Microsoft Update Patch KB3033929 causing problem

Microsoft update KB3033929 is causing a reboot loop for numerous Windows 7 users. The patch was issued on Patch Tuesday in March 2015 (the second Tuesday of every month when Microsoft issues most security updates) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 computers. It’s unknown if the reboot loop affects Windows Server 2008 computers which has had the KB3033929 update applied.

The Microsoft advisory states that some users will be unable to install the patch if they have a multiple-boot configuration of Windows and various distributions of Linux, use a non-Windows boot loader (this is common for computers that multi-boot Windows and Linux), and have Windows and Linux installed on separate drives (this is also common for computers that multi-boot Windows and Linux). It’s unclear what effect will occur if only one of the above conditions is present.

It appears that Microsoft doesn’t see the KB3033929 update as a critical one. Thus if you haven’t installed it yet, do not do so until Microsoft reissues the update.

If your computer is stuck in a reboot loop because of this patch, here’s how to uninstall it:

  1. Start your computer into Safe Mode using this method or this method
  2. Go to Control Panel and then Programs and Features
  3. Click View installed updates
  4. Click Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3033929) and then Uninstall
  5. Restart the computer when prompted

 

Source http://www.examiner.com

Steps to Fix Canon Printer Error B200

How to fix error B200 on canon Printers?

Ever thought what makes your Canon MP620 Printer function improperly at times? Well, the problem is with the installation process of the drivers used in your printer.

Canon printer Error b200

Canon printer Error b200

These Steps would help you to Fix Error B200:

1.  Open the cover of the printer.
2.  Remove all ink tanks from the printer.
3.  Lift up the gray locking lever on the side of the ink tank holder.
4.  Gently remove the print head from the carriage unit.
5.  Place the print head back in and lock the lever down.
6.  Place all of the ink tanks back in the printer.
7.  Close the cover and turn the printer off.
8.  Unplug the power from the printer.  Leave the power unplugged for about 5-10 minutes.
9.  Plug the power back in and turn the printer on.

This is how you can solve the driver installation issue in your Canon Printer and correct the common Canon printer error B200, at the comfort of your home, office or home office. Remember, the Canon MP620 Printer is equipped with features like auto duplexing, image editing, etc. and it offers incredible performance too. Therefore, such problem should not restrict your device in giving out the best performance.

How to Fix Common Galaxy S3 Problems User Facing the most

Samsung Galaxy s3 Problem & Solutions

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been selling steadily since it first hit the market back in May 2012. Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S3 handsets in its first 100 days and it became the poster child for Google’s Android operating system. Nearly two years later, the Galaxy S3 continues to surpass expectations in terms of sales, but no device is flawless.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest Galaxy S3 problems. These are the most commonly seen complaints from people around the world, and in each case we’ll try to offer up a useful workaround or solution.

Updated 1-22-2014 by Simon Hill: Added browser dimming issue, messaging app crashing problem, and unable to download message.

Bug: Random freezes

The Galaxy S3 keeps freezing randomly. A small number of users reported this problem in 2012, but it has been cropping up far more frequently in 2013. If you experience this problem with a brand new S3, you should be returning it to get a replacement. The bulk of issues being reported now relate to phones that people have had no problems with for months suddenly developing a random freezing habit. This seems likely to be a software problem and could be related to an Android update, possibly 4.1.2.

Workarounds: You can hold down the Power button and Restart or Power off and turn it on again. That seems to work for most people, but it won’t stop the problem from coming back. You can also pull the battery, but we don’t recommend that. You could also just wait, many people report that the issue fixes itself, but it may take 15 minutes or more and it can return at any time. Some people have reported a reduced frequency by turning off Wi-Fi or the mobile data connection, but that’s not convenient. You could try rolling back the software. Some people report success with this, but others say they have only reduced the frequency of freezing.

Solutions: There are only two solutions that people are reporting consistently. One is returning the device to Samsung for repair. In a number of cases a faulty motherboard is deemed to be the cause and replacing it results in perfect operation. If you’re under warranty this might be your best bet. That obviously points to a hardware problem, and yet other people have reported the problem just resolving itself when they ignored it, which would suggest a software problem. We’ll keep following this and post an update if another solution pops up.

Malfunction: Sudden Death Syndrome

This only affects some 16GB Galaxy S3 handsets and it’s related to your flash memory (eMMC) chip. If you encounter the problem then you’ll find that your S3 doesn’t switch on at all no matter what you do. If you’re worried about your device being affected, you can check if it is at risk with the eMMC Brickbug Check app.

Solution: If your phone is dead, go to Samsung Support and you should be able to get a replacement or get it fixed. Samsung has released a fix for this so as long as your phone has the latest firmware update then you shouldn’t need to worry.

Annoyance: Battery drain

Disappointing battery life is the Achilles heel of all smartphones, but some people have encountered a surprising battery drain on the Galaxy S3, even when the phone is not in use.

The international version of the Galaxy S3 has a flaw. The battery drain on standby issue is complicated by a miscalculation in the power profile which shows Cell standby eating a lot more power than it actually is. This doesn’t account for the drain it just means that the stats are wrong.

Some people with the U.S. and international versions have also reported an actual excessive battery drain on the Galaxy S3 when in standby. Having apps running in the background and features such as Wi-Fi, mobile data, Bluetooth, and push email turned on is obviously going to have an impact. If your Galaxy S3 is draining fast when not in use, then it can be tricky to find the culprit. It could be down your carrier or that you get poor service in your home; it could be Chrome; it could be email or LTE. Luckily there are some solutions you can try.

Solutions: If you have Chrome installed, fire it up and choose Settings > Developer tools and then uncheck Enable Tilt Scrolling.

Some people have reported huge battery savings by turning off LTE in Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Network mode. There’s a theory that if you don’t have LTE in your area, the battery drains faster because the phone keeps searching for it. Having Wi-Fi turned on all the time can actually help because it uses a lot less power than connecting to a mobile network, but you have to be in range of a Wi-Fi network or the search for a connection will have a similar draining effect.

Some people believe that Samsung’s preinstalled apps could eat a lot of battery life even if you’re not using them. Some users reported success after disabling their Samsung account and various Samsung apps. Go to Settings > Applications manager and choose the All tab then disable Samsung Account, Samsung Backup, Samsung Apps, Samsung Cloud Data Relay along with anything else on the list you don’t use. The disabled apps drop to the bottom of the All list so you can always enable them again if you encounter any problems.

Glitch: Audio and microphone issues

It’s difficult to have a phone conversation when the other person can’t hear you clearly or you can’t hear them. Some early adopters reported issues with the Galaxy S3 microphone and found that signal strength was dropping immediately after calls. The speakerphone function hasn’t worked smoothly for some and a complete loss of audio has been reported in extreme cases. A firmware update was rolled out to fix this, so you shouldn’t be experiencing these issues anymore. If you are, then it may be down to a blockage, a setting, or even the noise reduction feature.

Solutions: Restarting the phone should temporarily resolve the issue, but that’s obviously not ideal so let’s try and find a permanent fix. Go to Settings > Accessibility and make sure Turn off all sounds is not checked to begin with. Now go to Settings > Sound and make sure your volume levels are correct and sound is turned on.

Hit Phone > Menu > Call settings > Additional settings and then uncheck Noise reduction. Some people have reported less echo and clearer calls with this turned off.

Take a look at the microphone hole on the bottom edge of your Galaxy S3. If it looks like there’s something stuck in there then that could be your issue. Be very careful when cleaning this. Try compressed air to blow it out first.

Problem: Overheating

Many users have reported problems with their Galaxy S3 overheating and sometimes even freezing or crashing as a result. The S3 is very thin with a big screen, a big battery, and a powerful set of internal components, so the more you use it, the hotter it will get. This generally only rears its head as an issue after prolonged gaming or if you do something else that’s graphically intensive. If your Galaxy S3 is getting very hot and crashing without intensive use, then you might have a hardware problem.

Solution: The obvious solution is to take a break for a few minutes and let the phone cool down. If you’ve been running something for hours, then it will inevitably heat up. If it is heating up on standby or with low levels of usage, then you should contact the seller or carrier and check if the hardware is faulty. You should be able to get a replacement handset if they confirm the problem.

Bug: Wi-Fi dropping or not detecting

Are you having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi networks? Maybe your S3 is connecting fine, but then dropping the connection later? There have been plenty of reports of troublesome Wi-Fi and for some people this is a wider Android issue, while for others it could be related to the router. Fear not, there are some things you can try on your S3.

Solution: Turn your phone off and then back on. The mantra of the IT professional does work, but it’s obviously not a permanent fix. You should also go to Settings > Wi-Fi and hit the menu button again to choose Advanced and make sure that Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep is set to Always. Most people with this issue are reporting that an over-the-air update fixed it, so if you are still having problems it is likely to do with your router. You could try an app like Wifi Analyzer and see if you can identify the problem.

Problem: Lag

When you buy a powerhouse like the Galaxy S3, you don’t expect any lag when you are navigating around. If you’re experiencing a slight delay when you hit the Home button or when you exit an app then it might be down to your settings. You should avoid using task killer apps and reboot your phone fairly regularly to clear memory.

Solution: Drag down the notifications bar at the top and switch off Power saving. It’s a useful feature for saving power, but it does introduce some slight lag. If your problem is related to the Home button, then S-Voice might be the culprit. Samsung has it set up so that a double tap on the Home button launches S-Voice, which can cause lag when you press the Home button. To get rid of it simply double tap the Home button to launch S-Voice and hit menu to access Settings and then uncheck Open via the home key.

The animations slow things down so you can always go into Settings > Developer options and change Window animation scale and Transition animation scale to .5x or even off.

Annoyance: Vibrating to music or audio

If you find that your Galaxy S3 is vibrating when you play music or when you use specific audio apps then you may well wonder why. Thankfully it’s an easy fix.

Solution: Go to Settings > Sound and make sure Auto haptic at the bottom is toggled off.

Bug: Copy and paste isn’t working

There have been quite a few reports of problems with the copy/paste feature on the S3. Some people are copying and then finding they have no option to paste and others are experiencing crashes when they try to paste copied text.

Solution: The solutions for this one are not ideal. You can factory reset the phone or you can root the device and clear the data from your clipboard. Sadly there’s no guarantee that the problem won’t return if you factory reset. Samsung is definitely aware of this issue, but it has not come up with a fix yet.

Problem: Smart stay doesn’t work

The Smart stay feature is designed to ensure that the screen does not turn off when you are looking at it. You’ll find it in Settings > Display and you can tick to turn it on. You’ll see an eye icon pop up in the notification bar occasionally and the S3 will use the front-facing camera to check that you’re still looking at the screen. If you are looking at the screen, it stays on, if you aren’t then it dims and turns off. How often it checks depends on your Screen timeout setting. A lot of people find that this feature doesn’t work for them at all.

Solution: Your face has to be well lit so the camera can see it. If you are in the dark or in shadow it simply won’t detect you and the screen will turn off. This feature is neat, but it doesn’t work well yet.

Workaround: Change your Screen timeout so that it doesn’t turn off so quickly.

Bug: Browser keeps dimming

If you find that the stock Internet browser on your Galaxy S3 has an annoying habit of going dim, even when you’ve set the brightness to be higher, then don’t worry there’s an easy fix.

Solutions:

  • Tap the Menu button while you have the browser open and you’ll find it has its own Brightness setting.
  • If you’re still having issues then try turning Power saving off in the notification shade or go to Settings > My device > Power saving mode and clear the box next to Screen power saving.

Workaround:

We would recommend you consider switching to another browser like Chrome or Dolphin for a better experience.

Bug: Messaging app keeps crashing Galaxy S3 Messaging Settings

A number of people have encountered problems with the stock messaging app randomly crashing when they are reading, writing, or trying to send a text message. This seems to occur without an obvious set of conditions, sometimes it works fine, other times it crashes. There are a few things worth trying.

Workarounds:

  • Use a different messaging app like Handcent SMS or Hangouts and you might find that the problem is gone.
  • Restart the S3 and you might find it works again temporarily.

Potential solutions:

  • Tap Menu > Settings > More > Application Manager and then scroll over to the All tab and select the Messaging app. Start by selecting Clear cache and see if that makes a difference.
  • If that doesn’t work then backup any important messages, you can use a free app like SMS Backup & Restore. Now go back to the Messaging app under the All tab in Settings > More > Application Manager and choose Clear data.
  • Back up everything that’s important to you and try a factory reset via Menu > Settings > Accounts > Backup options > Backup and reset > Factory data reset. Do not reinstall your apps. Check if the messaging issue is gone, and if it is, selectively re-install your apps to see if you can identify a problem. Any app that has access to SMS is a potential culprit.

Glitch: Repeat message ‘Currently unable to download. Please try again later’

This is a common issue that’s not exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it can be very annoying and a lot of S3 owners have encountered it. The message “Currently unable to download. Please try again later” pops up in a box onscreen at random intervals. This is your phone trying to retrieve some data that it can’t get – maybe a picture from an MMS, the latest time and date, or perhaps an app is trying to retrieve some other data. After each suggestion below try restarting your S3 and see if the message re-occurs.

Potential solutions:

  • First of all, try pulling down the notification shade and turning Mobile data on.
  •  If you can find an MMS in your Messaging app that hasn’t downloaded the attachment, it will be displaying a “Download” button, then try deleting that message.
  •  Try opening your Messaging app and tapping Menu > Settings and then clear the box next to Auto-retrieve.
  • Go to Settings > More > Date and time and clear the box next to Automatic date and time and Automatic time zone.
  •  Open up Play Store and tap at the top left and choose My apps then Update all.
  •  Make sure that you have the latest software update by going to Settings > More > About device > Software update > Update.
  •  If nothing seems to work then back up all your important files and factory reset the phone via Menu > Settings > Accounts > Backup options > Backup and reset > Factory data reset.

More S3 problems

If you are irritated by unwanted notifications, then check out our guide on how to turn off Android notifications. If you’re sick of waiting for the latest Android update, then check with your carrier. The majority will push it out over the air, but some require you to physically connect your phone to your computer.

There are various other little Galaxy S3 issues and annoyances you might come across as you use the phone so please post a comment to share issues and any fixes you know of.

Protect your Android device from malware

Android device

The adoption rate of mobile devices continues to soar, with Android leading the way. The open-source operating system that is led by Google is now found on more than half of all smartphones. In fact, research firm Strategy Analytics found that 81.3 percent, or 204.4 million, of smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2013 were powered by Android.

This massive user base has caught the attention of cybercriminals, who have begun to double down on their efforts to illegally obtain personal information from Android owners. While most mobile malware is found in countries like Russia and China, users from Europe and the United States aren’t completely immune.

Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst for security firm BitDefender, explained in an interview with CNET that malware is more accessible than ever before because “no coding is required to bind Android apps with malicious programs.”

The analyst went on to say that “people look at phones more like phones, rather than intelligent computers,” adding that most people don’t understand that these devices are susceptible to malware similar to the strands found on PCs.

The most common malware regardless of platform is related to short message fraud and personal life invasion. Botezatu noted that “one of most important things that can happen with Android is privacy invasion.” Mobile malware can allow cybercriminals to intercept messages, monitor calls, steal personal information, and even listen in with the device’s microphone.

Perhaps even more troubling is that cybercriminals are now coming up with more complex ways to attack mobile devices, most of which are not protected. Botezatu pointed me to an alarming statistic from research firm IDC, which revealed that only 5 percent of smartphones and tablets have some sort of antivirus program installed.

While antivirus apps can help secure your device, there are other steps that can be taken to better protect yourself from encountering mobile malware.
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Legitimate app stores

When downloading apps it’s imperative that you only do so from a legitimate app store; that means from companies like Google, Amazon, Samsung, or another major manufacturer or carrier.

These marketplaces are monitored and scanned for potentially dangerous or fraudulent programs. On occasion, however, malicious apps sometimes slip through the cracks, often disguised as legitimate ones.

A fake BBM app recently appeared in the Google Play store and managed to secure more than 100,000 downloads before being removed. The app itself was nothing more than a spamming service.

Suspicious apps

The fake BBM app is a great example. While anyone who actually read the reviews wouldn’t have downloaded it, thousands of users did. One of the best defenses against malware is to notice things like suspicious apps with outrageous promises, bad reviews, and sketchy app permissions.

Pirated apps
I’m not here to lecture you on the ethics of pirating programs (it’s illegal), but I am here to warn you about the dangerous that can come from it. As Botezatu said, taking a legitimate Android application package (APK) file and binding it with a malicious program is a relatively simple process.

Most pirated or cracked apps usually contain some form of malware. You could spend a couple of bucks on that game you always wanted, which in the long run will give you hours of entertainment and reward the developer for their hard work, or you can pirate it and put your personal information at risk. The decision shouldn’t be hard.

For those of you interested in sideloading apps, make sure to only do so with apps downloaded from a trusted developer’s Web site.

Settings

Google includes numerous settings in the Android operating system that can prevent malicious attacks. Devices running Android 2.2 or higher, which essentially means nearly all Android devices, have access to Google’s malware scanner. Prior to installing an application you downloaded outside of the Play store, Google will scan the app and warn you of any potential threats.

This feature is enabled by default and can be accessed in the Google Settings app in your device’s app drawer. Alternatively, devices running Android 4.2 or higher can access the feature by going to Settings, clicking on Security, and scrolling down to Verify apps.

Devices running Android 4.2 or higher are also protected from premium SMS charges. A notification will alert you if an app is attempting to send a text message using a premium service, at which point you can approve or deny the transaction. This feature is built directly into the operating system and does not need to be enabled.

Software updates

While this may not be an option for most users, if there is an update for your device make sure you download and install it. Manufacturers, carriers, and Google are constantly pushing out updates with bug fixes, enhancements, and new features that can make your device more secure.

To check for an update on stock Android go to Settings, click on the “About phone” or “About tablet” option, and select System Updates.

Antivirus apps

The Google Play store is also home to hundreds of antivirus apps that can offer an extra layer of protection. Finding the right one, however, can sometimes be difficult. A simple “antivirus” search in the store yields more than 250 results. So which one should you choose?

Companies like Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Sophos, Symantec (Norton), and TrendMicro have long and established histories as some of the most trusted brands in the industry.

Newcomers Lookout and TrustGo have also made a name for themselves as some of the top mobile security providers. Earlier this year, AV-Test, an independent IT security institute that ranks antivirus apps based on protection and usability, rated TrustGo and Lookout as the top two antivirus programs on the Android platform.

Each security provider I mentioned above scored higher than average for protection against malware, with most detecting malicious apps more than 99 percent of the time. Any of these programs would be a safe and smart option for your smartphone or tablet.

Many of these companies also offer additional features for a small monthly fee. These include things like anti-theft protection, safer Web browsing, device tracking, remote wiping, and more. It should be noted, however, that Google’s Android Device Manager offers similar functionality for locating a lost or stolen device. The tool can be accessed online or through a free app on the Play store.

As for antivirus programs, whether you opt for the basic or premium features, Botezatu noted that, at least concerning BitDefender, the basic malware protection is the same.

“We are trying to make security available to all users with no distinction,” he said, adding that the premium features are just an extra layer of protection.