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Best PC Maintenance software for Windows

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:39:57 +0000

Let's face it. Computers require regular maintenance to run smoothly and reliably over time. If your computer has been running slow and giving you a hard time, performing repairs and maintenance checks can help revive your computer and save you from taking it to the repair shop, upgrading or buying a new PC! Why do I need a PC maintenance software? A good PC maintenance software includes all the tools you need to improve system performance and stability from one central place and without breaking the bank. All it takes is a few simple clicks to let the software do its job. The result is a faster and smoother computer that will last longer and not experience any slowdowns or sluggishness. If you have always had to depend on someone or several tools to completely repair and maintain your computer, think again! Fortunately, there are quite a few programs available on the Internet. The challenge is to find a reliable PC maintenance software that ticks all the right boxes and is priced right. Having extensively tested and reviewed several programs in the market today, we were most impressed with PC Reviver from ReviverSoft. Why we like PC Reviver from ReviverSoft From the get go, PC Reviver looks years ahead of its competition. The clever, tile based (Windows 8 inspired) interface looks really clean and makes it easy for first time users to navigate through the program and easily repair, optimize and maintain their computers. Repairing your PC using PC Reviver This part of the program allows you to scan crucial areas of your computer and repair the errors and problems found. The Repair section helps you clean and repair registry errors in the Windows registry,  update all your outdated drivers, clean out unnecessary junk files to free up space on your hard drive and ensure that you have all the latest Windows Updates installed on your computer.  Users also have the option of running individual scans and reviewing the details of the errors and problems found. Once the scanning is complete, a single click of the Repair button is all that's required to allow PC Reviver to fix up all the problems found on the computer. It really is that simple! Maintaining your PC Regular maintenance is an important part of keeping your computer running like new. PC Reviver includes several, easy to use tools to troubleshoot and maintain your computer without all the hassles.  We have compiled a list of maintenance tools that are included with PC Reviver: Crash Helper - Helps you identify, troubleshoot and fix all kinds of blue screen and stop errors Driver Backup - Helps manage and backup all your original computer drivers Duplicate Finder - Helps simply the tedious job of finding and deleting duplicate files File Extension Manager - Helps you fix extension errors and manage all your file extensions Process Library - Helps you understand and better manage the processes that run on your PC Registry Defrag - Defrags and optimizes your Windows Registry for improved stability Startup Manager - Helps manage and improve all startup programs  and services on your PC System Info - View, save and print detailed information about your PC hardware and software Uninstall Manager - Helps you completely uninstall unnecessary programs from your PC The ReviverSoft website also indicates that the development team is hard at work to include new, helpful features like Service Optimizer, Disk Explorer and Battery Optimizer in PC Reviver. We think they'll make great additions to an already well-rounded program. PC Reviver helps empower PC users The Community and Alerts areas of PC Reviver are unmistakably the most novel features of the program. The Community section of PC Reviver opens up access to the ReviverSoft community and helps users search for solutions and get answers.  The community is backed by a panel of experts from ReviverSoft who do a great job of tending to the plethora of PC related questions and problems. The Alerts section of PC Reviver enables users to receive and access helpful alerts from ReviverSoft - pretty much like a mailbox. Thes[...]

How to Fix Application failed to initialize properly Errors

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:28:01 +0000

Stuck with the Application failed to initialize error properly error? Not for long! Follow our free and easy guide to troubleshoot and fix the Application failed to initialize properly error in minutes. Follow the checklist below to fix this error on your PC: 1. The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135) Cause: The .NET Framework is either missing or has not been installed correctly. Solution:  Download and install the latest or required .NET Framework pack for your computer. 2. The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142) Cause:  Missing or corrupted files or insufficient permissions Solution:  Try Microsoft's KB 838857 solution to fix the error 3. The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000152) Cause:  Missing Visual C++ files Solution: Download and install the latest or required Visual C++ package for your computer 4. The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000006) Cause: The .NET Framework is either missing or has not been installed correctly. Solution:  Download and install the latest or required .NET Framework pack for your computer. 5. The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000022) Cause: User does not have sufficient rights or permission to run the file Solutions: - Locate the DLL or EXE file, right-click and select Properties, click the Security tab, and add yourself as the user or change the permissions. - Setup the  MSVBVM60.DLL file correctly - Enable sufficient rights for the affected DLL file 6. The application failed to initialize properly (0xc000007b) Cause: User does not have sufficient rights or permission to run the file Solutions: - Try re-installing the different versions of .NET Framework installed on your computer - Try the tips suggested here Other solutions to consider: 1. Try reinstalling the problematic program: Uninstall the program completely, download and install the program again on your computer 2. Upgrade your RAM: Some memory intensive applications can be too much to handle on your PC and may fail to load. Upgrading the RAM helps add more memory to your PC. 3. Run the System File Checker: Sometimes missing or corrupt Windows files can affect installed programs and prevent them from loading correctly. Follow this guide to learn how to run the System File Checker on your PC.   We hope one of these solutions help fix your application! Good luck and keep us posted, Marcus The post How to Fix Application failed to initialize properly Errors appeared first on . [...]

How to Fix the 0xc0150004 Error in Windows

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:29:25 +0000

Do you encounter the 0xc0150004 Error in Windows? Not to worry! Follow our free and easy guide to troubleshoot and fix the 0xc0150004 error in minutes. Here are a few solutions to fix the 0xc0150004 error 1. If you receive the error when you try to install a Windows Update or using Windows Updates, we recommend [&hellip

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How to Fix the Background Container.dll Error Quickly

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:43:30 +0000

What is the Background container.dll error? This dll file is a part of a search toolbar developed by Conduit and has been known to cause problems. Here is an example of a RunDLL error that says the Background container.dll file could not be found on your computer. STEP 1: How to fix the Background container.dll error that appears at every startup: 1. Go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools 2. Double-click and open Task Scheduler and click on Task Scheduler Library. 3. Look through the entire list for an entry related to BackgroundContainer. 4. When you find it, right-click on it and select Delete. 5. Close the window, exit all programs and reboot your computer Didn't find the entry is your Task Scheduler? No problem. You can use a free tool called AUTORUNS to scan your computer and help you locate and delete any references to BackgroundContainer. STEP 2: Removing all traces of the Conduit Search toolbar 1. We recommend that you open you Internet browser (IE, Firefox or Chrome), browse through the list of add-ons and disable/remove any references to Search Protect by Conduit or Conduit Community Toolbar. 2. Run a free scan for malware to ensure that your PC is secure and free free from threats and unnecessary toolbar programs. We recommend using the free download of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - it's a very popular and reliable program! We hope this helped. Ask us a question if it didn't :) Good luck, Marcus The post How to Fix the Background Container.dll Error Quickly appeared first on . [...]

How to Fix Images not being displayed in Outlook

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:59:02 +0000

Hello Outlook users, In today's guide, we show you how to fix the problem of Email Images not being displayed in Outlook. Problem #1 : Images are blocked in all my emails Solution: Follow this checklist to unblock Images in Outlook emails Problem #2 : Pictures cannot be displayed and are shown as red X in Outlook Solution: You need to find out if the path for the OutlookSecureTempFolder is valid and fix it. Here's how you can fix it: 1. Make sure you close down and exit Outlook completely 2. Go to Start, click Run, type in regedit.exe and hit Enter. 3. In the Registry Editor window that appears, navigate to the following location: Office 2013: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Security Office 2010: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security Office 2007: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security Office 2003: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Security 4. At this location, check the path of the OutlookSecureTempFolder by copying it and pasting it in the Windows Explorer. If you find that the path is invalid, right-click on OutlookSecureTempFolder entry and Delete it, close the Editor. 5. Restart Outlook and it will recreate the value and a new SecureTemp folder Outlook will now be able to store and display the images included in your emails. Problem #3 : I only see a rectangular outline of the images that should be displayed Solution: You need to need the Picture Placeholder option of Outlook. Here's how you can disable this option: 1. Open Outlook  and click the New Email button or press Ctrl+N while viewing the Inbox. 2. Go to the new message's File, Options dialog. 3. Click Mail, then Editor Options 4. Select Advanced and look near the bottom of the dialog for the option to Show Picture Placeholders. Uncheck and OK. 5. Close the dialog then close the message. Additional Tips and Solutions: 1. Checking the Temporary Files Folder One cause of images not being displayed in Outlook is because the Temporary Internet Files folder has become corrupted. Cleaning it up is a quick fix to such problems. Here's how you do it: - Open Windows Explorer, go to Folder Options and enable viewing of Hidden Files and Folders - Next, navigate to the following location: C:\Users\*Your Username*\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\ - Right click on the Temporary Internet Files folder and choose Delete. And you're done!  Mind you, this also deletes temporary files created by other Office applications but that's not a problem. Quick Tip: Here's a great tool to cleanup your Outlook's temporary folder: Outlook TempCleaner 2. Displaying Embedded Images In later versions of Outlook, you may see a red x if the image is not embedded in the message. To fix this, you need to use the Registry Editor (described above) to head to the location specified below: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options\Mail DWORD: Send Pictures With Document Value: 1 Changes to be made: Add a value of 1 to Send Pictures With Document or change the existing Send Pictures With Document value to 1. So there you have it folks. We hope this helped resolve issues with Images not being displayed in Outlook! Let us know if you have any questions. Happy computing, Marcus The post How to Fix Images not being displayed in Outlook appeared first on . [...]

How to Create and Manage Passwords Securely

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:44:18 +0000

Unable to create a secure password? Having trouble managing all your passwords? Well, you're at the right place! Sure there are several programs and websites that allow you to create and manage passwords for personal and official use. However, not all these services are reliable or easy to use and it soon becomes difficult to keep track of all your secure passwords.  Some of these secure passwords are just impossible to remember. You usually need to use one or more services for all your password needs. Then there is the problem of remembering and managing your passwords for the different websites and programs you use regularly on your computer. It gets really tricky when you start juggling several secure passwords and get them mixed up and have no success with the logins. Is there a better way to create and manage passwords? The answer is Yes. While there are a few notable programs that help manage passwords for you, we found a program that simply outclassed the others programs and services with its overall quality, dependability and list of features. Read on to find out more about this one of a kind password management program for Windows: ReviverSoft's Password Reviver Password Reviver from ReviverSoft is a fantastic password manager for Windows. Password Reviver allows you to create secure passwords, manage them  effectively and retrieve them for website and app logins - all from one central location.  The program is well designed, easy to use and packs in a lot of handy features. It is pretty much a setup and forget kind of program which makes life easier for you. Here's why Password Reviver is perfect for all your password needs: Manage all of your passwords for your online accounts Makes creating secure passwords super easy and fast Far more secure than any web browser's password manager Manage passwords for applications like Skype, Dropbox and Microsoft Outlook Store your data and autofill online forms during registration, purchases and so on Run Password Reviver from a thumbdrive Gain Full Control of Passwords Easily Add New Passwords Modify Passwords and Set Expiration Right From the App Put your password troubles behind you! Try the free trial of Password Reviver today and let us know how you like it! Visit the Password Reviver Homepage   Happy computing, Marcus       The post How to Create and Manage Passwords Securely appeared first on . [...]

The Best Driver Updater for Windows (2013)

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:21:06 +0000

Why do I need a driver updater program? A driver updater software saves you time and effort by automatically scanning your computer for old, buggy drivers and helping you download and install the latest driver updates. No more, do you need to spend hours searching the Internet or various manufacturer's websites for drivers, downloads and updates for your computer hardware.  A driver updater program does all this for you in a few clicks and helps keep your computer hardware running smoothly and reliably. By keeping your computer drivers updated, you are ensuring that your hardware components are running to its full potential and keeping working for many more years. And The Best Driver Updater is... After weeks of reviewing and testing the several driver updater programs available in today's market, we were pleasantly surprised by the results.  There were a few close calls and we expected a few programs to go head-to-head but one program simply ruled them all by excelling in every area of our test and proving to us that there is such a thing as a high-quality driver updater program. So without further ado... The Best Driver Updater for Windows: ReviverSoft's Driver Reviver [caption id="attachment_1454" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ReviverSoft's Driver Reviver is a superior yet easy to use driver updater program[/caption] The results are in and here's what we think: Read on to find out how Driver Reviver ticked all our boxes for a good driver updater program: Well built, solid product - When the product runs for the first time, you immediately get the impression of it being a high-quality product with its professional yet pleasing design and how it works really well with other elements of the program. On the home screen, you get a quick overview of your PC specs and the overall status of your computer. The developers have definitely spent a lot of time in getting things right the first time and delivering a great user experience. When you visit the product homepage, you are greeted with an easy to follow page which clearly outlines the product's features, benefits and system requirements. Driver Reviver is also part of TRUSTe's Trusted Download Program which is a rigorous certification program for publishers to deliver software of the highest standards. Unbelievably easy to use - The clever positioning of the menus and buttons on an easy to follow, adequately sized user interface makes Driver Reviver a real treat to use! Using the program is a simple, 3 steps process: Scan > Download > Install. We liked how every bit of the program was easy to understand and use. A novice computer user would be able to find their way around the program and master it in no time. You really have to try the product to see how easy it is to use! Good set of features - Driver Reviver includes all standard features that you would expect in a good driver updater program: automatic updates, automatic backups and restore points, driver backup and restore wizard and a scheduler for the program. It is also easy to customize how and where your driver backups and downloads are stored. We couldn't ask for more. Strong capabilities - The program boasts a massive (and growing) collection of millions of drivers sourced from over 50,000 hardware vendors and supports over 50 leading PC brands.  You'll want to use a program that works with a comprehensive database of drivers to increase your chances of receiving all available updates.  What's more is that Driver Reviver's database of drivers supports all popular Windows operating systems: Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP. Consistent Performance - In the several tests we carried out on different Windows PCs, we noticed Driver Reviver using very few system resources in spite of being quick and snappy to use. This means the program will work just as well on a 8 year old computer. Moving on to the next step, the driver scan generally too[...]

Download Latest Windows 8 Drivers for your PC

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:58:30 +0000

Looking for the latest Windows 8 drivers for your PC? You've come to the right place! If you have recently purchased a brand new Windows 8 PC or laptop or if you have recently upgraded to the new Windows 8 operating system, you may need to install the latest Windows 8 drivers for your computer hardware. Microsoft's Windows 8 OS is still a relatively new operating system in today's market, so hardware manufacturers are constantly releasing new drivers for their hardware to support this new operating system and to make them work well without compromising on performance and reliability. Don't spend countless hours looking! You do not need to spend countless hours  searching the Internet or visiting the PC or hardware manufacturer websites. We offer a simpler and quicker solution for your computer drivers. The Free and Easy Guide to PCs recommend driver service offers you access to a growing database of the latest Windows 8 drivers for your Windows 8 based desktop, laptop and tablet PC. To get started, we recommend running a free driver scan to check the health (status) of computer drivers and get a list of outdated drivers that are in need of updates. Supports Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows  8 Pro (32bit and 64bit) Available in 10+ Languages | Supports Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP | Internet access required Scan your PC for the latest Windows 8 Drivers Click the Start Driver Scan button shown above Download the DriverReviverSetup.exe file onto your computer Double-click the DriverReviverSetup.exe file to install the Driver Reviver program Once the installation is complete, run a new scan for driver updates using Driver Reviver Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the latest Windows 8 drivers using Driver Reviver! By updating the Windows 8 drivers on your PC, you are extending the life of your PC by ensuring that your hardware performs well and functions reliably. Happy Computing, Marcus The post Download Latest Windows 8 Drivers for your PC appeared first on . [...]

Download Latest Drivers for Acer Notebooks & Desktops

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:51:42 +0000

Get full access to the latest, most reliable drivers for your desktop, notebook or custom built computer. On this page, you will be able to download the latest drivers for Acer Notebook and Desktop computers. [caption id="attachment_1434" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Latest Drivers and Updates for Acer[/caption] 1. To get the latest drivers for your Acer computer: Check the list below to see if your Acer computer (model name and number) is supported by our site. Use our recommend system scanner to download and install all available drivers updates for your Acer computer.   Is your Acer Notebook listed below?  Is your Acer desktop PC listed below? Acer Extensa  --------------------------------  Extensa 2000 Extensa 2300 Extensa 2350 Extensa 2500 Extensa 2600 Extensa 2900 Extensa 2950 Extensa 3000 Extensa 3100 Extensa 4010 Extensa 4100 Extensa 4120 Extensa 4130 Extensa 4220 Extensa 4230 Extensa 4320 Extensa 4420 Extensa 4430 Extensa 4620 Extensa 4630 Extensa 5010 Extensa 5200 Extensa 5210 Extensa 5220 Extensa 5230 Extensa 5410 Extensa 5510 Extensa 5610 Extensa 5620 Extensa 5630 Extensa 6600 Extensa 6700 Extensa 7120 Extensa 7220 Extensa 7230 Extensa 7420 Extensa 7620 Extensa 7630 Extensa 365 Extensa 500 Extensa 710  Acer Veriton Veriton L410Veriton L460Veriton L670 / L670GVeriton M210Veriton M261Veriton M262Veriton M264Veriton M410Veriton M420Veriton M460Veriton M461Veriton M464Veriton M661Veriton M670 / M670GVeriton S261Veriton S460Veriton S461Veriton S661Veriton S670 / S670GVeriton T661Veriton X270-------------------------------- Veriton 1000Veriton 2800Veriton x900Veriton x800Veriton x700GXVeriton x700GVeriton x600GTVeriton x600G-------------------------------- Veriton 3200 Veriton 3300Veriton 3300DVeriton 3500Veriton 3500GVeriton 5100Veriton 5200Veriton 5500GVeriton 7100Veriton 7200Veriton 7200DVeriton 7500Veriton 7500GVeriton FP2  Acer TravelMate  --------------------------------  Travelmate C100Travelmate C110Travelmate C200Travelmate C210Travelmate C300Travelmate C310--------------------------------  Travelmate 2000Travelmate 2100Travelmate 2200Travelmate 2300Travelmate 2310Travelmate 2350Travelmate 2400Travelmate 2410Travelmate 2420Travelmate 2430Travelmate 2440Travelmate 2450Travelmate 2460Travelmate 2470Travelmate 2480Travelmate 2490Travelmate 2500Travelmate 2600Travelmate 2700Travelmate 3000Travelmate 3010Travelmate 3020Travelmate 3030Travelmate 3040Travelmate 3200Travelmate 3210ZTravelmate 3210Travelmate 3220Travelmate 3240Travelmate 3250Travelmate 3260Travelmate 3270Travelmate 3280Travelmate 3290Travelmate 3300Travelmate 4000Travelmate 4010Travelmate 4020Travelmate 4050Travelmate 4060Travelmate 4070Travelmate 4080Travelmate 4100Travelmate 4100 DDR2Travelmate 4150Travelmate 4200Travelmate 4210Travelmate 4220Travelmate 4230Travelmate 4235Travelmate 4260Travelmate 4270Travelmate 4280Travelmate 4310Travelmate 4320Travelmate 4330Travelmate 4335Travelmate 4400Travelmate 4500Travelmate 4520Travelmate 4530Travelmate 4600Travelmate 4600 DDR2Travelmate 4650Travelmate 4670Travelmate 4720Travelmate 4730Travelmate 5100Travelmate 5110Travelmate 5210Travelmate 5220Travelmate 5230Travelmate 5310Travelmate 5320Travelmate 5330Travelmate 5510Travelmate 5520Travelmate 5530Travelmate 5600Travelmate 5610Travelmate 5620Travelmate 5710Travelmate 5720Travelmate 5725Travelmate 5730Travelmate 6000Travelmate 6231Travelmate 6252Travelmate 6291Travelmate 6292Travelmate 6293Travelmate 6410Travelmate 6460Travelmate 6492Travelmate 6493Travelmate 6500Travelmate 6592Travelmate 6593Travelmate 7220Travelmate 7230Travelmate 7320Travelmate 7330Travelmate 7510Travelmate 7520Travelmate 7530Travelmate 7720Travelmate 7730Travelmate 8000Travelmate 8100Travelmate 8200Travelmate 8210--------------------------------  Travelmate 200Travelmate 210Trave[...]

Windows Device Manager Error Codes and Symbols

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:42:20 +0000

Are you seeing Windows Device Manager Error Codes and Symbols that you do not understand? Relax! We are here to help demystify and fix those error codes for you! The Windows Device Manager Error Codes and Symbols generally indicate that a hardware device or devices require your attention, possibly because they are missing out on something or not functioning correctly. 1. How to identify the errors codes generated by the Device Manager: Start with our recommended Windows Device Manger error code guides: Information on Windows Device Manager Error Codes (Easy) Explanation of error codes generated by Device Manager (Advanced) 2. Error symbols in Windows Device Manager explained: Black “!” on a yellow circle - The device driver is missing or having problems, which is why Windows does not recognize the device. An error code usually accompanies this device error. Red “X”  or a black down arrow - The device is currently disabled. Possibly due to a system conflict or hardware issue . You can also manually disable a device and enable it back again. Blue “i” on a white bubble - This merely indicates a Plug and Play device for which the system resources was manually configured. Does not indicate an error. Yellow question mark “?” - Indicates that an exact (device-specific) driver is not installed for the device and that a Windows compatible driver was installed in its place. If the  yellow “?” mark is accompanied by a black “!” symbol, there might have been a problem with the driver installation. 3. Additional support topics for devices listed in the Device Manager: Troubleshooting Device Conflicts with Device Manager Hardware devices not working or not detected by Windows (Mice, keyboard etc..) Removing Driver Filters to resolve unexpected problems with devices that have stopped working Good luck fixing those device errors! Let us know if you need help. Marcus The post Windows Device Manager Error Codes and Symbols appeared first on . [...]