Uninstall Errors – What are the Causes and How to Fix Them?

November 6th, 2009

What are Uninstall Errors?

Most of us download the latest applications and tools to our PCs. After downloading when we find that the application is not useful as we thought, the first thing we do is, clean up the desktop by uninstalling the downloaded application. Generally, we use the uninstall feature of the operating system. Right after uninstalling, we sometimes face uninstall errors. The uninstall feature with corrupted or damaged parts cause these errors most of the times.

How To Fix Uninstall Errors?

There are several ways to fix uninstalling errors. Downloading the latest version of the application is the simplest method for you to solve these errors at home. Then, enlist the uninstall feature of the latest version of the downloaded software application. Using the add/remove option, you can remove these errors.

Using RegCure is the best alternative for you to remove the bits and pieces of the uninstall software application from your computer. It helps to ensure that you have successfully done with the proceedings. RegCure is a reliable and high-end registry repair tool. It not only removes uninstall errors but also prevents them from occurring recurrently.

Warning: editing the windows registry manually can be a daunting and risky task.

Uninstall Error 1324

A typical one among uninstalling errors is Error 1324. It can occur when you install or uninstall software. If the path to a folder on your desktop contains an invalid character, it refers to a problem with the shell folders.

You can manually solve the error by correcting the path for the application through the modification of the registry and by resetting all shell folders in the registry. Both these steps require you to edit the registry. Two registry keys are there in Windows XP and Vista:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

Error 1404

Error 1404 is one of the common uninstall errors, when you remove software. The ‘xxxxxx’ refers to a registry key. Deleting the registry key becomes a problem due to insufficient privileges. Deleting the registry key after changing the access rights for it is the manual solution to this error.

Other Errors While Uninstalling

You can reinstall the problematic application and uninstall it afterwards to address uninstall errors in case there has not been any change in the PC configuration. Reinstalling and then uninstalling can fix any uninstall errors in the registry paths.

If your operating system is integrated with antivirus software, it requires adequate access rights for installing as well as uninstalling antivirus programs. Error 25002, which occurs when you uninstall Norton Antivirus software, is a common example of an uninstalling error.

What is a Spyware and How to Remove It?

October 7th, 2009

This post will discuss what is a spyware and how to remove it. One of the biggest threats to Internet is Spyware. It wrecks havoc when it attacks a computer system. The origin of spyware dates back to the 1990s, when it first appeared. It is mainly caused by files and programs uploaded from the Internet, which are the carrier of malicious files. It is hard to tap on the files, since they are bundled with applications that you download to the computer.

The damages caused by spyware

Spyware does many damages to computer files, as they are difficult to locate. They are embedded into a computer system and are installed in complex ways.

Spyware has the power to retrieve your entire personal data. It can encrypt your password and steal your bank accounts, credit card number and passwords. The worst thing is that, it invites some unwanted guests like some kind of software, without your consent that slows down your computer.

Spyware also hijacks your browser and lead you to different websites. It is quite scary as a spyware can tamper with the security settings of your computer. Therefore, it is essential to get hold of good spyware removal software, such as XoftSpySE (Click Here to download a Free Scan).

Spyware removal tips

  • Spyware removal software can be very useful in fighting the odds of spyware
  • Always be cautious when downloading software from public sites (such as torrents), since they often carry spyware
  • Be aware of various rules and regulations before jumping into unfamiliar sites. Those with dubious contents should be judged prior to accepting it
  • Pop-ups, Java, ActiveX are sometimes full of suspicious contents. Set up the browser settings to make sure that no spyware will tread the system’s path
  • However, to be on the safest side, install anti-spyware and anti-virus software and do not forget to keep them updated
  • When you are downloading something from the Internet, go through the terms and conditions. Check if they include any provision that gives authority to the software publisher to install unwanted programs

Hopefully, this post will clarify what is a spyware and how to get rid of it.

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What is ccsvchst.exe Error and How to Fix It?

September 19th, 2009

The ccsvchst.exe is an executable file, which is part of Symantec Service Framework from Symantec Corporation. This executable file becomes a part of your computer system when you get Norton products installed like Symantec Security Technologies and Symantec Event Manager.

The file is contained in a subfolder in the “C:\Program Files\Common Files” folder. It is common to find a ccsvchst error in your system.

The ccsvchst.exe error

On going through the Internet, I found that one of the most known errors is the ccsvchst.exe application error. The ccsvchst.exe application error actually occurs during the shutdown of the system and the system startup. Sometimes this file takes up a lot of CPU usage and I experienced this while working on the computer.

Another cause for the ccsvchst error is the presence of a bug in the Norton products, such as Norton 2007. In the latest Norton version, there are options for debugging the error. To get Norton products free from the bug, you have to run the Live Update utility. Doing this, I was able to install the latest patches for my Norton product and get rid of the error.

In case, your Norton product is already updated. You can get it uninstalled by using the Windows tool “Add or Remove Programs”. The steps you need to follow are:

  1. Go to Start and select Control Panel
  2. Hit the Performance and Maintenance link and then go on to select Add or Remove Programs
  3. Choose your Norton product from the Currently Installed Programs list and then go for the Remove option
  4. Continue the process for all the Norton products and then restart your computer

After running the Remove option, I got a RegCure scan done, as this ensured that there are no leftover entries in the registry. If there are, remove them to have complete un-installation. Reinstall your Norton product after you are done with all these actions.

If there is no Norton product installed on your computer and you are still experiencing a ccsvchst error in your system, then you can blame it on the PC being infected with spyware. Fix it with an appropriate anti spyware program, such XoftSpySE.

DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or Stop 0x000000D1 Error?

September 16th, 2009

The DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or Stop 0x000000D1 error message indicates that a driver or part of the Windows operating system tried to access pageable memory using the kernel process IRQL that was too high. This error is usually associated to a device driver or software program installed on your computer.


IRQL stands for Interrupt Request Level. Computers use interrupt requests to handle a variety of hardware operations. Devices such as video cards, sound cards, and keyboards can all send interrupt requests to the processor. For instance, when the sound card needs to run a process, it sends an interrupt request to the processor saying, “Hey, wait a moment, let me do my job!” The processor then interrupts its current process to let the sound card run its job.

The higher the IRQ of a device, the longer it has to wait before its request is processed. For instance, a device with IRQ 1 will get priority over a device with IRQ 14. When two device drivers share the same IRQ, a system crash with a DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL message can occur.

Causes of Stop 0x000000D1

Stop 0x000000D1 error might show at regular intervals, or in connection with some other event. Every so often a Stop error may emerge to be entirely random. If a Stop error identifies a driver, the problem may not be the reported driver, but other hidden errors. In brief, a Stop error can be a indication of some other problems. The real challenge is to discover the origin of the cause.

The error can be caused by many things, such as:

  1. Installing low quality or incompatible drivers or system services
  2. Bad or corrupt hard drives
  3. Damaged RAM memory, motherboards or power supplies
  4. Damaged virtual memory page file
  5. Plugging in or a surprise removal of a USB device.


Restore Windows to an earlier restore point

If you are not able to boot Windows due to this error, you have to boot Windows in Safe Mode and restore Windows to an earlier restore point before you try any of the other methods mentioned below.

Click the following links for information about how to boot Windows XP or Windows Vista in Safe Mode.

Click the following links for information about how to restore Windows XP or Windows Vista to an earlier restore point.

Install the most recent Windows service packs

You will avoid a lot of Windows errors when you have the most recent Windows Service Packs installed on your computer. Visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com for the latest Windows updates.

Download and install the most recent hardware drivers

Did you recently install new hardware or software? If so, this will help out a lot when troubleshooting DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.

  1. If you recently installed a new driver, remove it. If you recently updated a driver, try to roll it back to an earlier version. If this resolves the Stop 0x000000D1 error, you should contact the manufacturer about a possible update.
  2. If you or a software program recently installed a system service, try to disable or uninstall the service.

Install the most up-to-date drivers for any recently installed hardware device. If you have not installed any new hardware, check if you have the most recent drivers for the following devices:

  • Video card
  • Network card or router
  • Any external or removable disk drive

Damaged memory

If you have installed new or extra memory into your computer, you should remove it to verify that it is not the cause of the Stop 0x000000D1 problem.

If after removing the memory the problem disappears you have either damaged memory or it is incompatible with other currently installed memory.

If you have not installed any new memory in your computer it is also possible that the current memory is damaged. To test your computer memory you can do a web search and find several software programs designed to test your computer’s memory.

Damaged virtual memory page file

If you are still experiencing an DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or Stop 0x000000D1 error after following above mentioned steps, then there is a possibility that the virtual memory page file is damaged due to improper shut down. To fix this problem follow the below steps to reset your virtual memory page file.

  1. Click “Start”, and right-click on “My Computer” and select “Properties”.
  2. Then click the “Advanced” tab and the “Settings” button under Performance.
  3. Click the “Advanced” tab and click the “Change” button under Virtual Memory.
  4. If you have a custom setting write these numbers down.
  5. Select “No paging file” and then click OK until all windows are closed.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. Click “Start”, and right-click on “My Computer” and select “Properties”.
  8. In the System Properties window click the “Advanced” tab.
  9. Then click the “Advanced” tab and the “Settings” button under Performance.
  10. Click the “Advanced” tab and click the “Change” button under Virtual Memory.
  11. Click “System managed size” or correct the window to reflect your custom settings and then click OK until all windows are closed.
  12. Restart your computer.

Other Solutions to Windows Errors and Slow PC Performance

The best thing you can do, to stop your computer from getting more error messages or slow down your PC performance, is to repair and clean your Windows Registry.

Tune Your PC recommends to run a Free Registry Scan from the multi-award winning registry repair tool, RegCure. RegCure cleans, repairs and optimizes the Windows Registry in under 2 minutes. And because it is an user-friendly tool, you don’t have to be a PC geek, like us.