"Generic volume cannot be stopped right now" error when Removing a pen-drive

Trouble: We attach portable USB device like pen drive, memory cards and portable drives etc. on our computer to transfer files from/to your computer.   When you try to remove a USB pen-drive by using “Safely Remove Hardware > Safely remove USB Mass Storage device”  option, windows should stop all the read-write operations on the drive so that the drive …

Problem in formatting pen drive

Trouble: We have received many problems mentioning that they are not able to format their pen drives. Some of them have written that the pen drive capacity displayed is not correct.   When they try to format the pen drive, Windows Shows error "Can not format the pen drive". There can be more than one reasons behind such problems, some …

Reader’s Contest – TroubleFixer of The Week – Date Time Reset Problem

Hello readers, we have been thinking of increasing reader’s participation in TroubleFixers.com for a long time.   Thinking of which, we came up with the idea of the Contest for readers. This is the first part of the sequence of TroubleFixers Of The Week Reader’s Contest.   Rules: 1. In this contest we will share one computer trouble through the …

Slow Send To Menu or Send To Menu hangs

Trouble: This time for a change again we have come up with a different type of article on how can you speed up your Send To menu.   We had just released a post about how can you fix when the Send To option disappeared from your mouse right click, and we got a comment by our reader Aseem – …

End program – WMS Idle message on windows shutdown

Trouble: One of our readers Jasjit reported a problem "When I shutdown my computer a message appears that WMS Idle does not closed properly"   This is a very common problem faced by many computer users. When they shutdown the computer, following error appears: "End program – WMS idle"   What is WMS Idle ?     WMS is media …

Repair Sent To option disappeared on right click in windows

Trouble: We have just received a problem in which reader says: “There is no ‘Send To’ option on the right click menu of any file!”.   This is a very common problem occurs in most of the system which got infected with some viruses in the pen drive which corrupt the right click menu of windows explorer.   Let’s see …

Computer restarts without any reason

Trouble: We have received lot many problems from our readers complaining that their computer restarts abruptly. It seems like that the computer restarts without any reason, but it is not so, every-time your computer restarts abruptly, there must be some or other reason that you might not have noticed.   In this post we will look into those reasons and …

Pen drive blocked-disabled at office or college computer – Unblock it

Trouble: We have observed this problem at may places that you need some data on your pen drive but the USB drive or pen drive does not work. Windows gives a notification “Found new hardware, USB Mass Storage Device, please install drivers for it.”   Windows will now show a New Hardware Wizard to install the drivers. Lets see in …

Chost trojan – Websites not opening

Trouble: One of our readers Kapil reported that his computer has been infected with chost trojan. Because of this trojan certain web-sites are not opening. This kind of problem can also be caused by trojan.vundo .   Although this is a old known trojan, so your anti-virus software should have virus-definitions to take care of this trojan. But even if …

How to fix – hal.dll is missing or corrupt in windows

Trouble: One of our readers Senthil wrote “When I switch on the computer the following error will displayed : <windowsroot>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt please reinstall the copy of above file”   What is hal.dll ? Short for Hardware Abstraction Layer, HAL is an operating system programming layer that enables the operating system to operate with a hardware device. hal.dll …

Disable data writing on your USB drive to protect it from viruses

Trouble: Majority of the virus problem which we receive from the readers are those cases which infect the system through pen drives. According to our records about 40 percent of the total computer systems got virus or trojan infection through pen drives and USB portable devices like iPOd, Mp3 players etc.   Yesterday, I found a cool utility called Thumbscrew …