TheITBros http://theitbros.com We Know So You Don't Have To Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:44:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Windows Administrator Account Guide http://theitbros.com/windows-administrator-account-guide/ http://theitbros.com/windows-administrator-account-guide/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:44:05 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9089 administartor

Ever since Windows Vista, the Windows Administrator account appears as disabled by default. It is different from user accounts that are administrator-level, however they are similar in that they offer the same privileges. So what should you do in this case? Will you ever have to use, or is it just one of those things […]

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Ever since Windows Vista, the Windows Administrator account appears as disabled by default. It is different from user accounts that are administrator-level, however they are similar in that they offer the same privileges.

So what should you do in this case? Will you ever have to use, or is it just one of those things you can just live without completely?

Well, it depends. In this post we’re going to outline how the Windows Administrator account will help and you can ultimately decide for yourself if you’ll ever make use of it.

If you’re running Windows Vista (or anything more recent) from a user account, you’ve certainly encountered the User Account Control (UAC), in the form of that annoying prompt which pops up when you want to do something requiring elevated privileges (for example when installing a program on all accounts).

When this happens, user accounts have to enter administrator credential (which means username and password), while administrator-level users only have to hit OK to confirm the action.

If you’re running the Windows Administrator account, all of this goes away, so all you have to do is activate it if you want to skip this minor annoyance (since, as we’ve mentioned earlier, it is disabled by default).

While this isn’t something we’d recommend (as it comes with a variety of security risks), we are nevertheless going to show you how to enable the Windows Administrator account (but remember, you have been warned!).

Method #1: Using Command prompt

Open a Command Prompt with administrator privileges by first going to Start, then typing cmd.exe into the Search bar. Now right-click on the cmd.exe and select Runs as administrator. If you get the UAC prompt, simply click Yes.

In Command Prompt, enter the following line:

net user administrator /active:yes

It’s as simple as that! And by the way, If you subsequently change your mind, just run the following command:

net user administrator /active:no

Method #2: Using Local Users and Groups

This method will only work in Professional and Ultimate versions of Windows, so if you’re running the Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium editions, you won’t have this option.

Open the Run window by holding down the Windows key + R. Now type lusrmgr.msc and click OK.

In the left pane you’ll find the Users button – click on it and then right-click on Administrator and select Properties. You will see a checkbox saying Account is disabled under the General tab. Deselect it, then click Apply and OK, and then close the window – you’re done!

Method #3: Use the Local Security Policy editor

This is probably the most complicated method of the three we’re showing you here, but it still shouldn’t be too difficult to perform. Again, it will only work in Professional and Ultimate versions of Windows, so if you’re running the Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium editions, you won’t have this option.

You begin by opening Run as we’ve instructed above, by holding down the Windows key + R. Now type secpol.msc into the field appearing before you and hit OK.

In the left panel you’ll find the Local Policies button – click it, then click the Security Options in the list under it. Then in the main pane look for Accounts: Administrator account status, right-click in and select properties.

Finally, under the Local Security Settings tab, change the Disabled setting to Enabled, and then click Apply and OK. You’re done with this one as well.

How to rename the Windows Administrator

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OK, so now you’ve enabled and secured your account, but there’s another thing you be aware of. Since hackers are always looking for different ways to get access to the Administrator account, now that you’ve enabled it, you’ll be at an even greater risk.

One way to guard yourself from this would be to install a good antivirus program and follow other basic security guidelines. But another good idea would be to change the name of your Administrator account as well. Here’s how to do that:

Launch Command Prompt with administrator privileges by opening Start, typing cmd.exe in the Search bar, then right-clicking on the cmd.exe button and selecting Run as administrator.

Now that you’re running Command Prompt, type the following:

wmic useraccount where name=’Administrator’ call rename name=’NewAdminAccountName’

As you’ve probably guessed, NewAdminAccountName is the new name of your Administrator account. This method, by the way, will work if you’re running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10.

While this isn’t the most complicated process in the world, you shouldn’t be switching to the Windows Administrator account on a whim.

Think about it like this: Microsoft implemented the UAC system starting with Windows Vista for a good reason – so be careful what you do with the information you’ve been presented here!

If you are using Windows 8 you should also check our Windows 8 problems and solutions article to see the most common problems and how to fix them.

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Tips to Make The Most Out of The New Gmail Features http://theitbros.com/tips-to-make-the-most-out-of-the-new-gmail-features/ http://theitbros.com/tips-to-make-the-most-out-of-the-new-gmail-features/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:41:04 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9108 gmail

Over the past year or so, Google has been gradually adding all sorts of features in order to make the experience of using Gmail as streamlined and pleasant as possible. Unlike third-party tools (there are quite a few of those as well!), these features are built into Gmail, so there’s nothing you had to actually […]

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Over the past year or so, Google has been gradually adding all sorts of features in order to make the experience of using Gmail as streamlined and pleasant as possible.

Unlike third-party tools (there are quite a few of those as well!), these features are built into Gmail, so there’s nothing you had to actually do to get them – the system did that for you.

You might, however, be interested in how to make the most them, which is what the following article is all about. In the past we wrote about how to sync outlook with gmail, you might want to read that post too if you missed it.

1. Emojis and more themes

Emojis have become a ubiquitous companion to all forms of online communication. One might say they have morphed into a sort of language. So of course any decent communication service is going to have emoji support.

To insert an emoji in your email, go to the Insert Emoticon button in your Compose window and select the character you want. It’s that simple, yet it will allow you to add a bit more life to your emails.

Also significant is the addition of a series of new Themes, which are available alongside the ability to upload your very own pictures. You can also customize these themes using three editing tools named Blur, Vignette, and Text Background.

In order to change the theme, do the following:

First, click the gear in the top right part of the window. Next, select Themes, then choose a theme from among your photos, Google’s “Featured” collection of images, or upload a new picture you’d like to use.

Finally, you can change the blur, add a vignette, or select a light or dark background for the text. Be as creative as you like, after all, it’s the theme of your email service.

2. You can now “un-send” emails

Has this ever happened to you: moments after hitting ”send”, you’ve realized you’ve just sent a personal email to the wrong person, or there’s a mistake of some kind in the message and it would seem unprofessional if you followed that up with another email apologizing for the mistake?

Thankfully, Google has finally implemented an “Undo Send” feature which will save you from those and other unpleasant situations.

You can set a cancellation period of 5 to 30 seconds and take back any email you’ve sent within that time period. To enable this option, go through the following steps:

First click the gear button in the top right, then click Settings and then find and enable the undo Settings option in the General tab. Finally, set the cancellation period and click Save Changes.

3. Attachment limits are now history

Until now, the maximum size allowed for attachments in Gmail was 25 MB. While it’s pretty hard to believe most people would use email to send files larger than that (instead of, say, a flash drive), even this limit is now history since Gmail is now integrated with Google Drive.

Google’s cloud storage service (used by Gmail as well as other Google apps and service) offers a minimum of 15 GB of free storage.

So even though the 25 MB attachment file limits still technically exists, if you want to send a file larger than that, you can do so through Google Drive, using an option handily available right in the Compose window.

Dropbox is another popular cloud service some of you might be using, so if that’s the case you could use the Dropbox for Gmail extension available for Chrome.

4. The Pinterest look in your Inbox

A couple of years ago Gmail implemented the category tabs feature for the inbox, which is now divided into three sections: Primary, Social, and Promotions. The latter tab is particularly useful, since it does a great deal to clear the clutter, while also gathering the good deals into one place where you can easily find them.

Now the Promotions tab is getting a makeover as Google has decided to implement a tiled, Pinterest-style look. If you like this idea, simply go sign up for the field trial at g.co/gmailfieldtrial. After you’ve opted in, just wait a few days for the Grid View option to appear while you’re in the promotions tab.

5. The new Google Contacts feature

If you click the drop-down arrow next to the „Gmail” button (which you can find in the top-left corner of your inbox), you’ll see the option to go into Contacts or Taks. While the latter has remained virtually unchanged (Google Keep is basically the new Tasks), the Contacts feature is new and already seems like a great addition to the service.

Here are just a few great things about about it:

– it will tell you to merge duplicate contacts into one

– it will update your contact’s information (such as phone number) directly from their Google+ profile

– It will display the last few emails you’ve exchanged with that contact, so you perhaps have a bit of context for your conversation

6. Use the old Google Talk instead of Hangouts

While Hangouts is a great Android messenger, it doesn’t work as well with Gmail. The good news is you can revert to the old Google Talk if you so choose. Here’s how to do it:

Click the drop-down arrow near your profile picture in the chat pane, where you can find the option to ”Revert to Old Chat”. Click on it, then follow the instructions presented to you and you’ll quickly be back to Google Talk.

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How To Fix WordPress 404 Errors http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-wordpress-404-errors/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-wordpress-404-errors/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:42:18 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9048 error

You get a 404 error when the server can’t find the requested URL. The following post is a guide to help you decide what to do in case you encounter this issue. When should you redirect? The first thing people think about when getting a 404 error is a redirect. While this can solve the […]

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You get a 404 error when the server can’t find the requested URL. The following post is a guide to help you decide what to do in case you encounter this issue.

When should you redirect?

The first thing people think about when getting a 404 error is a redirect. While this can solve the problem, you have to pause and consider whether redirecting is really what you want, since it can have adverse effects on your search engine results.

The first thing you should do is to think whether the content ever existed. If the answer is yes and you’ve changed the domain or the URL structure, you should implement redirect(s) to lead users and search engines to where they wanted to go.

If, on the other hand, that content never existed, you shouldn’t act in any way. Remember, redirecting all 404 errors can be bad for your search engine results.

Troubleshooting the 404 error

WordPress itself can make the whole 404 error troubleshooting process even more difficult than it has to be. That’s because WordPress has its own internal rewrite array that is part of its permalinks feature.

The first thing you should do after getting this error is to find out if it is caused by the server or by WordPress.

If the file you’re having trouble with is static (for example, it’s a .jpg file), open your FTP client and check to see whether it exists.

Consider the following example: the URL http://mywebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/image.jpg is showing a 404 error. Here are the steps you should take:

  1. Open your FTP client and connect to the server
  2. Go to the file’s location
  3. Check to see if the file exists
  4. If the file doesn’t exist, it means this is the source of the 404 error.

On the other hand, if the file does exist, however trying to load the URL in a browser produces the 404 error, you’ll have to look for the cause of the issue somewhere else.

To do that, you’ll have to make a couple of files at the root [/var/www/mywebsite.com/] and perform some tests.

First of all, create an html file called test.html that contains the message “No problem here”. Upload it to the server and then go to http://mywebsite.com/test.html.

If you see the message “No problem here” on your screen, it means that the server has no problem processing static files, leaving WordPress as the most likely cause of the error.

Now create a PHP file named test.php which contains this line: <?php echo ‘No problem with PHP'; ?>

Upload the file and go to http://mywebsite.com/test.php. If there’s a message on your screen which reads “No problem with PHP”, then PHP isn’t the issue either – once again leaving WordPress as the more likely candidate as the cause of the error.

The actual PHP URL string that WordPress uses for this author feed is: http://copyblogger.com/index.php?author_name=jerodmorris&feed=rss. If this long PHP URL does not work, you have another problem with your site.

You will now want to start by deactivating plugins one by one to see if you can find the conflicting PHP responsible for the issue.

How to solve the 404 error in WordPress

WordPress creates a rewrite array which manages permalinks (also known as “pretty URLs”). Plugins with faulty code, taxonomy alterations, and custom post types are known to corrupt this permalink array, which causes the 404 error.

A quick way to fix error 404 is by resetting the permalink array. This can be done by visiting the permalinks tab in wp-admin, followed by resaving the permalink structure. Basically just follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Find Permalinks and there hit Save Changes

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Now test the URL you were having trouble with. If it’s no longer there, it means that there was a problem with the permalink structure, and it just got fixed.

Sometimes this quick fix isn’t enough, so you’ll need to find what caused the error. First of all, disable plugins responsible for redirection or creating customized permalinks.

Then, use a debugger to check the rewrite array and see if the rewrite rule responsible for processing your URL isn’t in place. In order to do this, install Debug This and go through the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Homepage, then to Admin Bar.
  2. Go to Debug This.
  3. Find Query and the Rewrites. There, you should see a screen containing rewrite rules on the left and the PHP code being rewritten on the right.

Now that you know where to find the information, what do you do with it? Well, let’s assume there’s a broken author feed. This would look something like https://www.mywebsite.com/author/johnsmith/feed/. To solve this issue, look for the word “author” – you will eventually find this rule: author/([^/]+)/feed/(feed.rdf.rss.rss2.atom)/?$

If you don’t find anything like that, this is the source of the error, as WordPress will not process a request if it doesn’t know what it is doing.

Also deleting an old permalink in WordPress is required when you want to remove the “-2″ new urls.

Of course, whenever you’re having trouble with WordPress and nothing seems to work, don’t hesitate to submit a Help Desk ticket.

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Should You Leave Your Computer Turned On All the Time? http://theitbros.com/should-you-leave-your-computer-turned-on-all-the-time/ http://theitbros.com/should-you-leave-your-computer-turned-on-all-the-time/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:45:08 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9050 turn-off-computer

It’s one of those debates which seem to be going on forever in the technology and computing community: should you leave your PC on all the time, or is it better to turn it off when you’re not using it? As with all good discussions, both sides have pretty compelling arguments and in this post […]

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It’s one of those debates which seem to be going on forever in the technology and computing community: should you leave your PC on all the time, or is it better to turn it off when you’re not using it?

As with all good discussions, both sides have pretty compelling arguments and in this post we’re going to break it all down for you:

Why leave your computer on all the time

1. For convenience

Admittedly, this isn’t a particularly substantive argument, though it is the reason mostly cited by those who prefer to never turn off their computer.

Starting your computer usually takes around a minute – which doesn’t sound like much, but it is time you could be spending actually doing something instead of watching the screen or pacing aimlessly around the room.

You might also want to consider waking up your computer from Sleep mode, which takes just a few seconds and also has the benefit of still having all your programs and applications open and running.

2. You will never lose access your computer

If you keep your computer on all the time, you will be able to run some programs you definitely couldn’t otherwise. One example of this is Remote Desktop on Windows, or a similar third-party tool like LogMeIn.

These kinds of programs allow you to access your computer remotely from a different device (like another computer, a smartphone, or a tablet), allowing you to use all the programs and files on your home PC from wherever you may be.

3. It will keep your computer up to date

There are plenty of tasks your computer needs to perform in order to stay up to date and function at the best possible parameters.

Since they almost always eat up a lot of your system’s resources, it is best to let the run at night or when you’re not at home or using the computer.

Things like installing updates, scanning for malicious software, backing up your system, or transferring large amounts of data can all take quite some time and seriously disrupt your normal computer activity – which is why you should probably do them while you’re not using your PC for anything else.

Why you should turn off your computer when you’re not using it

1. It prolongs the life of your hardware

As you can probably imagine, every piece of hardware in your computer only has so much time before it breaks down – the limited lifespan is just part of how things work.

Every extra hour you monitor stays on, every time you recharge your laptop battery, and program/erase cycle on your hard drive brings those components closer to the point they break down.

While this usually happens long after those things become obsolete and you decide to replace them, leaving your computer definitely doesn’t help with prolonging their lifespan.

2. It’s energy inefficient

Even if you turn off the speakers and the monitor, your computer still uses power if it is left on – that much is pretty obvious. But how much power are we talking about?

Well, a 21.5-inch Mac consumes 56 watts during moderate use, a figure which goes down to 44 watts after being idle for a few minutes, to 18 watts when the screen is off, to just a single watt while in Sleep mode.

As you can see, power consumption drops to about a third after turning the screen off, but it still uses quite a lot of power. Sleep mode is the most efficient alternative, but that’s not really keeping your computer turned on, isn’t it?

3. Restarting your computer can improve its performance

Sometimes, after several hours of heavy use which may have involved multiple programs, tools, and services, your computer simply starts running noticeably slower.

At that time, it’s probably best to simply reboot it, or turn it off altogether and leave it like that for a few minutes, to “cool off”.

A fresh start can also allow the system to fix various bugs and other issues, so the improvement in performance could be quite significant.

4. It greatly diminishes risks from power surges and power cuts

While not very common, power surges and power cuts can cause serious damage to all electrical devices, especially the very sensitive components which make up a computer.

There are ways to protect yourself against these things, however. You can, for example, get a surge protector and plug your PC into it.

It’s a lot more difficult to take measures against power cuts – things like an uninterruptible power supply do exist, but they aren’t actually intended for use by the general public. To minimize the risk from both these issues, it’s better to just turn off your computer when you’re not really using it.

5. It’s quieter

For most of us used to sitting at a desk near a computer almost all day, the hum of the machine has become something akin to white noise – you barely notice it’s there. However when you turn the PC off at the end of the day, you certainly notice the difference!

As we tend to find most of the times, there’s no real clear winner in this debate. You shouldn’t randomly stop what you are doing to restart your computer a few times a day, nor should you have any qualms about leaving it on while you’re away in order to perform a thorough antivirus scan or to transfer some files.

At the end of the day, you should probably find a balance between the two, depending on your needs, and we hope the arguments presented above have helped you with this decision.

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10 Important Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 http://theitbros.com/10-important-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10/ http://theitbros.com/10-important-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:14:31 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9026 windows10

We’re just a couple of days away from the launch of Windows 10, which has been set to July 29. The newest (and potentially final) operating system created by Microsoft will offer lots of new and interesting features, more support for gaming, free updates, and even a personal assistant! We’ve put together a list of […]

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We’re just a couple of days away from the launch of Windows 10, which has been set to July 29. The newest (and potentially final) operating system created by Microsoft will offer lots of new and interesting features, more support for gaming, free updates, and even a personal assistant!

We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting things about Windows 10. If there’s anything there you’re particularly looking forward to, or maybe if there are other features you find even more intriguing, head over to the comments section and let us know!

It will likely be the final Windows

Windows 10 will reportedly be the final version of the venerable operating system. Microsoft plans to turn Windows into a sort of a service akin to Facebook or Yahoo Mail, which are periodically upgraded, but always keep the name and core functionality.

This will also mean that all upgrades from now on will be compulsory, allowing Microsoft to make sure everybody is using the same version of the operating system.

It will be free for a lot of people

Yes, you’ve read that right – if you’re already running Windows 7, you want have to pay a thing to install the latest version of the operating system.

A notification will simply appear asking you to perform the update, which will remain free for an entire year. Those running older (or pirated) versions will have to fork out $119 for the Home version.

By doing this, Microsoft hopes to make the new operating system alluring enough that everyone will update windows computer as soon as possible, so the company can start focusing primarily on Windows 10 services and applications.

Snap Assist

Ever since Windows 7, users could easily resize and reposition windows on screen – something which might not seem all that significant, but is nevertheless a nice touch which plays a part in enhancing the user experience.

Windows 10 is taking the feature a bit further, which means you can now snap your windows vertically or horizontally (you’ll be asked to select which window you want to snap in the empty space) and you will even be able to snap four windows into a 2-by-2 grid.

There’s new web browser: Microsoft Edge

It’s hard to believe Internet Explorer will ever get away from its terrible reputation, which has seen Microsoft’s browser fall behind competitors like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in terms of popularity.

Instead of upgrading their old browser, Microsoft has decided to launch a brand new one Edge (previously known as Project Spartan), in an attempt to regain their dominant position in the market.

Interesting features include an address bar which gives you search results directly, plus the ability to add written notes to a page.

Unlike the notoriously clunky Internet Explorer, Edge is reportedly quite swift, though it still lacks some reasonably important capabilities, most notably incognito mode.

Continuum

Windows 8 has received heaps of criticism for its design, which was clearly intended for tablets, with little regard for the needs of desktop users – so much so that the reintroduction of the classic Start menu was seen as a necessary change almost immediately. There are also other windows 8 problems that are pretty annoying.

To prevent similar problems, Microsoft is introducing Continuum, a feature which allows Windows 10 to automatically adapt between desktop and tablet mode, detecting things like whether there’s a keyboard connected to your tablet.

This should make for a significantly better user experience this time around, so it’s nice to see Microsoft learning from its past mistakes.

There’s a new and improved Start Menu

The new Start Menu is a combination of the standard Start menu, with the classic program lists, and the tablet-oriented, Window 8-style tiles.

If this sounds like Microsoft once again getting ahead of themselves with these kinds of experiments, don’t worry – the system is highly customizable, and you’ll be able to easily configure the interface which works best for you.

It brings Cortana your PC

A feature carried over from the Windows Phone, Cortana is Microsoft’s attempt at creating a virtual personal assistant. Whether you want traffic updates, restaurant recommendations, or the most relevant news, Cortana will be there to help.

You can also speak or type commands, and apparently Microsoft has even provided Cortana with a realistic personality (she might, for instance, be embarrassed if she can’t answer your question).

It will offer cross-platform apps

Gone are the days when Windows was purely desktop oriented. The operating system can now be found on smartphones, tablets, and even consoles (namely Microsoft’s Xbox).

After the launch of Windows 10, all these devices basically be running the same operating system, which means we’ll see a much greater degree of compatibility between apps on multiple platforms.

In practice, this means that an app developed for PC can be easily made to work on a mobile device and vice versa, which is certainly great news for Windows users.

DirectX 12

DirectX 12 is set to be exclusive to Windows 10, a move which Microsoft hopes will attract the most dedicated gamers to the new operating system.

Its features include the fact that it reduces the power consumption by up to a half compared to the previous DirectX version and offers a significantly increased frame rate while playing video games.

For now, only the latest graphic cards can support DirectX 12.

It offers great Xbox compatibility

When it comes to video games, it seems Microsoft has been focusing more on Xbox than the PC experience. However thanks to the new Xbox app which will be available alongside Windows 10, the benefits of the console will slowly start carrying over to the desktop.

The apps provides users with an activity stream showing what their friends are up to, as well as the ability to send them messages. There’s even the possibility of streaming Xbox One games to your PC, which basically means you can play console games on your computer.

Are you excited about Microsoft’s latest release?

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How to Fix Socket Error 10060 http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-socket-error-10060/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-socket-error-10060/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:51:06 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9019 socket_error_10060

This article will demonstrate how to solve Socket Error 10060, an issue known to occur on computers running multiple different versions of the Windows operating system. This error is encountered while attempting to connect to the web, as for example when the system can’t connect to the ISP mail server in the required time period. […]

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This article will demonstrate how to solve Socket Error 10060, an issue known to occur on computers running multiple different versions of the Windows operating system.

This error is encountered while attempting to connect to the web, as for example when the system can’t connect to the ISP mail server in the required time period.

Another source for this issue might be the fact that you’re connected to a slow proxy. Regardless what the underlying cause of the error may be, here is what you can do to fix the problem:

How to identify Socket Error 10060 on your system?

First things first: how do you know you’re dealing with Socket Error 10060? There are some things you can look for in order to recognize this very problem.

A pretty obvious sign is the following message popping up on screen when trying to connect to the internet via a proxy server:

Another potential problem could be an inability by the browser to display the web page, in which case you should try either simply refreshing that page (or waiting a bit to see if the problem sorts itself out), or opening the file:// home page and then looking for any helpful info there.

A variation of the error message displayed above is “10060 – Connection timeout,” which basically tells you of the same problem.

Finally, there’s one more message which again accompanies the same issue, but this time takes on a totally different form, and that’s “HTTP Error 404404 Not Found”.

In this case, the server fails to obtain the file or the script you’ve asked for. At first, you can try either refreshing the page or checking to see if you’ve entered the right URL – it’s usually as simple as that. If, however, this isn’t enough to get around the problem, you should talk to the system administrator about it.

What causes Socket Error 10060?

As we’ve mentioned before, this error is usually encountered due to the fact that you are using a proxy server and there isn’t enough time for the connection to load the web page. This, in turn, causes the connection to timeout.

How to solve the error?

Since Socket Error 10060 is related to the time it takes your browser to load a particular web page, one thing you could do in order to fix the issue is to increase the time limit it takes the proxy service to load said web page.

If you’ve never done that and have no idea where to start, fear not – we’re here to help! Follow the guide we are about to outline and you should be able to achieve the task in no time.

Before you begin, however, it would be a good idea to first backup your registry files. By doing this you’re safeguarding yourself against any kind of problems you might encounter along the way and you can thus be sure that, whatever happens, you always have your original settings to fall back onto. Alright, so here’s what you should do next:

  1. Go to Start, then Run, and type “regedit” followed by clicking OK.
  2. Now find this registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W3Proxy\Parameters

  1. Once you’ve selected that, click on RequestTimeoutSecs and then click the Modify button.
  2. Click on the Decimal and modify the figure for the webpage loading time. If you’re unsure what the value should be, we suggest at least 180.
  3. Once again hit the OK button and then restart your computer to complete the process.

With this, the connection timeout problem should be fixed. If you’re still getting the same error even after following these steps, try increasing webpage loading time figure to at least 300.

We hope this post helped you solve the problems caused by this error. If it did, we’d love to hear about it in the comments. If it didn’t, and you know a better way to fix the issue, we’d like to hear that even more!

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Top 10 Twitter Tips and Tricks http://theitbros.com/top-10-twitter-tips-and-tricks/ http://theitbros.com/top-10-twitter-tips-and-tricks/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:52:35 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9029 followusontwitterlogo

If you’ve been using Twitter for some time, you’re probably familiar with many of its capabilities. But with so many features, options, and tools, chances are you’re still far from being able to make the most out of the hugely popular platform. To help you with that, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks […]

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If you’ve been using Twitter for some time, you’re probably familiar with many of its capabilities.

But with so many features, options, and tools, chances are you’re still far from being able to make the most out of the hugely popular platform. To help you with that, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for a rewarding Twitter experience:

Customize your profile

Your profile should tell everything interesting there is to know about you, so try to make the most out of what Twitter offers.

Set an interesting profile picture and say something clever about yourself using all the 160 characters the platform allows you to.

If you’re feeling really creative and want to truly personalize your page, you could try to make your very own background image as well.

Use third-party tools

There are hundreds of great third-party tools you can use to improve your Twitter experience (most of which are free!). TwitPic, for example, allows you to post pictures on your tweets, while Qwitter send you an email every time somebody unsubscribes from you, even suggesting the tweet which may have caused them to take that action.

Manageflitter, on the other hand, allows you to manage your followers and informs you who is not following you back, who is a quiet user and who is inactive.

Create useful and interesting content

On Twitter, perhaps more than other social networks, the content you put out is crucial to your success on the platform.

It almost goes without saying that you’ll have to create useful, clever, or otherwise remarkable tweets – and you’ll have to do it frequently enough that people don’t forget you’re there.

Also, tweet during prominent events (about those events, of course) or contribute to important discussions, and remember to add the appropriate hashtags.

Use Twitter search

Twitter’s search tool is a lot more useful than you might think. If you enter your website’s URL, you can see if other users are mentioning the page. If you search for certain keywords you’re interested in, you’re likely to find people you’d like to follow.

To search for tweets without links, simply add “?-filter:links” at the end of your search query. Another useful thing you should know is that you can search for tweets near you adding near:”city state” to your keywords.

Typing “near:”Miami Florida” sharks” will bring up tweets which have been sent from Miami, Florida which also contain the keyword “sharks”.

Learn how to engage with followers

It’s important you interact with your followers: respond to tweets, take part in conversations, retweet interesting posts.

Also, try to resist the urge to follow everybody you find marginally interesting. It looks a bit weird when you’re following thousands of people yet you only have a handful of followers yourself.

This is particularly important immediately after you join Twitter, when following hundreds of people in a short time span can have you marked as a bot.

Use the mobile app

Basically all smartphones, whether they’re running iOS, Andoid, BlackBerry, or Windows, have Twitter applications. Make sure to use them! Note that, if you don’t have a smartphone, Twitter offers support for SMS, allowing you to send tweets through text messages.

Learn the “language”

In order to be a successful member of the Twitter community, you’ll have to know its “language”. You should know what “RT” means, what a “follower” is, or what are hashtags and how they are used.

Follow the most interesting people

As in all other fields, you should follow the luminaries to get a sense of what the platform has to offer and how you can excel in the medium. Here is a short list of people we recommend you follow:

@robdelaney

@briansolis

@jeffbullas

@tonyrobbins

@timoreilly

@brainpicker

@Scobleizer

@theitbros (us, of course)

Create and use lists

Twitter offers the possibility of creating lists, which can be of great help when trying to filter through the large amounts of content thrown at you every day.

To make a list, simply click the Lists button and then hit Create a list. After doing this, go to the page you want to add and click the list icon, and then keeping doing it to populate the list with all the interesting people you want to follow.

Let people know you’re on Twitter

You can’t have people following you on social media if they don’t know you’re there, so this piece of advice is very simple: tell as many people as possible about your Twitter page.

Write your Twitter handle on your business card, in your email signature, on your blog, and on other social networks, like Facebook.

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Setting The Path and Environment Variables http://theitbros.com/how-to-set-the-path-and-environment-variables-in-windows/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-set-the-path-and-environment-variables-in-windows/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:05:59 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8925 windows-7-path-editor-basic-mode

You don’t need to update windows to be able to set the path and environment variables. On Windows 8: Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen, which will open the Power User Task Menu. Next click System. Step 2: Look for the Advanced System Settings link in the left […]

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You don’t need to update windows to be able to set the path and environment variables.

On Windows 8:

Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen, which will open the Power User Task Menu. Next click System.

Step 2: Look for the Advanced System Settings link in the left column and click on it.

Step 3: When in the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab, and then hit the Environment Variables button (which you’ll find near the bottom of the tab).

Step 4: In the Environment Variables window, highlight the Path variable within the System variables section and then click the Edit button. Now you can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access. Separate different directories using semicolons, as demonstrated below:

C:\Program Files;C:\Winnt;C:\Winnt\System32

You can also edit other environment variables by simply highlighting the variable in the System variables section and clicking Edit. In case you wish to create a new environment variable, just click New and enter the variable name and its value.

Also note that you can view and set the path in the Windows command line. To do that, use the path command.

On Windows Vista and Windows 7:

Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click the Computer icon and go to Properties. If you can’t find the Computer icon on your desktop, just go to Start, then right-click Computer and select Properties from there.

Step 2: Click the Advanced System Settings button located within the left column.

Step 3: Now that you should be in the System properties window, click on the Advanced tab, followed by clicking the Environment Variables button, which you will find close to the bottom of the tab.

Step 4: Just as described above, once in the Environment Variables window, highlight the Path variable within the System variables section and then click the Edit button. You can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access, separating different directories by using semicolons, as demonstrated below:

C:\Program Files;C:\Winnt;C:\Winnt\System32

You can also edit other environment variables by simply highlighting the variable in the System variables section and clicking Edit. In case you wish to create a new environment variable, just click New and enter the variable name and its value.

Also note that you can view and set the path in the Windows command line. To do that, use the path command.

On Windows 2000 and Windows XP:

In these instances, the path is managed by Windows 2000 and Windows XP instead of the autoexec.bat or autoexec.nt files, as was the case with the previous versions of the operating system. Here’s how to change the system environment variables:

Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click My Computer and then click Properties. In case there’s no My Computer icon on your desktop, go to Start, right-click the My Computer button you will find in the Start menu, and select Properties from there.

Step 2: Click on the Advanced tab you’ll find in the System Properties window.

Step 3: In the Advanced section, hit the Environment Variables button.

Step 4: In the Environment Variable window, highlight the Path variable in the System Variable section and click the Edit button. You can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access, separating different directories by using semicolons, as demonstrated below:

C:\Program Files;C:\Winnt;C:\Winnt\System32

You can also edit other environment variables by simply highlighting the variable in the System variables section and clicking Edit. In case you wish to create a new environment variable, just click New and enter the variable name and its value.

Also note that you can view and set the path in the Windows command line. To do that, use the path command.

What is the default Windows Environment Path?

Since the path depends on what programs you have installed on your computer, there is nothing you can refer to as the default path. There is, however, something called the Windows minimum path, which is usually this one:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem

Every time you install new programs, the path is updated with the paths for the new additions. This means that if you’ve erased your path after installing other programs, this could have an effect on those programs.

Finally, if you want to view and set the path in MS-DOS and in the Windows command line, just use the path command.

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Fixing Netflix Error n8109 http://theitbros.com/fixing-netflix-error-n8109/ http://theitbros.com/fixing-netflix-error-n8109/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:45:48 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8994 netflix

There’s nothing more annoying than going to Netflix to try to watch a new episode of your favorite show, only for the service to stop working due to some random error. One of these issues some people have been complaining about is called Netflix Error n8109, and it’s been known to happen on both Windows […]

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There’s nothing more annoying than going to Netflix to try to watch a new episode of your favorite show, only for the service to stop working due to some random error.

One of these issues some people have been complaining about is called Netflix Error n8109, and it’s been known to happen on both Windows PCs and Mac machines.

Luckily, there are ways to get around this problem, and we’ve outlined some of them in this post. First of all, you need to know that Netflix uses the Silverlight plugin for streaming video.

Netflix Error n8109 is related to Silverlight, so any fix is going to involve this piece of software. So here’s what you have to do to quickly regain access to the popular streaming service:

Fix #1:

As we’ve mentioned earlier, there is likely a problem with the Silverlight plugin, so the error could occur because of cookies stored by the browser.

That’s why the first thing you should try is clearing the cookies on your browser. (In most browsers, clearing cookies is a similar process to clearing your history. Find out how to clear browser history using our guide.)

After this step, simply restart your browser. Netflix should now work with no errors.

Fix #2:

If the simple guide outlined above hasn’t worked for you, it’s time to try something different, namely reinstalling the Silverlight plugin. Here’s how to do that:

To uninstall Silverlight you must simply go through all the steps you’d usually follow when uninstalling something on a PC or a Mac.

On a Windows PC, go to Start => Control Panel, and then click the Uninstall a program button under Programs. There, you select Silverlight from a list and double-click it to begin the process.

On a Mac, all you have to do is Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash, then choose Finder and Empty Trash.

Next, you’ll want to reinstall the latest version of the Silverlight plugin. A very simple way of doing that is simply going to the Netflix website and trying to play any video.

If you don’t have the software installed (and you don’t, because you’ve just deleted it from your system), you will be asked to install Silverlight. Follow the prompts to do that.

Or you can just go to Microsoft and install it from there.

Whichever way you choose, Netflix Error n8109 should no longer be an issue for you.

Let us know in the comments if these tips worked for you, or if you’ve found other ways to get rid of this annoying error!

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How to Fix Wii Error Code 51330 http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-wii-error-code-51330/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-wii-error-code-51330/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:46:11 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8996 51330 wii

What is Wii Error Code 51330 and what can you do about it? Wii Error Code 51330 is caused by a faulty configuration of your router. This causes the device to malfunction, which in turn means you won’t be able to connect to the internet. There could be multiple reasons for this to happen, but […]

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What is Wii Error Code 51330 and what can you do about it?

Wii Error Code 51330 is caused by a faulty configuration of your router. This causes the device to malfunction, which in turn means you won’t be able to connect to the internet.

There could be multiple reasons for this to happen, but usually it’s down to the wireless security passcode for your home network being either changed or entered incorrectly (for example, you’ve switched from WEP to WPA without properly configuring the system).

Another potential cause for the problem would be the firewall settings or MAC filter settings of your router. If that’s the case, your router itself is to blame as it blocks any kind of internet connection.

How do you fix Wii Error Code 51330?

Since there are different causes for Wii Error Code 51330, there will also be different solutions you can try to fix the issue. We’ve listed a few of them below, but keep in mind you’ll probably have to try more than one in order to eventually find one that works for you!

  1. This might sound like a cliché, but the first thing you can try is unplugging the router and the modem. Leave them disconnected for a couple of minutes, then plug the modem back in, after you’ve allowed plenty of time for it to get started and reconfigured properly. Now start the router as well. Sometimes this simple solution is all it takes to solve the problem.
  2. In case you’ve made any encryption or security related changes to your router recently (like for instance WEP to WPA or WPA2 PSK), take another look and ensure the same modifications have been made in Wii console’s online settings.
  3. Another reason you might be getting this error is because you’re entering the wrong WEP or WPA key. Be extra careful and check to see if you’re entering the correct security key!
  4. Check your router for MAC filtering, and if it is enabled, put your computer’s MAC address in the ‘allowed’ list. Another thing you could do is simply disable AMC filtering altogether.
  5. Go to Wii settings and try to set IP address and DNS manually. In some cases this doesn’t get configured properly if you let the system do it automatically.
  6. If manual configuration doesn’t work, open the Command prompt by going to Start => All programs => Accessories => Command Prompt. There, run the following command:


IPCONFIG/ALL
EXIT

After doing this, unplug your router and then restart it to see if the problem sorted itself out.

  1. Wii Error Code 51330 can sometimes be caused by your firewall blocking your internet connection. Go to your firewall program and disable it and then see if you have gained access to the web.
  2. Set a default IP address (this will work if your IP address is changed by your internet service provider).
  3. Go to your router’s settings and try changing its broadcast channel to either 1 or 11. Also, try to change the browser mode from G to Mixed.
  4. Another thing you should do is updating firmware on your wireless router (read how to Upgrade firmware on Cisco-Linksys Router) to the most recent version available.

 

Have any of these tips been helpful in trying to fix Wii Error Code 51330? Share your experience in the comments, as well as other solution you’ve had success with!

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Sims 3 Error Code 12 http://theitbros.com/sims-3-error-code-12/ http://theitbros.com/sims-3-error-code-12/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:42:48 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=9017 sims3

While playing Sims 3, some people have reported getting a very annoying Sims 3 Error Code 12 warning. This happens while trying to save the game and you don’t have enough memory for the save file, something which leads to the issue at hand. To help you get around this, we’ve prepared a quick guide […]

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While playing Sims 3, some people have reported getting a very annoying Sims 3 Error Code 12 warning. This happens while trying to save the game and you don’t have enough memory for the save file, something which leads to the issue at hand.

To help you get around this, we’ve prepared a quick guide on what to do when you get the error, so read on if you’ve had this sort of trouble with the game. We’re sure you’ll find the information below helpful!

What happens when you get it

There are a number of things which start to go wrong when you get this error. For one thing, character or game textures may begin to load incorrectly.

Various aspects of the game can start taking a really long time to complete. You can lose previously saved games or even the ability to save the game entirely until restarting the game.

Even more seriously, the game could stop working altogether, as can your computer; you could be prevented from logging into the game and could even have your previously saved game files corrupted.

Now of course, except for the very last issue (the corruption of saved game files), the others can be relatively easily solved by restarting the game or the computer – so there’s no cause for too much stress. Nevertheless, this problem can get a bit annoying, so it’s good to know something which will fix it for good.

While there already has been a patch which solves the error, it can still occur if you’re playing The Sims 3 Showtime. So here is how to get around Sims 3 Error Code 12 once and for all.

What to do to avoid it

As you might have guesses, there is one very simple and straightforward way of avoiding Sims 3 Error Code 12 from happening while you’re playing the game: make sure there’s always enough free space on your disk, particularly the one where Sims 3 stores all the saved games.

Another piece of advice you should follow is this: try to save the game during the night – while all the sims are sleeping. Also, remember to save your data every time prior to embarking on an adventure.

It’s also a good idea to close all non-essential programs which might be running in the background. That’s because all of these programs eat up some of your system’s RAM.

Even though you may think it’s an insignificant amount, everything adds up, and could eventually interfere with your gameplay. These programs include music players and internet browsers.

Yes, we know it’s boring to play the game without your music in the background and without checking the internet every couple of minutes, but it’s something you’ll just have to do to make the most of your gaming experience.

Which brings us to another issue – you should probably minimize the number of times you, umm, minimize the game (by pressing the Windows key or activating the Task Manager), since this can also have on effect on how well the computer deals with the game processing.

How to Fix

Since this is an error which occurs due to a lack of sufficient memory to save the game, which makes it impossible to reload the game without restarting it altogether.

A quick way to potentially get around this would be to delete some older saved games – this should allow you to save the game without a hitch.

Another thing you could try is to switch game mode to active families, and then try to save it. Finally, if you get the error after attempting to save, simply try the same thing by following the Save As route, which could work just fine.

Has the information provided in this post been helpful to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Error 0x80070057: How to Solve http://theitbros.com/error-0x80070057-how-to-solve/ http://theitbros.com/error-0x80070057-how-to-solve/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:10:05 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8976 How-Do-You-Fix-Windows-Error-0x80070057

An error people often get when running Windows 7 is something called Error Code 0x80070057, sometimes accompanied by the phrase “the parameter is wrong”. This post will explain what that the issue is, where it comes from, and, most importantly, how to fix it. What causes Error 0x80070057 Most of the times, this error occurs […]

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An error people often get when running Windows 7 is something called Error Code 0x80070057, sometimes accompanied by the phrase “the parameter is wrong”. This post will explain what that the issue is, where it comes from, and, most importantly, how to fix it.

What causes Error 0x80070057

Most of the times, this error occurs while trying to backup files in Windows 7.

It may also be caused while installing Windows 7. Other potential causes could be issues with the system reserved partition, or registry entries getting corrupted.

Error Code 0x80070057 while trying to backup files

As we’ve mentioned before, one way to get this error is while trying to backup files using the Windows default backup software.

How this usually works (or, rather, doesn’t work) is that the process starts and then at some point you get something like the following message: “An internet error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect: (0x80070057)”.

In order to solve this issue, follow this guide:

Solution #1: Modifying the registry manually

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You should backup windows registry before you take the following steps below.

Since the issue can be traced back to problems with the registry, here is how to add a registry key value manually:

  1. Go to Start, then Search for the file called “Registry.exe”.
  2. After you’ve found the file, click this registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\System
  3. In the Edit menu, go to New, and click on DWORD Value.
  4. Type CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo and then hit Enter.
  5. Right-click CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo and then click Modify.
  6. Look for the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

 

Note that modifying registry keys isn’t something you’ll want to be doing on a regular basis. In fact, if you’re not comfortable with it, you probably shouldn’t do it at all.

Less tech-savvy users should probably use a registry cleaner.

Solution #2: Change the decimal symbol setting

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To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Date, Time, Language and regional Options -> Region and Language Options.
  2. Now click the Formats tab and then Additional settings.
  3. Go to the Decimal symbol field, where you have to type “.” (dot), and then click OK twice.
  4. Restart your computer.

 

Error Code 0x80070057 while trying to install Windows

The reason this error occurs in this particular case is due to an issue with the System Reserved Partition (which is about 100mb default partition for BitLocker encryption, Recovering Windows, and other System Files).

When it happens, you will have to delete the existing Windows partition where the previous version of Windows was installed (usually on Local Disk C:). This includes the System Partition. Then you will have to format the disk for a new, clean installation of Windows.

In order to accomplish all of that, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and begin the installation process.
  2. Select Custom (advanced) installation.
  3. Select Disk 0 partition 1, and then click Delete. By doing this, you’re deleting the System Reserved Space.
  4. When prompted, click OK.
  5. Now point select Disk 0 partition 2 and repeat the same process as with Disk 0 partition 1.
  6. At this point you will have some Unallocated Space, so select it and create a new partition. You should be really mindful while creating a new disk. Carefully consider the size of the new disk and then click Apply.
  7. As before, when a dialog box appears on screen hit OK.
  8. Select the Disk 0 partition 2 and format it once more.

Let us know if this guide was helpful to you when trying to solve this error. If you have other tips or ideas we haven’t covered, write them in the comments below!

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Error 927 Play Store – How to Fix http://theitbros.com/error-927-play-store-how-to-fix/ http://theitbros.com/error-927-play-store-how-to-fix/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:57:05 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8978 Solve-Google-Play-Store-Error-927

While PCs are generally more complicated and thus more prone all sorts of errors and crashes, the mobile environment is not without its problems. One of the most common issues encountered on Android is Error 927, which usually occurs while attempting to download or update applications from the Google Play Store. If you’ve encountered this […]

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While PCs are generally more complicated and thus more prone all sorts of errors and crashes, the mobile environment is not without its problems.

One of the most common issues encountered on Android is Error 927, which usually occurs while attempting to download or update applications from the Google Play Store.

If you’ve encountered this problem, you might find the tips listed below helpful and effective in solving it. Also, the methods listed here may also be used to solve other issues related to the Android market.

And while there isn’t any one particular fix which works every time, we’re listing several so you have a few options to choose from – at least one is bound to work for you!

How to fix Error 927 in the Google Play Store

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Solution #1:

1| Go to Settings -> All and from there select Google Play Store.

2| Stop the Play Store app by tapping the Force Stop button. Additionally, Clear Data and Cache Files by selecting the clear option listed below.

3| After following the steps listed above, try once again to download or to update from the Play Store the applications you were having trouble with earlier.

4| If the issue isn’t fixed yet, also try to uninstall the Google Play Store updated version. To do that, go to Settings -> All -> Google Play Store -> Uninstall updates.

Solution #2:

1| Try to login from a different Gmail account. To do this, go to System Settings -> Accounts -> Google -> Remove your Gmail accounts.

2| Once again Force Stop the Play Store app and then clear data and cache files (if you haven’t already, see Solution #1 on how to do that).

3| Go to account settings and then add a new Gmail account.

4| Once again try to download the app you were having trouble with from the Google Play Store.

Solution #3:

Because we very rarely download anything big enough to actually put a real dent into our mobile device’s memory, it’s easy to forget that the available space is limited.

If this is what’s causing the issue in your case, all you have to do is check your phone memory and clear up some space (uninstall an app you no longer use, some photos you’ve uploaded or transferred somewhere else, or a song you’re tired of).

After doing this, try downloading the application again from the Google Play Store.

We hope you found these simple tips helpful in trying to solve or get around Error 927 in Android. If one didn’t work for you the first time, or it worked and then the error reappeared, it would probably be a good idea to try the others too.

It’s also quite possible that these fixes work for other Android errors, so feel free to follow the steps in other cases as well.

If you’ve followed the steps we’ve outlined here and thus managed to fix the error, let us know in the comments!

Also, if you’ve tried anything else that worked, share the information with us and everyone here by posting it down in the comments – it’s always interesting to hear about new solutions from the community.

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Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices http://theitbros.com/fastest-ways-to-transfer-files-between-pcs-and-mobile-devices/ http://theitbros.com/fastest-ways-to-transfer-files-between-pcs-and-mobile-devices/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:16:04 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8955 transfer-files

Gone are the days when you had to go through the tedious job of splitting files and copying them onto physical discs in order to move them from one computer to another. Transferring files is as fast and easy today as it ever was, but even so there probably are those among you who could […]

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Gone are the days when you had to go through the tedious job of splitting files and copying them onto physical discs in order to move them from one computer to another.

Transferring files is as fast and easy today as it ever was, but even so there probably are those among you who could use some tips on how to speed things up a bit and generally streamline the process.

For those in this situation, here is a guide you’ll definitely find very useful!

Transferring files between Windows and Windows

The optimal way of going about transferring files between devices running Windows depends on the frequency with which you intend to make those transfers.

For rare occurrences, look no further than your trusty Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct connection.

In order to use Bluetooth, both computers involved need to be Bluetooth-compatible. Wi-Fi Direct works in a similar way, but is much faster due to fact that (as its name suggests) it operates via Wi-Fi.

The downside is that this type of connection isn’t as widely available as Bluetooth.

If, on the other hand, you plan to send a lot of files with some regularity over a longer period of time, the easiest thing to do is set up a shared folder or shared external drive on the network.

Other computers will instantly have access to any files you’ve made available in this way.

Transferring files between Windows and non-Windows PCs

While Windows is still by far the most popular operating system for PCs, it’s still quite likely to have to deal with computers running the Mac OS or Linux.

Things tend to get a bit more complicated when trying to transfer files from one computer to another in such cases, since each system has its own method of storing file data called a file system.

Windows mostly uses NTSF, while Mac has gone for HSF Plus, and Linux for EXT*.

Luckily, OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) offers Mac users the ability to read and write in the NTFS format (check out this guide for more detailed instructions).

For Windows to Linux transfers, you’ll have to set up a folder for the other computer to access, but also to install cifs-utils (to be able to access Windows folders from Linux) and samba (to see Linux folders from Windows).

Transferring files between Windows and iOS

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For the most part, transferring files between Windows and iOS could be handled through iTunes. However the iTunes synchronization feature isn’t quite as straightforward when used on Windows, so you’ll appreciate learning about a better way to do this.

FileApp, available for both iPhones and iPads, is an app you can use as a mobile device manager, meaning you can easily browse and open any files on your device.

It is compatible with all the popular formats, including PDF, DOC, XLS, and PPT, and can even be used to share files over a Wi-Fi connection (basically turning your device into an FTP server).

Transferring files between Windows and Android

Just like FileApp for iOS can turn your device into an FTP server, there are similar apps which do this for Android. This means that, whenever the server is on, any computer can connect and browse the Android device, and download whatever files they need.

A great app to do this is My FTP Server, a simple, yet functional solution for those who need to quickly transfer files between devices.

If you just want to send individual files, and not necessarily turn your smartphone into a file server, try using something like PushBullet or AirDroid.

But perhaps the most straightforward way to go about things is by plugging your device into the computer using the USB cable and transferring files that way.

Cross-platform transfer methods

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If you’re looking for more ways of transferring files between devices, you can also use a variety of services which work regardless of the devices you want to connect.

You can use a cloud storage service like Dropbox, an email file transfer service like FileMail, or a cross-platform direct transfer app like Feem.

This last app deserves a closer look, since it available on virtually all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows Tablets) and allows you to directly transfer files over a Wi-Fi connection, provided both devices have the program installed.

Although it is free to download, Feem is ad-supported, but if you want to remove the ads all you have to do is buy a license for the app (which amounts to a few dollars, depending on the platform).

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Linkedin Career Opportunities http://theitbros.com/linkedin-career-opportunities/ http://theitbros.com/linkedin-career-opportunities/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:55:54 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8957 linkedin

Social networking sites are a great place to raise your profile or, if you’ve already managed to make a name for yourself, boost it even further. At first glance, LinkedIn, with its focus on professional networking, seems to be different. But LinkedIn is much more than glorified résumé repository. One really great new feature that […]

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Social networking sites are a great place to raise your profile or, if you’ve already managed to make a name for yourself, boost it even further. At first glance, LinkedIn, with its focus on professional networking, seems to be different.

But LinkedIn is much more than glorified résumé repository. One really great new feature that allows you to boost your profile on LinkedIn is the ability to publish long-form posts on the website.

Until recently, if you did this you would’ve been in great company. LinkedIn previously only allowed 500 or so hand-picked individuals called LinkedIn Influencers to publish posts.

We’re talking about high-profile, hugely influential figures, the likes of Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, and Richard Branson. When these people write about recruitment, leadership, or business tactics, most people would do well to listen – and it’s likely many of the website’s 300 million registered users did so.

But now, this opportunity has become available for virtually anybody, as LinkedIn is allowing users to create their own content, thus creating a whole new dynamic for everybody involved.

Users can now share their experience and influence people in their field or others, while also drawing attention to their professional profile and make new meaningful connections. If used right, these posts could be as valuable to your profile as certifications, test scores, honors, and awards.

OK, this new feature sounds great, but how exactly do you use it?

First of all, it’s important to understand that, while simply writing a post isn’t all that difficult, creating valuable, interesting content that will draw the attention of thousands or even millions of viewers is an entirely different story.

It goes without saying that you should create high-quality content related to interesting issues, with LinkedIn being particularly interested in authentic voices, concrete advice, focused writing, and unique insights into various fields. Opinion pieces are also well received, but the style has to remain clean and professional.

Bringing yet another dimension to the level of interaction between users, LinkedIn also encourages joining groups and participating in discussions.

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To create a new post, you will need a 698 x 400 pixel image that will serve as the featured picture. It goes without saying that you’ll also have to think about giving the piece an eye-catching title as well.

To enhance the content, you can also add images (that are at most 10 Mb in size), and also embed video links from trusted sources. It’s good practice to add the appropriate tags so your content can reach as many people as possible. Finally, keep in mind that LinkedIn doesn’t provide any editors, so it’s up to you to edit your posts as you see fit.

After you’ve published your post, wait to see what the reaction is. Though indeed unlikely, there’s always the possibility that your article will become viral.

If you don’t like it you can always leave a linkedin group.

Another thing that could happen is getting it featured on LinkedIn Plus, a news and insight app acquired by LinkedIn back in 2013, which regularly features content from luminaries like LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, as well as content from leading brands like CNN. The app is available on both Android and iOS, and can also be viewed on HTML5 browsers.

If you’re really successful and gain a significant enough following, LinkedIn might eventually choose to invite you to become an Influencer yourself – the only way you can achieve this prestigious status right now.

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How to Clear Browser History http://theitbros.com/how-to-clear-browser-history/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-clear-browser-history/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:47:29 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8932 google-chrome-clear-browsing-history

As you’re probably aware, your entire itinerary as you surf the web is recorded, i.e. saved to the cache on your computer. There are, however, a number of reasons you might want to clear that cache periodically. For one thing, all that data is saved on your hard drive, so by deleting the history you’re […]

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As you’re probably aware, your entire itinerary as you surf the web is recorded, i.e. saved to the cache on your computer. There are, however, a number of reasons you might want to clear that cache periodically. For one thing, all that data is saved on your hard drive, so by deleting the history you’re actually creating more space disk space. You might also want to clear your history for privacy-related reasons. Whatever your motivation, here is a quick guide to clearing your internet browser history – just scroll down to see the information about the browser you are interested in.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

How to view History in Internet Explorer:

In Internet Explorer 6.x, click the Tools menu located in the toolbar at the top of the screen and in the dropdown menu select Internet Options. Now click the Settings button, followed by the View Files button.

In Internet Explorer 7 (and above), click the Tools button you will see in the upper-right corner, then select Internet Options from the dropdown menu. Next go to the General tab, in the Browsing history section, and click the Settings button. Finally, click the Views Files button on the Temporary Internet Files tab.

Note 1: In order to access the File Menu bar in Internet Explorer 7.0, you will have to first press the Alt key.

Note 2: Pressing Ctrl + H opens the History bar.

How to delete history in various versions of Internet Explorer:

If you’re using Internet Explorer 3.02 or lower, go to the View menu, click Options, then go to the Advanced tab, then to Settings, and finally click the Empty Folder button.

If you’re using Internet Explorer 4.x, go to History, then click Clear Internet History, and click OK.

In Internet Explorer 6 and above, find the Tools menu in the Toolbar at the top of the screen. Now select Internet Options and click the Clear Browser History button. Finally, click the Delete Files button and click OK.

In Internet Explorer 7 and above, click the Tools button you can see in the upper-right corner. Select Internet Options from the dropdown menu and find the Browsing history section in the General tab. There, click the Delete button, check the boxes corresponding to the data you would like removed, and click Delete again.

In Internet Explorer 8 you can see below in this image:
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Mozilla Firefox

How to view History in Mozilla Firefox:

If you don’t have a homepage set (i.e., when you open the browser you just get the Mozilla logo, a search bar, and a series of icons below it), simply click the History button you can see at the bottom of the screen.

If you do have a homepage set, press either Ctrl + H to open the history bar on the left side of the screen, or Ctrl + Shift + H to open the History window.

Another way to do this is by clicking the Menu icon you can find near the top-right corner of the screen and select History from there.

How to delete History in Mozilla Firefox:

Firstly, hold down Ctrl + Shift + Del to open the Clear Recent History window. Next, select the time range you want to clear. Finally, click the arrow for Details and choose what data you want cleared and hit Clear Now to complete the process.

There’s also another way of doing this. Click the Menu button we’ve mentioned earlier, then click the History button, followed by Clear recent history. Once again, select the time range you wish to clear, choose the data you want removed from a list of options, and complete the process by clicking the Clear Now button.

Google Chrome

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How to view History in Google Chrome:

To view your History in the Google Chrome browser, you can:

  • press Ctrl + H (which opens the History bar on the left side of the screen), or
  • click the Wrench or Menu icon you can find at the top-right of the browser window, and then click History.

How to delete History in Google Chrome:

Press Ctrl + Shift + Del, which opens the Clear Browsing Data Window. Once there, simply click the Clear browsing data button.

Another way to do this is by first clicking the Wrench or Menu icon at the top-right side of the browser window, then going to the More tools button and selecting Clear browsing data… Next, select how far back you want the browsing history deleted: past hour, past day, past week, last four weeks, or the beginning of time (which clears you entire browsing history). Also, select the data you want deleted by checking/unchecking the boxes on the list. Finally, click Clear browsing data to complete the process.

View and delete history in Chrome on Android device:

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Tap the Menu icon at the top-right corner of the screen, next to the address bar.

3. Next, tap History, followed by CLEAR BROWSING DATA…

4. Finally, select the appropriate boxes and tap the Clear button to complete the process.

Opera

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How to view History in Opera:

Either hold down Ctrl + H, or click the Opera button in the upper-left part of the window and then select History.

How to delete History in Opera:

Click the Opera button in the upper-left part of the window, then select History. Now click Clear browsing data… You will see a window containing Obliterate the following items from – click the down arrow next to it and select “the beginning of time”. Finally, check the appropriate boxes and hit Clear browsing data.

Safari

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How to view History in Safari:

Open the History menu found in the menu bar at the top of the browser window. There, you will see the last 10 pages you have visited. There should also be a menu option to view the last 6 or 7 days` worth of history, listing the pages visited in each of those days.

How to delete History in Safari:

There are two paths you could take to delete your browser History in Safari, depending on the version you are running. Simply choose the one which works for you.

Method #1: Open the Safari menu in the menu bar at the top of the browser window. Select the Clear History and Website Data, and then in the Clear dropdown list choose how far back you want to clear the history (the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history). Finally, hit the Clear History button to clear the browser history, in addition to cookies and other data.

Method #2: Click on the Gear icon located at the top-right of the browser window. Then hit the Reset Safari… A window will open – there, uncheck any boxes corresponding to data you do no wish to clear and then click the Reset button.

How to view and clear History on a Safari mobile device

Note: This guide only works for iPhones and iPads running iOS 5.0 or later.

Open the Safari browser and scroll up until you see the address bar at the top of the screen and a toolbar at the bottom. On that toolbar, look for an icon which resembles a book (it should be the fourth icon from the left) and click on it. Finally, click History and then Clear.

Netscape

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How to view and delete History in Netscape:

To view your browser History in Netscape, go to the toolbar, and then to Edit -> Preferences -> History. Find the folder in which Netscape stores your files and double-click it.

To delete your browser History, once again go to the toolbar, and then to Edit -> Preferences -> History. Once there, simply click the Clear History button.

Other Tips

  • If you find that you’re clearing your browser history on a regular basis, it would probably be a good idea to start browsing in incognito mode.
  • If you don’t see the File, Edit, and View menus in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, press the Alt key to reveal them.

 

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How to Fix Error 9006 http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-error-9006/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-fix-error-9006/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:08:17 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8921 Fix-error-9006

The update process to iOS 7 has been known to be disrupted by a really annoying error 9006 message in iTunes. So what is this error and what can you do about it? Fix #1: Restart the update process OK, this might sound a bit silly, but the first thing you try is simply close […]

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The update process to iOS 7 has been known to be disrupted by a really annoying error 9006 message in iTunes. So what is this error and what can you do about it?

Fix #1: Restart the update process

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OK, this might sound a bit silly, but the first thing you try is simply close iTunes and restart the whole update process. Many of you probably already did that and it certainly doesn’t sound like much of a fix, but is seems to have worked for some people. In any case, it’s a quick and easy process, so it’s worth a try. If that doesn’t work, read on to find some more substantial tips.

Fix #2: Problems with your internet connection

There could be a number of things wrong with your internet connection you could source the issue to. For example, the connection could be too slow.

Try installing the updating via a WiFi connection to make sure it runs as fast as possible. Also, refrain from streaming video or music while the process takes place. In fact, don’t browse the internet at all on your device during this time.

You can also try restarting your modem. To do that, simply turn it off (look for the Off button, or just unplug it from its power source), wait for 10-20 seconds, and then turn it on again.

Fix#3: Close all antivirus programs and security software

Antivirus software and firewalls have also been known to interfere with the update process. If the error 9006 message still pops up after trying the other fixes presented here, try disabling any security software you have installed. As a last resort, you might even want to uninstall the programs completely (if you’ve tried everything else and think they are to blame).

Finally, check to see if phobos.apple.com or albert.apple.com are not blocked in your firewall software.

Fix #4: Download IPSW and update/restore manually

You can also download the IPSW for your device and update or restore the software manually.

To do that, simply go to IPSWHUB.com and look for the IPSW for your device. Download the file and, for convenience, place it somewhere you can easily access it.

Now open iTunes and select your device. Next, press either Shift (if you’re on a PC) or Option (if you’re on a Mac), and click Restore, then find the IPSW file you’ve just downloaded. Hit Restore once again and wait for iTunes to complete the process. This should now happen without the error occurring.

Fix #5: Delete the partial iOS 7 download

By deleting the partial iOS 7 download, you will force iTunes to restart the entire update process. Here is how you find the file:

On a Windows PC, go to:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\ (Windows 7 & Vista) 

C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\ (Windows XP)

To quickly access the AppData folder, go to Start, Search, and look for %appdata%.

On a Mac, go to:

~/Library/iTunes/ (Mac OS X. The tilde “~” represents your Home directory)

Have any of these tips been helpful with solving error 9006? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Create a Boot Disk http://theitbros.com/how-to-create-a-boot-disk/ http://theitbros.com/how-to-create-a-boot-disk/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:43:37 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8923 boot-disk

A boot disk will allow you to boot off a diskette instead of your hard drive, as it normally happens. This can be used to solve various issues and errors, but can also be helpful if you want to load older MS-DOS games. Do not confuse this diskette with the restore CD or disc you […]

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A boot disk will allow you to boot off a diskette instead of your hard drive, as it normally happens. This can be used to solve various issues and errors, but can also be helpful if you want to load older MS-DOS games.

Do not confuse this diskette with the restore CD or disc you may have received together with your computer. Also, it’s a good idea to write-protect the diskette in order to prevent any malicious software from infecting it.

Creating a Windows 95 boot disk

To create a Windows 96 boot diskette, go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove programs icons, then click the startup disk and create disk.

How to create a Windows 98 and ME boot disk

You can use Windows to easily create a boot diskette, providing you with all the files you need, as well as CD-ROM support. To create a Windows 98 or ME boot diskette, go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove programs icon, and once again click the startup disk and create disk.

How to copy additional files

Go to DOS and type the following command: cd\dos to get to the DOS directory. Now insert a diskette, ideally one which doesn’t contain any other files (they will be deleted anyway!).

Now type the following:

FORMAT A:/S (if you are running MS-DOS 6.2, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98)

FORMAT A: /360 /S (if you are running MS-DOS 5.0 Type using double density 5.25″ diskettes)

FORMAT A: /4 /S (if you are running MS- DOS 3.11 through 4.0 using double density 5.25″ diskettes)

After the diskette has been formatted and the system has been transferred, you can expect to be taken back to the original directory. Once there, type:

copy format*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy fdisk*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy mscdex*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy sys*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy edit*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy qbasic*.* a: [Hit Enter] (If you’re running Win 95/98 you can skip this step)
copy debug*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy himem*.* a: [Hit Enter]
copy emm386*.* a: [Hit Enter]

If you want to use this diskette in order to load games or you think you are going to need to use a mouse, you will have to copy the mouse driver on the boot diskette. The MS-DOS mouse driver is called mouse.com or mouse.sys.

After copying the files mentioned above, create an autoexec.bat and a config.sys file. Now go to the floppy drive by typing A: and once there type the following:

copy con autoexec.bat [Hit Enter]
@echo off [Hit Enter]
LH A:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:CDROM [Hit Enter] (this command is used for your CD-ROM drive).
LH A:\MOUSE.* [Hit Enter] (skip this command if you did not copy the mouse file; the * stands for either sys or com).

Now press [Ctrl] + [Z] – this should return ^Z. After this appears on the screen, press Enter to copy the file. With this final step you should now have a bootable floppy diskette.

How to create a Windows NT boot disk

In order to do this you need to have access to the i386 directory, which you can find either on your Windows NT CD, or on your hard drive.

First of all, format the floppy diskette you wish to turn into a bootable Windows NT boot disk using the Windows NT computer.

Next, copy boot.ini, ntdetect.com, and ntldr onto the diskette you’ve just formatted.

Note that, if you are using any SCSI devices you think you need access to, you will also need to load their respective drivers to the diskette.

How to create a Windows 2000 boot disk

This time you will need not one, but four 1.44MB diskettes, as well as the Windows 2000 Professional CD.

Go to Start -> Run, and browse to the CD-ROM drive. Now open the BOOTDISK folder, double-click makeboot.exe, and hit OK to start the process of creating the diskette.

You might also want to create an Emergency Repair Disk, which you can do by going to Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools, and finally opening Backup. From this window, click the button which reads Emergency Repair Disk and follow the instructions from there.

How to create a Windows XP boot disk

The Windows XP CD is a bootable CD, so most of the times you will not even need to use a bootable floppy diskette. This means you can use the Windows XP CD to not only (re)install Windows XP, but also for troubleshooting. Nevertheless, in case you will find use for it, here’s how to create a Windows XP bootable diskette:

First, place a diskette into the computer. Then open My Computer, right-click the A: drive and hit Format. Once the window opens, check Create an MS-DOS startup disk and then click Start.

Microsoft has also made downloads available for users who need to create bootable diskettes to install Windows XP, which you can find here.

How to use a boot diskette

The steps outlined below show you how to actually use the boot diskette you’ve just created.

Start by placing the diskette in write-protect mode, which will prevent any viruses present on your computer to infect it. Then insert the diskette into the computer and either restart it or turn it on to begin the boot process. Answer any questions prompted while the computer is booting. Then, at the A:\>, take whatever actions necessary to fix the issue with your computer.

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Windows Defender Error Code: 0x80073afc http://theitbros.com/windows-defender-error-code-0x80073afc/ http://theitbros.com/windows-defender-error-code-0x80073afc/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:14:11 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8911 error-code

If you have encountered the Windows Defender Error Code: 0x80073afc issue, it could mean one of a few things: your antivirus software could be in some way conflicting with Windows Defender, you could have corrupted data or corrupt registry entries, or (most likely) your system has been infected by a malicious program. This error is […]

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If you have encountered the Windows Defender Error Code: 0x80073afc issue, it could mean one of a few things: your antivirus software could be in some way conflicting with Windows Defender, you could have corrupted data or corrupt registry entries, or (most likely) your system has been infected by a malicious program.

This error is pretty serious, so it’s important to deal with it as quickly as possible. Here are some our tips on doing just that:

Fix#1: Use Antivirus Software to remove viruses

As we’ve mentioned above, the error could be caused by malicious software infecting your computer. There are several programs to use for this step. Avast is one of them and has a free version. This is how to use it:

1. Download the software (from www.avast.com if you decided for this one).

2. Double-click on the installation file and follow the all the steps to complete the process.

3. After installing Avast (or a different antivirus), open the program and click on Scan Now to run a scan.

4.Wait for the scan to complete (it could take a while!). After this is done, you’ll have a list of all the threats the software has detected. Remove all of them.

Using an antivirus will help you in protecting your computer from internet threats as well.

Fix#2: Manually remove potential threats

1. Open Task Manager by pressing [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del].

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2. Press the Start button, then go to Control Panel, find Appearance and Personalization, and once there look under Folder Options for Show hidden files and folders. There, select Show hidden files and folders and un-select Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

3. Open the Registry Editor by holding down [Windows Key] + R and typing “regedit” in the Run box followed by Enter.

4. You should now be in the Registry Editor. Look for the following files and, if found, Delete them:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MpCmdRun.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MpUXSrv.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MSASCui.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msconfig.exe

5. Also run a Search on your computer for the following files and, if found, Delete them:

%AppData%\<random>.exe
%CommonAppData%\<random>.exe
C:\Windows\Temp\<random>.exe
%temp%\<random>.exe
C:\Program Files\<random>

6. Clear your browser history, temp files, and cookies

For Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, go to Tools, and then click Internet options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab, then hit Reset.
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, and once again click Reset.

For Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome, go to Customize and control Google Chrome, where you select Settings. Then find the Show advanced settings button.
  2. Look for the Reset settings option and hit Reset to reset your Google Chrome.

For Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox, click the Firefox button, then go to Help and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Hit the Reset Firefox button you find on the Troubleshooting Information page.
  3. Finally, click Reset Firefox in the window which appears shortly.

7. Restart your PC to see all the changes take place.

Fix #3: Restore your system

Sort of a brute force solution, we admit, but if all else fails this could do the trick. Restoring your system will delete all files and registry data, so make sure to backup all your important data first!

Here are the steps you should follow to perform a system restore:

1. Restart your computer and hold down F8 before Windows starts up.

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2. When in the Advanced Boot Options menu, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and hit Enter.

3. After the command screen opens, quickly type “explorer” and hit Enter.

4. In Windows Explorer, go to the drive where the Windows directory is (usually C:), then go to System32, find and select the rstrui.exe file, and hit Enter.

5. Use System Restore to go back to a date before you encountered the error.

Hopefully one or more of the ideas we’ve provided in this post will help you resolve the problem. Like any issue involving the antivirus software, Windows Defender Error Code: 0x80073afc can be pretty serious and should be dealt with as soon as possible.

You should look to make your PC malware-proof.

If this guide was helpful or you have other ideas on how to solve to problem, let us know in the comments below.

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Battlefield 4 DirectX error http://theitbros.com/battlefield-4-directx-error/ http://theitbros.com/battlefield-4-directx-error/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:45:29 +0000 http://theitbros.com/?p=8898 dx

Lots of people have encountered the following error while playing the game: Battlefield 4 DirectX error DirectX function “GetDeviceRemovedReason” failed with DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG(“The application’s device failed due to badly formed commands sent by the application. This is an design-time issue that should be investigated and fixed.”). [The message concludes with the name of your graphics card and […]

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Lots of people have encountered the following error while playing the game:

Battlefield 4 DirectX error

DirectX function “GetDeviceRemovedReason” failed with DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG(“The application’s device failed due to badly formed commands sent by the application. This is an design-time issue that should be investigated and fixed.”). [The message concludes with the name of your graphics card and the number of the driver]

This error can happen any time, from a few seconds in, to minutes after opening the game, regardless of settings, and only seems to crash Battlefield 4. Fortunately there are a few ways to get around this, which we will describe below.

Fix #1: Install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4

A quick fix you could try which has worked for a lot of people. Simply follow this link and install the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4. Download the file named VSU_4\vcredist_x64.exe and then double-click it to run the installation.

What this does is it installs runtime components that are required to run C++ applications built with Visual Studio 2012. This is a relatively simple and harmless thing to do, and some people have reported it was helpful, so it’s probably a good idea to try this out first.

Fix#2: Run a clean boot on your PC or Mac

Running a clear boot means that you restart your computer without all the background programs, just the essential Microsoft services. This will allow you to run the game on its own and see if another program is responsible for the crash. Here’s how you do this:

On a Windows PC:

  1. Hold down [Windows] + [R] to open a prompt window.
  2. Type msconfig in the prompt window, then click OK. You should see the System Configuration dialog box.
  3. Click on the General tab.
  4. Click the Selective startup option.
  5. Uncheck the Load startup items box.
  6. Open the Services tab.
  7. Check the Hide all Microsoft services option you see in the bottom-left part of the tab. This will allow you to keep all the essential programs Windows needs to function.
  8. Click the Disable all button.
  9. Restart your computer when prompted.

On a Mac computer:

  1. Make sure Auto Login is Off.
  2. Go to System preferences in the Apple menu.
  3. Open the Users and groups panel.
  4. Click the lock at the bottom corner and, if necessary, enter your password.
  5. Click on Login Options, find Automatic Login, and select Off (this can be turned back on after the clean boot process is complete).
  6. After logging in, go to the Apple menu and restart.
  7. Once you’ve done that, type your username and password, without immediately hitting Enter.
  8. Hold down the Shift key as you click the login button.
  9. You user account will now load without additional start-up items or applications. Release Shift after your icons and desktop disappear.

If you can now play the game without the crash occurring, more likely than not one of the programs you’ve disabled was responsible for the issue. Try to find out which one (through trial and error, maybe beginning with some of the more recent programs you’ve installed just before the issue began) and then reinstall it or remove it altogether.

Fix#3: Downclock you graphics card

Overclocking is a way of making your microprocessor run faster than the speed it was optimally designed for. Sometimes the graphics card is overclocked by default, in which case it might be causing problems without you even knowing it. There are a number of ways to downclock your processor, but one of the easiest is by using the (free) EVGA Precision software.

Simply go to this link and register (for free) and then download and install the software (you will be asked for your graphics card’s manufacturer and series). After that, you’ll see something like this:

evga

The white arrow shows the clock speed of your graphics card. You should find the standard clock speed of your card (look for that information on the manufacturer’s website) and if that figure is lower than what the software is telling you the speed currently is, use the GPU Clock Offset slider to bring that figure down.

We hope the fixes outlined in this post have been helpful and have allowed you to enjoy Battlefield 4 without the game crashing on you. If you are aware of other solution to the problem, please let us know in the comments.

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