Monday, June 21, 2021

Uninstall Avira unwanted programs: Phantom VPN, Game Booster, System Speedup and Optimizer Host.

 Avira is a nice antivirus but last years its bundle comes with "helper" programs that most people hate:

  • Avira Phantom VPN, 
  • Avira Game Booster, 
  • Avira System Speedup, 
  • Avira Optimizer Host
  • Avira Security (not the antivirus software)
  • etc

Avira knows users want to remove them, to stop them, to disable them. But Avira tries its best to keep them there in many ways:

  • "helpful" programs have never asked the customer whether to be installed or not
  • no options in GUI to disable them
  • no options in GUI to uninstall them
  • no options from Windows standard uninstall components functionality ("Add or remove programs" -> Rightclick -> Modify)

The solution

So there is a way to gently remove them:
  1. Navigate to Avira folder. E.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira
  2. Go to each of "helper" programs folders and start uninstaller. It could have different names:
    1. uninstall.exe
    2. uninst000.exe
    3. etc
  3. Enjoy :)

Thursday, November 26, 2020

"Windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer." - Solved

 If you get this message in Windows 10:

"Windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer."

To solve this, follow these steps:

  1. Hit Shift+F10, Command Prompt will open
  2. Enter command: cd oobe
  3. Enter command: msoobe

Sysprep would continue as normal.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Windows hangs after waking up - tutorial to solve that issue

If your MS Windows gets hangs after waking after Sleep or after Hibernate, you have got a buggy driver.

In my case guilty driver was:
o2micro integrated mmc/sd controller
From date: 16.8.2016

It was installed by DriverPack Solution

How could you find out the buggy driver?

1.Go to Control Panel and disable all devices that are suspected. (Its driver will be disabled also) Please disable only drivers that you are sure that will not prevent your Windows from booting up.
2. Put your PC to Sleep and then wake it up.
2a. If it wakes up normally, you could be sure that the buggy driver is among the drivers you suspect.
2b. If it wakes up and hangs, it means that other driver is the guilty one. Disable more drivers and repeat step 2. 
3. Enable one of the suspected devices.
4. Put your PC to sleep and then wake it up.
5. It the computer hangs again, the last enabled device is the guilty one for the crashes. (There is a minor chance more than one drivers cause the hang).
5.1. Write down the version and date of the buggy driver. 
5.2 Delete the device from Control Panel and ensure you have checked "Delete drivers also" box.
5.3. Find another driver for the corresponding hardware part and install it. If it happens again, try find another...
6. It the computer does not hang, this means the last enabled driver is not responsible for the hangs. Go to step 3.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Outlook and its mapping to Ctrl+F to Forward

Some info on the topic:

Most users want mapping Ctrl+F to Find.

And my question is: Why MS haven't implemented a way of re-mapping (changing) keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Outlook 2016?
(Other MS Office products have this functionality but Outlook - not.)

May be Outlook is just Oldlook...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Opencart Product Options are not showing in Firefox

Issue in Opencart

Dropdown (select) with Options for products is not available. Writing in the search box does not show any options. Maybe other functionality in administrative is affected.