Flash.ocx download and how to fix the ‘Cannot find the file flash.ocx’ error

Fix the Flash error message ‘Cannot find the file flash.ocx’.

  1. The Flash.ocx file is an important part of Flash Player. There are four main reasons that you are seeing the error ‘Cannot find the file flash.ocx’
  2. The Flash.Ocx has been deleted off your system (or was never installed)
  3. The Flash.Ocx currently on your system is a different version to the Flash Player on your system (often a result of a incomplete or faulty installation of Flash Player)
  4. The Flash.Ocx file has become corrupted

Hiberfil.sys – how to safely delete hiberfil.sys or use it on Windows XP.

The mysterious hiberfil.sys
It happens to most users of Windows XP. One day you are searching for a file or cleaning up the PC’s hard drive and you encounter a huge file – hiberfil.sys.

Normally located at C:hiberfil.sys, its size can vary from 250MB to over 2GB. You try to delete the file – it’s not a good idea to delete files you don’t understand – but Windows won’t oblige anyway. That’s why you are here.

Windows XP has a feature that is not very well documented and it will be totally new to users of older systems such as Windows 95 or 98. This feature introduced to most users for the first time in XP is called Windows hibernation. Instead of shutting down and restarting your computer, Windows takes a snapshot of everything running on your system, copies it to the hard drive and then turns off most of your hardware. To wake up from hibernation you normally move the mouse or hit the spacebar on the keyboard.


Free Software Downloads: Video Calling

Video chatting is helping millions of people from all over the world connect easily and seamlessly every day using their PC. From geographically dispersed boardrooms to re-connecting loved ones across the globe it has become an indispensable communication tool that bridges distances at the click of a button.
A number of platforms exist that allow us to video chat across the internet. For the most part one would need;

Hardware Setup:

A good quality webcam is a quintessential gadget in holding a video call. Webcams have improved drastically since they were first introduced to the market; now boasting HD resolutions and smoother frame rates. New netbooks and notebooks tend to have built-in webcams making this technology widely available.

Webcams come in all shapes and sizes with more features and enhancements then you can shake a stick at. Prices vary from a few bucks into the thousands for a fully fledged video conferencing solution. Depending on your budget always try to choose a reputable brand and online stores have customer feedback forums built right into the product page allowing you to make informed decisions.

Most webcams come with a built-in microphone eliminating the need to purchase an additional microphone. Remember to check the specification list as if this is not included, a separate microphone would be required. Laptops and some monitors tend to have these built in so always check before buying one.

Speakers will allow you to hear and share the conversation with those around you whilst headphones or a headset (a unit incorporating headphones and a microphone) will allow you to have more private conversations. Again, these tend to be built in laptops and computers however a number of alternatives exist if they are not available.

Video-Conferencing software completes the circle by connecting the webcam, microphone and speakers and operates the video call between you and the person or people you want to call. It presents the interface and the technology to connect with virtually anyone, each having its own features and highlights. We will take a look at the most commonly used applications and some new ones that offer flexibility, ease of use and accessibility.

Skype is one of the most widely-used communication tools that offers free voice, video and text-based (instant messaging) communications. It’s available on multiple platforms including PCs, mobile phones and even on the latest-generation TVs.

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Can’t delete a file in Windows XP? Here’s the simple way to delete the file and remove the access denied error.

Can’t delete a file in Windows? Here’s what to do…

Despite all its quirks, Windows does do some things for a good reason. Some files need to be locked down when they are in use, otherwise you risk damaging the file or harming the Operating System. Unfortunately Windows XP seems to be plagued by files that cannot be deleted. These are frequently simple files like videos (AVI), MP3s or other seemingly harmless files. You try to delete the file, Windows waits a few seconds before announcing that access is denied, the file is currently in use and cannot be deleted. However, you know it’s not in use and you just want it deleted.

If you have encountered this problem, here is a step-by-step process for trying to purge the files you can’t delete. It starts with the basics for Windows and moves on to more involved tricks. The process will work for all recent Windows releases, but Windows XP has been causing the most the problems, so we will focus on it. Please note: we are assuming that the file is not crucial to the operation of Windows – deleting important system files can cause havoc.


How to – Check DirectX version installed, fix DirectX problems, download DirectX

Understanding DirectX
DirectX has many uses in Windows. It allows developers to standardise certain video display and audio files – this makes them easier to run on different types of PCs.

DirectX is supposed to be backward compatible. So, if a game was written for DirectX 8, it should run if you have DirectX 9 installed on your PC. However, a game written specifically for DirectX 9 will generally not run on DirectX 8 or earlier. DirectX also has smaller incremental releases such as DirectX 9.0c (which has small but important differences compared to versions 9.0, 9.0a or 9.0b). A program written for DirectX 9.0c will generally not work with with versions such as 9.0a. That small letter at the end is important.

If you have an older version of DirectX and a program needs a newer release, you will often see errors like:

  • Unable to find file d3d8.dll, ddraw.dll or d3d9.dll.
  • Cannot intialize dinput9.dll.
  • This application has failed to start because d3d9.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
  • dplay.dll has performed an illegal operation.
  • Fatal Exception error in dplayx.dll.
  • Access violation error in DirectX file D3D8.DLL.
  • A required .DLL File, D3D9.DLL, was not found.
  • Black/empty screen display.
  • Looping audio, pulsing sound or no sound at all.

Free file recovery software – recover lost files from a memory card, hard drive, usb flash stick, CD or DVD

File recovery for all needs
It’s something that’s happened to everyone using a computer. In a brief lapse we’ve responded to yet another Windows question and sent important files into oblivion. At other times, it’s simply not our fault. Software crashes, hardware fails, USB flash sticks get dropped and some CDs/DVDs can have lives shorter than a housefly. It is possible to recover files from these diasters, but you have to act quickly. For hard drives, memory cards or USB flash sticks, don’t add any more files to the media until you can run a recovery program.

If the problem is with a CD or DVD, keep it in a cool, dark place since heat and sunlight can accelerate data loss. Sometimes a CD can work in another drive without problem, or a gentle clean with a proper CD cleaning kit may dislodge dirty and grit. You can also try a simple repair and polishing kit, such as the Dr. Classic Disc Repair System (this link opens in new window). These type of polishers can work well, provided the scratch hasn’t damaged the data layer. If the data layer is damaged, you will need a file recovery program.


lsass.exe or isass.exe – virus or system file? Find out which process is good and which is evil. Also dli versus dll

Virus and spyware writers are getting more cunning. They are now disguising their viruses to look or sound like Windows system files. Quick quiz: out of the following, which of the files is the spyware (browser hijack), virus (Trojan) and the crucial system file?

  • Isass.exe
  • lsass.exe
  • Win32.exe

Hey, wait a minute, the first two files are the same! Well, they are not. The first starts with the letter capital i (I) and second starts with the letter lowercase l (L). The one starting with i (isass.exe) is a virus/Trojan but Windows users may easily mistake it for the very important security process, lsass.exe (starts with a lowercase L, as in lucky). And yes Win32.exe is a browser hijack program that will keep taking charge of your browser home page.


Microsoft UAA Bus driver download and troubleshooting guide for Microsoft UAA Bus Driver High Definition Audio drivers for Windows.

Checking the installation of Microsoft’s UAA Bus driver on Windows
The ‘Microsoft UAA Bus driver for High Definition Audio’ must be correctly installed or you will not be able to use your PC’s High Definition audio feature. To find out if it is working correctly, open the Device Manager. Start by opening Windows Explorer and right-clicking on My Computer. Click the Hardware tab, followed by the Device Manager button. About half-way down the list you should see a heading ‘System devices.’ Click the small plus sign next to it. This menu will expand to reveal one or more listings. To see if you have the Microsoft UAA Bus driver, look for a line that says ‘Microsoft UAA Bus driver for High Definition Audio’. See the screenshot below for an example of how it may look.

If you see a yellow exclamation mark, , next to the ‘Microsoft UAA Bus driver for High Definition Audio’ listing, then there is a problem affecting the UAA Bus driver on your system. To fix the issue, there are three steps to follow.

1. If you are using XP, installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 can frequently fix the problem.

2. If installing Windows XP SP3 didn’t correct the issue, or you are using Windows XP Service Pack 1 or 2, Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003, then you will need to download a special Microsoft UAA Bus driver update (see related links, above, for the download link) and restart your system.
After installing the patch, go back to the Device Manager and check the status of your Microsoft UAA Bus Driver. If the Microsoft UAA Bus driver has appeared without the yellow symbol (pictured right), you should now be ready for the next step: installing the High Definition audio driver.


USB 2.0 – Driver download and troubleshoot USB 2.0 drivers for Windows XP and Windows 2000

USB 2.0 on Windows XP and 2000
There are many reasons why problems with USB devices can occur. Keep in mind that USB Controllers are small pieces of hardware that allow your computer to operate USB connections. These Controllers need software drivers to operate properly. That’s why your first step is to check that you have the latest USB 2.0 drivers on your system.

Start by opening Windows Explorer and right-clicking on My Computer. Click the Hardware tab, followed by the Device Manager Button. Towards the bottom of the list you should see a heading ‘Universal Serial Bus Controllers.’ Click the small plus sign next to it. This menu will expand to reveal one or more listings. To see if you have USB 2.0, look for a line that says ‘USB2 Enhanced Controller.’ The exact entry will vary slightly and don’t confuse it with other entries that may simply list ‘USB Universal Controller’. See the screenshot to the below for an example of how it may look. Note that there are no yellow exclamation points next to the entries – the yellow exclamations,, indicate a problem with the device.


About:Blank – fix and remove the About Blank browser adware attack of your home page.

Here’s the problem – Internet Explorer seems to have decided that the home page About:blank is what will greet you every time you open a new browser window. You try to change it back but either your Internet Options are greyed out or you change the page back, only to find next time you start Internet Explorer the dreaded About:blank has returned.

There are many possible causes for this behaviour and most are evil. One possible cause is a virus, but this is not very common. The most likely culprit is an adware/browser hijack program – in particular, CoolWebSearch.

The symptom that identifies the CoolWebSearch or a close variation is that About:Blank appears as the address, but in the background a window pops up stating that spyware, adware or something similar has been found on your system. CoolWebSearch is a browser hijack program – it takes over your home page, and keeps changing it back. Its purpose is to show you advertising, or flog you an over-priced piece of software to fix the issue CoolWebSearch has created. The About:Blank change is a trick designed to confuse users – regrettably, it is very successful!