7 to recover from such situations.

To use RIES in Windows Internet Explorer 7, follow these steps:

1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Reset.
3. On the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, click Reset.
4. When Internet Explorer 7 finishes restoring the default settings, click Close, and then click OK two times.
5. Close Internet Explorer 7. The changes take effect the next time that you open Internet Explorer 7.

Note If you cannot start Internet Explorer 7 for some reason, use RIES the Internet Options item in Control Panel.