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EXE errors or errors caused by program executable files are common on most computers, and if you have been using your PC long enough, you most likely have faced this error at some time or another. What makes EXE errors so rampant is the sheer number of these files that exist on any computer. All computer applications make use of EXE files and therefore, a small probability of some glitch in them is always there.

Some of the common EXE errors may occur when you try to install applications like products from the Symantec Corporation on your PC. Symantec is one of the flagship enterprises that produces great products related to computer and internet security. Unfortunately, Symantec products are notorious for hogging your system resources and at times, cause more issues than they actually fix.

One of the most common Symantec problems is high CPU usage by the ccapp.exe process, lucallbackproxy.exe process and other important Symantec processes. Most of the times, these issues occur if you fail to update your Norton product. So, if your Norton is consuming a lot of resources, try to update it to resolve the issue.

At times, high CPU usage is reported if a Symantec security software, such as Norton Antivirus tries to scan folders that comprise several zip and nested zip files, such as the SoftwareDistribution folder that is used by Automatic Update to save the latest Windows updates on your computer. The best ways to resolve these problems in this case is to exclude such folders from the scan. You may scan these folders separately once in a while when you are not working on your computer.

Just like any other software application on your computer, Symantec products may generate errors if one or more of their files are corrupt. You may try to replace the corrupt file if it is reported in the error message. You may even try to update your Symantec product. However, if nothing works, it is best that you uninstall the software and then perform a fresh install. But here comes the tricky part. Almost all Symantec products, especially the security tools, come in quite big packages that add a large amount of files and registry entries. Most of the times, it is not possible to perform a complete removal by uninstalling Norton using the Add or Remove Programs utility. This is the reason why Symantec recommends and provides the Norton Removal Tool on its Web site. You can use this tool to completely uninstall your Symantec product. It is also recommended that after you uninstall the software, you use a good registry cleaner tool to scan your registry and weed out any left over entries.

One of the common problems that really frustrate Symantec users is when they try to upgrade to a new version of the software. Many users complain of high CPU usage and errors after the update is complete. In such cases, the only way out is to use the Norton Removal tool to completely remove the older version and then install the new version. If nothing works, and you still keep suffering from Symantec problems, then the only way out is to completely remove the Norton product from your computer and get yourself a lighter and probably, more efficient, antivirus tool.

 

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EXE files are executable files that are used to install and run programs on your computer. These files are one of the most useful types of files as the operating system is dependent on these files to run different programs.

However, many malicious programs are known to camouflage themselves as genuine EXE files and cause harm to your system. Additionally, there are many EXE files that are known as Trojans.

In this article, we will take a look at three sinister EXE files, smss.exe, winivstr.exe and d.exe, understand how they affect your computer and ways  to fix and remove EXE Viruses on Your PC

Smss.exe – The genuine smss.exe file is a safe file that is responsible for handling user sessions on your PC. However, the W32.Dalbug.Worm is known to spread itself on Microsoft IIS and Windows 2000/NT/XP computers by adding a malicious smss.exe file to the system. The main job of this smss.exe file is to ensure that services of W32.Dalbug.Worm are running by checking it every 3 seconds.

Winivstr.exe – Winivstr.exe is a malware program. This program is hard to detect and most computer users are unaware of its presence. One indication that your PC is infected with this harmful program is when you receive a pop up message informing you that your system is infected and prompts you to download an up-to-date antispyware utility program. This in fact is a trick to fool innocent computer users into downloading the antispyware tool which only increases the infection, causing more harm to your system.

D.exe file – D.exe is a known Trojan that gains entry into your PC through an email attachment. The d.exe Trojan is used by WormMytobGH and Trojan.Dropper-AZT malware programs and it not only adversely affects your system, but is also a threat to security. The d.exe Trojan steals your personal information and sends it to an external source for malicious use.

How to check if your PC is infected with malicious programs

You can follow the steps listed below to determine if your system is infected with any of the above malicious programs:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Windows Task Manager window.
  2. Select the Processes tab and then click on the Image Name column to sort the different processes alphabetically.
  3. Go through the list and see if you can locate the smss.exewinivstr.exe or d.exe processes running on your PC.

Methods to deal with malicious programs, such as smss.exe, winivstr.exe and d.exe

You may perform the following tasks to get rid of malicious programs and also prevent harmful programs from gaining entry into your system:

  1. Implement a Firewall to block unwanted incoming internet traffic.
  2. Disable the network shares that you no longer use.
  3. Update your antivirus and antispyware tools with the latest definitions and schedule regular full system scans to keep your PC free from malware programs.
  4. Update your operating system, device drivers and applications with the latest service packs and security releases.
  5. Avoid opening attachments that come with unsolicited emails.

Often, malicious programs such as the ones listed above deliberately attempt to corrupt your system registry by filling it with unwanted and obsolete entries, which in turn lead to various system errors. To prevent these errors and improve your computer’s performance, it is imperative that you regularly scan your system registry using a robust registry cleaning tool.

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There are several types of applications running on a Windows computer. First you have the operating system, next the device drivers that are used to control your hardware components and devices. Next, there are applications, such as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word that you use to do your work. You also have security tools, such as antivirus and antispyware programs that are meant to keep your PC safe from external attacks. Additionally, you have software, such as games, PC maintenance utilities, and media players that you need to perform various other activities.

Most of the tasks that these applications perform are done with the help of exe files. For example, Internet Explorer is launched by running the iexplore.exe file and tscd_win32.exe is used by NTRU Cryptosystems to perform specific tasks.

PC Application Errors occur when one or more required conditions for a particular application or process are not met. For example, you may encounter ikernel.exe application error if there are some problems with the memory chips installed on your PC.

Let us now have a look at some of the steps that you may perform to troubleshoot PC Application Errors.

  1. As soon as a PC Application Errors occurs, the first task should be to check that all conditions required to work with the particular application are met. For example, if you encounter the iexplore.exe error, then you may first ensure that your PC is connected to the Internet or ensure that Internet Explorer does not have too many add on components installed that are preventing it from working normally. If a system file, such ikernel.exe generates errors, you must run diagnostics tests on your system hardware.  To do this, you may use a good PC diagnostics utility.
  2. Next, because all applications require exe files to perform various actions, ensure that your PC is not infected by a virus. This is required because virus infections are a major cause of several problems related to exe files. To ensure that your PC is free from virus infections, you must update your antivirus tool and perform a full system scan. If an infection is detected, you must get rid of it to resolve the error. It is recommended that you run the virus scan twice to ensure that no malicious information is left behind.
  3. PC Application Errors may occur if you fail to update your software on a regular basis. Software manufacturers release these updates to include enhancements in their products and also to patch up any bugs or security loopholes detected in them. To update Windows and other Microsoft products automatically, you must keep the Windows Automatic Update feature enabled at all times. You must also update your other software whenever you are prompted to do so. Lastly, to update your device drivers easily and efficiently, you may seek the help of a good driver scanner tool.
  4. If your hard disk is cluttered with junk files and is fragmented, errors are bound to arise. To prevent this, you need to use the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools to first clean up the hard disk and then defrag it to make it contiguous and fast.
  5. Finally, ensure that your registry is intact and the errors are not generating due to erroneous entries within it. To scan and repair registry entries easily and efficiently, you may use a reliable registry cleaner tool.
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Ever noticed that your computer has become a distant shadow of the new and fast PC you bought some time back?

A slow computer not only reduces your productivity, but can also cause a series of computer problems. This is not pleasant news as it may mean lost productivity and money for some, and less free time for others. Not to mention the hassles and agony you may go through when you face to prevent computer problems.

If you are looking for solution to your slow-performing computer, there are ways to speed up your machine besides upgrading your computer or buying a new one. Below are various ways by which you cannot only improve your computer’s speed, but reduce errors related to computer applications like EXE errors.

The first step in the process of speeding up a computer is to get rid of all unnecessary files. This unwanted data mostly comprises programs and files that are no longer required by you. To get rid of unwanted programs, you may uninstall them using the Add or Remove Programs utility. However, if you are unable to perform a complete removal because the program is too big or its installation files are corrupt, then you may have to use a good third-party program uninstaller tool to do the job.

At times, you may encounter high usage of system resources by EXE files, such as mdm.exe. If this happens, it is best to disable mdm.exe and other similar processes if you don’t need to use them. Most of the processes that start during system boot can be disabled by using the System Configuration Utility. Some are disabled by the programs that use these processes. And, the startup type of some can be changed from the Services management console window.

Note: You can check currently running processes on your computer by using Windows Task Manager. You can open Task Manager on Windows XP by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination.

If you notice multiple instances of processes running on your computer or if you notice that the processes have names similar to legitimate Windows processes then it is quite likely that your PC is infected with a virus. For example, many users face mmc.exe problem because it is infected with a virus or is planted by a virus. If this happens, you must immediately take your PC off the network or disconnect it from the Internet to perform a thorough full-system scan using your Antivirus and Antispyware tools. You need to remove your PC from network and Internet because viruses spread quickly through open network shares and email. Also, if you are connected to the Internet these malicious programs may download more malicious content on your PC. To be ready to combat these malicious programs, it is essential that you keep your Antivirus and Anti-spyware tools updated at all times.

Corrupt registry entries and files are other causes of PC errors, such as the smax4pnp.exe error. When such errors occur, you may try to uninstall and then reinstall the program that is generating the error. When you uninstall, you may use a registry cleaner tool to clean up all orphan keys left behind by this program to ensure complete removal. Also, as recommended above, if you face problems during the removal process, you may use a reliable third-party program uninstaller to completely remove the software from your PC and boost PC performance and Prevent Computer Problems.

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While few of the famous computer error messages like “Error: Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue.” can be very hilarious and make you laugh, most of the PC error messages get frustrated or annoyed responses from the computer users. In fact, some of the error messages that are displayed on your computer screen can be quite difficult to understand because either they mention strange file names such as csrss.exe or dlg.exe and have error codes that you have never heard before or the error description does not make sense to a common PC user.

A PC error message can be defined as a message that shows up on your computer screen when it encounters an unusual condition. These messages, which are usually displayed in a box known as a dialog box, pop up on your screen in order to convey one of the following:

  1. Point out that an operation or a specified action has failed.
  2. To indicate that your intervention is needed.
  3. To warn you of an imminent problem like your PC may be running out of hard disk space.

Computer messages have been present in every part of computing be it an operating system, third-party software or hardware devices. So, let’s briefly have a look at what you should do when you see a message pop up on your computer screen.

The first and most essential task is to keep calm. Read the error message carefully. At times, the error messages displayed are just warnings that make you aware of problems that you might face while performing a particular action. So, if you get a warning message, ensure that you are completely sure of the task you are going to perform before proceeding.

Next, if the message reports of a type of exe error, dll error or runtime error, it is best that you use a good search engine to find out the methods to resolve the error. If you are lucky, you may find the solution in the Microsoft Knowledgebase. If you don’t find anything here, you can look for a solution on a third-party help website or web forum. After you find a solution, follow the methods listed in the solution to resolve your error message.

Well, now that you know how to deal with computer error messages, let us have a look at some of the tasks that you can perform to prevent these errors to a large extent.

  • Keep your antivirus and antispyware tools updated and schedule daily full system scans to prevent and remove malware.
  • Keep your hard disk clutter free and contiguous with the help of the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools.
  • Keep your PC software updated with the latest security releases, service packs and patches.
  • Run a good PC diagnostics tools on a regular basis to ensure that all your hardware and software is free from errors.
  • Use a good registry cleaner tool to regularly scan and clean your registry to prevent problems caused by unwanted registry entries.