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Fix Content File Locked in Steam 2020

Well, well, well, you wake up one day, power on your PC, open your browser and see a Steam game update but you can’t get it updated due to a shitty error, “steam content file locked.” Annoying right?

I am going to take you through the various ways you can get this fixed.

But before that, how about we tell the new guys to Steam games what Steam really is?

If it is your first time hearing of Steam, it is a video game digital distribution platform that was launched in 2003 (September to be precise). This distribution platform was developed by Valve Corporation, providing automatic updates for Steam games as their core goal. Thanks to the founders that today they include updates for games from third-party publishers.

Having offered such an excellent platform for gamers, sometimes it becomes difficult to update a single game. It has become such a pain that users run into a “Steam error” when updating a Steam game.

The error is something like this: An error occurred while updating [game] (Content file locked)

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What does content file locked mean on Steam?

When you run into a Steam content file locked error, it means that Steam is not in a position to write update files on your hard disk and this will prevent you from playing the latest version of their games.

Most users have thought of this error as a complex or complicated problem, but with a well-thought approach, you can quickly fix the Steam error effortlessly.

How to Fix Content File Locked on Steam?

Running into this error does not mean that it cannot be fixed so, cheer up because there may be many solutions for this error.

Some solutions are very efficient thus a total guarantee that the error will be fixed. Uninstall Steam and all the local game content and later reinstall it afresh turns out to be the most effective method. However, even though it has worked for many users, it is one of the time and data consuming methods you can ever try.

That said, I prefer we start with easy and time-saving solutions before resorting to time-consuming measures as mentioned above.

So, let’s get rolling but before we do, make sure that you create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Solution 1: Check the Antiviruses Installed on Your PC

Most of us become confident with our PCs only when there is an antivirus software installed. However, the same antiviruses can lead to this Steam error.

It might be difficult to believe this but here is what happens: antiviruses are very intelligent, and so they can decide to mark Steam files as potential virus and quarantine. When this happens, you will not be able to write any Steam game files on your hard disk.

So, what should you do?

In this situation, the only option is to disable the antivirus until you can do the update on Steam game

The steps to disabling different antiviruses vary between one another. But, you can manage to disable most of them using the steps below temporarily.

The instructions discussed in this fix are only intended to disable antivirus and not to uninstall an antivirus program temporarily

The following steps will help you to disable antivirus in Windows:
  1. Click on the Windows notification area and locate the antivirus protection program icon of the antivirus you are using.
  2. Once you see the antivirus icon, right-click on it then select Disable, Stop, Shut down, or something similar. For some antivirus programs, you may want to open the program then disable it from the antivirus’ menu.

Once you have disabled your antivirus, the next thing is to check the integrity of game files. Below are the steps:

  1. Restart your PC and then relaunch Steam.
  2. Navigate to the LIBRARY section and then right-click on the specific game was giving you problems.
Steam content file locked -library
  1. Select the Properties option then navigate to the Local Files tab.
  2. Next, click the VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES button. Be patient for a while until Steam verifies that particular game.
Steam content file locked -verify integrity
  1. After the Steam game files integrity is verified, try updating Steam games and hopefully the content file locked on Steam has been fixed.

If this error isn’t fixed by now, please try the next fix and see if it can be a viable workaround.

Solution 2: Change Steam and Game Files Location

If the above fix did not work for you, relocating Steam Installation and Game files could work.

However, if the error persists even after changing the location of Steam and game files, then we will have to reinstall Steam. The entire process is listed below.

Any interruption during the copying process may corrupt the files; hence you would have to resort to reinstalling the client again. Therefore, make sure that you have a stable power and no file transfer cables are connected on your PC. It would be wise if you close other running apps too.

Here is how to go about it:

Part 1

  1. Open the Steam Client and then click on the Settings button.
  2. Click on Downloads then choose Steam Library Folders.
  3. Next, select ADD LIBRARY FOLDER. This can be found at the lower-left corner.
adding library folder
  1. Now select the new location for Steam.
  2. After selecting the new location, simply close the Steam Client then head over to your Steam directory. (The default location is C:\Program Files\Steam.)
  3. Find and delete the exe and all the files apart from UserData and SteamApp folders.
  4. Now move these files (UserData and SteamApp folders) to the new location you specified in Step 4.
  5. Once that is done, launch Steam, log in and check if you can now update Steam games without any issues.

If the Steam content file locked error pops up again, follow the steps listed in part 2 below:

Part 2:

Reinstalling Steam is the next thing that we have to do if the above measures did not get you through this mess. Even though it is a long process, this should fix everything.


  1. Close your Steam account and then browse to the folder or location where you relocated Steam.
  2. Move/Cut the StyeamApp folder from that particular directory and paste it on your Desktop.
  3. Now uninstall Steam in order to remove the old Steam settings from your PC completely.
  4. After the uninstallation process is complete, reinstall Steam but this time, to the initial location that you selected.
  5. Afterwards, move the SteamApps folder that you pasted on the Desktop to the new Steam directory. Moving this folder is important because it will copy all of your game content, your saved games and settings and you will resume from where you left.
  6. Run/Open Steam and key in your credentials.
  7. Finally, verify the integrity of Steam game files using the verification steps in solution 1, and now everything should work just fine.

Solution 3: Reset Winsock

The Winsock catalogue turns out to be another issue that can cause “Steam content file locked error.”

However, the best thing is that we can reset it and rollback to default settings if we execute the netsh winsock reset command.

You can follow these steps to reset Winsock:

  1. Hit the Windows key + R on the keyboard simultaneously to open the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type cmd in the text box and then press Enter key to open the Command Prompt terminal.
  3. Click Yes to grant administrator permission when prompted by the User Account Control (UAC) .
  4. Type netsh winsock reset in the CMD window then hit the Enter key on the keyboard. 
Steam content file locked-winsock
  1. Restart your computer once the command has executed successfully.

Try updating Steam games and see if “Steam content file licked” has been solved.

Solution 4: Repair Corrupt Files

If you are still experiencing the same Steam error, we can try repairing the game files. Doing this will fix any corrupt or missing files that are making it impossible to update Steam games.

Here are the instructions that can guide you on how you can repair Corrupt/Missing Steam Game files:

  1. Close all apps including Steam and navigate to the Steam directory (C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam).
  2. Open the Logs folder and then click on Txt.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the text file and see if any recent errors are logging your device.

An example of an error is this: [2017-04-12 12:47:31] [AppID 346110] Update canceled: File commit failed: failed to move unchanged file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\workshop\content\346110\570371714\LinuxNoEditor\NPC\Female\Assets\Nude\Nude_Human_Female_Body_D.uasset.z.uncompressed_size” (Disk write failure) Kevin Arrows

The number written first in the URL is your APPID, in this case (346110) is the AppID for ARK Survival Evolved.

  1. Afterwards, navigate to the root folder. In my case, according to the error log above, it is 570371714. Please note that the root folders of different games may vary.
  2. Relaunch Steam and then go your downloads folder.
  3. Lastly, click on the Update option if there are any updates to update the necessary files.
  4. Restart your PC and see if the error is fixed

Solution 5: Check Disk Scan

If the game installation is in a hard drive that has been corrupted or contains bad sectors, you will receive the Steam error content file locked when you try to update it.

This happens because if a Hard Drive has “Bad” sectors, it will slow down. Also, if that is the case, certain areas of the hard drive can’t be accessed.

Running a “Disc Check” scan can help you scan the drive for bad sectors. 

We will have a look at two way to scan the hard drive – using the command prompt and using the Partition Wizard tool. You are free to use any option since both achieve the same goal.

Option 1: Disk Scan Using Command Prompt

  1. Press the “Windows” + “R” keys simultaneously to open the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type in “cmd” and then press “Enter“.
  3. Typechkdsk c: /f” without quotes in the command prompt terminal and press “Enter” to execute the command
  4. PressY” on the keyboard to confirm the scheduling of a disk check scan.
  5. Be patient for a while for the Disk Check scan operation to complete.
  6. Relaunch the Steam game and see if the content file locked on steam error persists.

Option 2: Disk Scan Using MiniTool Partition Wizard

Do you want to check whether your hard drive has bad sectors? e I recommend that you use the MiniTool Partition Wizard toolkit.

This tool is an all-in-one partition manager that can be used to detect bad sectors on your hard drive. Apart from that, you can also use it to perform other tasks like, migrating your operating system from disk to another without disk loss, analyzing your disk space when your computer slows down, and many more.

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Here is how you can check bad sectors on the Hard drive via MiniTool Partition Wizard:

  1. Download this software using the button above and install it.
  2. Run the app after installing to open the main interface. From here you will see your disk and the features you can use listed.
  3. Now click on the disk you want to test and then choose the Surface Test from the left panel. You can also right-click on the disk and then select Surface Test from the drop-down menu.
Steam content file locked -use minitool partition wizard
  1. On the next window, click the Start Now button to start testing the selected disk.
start the scan in partition wizard
  1. After the scan, you will receive the results on the screen. Check the test result for the following:
  • Red squares: This means that there are some bad sectors on your hard drive.
  • Green squares: This test result means there is no bad sector on your hard drive.

If the test result has many red squares, then those bad sectors are you are getting the content file locked on steam error. Such results are the worse news because your drive seems to be a failing disk.

However, the good news is that using MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can recover data from such sectors, including the lost by deletion, formatting, virus attack, etc.

Solution 6: Run Steam as Administrator

In occasions, Steam may require to be granted administrator permissions for it to access specific folders and files. If admin permissions are not granted, Windows can block it from accessing the folder and the Steam content file locked error might appear.

Therefore, to get rid of it, you should run Steam as administrator:

  1. Right-click on the Steam then select the Properties option.
  2. Navigate to the Compatibility tab and check the Run as Administrator checkbox.
Steam content file locked -run as admin
  1. Click the Apply button and the OK button in respectively.
  2. Now you can Run Steam and check to see if the issue persists.

Bottom Line

I hope that you have managed to fix the Steam content file locked error that was troubling you.

For or new guys, I am glad that you now know almost everything about the Steam games and that when you encounter this error, you will be prepared to face it.

It has been great having you around and let me know if you were able to fix the issue in the comment section below.

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How To Fix Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003 on Windows

There have been cases all over the internet and tech forums that most Windows users are unable to use any of the NVIDIA Experience associated features. Claims have been that this software is fond of crashing, causing the Geforce experience error code 0x0003.

When the software crashes, the “Something went wrong. Try rebooting your PC and then launch GeForce Experience. Error Code: 0x0003” error message will pop up on the screen with only one option: to close the dialog box.

Geforce experience error code 0x0003

When the software crashes, the “Something went wrong. Try rebooting your PC and then launch GeForce Experience. Error Code: 0x0003” error message will pop up on the screen with only one option: to close the dialog box.

This problem, according to our surveys, it has been affecting those people who are running the Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 operating systems.

What is causing the NVIDIA Experience Error Code 0x0003?

We found out that several factors majorly cause this problem. We have looked into various user reports and gathered several repair strategies that you can use to fix this particular error.

It turns out that several different potential factors could trigger this particular error message. Some of those causes are:

  • Nvidia Telemetry may not be permitted to interact with your desktop – This error can occur if the Nvidia Telemetry Container is not permitted to interact with your desktop. We discovered that if this happens to be the cause, then you can resolve the issue by simply using the Services screen to allow interaction with this service.
  • Maybe mandatory Nvidia Services are not running – If it happens that the Nvidia Display Service, Nvidia Network Service Container and Nvidia Local System Container services are disabled, then you will see this error. If you find out that they are nor enabled, then you can quickly fix this error by force starting the services.
  • Corrupted Nvidia driver – Sometimes, this particular error can be brought about if one or more drivers that are used by the GPU are corrupt. If this is the case, then you can resolve the problem by reinstalling every Nvidia Component afresh.
  • Glitched Network adapter – After reviewing several user reports in several forums, we found out that a glitched network adapter can trigger the occurrence of the experience error code 0x0003. You can fix this error if you perform a Winsock reset (the comms reinstall).
  • Windows update interfered with your GPU driver – Also, this problem can be due to a Windows Update that may have installed automatically. In this case, you can fix the problem by uninstalling the current Nvidia drivers and then installing the latest version automatically.

How To Fix Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003

Having listed several things that could cause the error, let us look at the various measures we can take in order to fix it.

Solution 1: Allow the Nvidia Telemetry container to interact with desktop

Several affected users have managed to fix the issue using the Services screen. You just need to allow the Nvidia Telemetry service to interact with your desktop. Also, you need to ascertain that this particular service is started.

If you follow the steps below, then if you were struggling with this error in Nvidia Experience, you’ll no longer see it popping up.

Here’s a quick guide on allowing the Nvidia Telemetry container to interact with desktop:

  1. Hit the Windows key + R buttons on your keyboard simultaneously. This will open up a Run dialog box.
  2. Type “services.msc” in the text box and then hit Enter for you to fire up the Services Screen.
  3. Click Yes in order to give the administrative privileges when you are prompted by the User Account Control (UAC).
  4. From the Services screen, scroll down and locate Nividia Telemetry Container.
  5. Right-click on it and select Properties when you see it.
  6. In the Properties screen of Nvidia Telemetry Container, tap on the Log On tab and check the Allow service to interact with the desktop checkbox.
  7. Afterward, click on the Apply button in order to save the changes you just made.

Return to the previous screen. From here, locate the following services and right-click on each of them then click on Start. This to make sure that each of them is running:

 Start with Nvidia Display Service

 Nvidia Local System Container

  1.  Nvidia Network Service ContainerWhen you are through with enabling each service, retry the task you were doing that triggered the Error Code 0x0003 and see if the issue has been resolved.

If you are still getting the Geforce experience error code 0x0003 error, move down to the next method below.

Solution 2: Reinstalling every Nvidia Component

Just as I told you earlier, if you reinstall the GeForce Experience and every Nvidia driver, you will be able to solve the problem in question.

Several users who had run into this error have reported that the Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003 was no longer popping up after following these steps and restarting their computer.

Below is a quick guide on how you can reinstall every Nvidia Component in order to resolve the issue:

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R.
  2. Type “appwiz.cpl” and then press Enter. This will open up the Programs and Features screen.
appwiz -Geforce experience error code 0x0003
  1. While in the Programs and Features window, click on Publisher. Doing this will arrange the installed applications according to their Publisher.
  2. Now right-click on the first item that is published by Nvidia Corporation. Now select Uninstall. 
Geforce experience error code 0x0003 -unistall NVIDIA
  1. Repeat procedure numbers 3 and 4 for every item by Nvidia Corporation that is listed on this list.
  2. Once you are through, reboot your PC and wait for the next startup sequence to complete.
  3. At the next system startup, go to this link (here) and then click on Download Now. Install the app and then follow the prompts you will see on the screen.

This software will automatically install the missing drivers. Reboot your computer when all the drivers are installed and then check to see if the problem isresolved.

If the issue persists, move down to the next method below.

Solution 3: Reset the Network Adapter

Well, if you reset the network adapter to its default configurations, then you can fix the Geforce Experience Error Code 0x0003error.

You can come across the term “Winsock reset” or a “comms reinstall” when you are dealing with this issue. You should not worry because they are all the same procedures.

Here’s how you can reset the network adapter:

This is a universal procedure for anyone using Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 operating systems.

  1. Press Windows key + R in order to open up a Run dialog box.
  2. Now type “cmd” in the Run box and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open up an elevated Command prompt.
  3. Click Yes to grant Administrator permission if you are prompted by the UAC (User Account Control).
  4. Now type the following command and then press Enter to reset our network adapter driver:

netsh winsock reset

  1. Be patient until the command has successfully executed and then restart your computer. Now check to see if the issue has been resolved at the next system startup.

Move down to the following method below if you are still getting the Geforce experience error code 0x0003 error message.

Solution 4: Install the latest Graphics driver manually

If none of the above methods has helped you to resolve the issue, a corrupted GPU driver may cause this problem. This can only be brought back to normal by reinstalling the graphics driver manually.

You will not encounter this error if you follow the steps below.

Without wasting much time, let us see what you need to do in order to install the latest Graphics drivers manually:

  1. First, hit the Windows key + R keys on the keyboard for you to open up a Run dialog box.
  2. Now type “appwiz.cpl” and then press Enter. This is to open the Programs and Features screen.
removing gpu
  1. While you are in the Programs and Features screen, find each installation that is published by Nvidia from the list.
  2. Right-click on each one of them and then select Uninstall. This is to remove every driver that is associated with your GPU. T
  3. Afterward, follow the on-screen prompts, and such drivers will be removed from your computer.
  4. Once all Nvidia products have been uninstalled, restart your computer.
  5. Now visit this link (here), and then set your GPU model, series, operating system version, and language. 
  6. Click on Search for you to find the latest driver version available for your GPU configuration.
  7. Download and install the newest driver by using the on-screen prompts and see if the issue has been resolved.

Solution 5: Create a New User Account

Creating a new user account with admin privileges can do the trick within solving this error.

However, you will need to create a new user account only after you have deleted all the Nvidia related applications and drivers.

After that, create the new user account and then install the drivers using the new account.

When everything is set, check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 6: Stop all GeForce tasks and relaunch GeForce Experience

Doing the simple trick of stopping the Geforce tasks and then restarting them can help you solve the Geforce experience error code 0x0003 error.

To do this;

  1. Press Shift + Ctrl + Esc keys on your keyboard all simultaneously in order to open Task Manager.
  2. Afterward, select all the NVIDIA tasks that are currently running then click End task.
  3. Now right-click on the GeForce Experience app icon then select Run as administrator.

If you did everything right and that you ended all the tasks associated with NVIDIA, this error should be long gone. If not, try the next solution below.

Solution 7: Update your NVIDIA graphics driver Automatically

Since a corrupt or missing driver can trigger this error, updating the NVIDIA graphics card driver using a driver update tool can so the magic. 

If you are not comfortable updating the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

If you use Driver Easy, it will automatically recognize your computer system, the version of windows you are running, and then find the correct drivers for it.

With this tool, you will not need to figure out the exact system your computer is running. This makes it essential to have Driver Easy because you will not risk downloading and installing the wrong drive. You don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing because the software will handle everything.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy.

The best thing about the Pro version is that it takes just two clicks. Also, you will get full support, and you are given a 30-day money-back guarantee.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and then click Scan Now and it will scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. If you are using the Pro version, click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing. You can also install any outdated driver one by one.
  4. Afterward, restart your Windows and then open GeForce Experience to see if it works.

Solution 8: Check for Windows Updates

If your Windows is out of date, there is a possibility that it could cause this problem. Making sure that you have the latest version of it installed on your PC could be the turning point.

Use the following methods to check for updates for your Windows:

If you’re using Windows 10:

  1. Press the Windows key and then type the word Settings in order to open the Settings window.
  2. Afterward, click Update & Security and then click on Check for updates.
  3. Now click on Install the updates if there are any.
  4. Restart your PC and run GeForce Experience to see if it works.

If you’re using other versions of Windows:

  1. Press the Windows key + R at and then type control and click OK.
  2. Click Windows Update in Large icons.
  3. Now click Check for updates and install the available updates.
  4. Restart your Windows and run GeForce Experience to see if it works.

Concluding Lines

The above steps should help you fix the Geforce experience error code 0x0003 that has been popping up on your comp.

We will also appreciate your feedback.

Let us know which method helped you to fix the problem. We will be delighted to help you with your further questions.

How To Get Rid Of err_Cache_Miss Error on Google Chrome

There are many occasions that Google Chrome returns the “err_cache_miss.” Many users have been wondering why they tend to receive this error when surfing and what it means. In a nutshell, when you bump into this error, it means that the Google Chrome browser is not in a position to get the cached copy of the page that you are trying to access.

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The error often pops up on the default browser page, and on some occasions, it has also been seen in the developer tools section.

Well, in this piece, we will discuss how you can go ahead and fix the err_cache_miss error in Chrome. There are several ways, and therefore if you try the first fix and it doesn’t seem to work, just move on and try the next one.

Without wasting much time, let us handle this issue once and for all.

Fix 1: Resubmit Form Data

There is nothing more important when surfing the internet than. This is the main reason why developers have come up with caching tools and plugins for websites. For you to be able to improve the speed of the web server and computer, including the browser, you will have to cache the elements of the webpage.

Usually, the cached content is essential when querying sites. Cached content is generally used to display pages very fast when you next open the same site.

This process may look simple, but in reality, what happens behind the scenes is complex.

Even though this process happens automatically, there are dynamic elements of the webpages that never get cached. Some of these elements are forms.

Google Chrome has this behavior of not caching the form of content when you fill them.

It is rare to find Google Chrome browser caching payment form details such as credit card and password. This is not usually a mistake or some kind of bug. Such details are not cached because of security reasons.

Now, this is where you get the error in question. Many factors can affect the submission of a form. Some of them can be things like poor Internet connection and unavailability of the server. When a form fails to submit, and you hit the back button on Chrome, the next thing you will see is the err_cache_miss error.

That happens because the cached content of that particular form is not available with Chrome.

So what should you do?

It is pretty simple, just tabulate the form and resubmit it. This is the trick.

Fix 2: Stop Accessing the Webpage from the Bookmarks

Many people don’t really know that you can get this error when you try to access the site from the bookmarks.

If you see the err_cache_miss error, the first thing you should do is to make sure that you are not trying to access that particular web page from bookmarks.

Here is why;

When you find that the bookmarked URL is unavailable, the possible reason for this is that Google Chrome might have overwritten the cache with another unavailable response.

If that is the case, then what the browser can do is simple: to show the cache_miss_error.

So, what are you supposed to do if you find yourself in such a mess?

Well, for that case, just copy the URL that is saved in the bookmarks and then open a new tab. Paste the URL in the search bar and hit Enter, and this should fix the issue.

If the webpage loads successfully, it means that the site administrator might have redirected the URL to a new page.

Therefore, go ahead and replace the URL of the bookmarked page with the new one.

Fix 3: Opening a Cached Page

Opening a cached page that is not available can also result in this error. Therefore, before you start panicking, ask yourself, are you trying to access a cached copy of a webpage?

You should know that when the webpage is not available online, Chrome will fetch the cached copy of that particular page. If it fails to find a copy of that specific page in the browser’s cache, then it will return the “err_cache_miss” error.

If this is the case, you don’t have any other option. You are totally powerless, and there is nothing you or I can do about it.

The best way is usually to wait patiently until the webpage is available online and try again accessing it.

Fix 4: Missing Website Cache

As we said at the start of this post, browsers usually cache websites at multiple levels to speed up the loading time.

There are many tools that the site administrators or owners use to achieve this. Some site owners use server caching while others use caching plugins and CDNs (content delivery networks) to cache and serve their content.

This is usually so that caching related errors can be displayed when these sites are under maintenance or maybe they are doing an update.

If you, therefore, run into this error and you are sure that there is no problem with you internet provider, copy the URL of that particular site and open it in other network or using a different browser.

If the problem persists, wait for some time and try again.

Fix 5: Clear Chrome Cache

Well, clearing the cache and refreshing the webpage could do the trick in fixing the error.

Please note that a corrupted browser cache can bring about the “err_cache_miss” error. Deleting all browsing history can help resolve it.

If the browser cache is corrupt and you don delete it, you will wait for ages for the site to restore.

Follow the instructions below to clear the browser cache in Google Chrome.

  1. Hit Ctrl + Shift + Delete on the keyboard in Windows OS or Command + Shift + Delete in Mac Chrome. Doing this will open the “Clear browsing data” window/ dialogue box.
  2. Under the “Basic” tab, select the time range for the cache data you want to delete as “All time.” Check-mark the cookies and cache data checkboxes.
  3. Afterward, click on the “Clear Data” button in order to delete all the cached data and saved cookies.
  1. When the process completes, close all the tabs and restart your browser.
  2. Try browsing the site again to see whether the website is now accessible.

Fix 6: Flush DNS Cache

Several people have reported that this error occurred due to some poor or wrong configurations in the network settings or DNS.

We found out that if you reset the network settings and then flush the DNS, you can be able to resolve this issue together with many other Chrome related issues.

To flush the DNS cache, keenly follow the instructions in this article. The instructions there should help you fix the issue on both Windows 10 and Mac.

After you successfully flush the DNS, simply restart Chrome and check whether the problem has been resolved.

Fix 7: Disable Chrome extensions

However, good and useful Chrome extensions can be, they can cause a whole bunch of errors to the browser.

I remember one day waiting for a Twitter pop up so that I could log in to my account and share the post, and it never did. I waited for a whole day, and when I went back to retry, I saw a message that pop-ups had been blocked. I narrowed down until I found out that a certain extension was responsible for all these troubles. After disabling it, things went back to normal.

What do I mean, many users have dozens of these extensions installed in Chrome web browser. They are not bad. Yes, they help you carry out some tasks with ease, but one or more of those extensions could cause some issues, and one of them is err_cache_miss error.

It can be such a tedious work to find the exact extension that may cause an error, especially if you have over 100 of them. The best thing is to disable them all and see if the error will be fixed.

Fortunately, disabling or removing an extension is easy.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the command URL “chrome://extensions/.”
  2. Identify extensions that you install before err_cache_miss error first appeared.
  3. Turn off all the installed extensions.
  4. Restart the browser and check whether the problem has been resolved.
disable the extensions -err_Cache_Miss

If you were able to fix the problem is then the remaining task is easy. Go ahead and enable the extensions one by one in order to narrow down the problematic one.

After identifying the culprit, delete it from Chrome by clicking the remove button.

Afterward, you can search the web for an alternative extension that offers the same features.

Fix 8: Reset Chrome

If you have been using Chrome for quite some time now or for years without updating it, it may start to build up various issues.

Resetting the browser can just do the trick and restore it to its original online experience.

To reset Google Chrome, follow the instructions below.

  1. First of all, make sure that Google Chrome is running
  2. Now tap on the three dots in the top-right corner. Head over to settings and then choose the reset option. Alternatively, you can just navigate to this link “chrome://settings/reset” and later on click on the “Reset” option.
reset chrome
  1. A pop up will appear asking you to confirm the operation. Simply confirm the pop-up. This action will reset your browser to initial settings, and the err_cache_miss error should be fixed.

If you are playing with experimental features, then go to “chrome://flags/” in the address bar. Look for the “Reset all to default” button at the top right corner. These settings may have been changed by 3rd party software without your knowledge, so resetting here may fix errors in some cases.

Fix 9: Update Chrome

Just the same way an outdated Windows version could cause problems and errors to you, your PC, older Chrome versions as well may not be that stable.

Outdated software often is not stable enough and may have several glitches that could cause err_cache_miss error.

To fix this error, you will have to bring the Chrome browser to the latest version.

  1. Hit the Windows key on the keyboard and the then type in the control panel
  2. Select the first option from the results and then select programs
  3. Choose the uninstall a program option from programs and features
  4. Right-click on Google Chrome from the list of applications displayed then click uninstall. Confirm the process.
  5. Once Chrome has been successfully removed from the system, open another browser and then find filehippo.
  6. In the search bar, type Google Chrome. Download and install it. When installing, do not disconnect the internet. Be patient until it gets all the latest files.

Alternatively, open Chrome browser and then type in “chrome://settings/help” in the address bar. Google will automatically look for new updates and install.

Fix 10:Disable Caching in Developer Tools

There are cases where Chrome shows the “Failed to load resource: net:: ERR_CACHE_MISS” message in Developer Tools.

Fortunately, there is an option in the Developer Tools that you can use to completely disable cache.

To make use of it;

  1. Open Chrome and then go to “View
  2. Select Developer and then choose the Developer Tools” option. If you don’t want to go through that entire process, simply right-click in the browser and then choose “Inspect.” This will also open Developer Tools.
  3. Now once the developer tools window fires up, click on the three dots inside developer tools (remember this is not the three dots on the browser, this is inside the Developer Tools dock).
  4. Next, head over to “Settings,” check the option “Disable cache (while DevTools is open). This option can be found under “Preferences > Network.”

After everything is set, restart the Chrome browser and then open developer tools. Now open the website and check whether you are getting the “err_cache_miss” error.

There is also an open issue (discussion) that has been ongoing for years on this topic in the Chromium site.

Fix 11: Fix Your Own Site

Well, if you are experiencing this error and the site that you are trying to browse is yours, then you might need to take care of it.

This is important because many other users could be experiencing the same problem.

Therefore, to save them time, fix your own site by following the guidelines below:

  1. Log in to the admin side of your website and clear the cache on your server and CDN. You can do this by contacting your hosting provider, and they can take care of the issue on your behalf from their end.
  2. If you want to do it yourself, after you have logged in to your server, check the “Cache-Control” section. This should be on the header. Modify the cache control to “Cache-Control: none.”
  3. Refresh the site, and everything should be sorted out.


Finally, you have managed to fix the error, and you have known why it was being displayed.

Often, the err_cache_miss pops up when Chrome is unable to find the cached content.

As discussed in this prose, this could happen because of a form resubmission or even when you are trying to access cached pages.

Always try to apply the fixes in this article if the error happens when accessing normal webpages.

Were you able to fix the error from your end? Well, we’d love to hear from you. Share the experience with us and tell us if this post was helpful.

How To: Convert WAV to MP3 in Windows 10

There has never been any form of shortage with how you can share audio files from one person to another. There are tons of unique file formats that you can create and share music. In the digital audio domain, there are different forms of encoded digital audio, which can be compressed on totally distinct compression methods. But why should you convert WAV to MP3?

It is simple; they help reduce the audio fidelity in such a way that its file size remains small and manageable. However, when it comes to WAV and MP3 files, they tend to be the opposite ends of the spectrum. WAV files are usually huge, and MP3 is one of the easiest to share music formats. This is so because of its compact memory footprint. Having said that, it is, therefore, essential for you to to learn how you can convert WAV files to MP3 format in Windows 10. You can do this using the popular software on your PC, such as Windows Media Player. This software ensures that you can easily share your music at any time.

convert WAV to MP3 comparison

What is a WAV file?

Before we dig deeper, it is imperative first to know what a WAV file is.

A WAV audio file format is typically a raw audio format that was developed by Microsoft and IBM.

Audio files with such file extensions (WAV) are usually uncompressed and lossless audio files. Such files consume a lot of space. A standard WAV file can take about 10 MB per audio minute.

The WAV file formats have been designed or built with a technology that uses containers. These containers are necessary for containing each audio in a piece by making use of the resource exchange file format.

WAV is one of the conventional methods that Windows use in order to store audio and video files. However, apart from being used on files such as AVI, they can as well be used for all data.

It is rare to find WAV files in this advanced tech world. However, there is a group of professionals who still admire and appreciate such file formats; the professional music recording industry. Besides the music professionals or producers, many people are moving away from WAV to Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC). The reason behind such a move is that this technology uses a compression technique. It compresses a file to the minimum size possible, thus saving on space. While compressing, the quality of the file is still maintained.

What is an MP3?

Before we look into the methods that you can use to convert WAV to MP3 in Windows 10, it will also be essential to know what an MP3 file is. This is so that you know what you are getting yourself into.

In less technical terms, an MP3 file format is simply a coded version of an audio file whose quality has been strategically compromised. The audio file is strategically compromised to minimize the amount of data that is needed for online distribution.

However, keep in mind that this adjustment is made on, and the audio file does not negatively affect your files. What happens is that the encoder usually reduces the bits that are significantly less important and gives us a smaller file version of it.

Other Audio Considerations

As much as you might love an MP3 file that is reduced in size significantly and taking less memory as compared to a WAV file, there are things you should know.

As much as it is reduced in size, making it easy to share with friends and family, this heavily compressed format (MP3) can affect the quality of the audio noticeably.

It is, therefore, vital to use less compressed file formats. This is necessary if you are distributing audio files for professional purposes.

If you find it difficult to share large WAV files, you can make use a file-sharing service as an alternative way. One of the best file-sharing services out there is the popular Dropbox. This service is beneficial and reliable when it comes to sharing large WAV files with users.

Immediately a file is converted from WAV to MP3. Take a moment to listen to the file. Doing this will help you to understand the differences between these two formats well. It will also help you to see if you can hear any changes made to the audio.

Most of the time, you may not notice anything, especially if you are listening to the file using computer speakers or your mobile device. If you have professional-grade headphones or speakers, then you may notice a difference.

Well, now that we know the basics, let’s see how we can convert WAV to MP3 in Windows 10.

Method 1: Converting WAV to MP3 Using Windows Media Player

When I first talked to a group of people in a forum that you can use the elemental Windows Media Player to convert WAV files to MP3, most of them did not believe it was possible.

Many people have underrated this tool, and the usage ratio is 100:1. That means, in a group of one hundred people, you will find only one person using the default media player by Windows. Most of us have moved to third-party media players like VLC and Pot Player.

Here is what you didn’t know converting a WAV file to MP3 can be accomplished in just a few simple steps using Windows Media Player.

Here is how you can go about it.

  1. First of all, import a WAV file into the Windows Media Player library. You can do this by clicking and dragging that specific track or file into the Library section of the Windows Media Player software.
  2. After you have successfully imported the file, you are now free to convert it as you want. To convert a file from WAV to MP3 format, head over to the “Options” menu.
  3. While in the options menu, choose the “Rip Settings” tab.
  4. Afterward, move the cursor to the “Format” tab, and the Format menu will appear.
  5. Now you can select MP3 from the menu.
  6. Finally, click on the “Apply” button in order to save the changes you just made.
  7. When the saving process is successful, select the WAV file and press the “Rip” button. Doing this will convert that particular WAV file to an MP3 file in the destination folder you specified.

Method 2: How to Convert WAV to MP3 Using the VLC Media Player

In this step, we will convert “WAV” to MP3 using the VLC Media Player. I know you all have this, but if you don’t have it, you will need to install it first. This is because it is a third-party media player application that does not come with Windows or Mac.

convert WAV to MP3 using VLC

For that:

  1. Open your browser and search for vlc.exe.
  2. Select the first result, hit the download button, and the file will be saved on your PC.
  3. Go to the location where the VLC executable file is saved, right-click on it and then select run as an admin. This process will install the media player on your PC.
  4. After the installation process is complete, open the software and then press “Ctrl” + “R” simultaneously from your keyboard. This will open the conversion menu.
  5. Click on the “Add” button and then select the “WAV” file you want to convert.
  6. Click on the Convert/Save button.
  7. In the next window, activate the “Convert” option and click on the “Profile” drop-down list.
  8. Now select “MP3 Audio” from the list and select the destination by clicking on “Browse.”
  9. Click Start, and the media player will automatically convert the file.

Well, that is how you can convert WAV to MP3 in Windows 10. But during this process, you might also find the need to convert some of your MP4 files to MP3 as well. How do you go about it?

Don’t worry. We have listed some of the ways you can use to get through this. It is vital that you read about them because today, your need is to convert WAV to MP3. Tomorrow, it will be MP4 to MP3.

That said, let’s have a look at…

Formatting Considerations

Before you convert any MP4 to MP3 you should know their difference. Please note that the difference between the two is that the MP4 file format is mostly used to store video and audio content. When you decide to convert an MP4 file to the MP3 file format, any video content that is stored in the MP4 will be completely removed (lost).

The video content will be lost because the MP3 file format exclusively caters to audio and cannot contain any other forms of multimedia.

The MP3 format is commonly used with portable music players, where its compression is not noticeable by most listeners.

Also, be warned that the MP3 uses massive data compression technology. This means that when you convert the MP4 to MP3, the overall audio quality in the file will be reduced considerably when compared to other file formats, such as WAV or AIFF.


If you need professional audio quality for your purposes, convert your file to a more memory-intensive format to preserve the fidelity of the recording.

How to Convert MP4 to MP3 in Windows Media Player

It turns out that Windows Media Player is among the most popular and long-term software app in the Windows network. AS I said, it comes with all versions of the Windows operating system except Windows 8.1. Also, this player s not often used, but if you want to convert audio files from WAV to MP3 and from MP4 to MP3, it becomes of great importance to have it on your PC.

This application has excellent tools that you can use to play, organize, and format multimedia content.

The typical Windows Media Player is also very much capable of doing with a wide variety of responsibilities. One of them is converting media files into different readable file types.

Using Windows Media Player, you can quickly convert an MP4 file into the most used MP3 format.

The process of converting an MP4 to an MP3 is just as easy as the one used to convert WAV to MP3.

Here is how you can get started with the conversion:

  1. To convert an MP4 file into the MP3 format, open the Windows Media Player with administrator privileges. You can do this by right-clicking on the app then selecting run as an admin.
  2. The next thing you will do is to import the MP4 file into your Windows Media Player library. Simply click the “Open” button in the “File” menu and then locate that specific file that you want to convert.
  3. Now click on the “Organize” button after you import the file. You can find this button just below the toolbar at the top of the application.
  4. Now go ahead and select the “Rip Music” option in the pop-up window.
  5. From the drop-down menu that is under the Format option, select and “MP3.”

Doing this does not mean that the process is complete. That is just the first part of the process, and therefore, you should proceed to the next steps below.

Finalizing the MP4 to MP3 Conversion

The above procedure was just to configure the conversion formatting tools. When you have successfully configured, now it is time to begin the conversion process.

  1. Immediately you select the MP3 option-click the “OK” button at the bottom of the “Options” screen.
  2. When you confirm the selections, the conversion process will begin immediately.
  3. You can find the final formatted or converted file in the location you specified in the “Rip music to this location” menu that is located within the “Rip Music” tab.
  4. If this is not your desired location that you want your converted file to be sent to, you can change it by using the directory search tool.

Summing Up

Use online solutions to convert your files

There are several websites on the web that you can use to convert your audio files for free.

Using such sites, you can be able to convert up to 10 files at a go. Also note that once you have converted the files, save them on your PC or in an online drive. This is because conversion websites do not store any of your files on their servers for more than 24 hours.

What is GSvr.exe? How To Remove Or Fix GSvr.exe

So, have you been wondering what a GSvr.exe is, and is it a virus, or is it safe for your PC? Well, the Gsvr.exe is typically an executable file. It is a part of the Energy Saver Advance B9.0316.1 program that is designed and developed by GIGABYTE. This software has a size of about 16.9 MB.


This file is not different from other executable files or applications. The .exe extension should not scare you because it is just a file name that is used to name executable files or setups of programs.

However, when I say that you should not be scared of executable files, it does not mean that they are all safe. There are cases where executable files can damage or harm your computer.

You can go through this GSvr.exe file documentation and see if it is safe on your computer.

From there, you will be able to find out more details, whether it is a virus or trojan horse that should be deleted. You will also find out if it is a valid Windows operating system file or a reliable application.

But before you do that, we have discussed a little about it, and there is also sufficient information about the same in this article.

Is GSvr.exe safe, or is it a virus or malware?

Here is what you need to know in all executable files that you will find out there. The location of an executable is the very first thing that can help you to determine if a given file is legitimate or a virus.

Let us take, for example, a process like GSvr.exe; this process should run from C:\Program Files\GIGABYTE\EnergySaver\essvr.exe only. It should not, by any chance, run from any other location.

If you find out that it is running from a different location, then you should question it.

In order to confirm if this file is running in the right location, open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard and then head over to View. Now select Columns and then from here choose “Image Path Name” to add a location column to your Task Manager.

If you find a suspicious directory from this window, then it will be wise to investigate this process further.

There is another tool that can as well help you detect malicious processes. This tool is the inbuilt Microsoft’s Process Explorer that comes with Windows during installation.

  • Start the program and then activate “Check Legends” under Options.
  • Now go to View and then select Columns and add “Verified Signer” as one of the columns.
  • If you find out that the “Verified Signer” status of that particular process is listed as “Unable to Verify,” then that should raise the alarm.Take a moment and look at the process.


Remember that not all right Windows processes contain a legitimate Verified Signature label, and also neither does any of the bad ones.

Here are some of the most critical facts about GSvr.exe:

  1. This .exe file should be located in C:\Program Files\GIGABYTE\EnergySaver subfolder;
  2. Its genuine publisher is: GIGABYTE
  3. The full Path of this executable file is: C:\Program Files\GIGABYTE\EnergySaver\essvr.exe
  4. It does not have a help file
  5. The publisher URL of this file is: www.GIGABYTE.comThe average size should be at least 16.9 MB in size on most Windows.

The above factors should help you determine if this executable file is genuine or not.


If you have been facing difficulties with this executable file, try to determine if it’s trustworthy or not before you decide on whether to delete the GSvr.exe or not.

To do this

Find this process in Task Manager.

Locate its location. The location of this process should be C:\Program Files\GIGABYTE\EnergySaver.

Once you find it, compares the size, location, full Path, the publisher, the publisher URL, and many other factors with the essential facts about the GSvr.exe above.


If you have a feeling that your computer may be infected with a virus, it is necessary to try and fix it immediately.

For you to be able to delete the GSvr.exe virus, you will first need to download and install a full security application like Malwarebytes.

Please note that not all the tools you will find on the web can detect every type of malware. This means that you might have to try several options before you detect one successfully.

Additionally, the process of deleting the GSvr.exe can be affected by how the nature of the virus and how it functions. If this is the case, enable Safe Mode with Networking. This will create a very secure environment that will disable most processes. When you boot into this mode, it will only load the essential services and drivers that your PC requires.

When you are in safe mode, you can now run a security program and a complete system analysis.

Can I remove or delete GSvr.exe?

As much as you might want to get rid of this file, it is important not to delete a safe executable file if you don’t have a valid reason. This is because if you remove it, it can affect the performance of all programs that are associated with it negatively.

Also, it is important to make sure that your Windows software and other programs are up-to-date. This is just to ensure that you don’t run into future problems that might be caused by corrupted files.

It is also recommended that you regularly check driver and software updates, especially when it comes to software issues so that you don’t have any risks or problems occurring.

Important Facts

According to various sources that we reviewed, it is believed that about 8% of users do remove this file so that it may be harmless. However, it is recommended everyone should check the trustworthiness of this particular executable file for you to find out if it is safe or a virus.

The best way to diagnose this file if you are suspicious about it is to perform a complete system analysis with the Reimage tool.

If the Reimage tool happens to classify this file as malicious, these it will delete GSvr.exe and also remove any malware that could be associated with it.

However, it is not classified as a virus, and you still need to delete it, then you can do this by uninstalling Energy Saver Advance B9.0316.1 from your computer using its uninstaller. This could be located at: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\00\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup “C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{7.

If you cannot find the uninstaller, simply uninstall Energy Saver Advance B9.0316.1, and you will completely get rid of GSvr.exe.

Also, you can use the Add/Remove Program function in the Windows Control Panel as below.

  1. Hit the windows button in on the keyboard and then type Control Panel in the search box.
  2. Click Control Panel; it should be the first option in the results.

Navigate to the Programs tab:

 On Windows Vista/7/8.1/10: Click Uninstall a Program.

  1.  On Windows XP: simply click Add or Remove Programs.

Browse through the list of programs until you can locate the Energy Saver Advance B9.0316.1 program. While here, click on it.

 On Windows Vista/7/8.1/10: Click Uninstall.

  1.  On Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab. It should be on the right of the program).
  2. Now follow the on-screen prompts in order to uninstall the Energy Saver Advance B9.0316.1 completely.

Common GSvr.exe error messages

Several error messages are associated with this executable file. It is also imperative to know what they are and how they are displayed, depending on the brand of the computer you are using.

Here are the most common GSvr.exe errors that can appear on your PC:

  1. The first error message is “GSvr.exe Application Error.”
  2. “GSvr.exe failed.”
  3. “GSvr.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
  4. “GSvr.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”
  5. The next message you can receive is “GSvr.exe is not running.”
  6. “GSvr.exe not found.”
  7. “Cannot find GSvr.exe.”
  8. “Error starting program: GSvr.exe.”
  9. “Faulting Application Path: GSvr.exe.”

When do these error messages occur?

Well, the above .exe error messages can pop up when you are installing a particular program. There are cases where users had reported this issue when they were executing or running associate software programs that depend on the GSvr.exe.

Also, during the startup or shutdown of Windows, or even during the installation of the Windows operating system, one of the above errors can show up.

It is crucial to keep a record of when and where your GSvr.exe error occurs. This information will be useful when it comes to troubleshooting.

How to Fix GSvr.exe Issues

It is OK for you to look at the speed of your PC. However, this cannot be achieved by only keeping the PC in a clean environment and cleaning the files in it. The most important thing is to make sure that the computer is working perfectly well. Also, make sure that it does not have many temporary files in the hard drives. If temporary files pile up in your computer system, they may slow down your PC at a very high rate.

However, apart from the necessary steps above, you can also use the steps that we have listed below in order to handle any problems that you could be facing with the GSvr.exe.

You can have this done by making your hard disk go under a full malware scan in order to start the process of cleaning up your device by:

Method 1: Use cleanmgr

As mentioned above, your Operating system may slow down because of the overloading of operations.

In this case, you can take advantage of the Disk Cleanup tool, which will help you fix any errors associated with this executable file in no time.

Here is what you should do:

  1. Hit the Windows key +Q. This command will open the search box.
  2. Type the word cmd in the search box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys simultaneously in order for it to run.
  3. Grant the administrator privileges when prompted
  4. After the CMD window/terminal opens, type in this command cleanmgr.
GSvr.exe -clearmgr
  1. Now press the enter key on the keyboard in order to initiate the clean process.

The error message should now be fixed.

Method 2: Use sfc/scannow

When you install an operating system on your PC, it will install an inbuilt system application which you can always use to find any bugs and errors on your PC.

The System File Checker (sfc) is one of those apps that you can use in Windows to scan for bugs.

To fix any errors associated with the GSvr.exe, simply follow the steps that are described below. This should work with the latest version of Windows that: Windows 8 and Windows 10.

  1. Start by pressing Windows + Q keys on your keyboard in order to fire up the windows search box.
  2. In the search box type CMD and then simultaneously press of the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.
  3. Click on yes button in order to grant admin permission for you to open the Command Prompt terminal
  4. Now, type this command sfc/scannow into the command prompt window and then press the Enter key.
GSvr.exe -sfc
  1. Be patient for the process to finish and then proceed with the task that triggered the error and see if it is fixed.

Method 3: Uninstall Programs

Uninstalling associated programs could also help you take care of any errors that could be tied to this executable file.

Follow the steps below in order to get rid of them:

  1. Start by pressing the Windows + X keys on the keyboard
  2. From the results generated to select the Apps and Features option
apps and features
  1. From the next window, you can be able to find all attached lists of programs. Simply run a search for any unnecessary programs.
  2. From the list, select the ideal program that you don’t need and click on the uninstall button.

Method 4: Use MSConfig

If you don’t know what the Msconfig command means, then don’t worry. It is nothing that can harm your PC or files.

What it means in less technical terms is that it is the Microsoft System Configuration Utility that you can use to solve problems regarding any issue.

In order to have only the most important and crucial Windows drivers, you can follow the given steps:

  1. Hit the Windows key + R on your keyboard in order to open the Run dialogue box
  2. In the text field, type in the word CMD and then click OK or hit the Enter button.
  3. The above steps will open the Command Prompt terminal. Now you need to type in this command msconfig 
GSvr.exe -mscofig
  1. Afterward, press the enter key on your keyboard.
  2. Click on yes if you are asked for administrator permissions.
  3. Be patient and wait for the entire process to complete then text to see if the error associated with the GSvr.exe file is fixed.

Method 5: Automatic Updates

I mentioned that in order for all processes and applications to run well, you need to make sure that your Windows Operating System is updated all the time.

You can check this from the settings to be certain.

Simply follow the simple procedure given below:

  1. Hit the Windows key + R buttons on the keyboard
  2. When the Run box opens, type in the initials CMD (standing for Command Prompt)
  3. Click OK or simply hit the Enter key from the keyboard
  4. Confirm the administrator privileges when prompted to. There is no such thing that should be done in this step. Simply click the Yes button, and you will be taken in the Command prompt screen.
  5. Once you are in the CMD terminal, all you need to do is type in this command wuaucit/ShowWindowsUpdate and then hit the enter key.
  6. Wait for the process to run.

If there is a new update of Windows, it will be automatically installed on your PC.

You can also use the steps if you don’t want to go through the entire CMD process.

If you’re using Windows 10:

  1. Press the Windows button type Settings in that window.
  2. Now click on Update & Security and then click on Check for updates.
  3. Next, click on Install the updates if there are any.
  4. Restart your PC and rerun the program to see if it works.

If you’re using other versions of Windows:

  1. Press the Windows key + R at and then type control and click OK.
  2. Click Windows Update in Large icons.
  3. Now click Check for updates and install the available updates.

Restart your Windows and then retry the process you were performing to see if it works


You must be connected to a stable internet connection when doing all the above processes. Again, for you to keep up the safety of the data that is saved on your PC, regularly perform backups in order to have some data even if your PC is formatted.

Method 6: Resmon Command

Well, if you happen to run into some problems on your PC immediately after you have installed a new application/software, or even after making a major Windows update, then that could be the cause of all the trouble. For you to be able to narrow down the roots of the problem, you can use the Resmon command.

This command is available on every PC. There is no computer that does not have the Resource Monitor. This tool gives you access to various analyses of your PC. Additionally, it can help you find the exact cause behind the disrupted working of your PC.

To achieve that, follow these instructions:

  1. Hit the Windows button to open the start menu
  2. Now type the term cmd into the search box
  3. From the results that are generated, right-click on the first option and then select the Run as an administrator option
  4. This should fire up the Command prompt terminal, and that is where all the operations should take place.
  5. Once you are in the CMD window, type the command “resmon” and then press the enter.
GSvr.exe -resmon
  1. Wait for the operation to be complete and then check if you were able to fix the errors associated with the GSvr.exe file.

Method 7: DISM.exe/Online/Cleanup-image/Restorehealth

This is the most exclusive feature available i computers. It is one of the latest features available in Windows 8 or higher.

This feature can help you repair your PC. The best factor about it is that it can repair your PC without formatting your PC. This makes it a great option to use whenever you want to repair files in your OS because you can achieve your objective without losing any data that you had saved on your hard disk.

In order to use or enable this command to follow these steps here:

  1. First, press the Windows + Q key.
  2. Type in the phrase cmd
  3. After the result is generated, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter all at once.
  4. Click on the Yes button from the pop-up screen that pops up. This is just to give admin permissions to run the Command Prompt Terminal
  5. Now type this command when the CMD window opens DISM.exe/Online/Cleanup-image/Restorehealth 
  1. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard and wait for the command to execute the given command.

Concluding Lines

I hope that you, by now, you understand the GSvr.exe file very well and why it is essential to be kept on your PC.

I also believe that you were able to fix any of the errors that are associated with this file. Using one of the various methods discussed.

However, it is vital to keep track of or monitor each and every activity happening on your PC that is related to the GSvr.exe. You can use the following commands to achieve this:

Security Task Manager: 

Use the security task manager for you to be sure that the GSvr.exe files that are running on your PC are safe. This will help you make sure that such files don’t have bugs.

This command will also help you to have an idea about the necessary and the unnecessary processes that might be running on your computer.

Not only the Security is more advanced in that it also gives you an insight to several comments from other users facing the same issues and even advice from experts.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: 

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How To Use WhatsApp on PC Without Phone

WhatsApp has been a talk of the town for decades now and what many people want to know is how to use it on PC without a phone. See, the WhatsApp application has been designed and developed to run on Mobile Phones. And besides that, it has to be activated with a valid Phone Number. However, being designed for mobile phones does not mean that you cannot use it on a PC. Technology has advanced, and so has WhatsApp. Thanks to the esteemed developers who work day and night to bring a smile and something different for our devices. Some years back, one could not use an Android or iOS app on a desktop, but today, it is also possible. You can use WhatsApp on PC without Mobile Phone pretty well.

How to Use WhatsApp on PC without Mobile Phone

Now that I have raised an alarm by telling you that you can use WhatsApp on your PC, I know that you want us to get right to it and we will be there in a moment.

But before that, just briefly, there are several ways to use WhatsApp on PC or Mac. We have tested all the methods and found out that they work just fine. However, each method that is listed in this article has its own advantages and disadvantages, and some of them are as below:

Android SDK:

If you decide on using an Android SDK, then you should be very patient. Installing and setting up Android SDK o your computer takes time as compared to the other methods. Also, the setup requires a considerable amount of space and resources on your PC.

Android Emulators:

Android Emulators are applications that tend to install an android platform on your PC so that you can be able to run several android apps on your PC. One of the popular android emulators is the famous “BlueStacks” and “Andy.” The best thing about them is that they create an Android environment on your PC run a dozen of android apps.

Third-Party Software:

Apart from the two mentioned above, there are several third-party software that you can use to run WhatsApp on PC. However, when you use them, make sure that you read their agreement policy carefully so that you can be aware of what the entail. Not just for this software only but also other apps you install on your PC and especially those that you have to submit your personal information like contacts.

WhatsApp Web:

WhatsApp web is the easiest way that you can use to run WhatsApp on your PC. You can either use the Desktop version or the Web version of WhatsApp. Both of them are a proper way to use WhatsApp on PC. The only downfall about this method is that you will be required to have a phone with an active WhatsApp Account. And also, it should be running at that moment you are using it on your PC.

In a nutshell, WhatsApp Web is not a stand-alone app for PC. What happens behind the scenes is that it Mirrors your Mobile WhatsApp Account on the larger screen of your PC or Mac.

Method 1: Use WhatsApp On PC Without Phone Using BlueStacks

As stated above, BlueStacks was designed to create an android environment on computers so that you can be able to run Android Apps, and one of them is the WhatsApp application.

When using bluestacks, you will only be required to have one WhatsApp account per individual phone number. If you happen to create another account on a mobile phone using the same mobile number, then the active account on the PC will be closed.

The first step is to download & Install BlueStacks Android Emulator on your PC then download and Install WhatsApp on your PC.

  1. Open Google Chrome web browser on your PC and then navigate to If the site can’t be reached, here is how you can fix it as well.
  2. Once the site opens, simply click on the Download BlueStacks button. Make sure that when saving the file, you keep it to a location that you can easily trace or find. We recommend that you save it or download BlueStacks to your desktop.
  3. After the download process is complete, double-click on the downloaded file in order to begin the installation process of the BlueStacks app on your PC. Make sure that you provide the administrator permission when you are prompted to do so. Otherwise, the app will not install.
  4. When the installation wizard fires up, make sure that you follow all the onscreen instructions. Don’t initialize anything. Simply install it with its default configurations so that the installation of BlueStacks Application on your PC or Mac can be successful.
  5. After the installation process is successful, the bluestacks icon will be created on your desktop. Double click on it in order to open the application.
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Part 2

  1. After opening BlueStacks, you will immediately see WhatsApp under popular Apps listed by BlueStacks. If by any chance you are not able to see it, just do a search for WhatsApp by typing in the BlueStacks search bar.
  2. From the results, click on the Install button in order to download and Install WhatsApp on your PC.
  3. The app will be installed, and an icon is created on your PC and also inside the BlueStacks application. Just click on it, and it will be opened asking you to fill in your details.
  4. Enter your Phone number when prompted to, and a verification code from WhatsApp will be sent to your phone. You don’t need to have the Sim Card installed on your PC for this to happen.
  1. If you use a home number, a text message will not be delivered to it, what you should do is simply to click on the Call ME option and the account will be verified. If you have a phone number, enter the verification code that will be sent to you in the slots given.
  2. Write down the Verification Code you will be given through the Automated Message From WhatsApp on your Home Phone Number. This is if you selected the CALL Me option. Afterwards, enter the Verification Code in the pop-up on your computer.
  3. After entering the verification code, you will see your WhatsApp Account on your computer.
  4. Start a Chat with any of your Contacts to see if WhatsApp is working correctly on your computer without using a Mobile Phone.

Method 2:– Use WhatsApp on PC without using a local emulator

I know you are wondering how you can really use the WhatsApp application on your computer without having to use a phone or an emulator. I will explain that in this method. You’re probably wondering how right? You will achieve this using an online. I am talking about the online emulator and not the local emulator that you need to install on your PC.

What makes this method different from other emulators like Bluestacks is the fact that this particular emulator is not installed locally on your computer. It is hosted virtually, and you will like the experience.

The speed at which it operates explains why it’s a much better way to use WhatsApp on PC than the usual emulators that are available for download.

The logic is the same with what I told you about those emulators that need installation on your PC for them to operate, and for the online version, they have their environment created on the servers.

It is a perfect choice because it does not utilize any computer resources, including RAM, graphics memory and hard disk space.

The online emulator solves all these issues that other emulators come with.

That said, there is no need to worry about memory or storage because the emulator is cloud-based and therefore, it is installed on servers somewhere away from your computer.

However, for you to make use of it, you just need to install an excellent and fast browser like Google Chrome or Firefox and have a stable internet connection.

Also, don’t be worried about acquiring a smartphone. All the verifications that are required can be sent to any type of phone. It is just a verification code message from WhatsApp.


How do you use WhatsApp on an online emulator without a phone?

Part 1

  1. Install Google Chrome. You can skip this step if you already have Google Chrome installed. Otherwise, to install Google Chrome, visit the Google Chrome site’s download page and download the Google Chrome installer.
  2. Run the Chrome installer once the download process is done. The installer will download all the necessary files.
  3. After the download, open the Chrome browser.

Part 2

Add the Android online emulator extension in Google Chrome

Now that you have Google Chrome installed, it is time to install the Google Chrome emulator extension. This extension is the one that is going to help you run WhatsApp on the browser.

  1. Therefore, open the Google Chrome browser and then click on the three dots in the top right corner.
  2. Head over and select More tools and then click Extensions.
  3. Now click on the menu icon in the top left corner to pull out the sidebar of the extensions menu.
  4. After that, click on Open Chrome web store at the bottom of the menu.
  5. Search for Android Online Emulator and install the extension.
use WhatsApp on PC -online emulator

Part 3

Download WhatsApp Apk

Well, this online emulator is Android-based, and therefore we will need to install WhatsApp to it for us to be able to get it in use. However, before we install it, head over to the WhatsApp official download page and download the WhatsApp Apk. Make sure that you save it to a location you can easily recall because we will use it right in the next step.

Part 4

Install WhatsApp in the emulator

I believe that the Chrome browser is still open up to this moment.

  1. If that is the case, click on the Android Online Emulator extension. There must be an icon created in the extension section at the top right corner.
  1.  Next, click on My Apk manager & Apk upload.
  2. From the next screen – the Apk manager, click on the upload icon and then select on choose file.
  3. Now locate the downloaded WhatsApp Apk and upload it. When doing this, make sure that you don’t feel anything in the new file name filed. Just leave it blank and click on Upload Apk.
  4. Now click on the Run APK button to start the installation. The emulator will start the installation process. Be patient until everything is set up. Note that since this is the first installation, the extension might take a little more time for it to finalize on every detail. Don’t stop or close the browser. Also, make sure that the internet connection is stable. This is necessary because the emulator is hosted on a server and not on your PC.
  5. Follow the onscreen prompt to proceed with the WhatsApp installation process.
  6. Once the installation is successful, enter your details like the phone number.
Enter your Phone Number
  1. Verification code from Whatsapp will be sent to your phone (to the phone number you specified above to be precise)
  2. Enter the verification code that you receive in the text box area in Whatsapp on your PC. You will be logged in to your account after the initialization is complete.

You’re now done. Enjoy your WhatsApp on PC without a smartphone and in a fast and efficient environment.

Method 3 – Use WhatsApp on PC with Phoenix Operating System  

This might sound a little bit confusing, but there is not much difference with what is usually done when you install Ubuntu OS alongside Windows operating system.

I hope I have not confused you more. What I mean is that in this method, we are going to install the Phoenix OS (the Android operating system) to run alongside the Windows Operating System that is already installed on your computer.

Running Android on a PC is can be such a great experience. It is the fastest phone you can ever acquire. Why am I saying this?

Imagine having a phone that has computer specifications, like RAM, HDD, resolution and others. How fast can a phone with for example 4GB of RAM be?

Don’t answer it…

That is precisely what we are going to do.

Don’t be scared because we are not converting your PC into an android device. You will still run the Windows Operating System anytime you want.

So here is how you can go about it:

Part 1:

  1. First of all, download the Phoenix OS (Android for PC).

In order to make use of it, we shall be using dual boot in order to open the Phoenix OS. When I talk of Dual boot, I simply mean that you are going to have two operating systems running on the same computer: the Windows OS and the Phoenix OS. You can always switch between any of the operating systems. 

After you have downloaded the operating system from the manufacturer’s official website, the installer will be saved on your PC. There are several installer types you can choose from which include; an online installer, ISO image, and an EXE installer. Also, the installers are categorized according to the Android version. For purposes of illustration and also for ease of use, we recommend that you download the EXE installer.

Part 2: Create a new partition and restore point

  1. Before you run the installer on your PC, I suggest that you create a new disk partition specifically for the Phoenix operating system.

The minimum disk partition size should be 10GB.

  1. In addition to that, make sure that you create a restore point as a way to back up the current system settings and configurations. It is imperative just in case anything goes wrong.

If you don’t know how to create a restore point, Click here for details on how to create a restore point. And also read this article here on how to use it in the system restore.

Part 3: Run the file as administrator

  1. Now after the two are set, i.e. the partition and the restore point, you can now run the downloaded EXE file as administrator. To run the file as an administrator, simply right-click on the file and click on the run as administrator from the options that will be displayed.
  2. Now an installation wizard will pop up, just click on Install.
  3. Next, select the disk partition that you’ve just created and click Next.
  4. On the data size option, just select 8G and click Install. This installation will take several minutes, so be patient until everything is setup.
  5. Reboot the computer immediately the installation is complete.
  6. Now after you reboot your PC before it boots into the Windows operating system, a menu of operating systems will be displayed during the boot-up. Just navigate through the options and then select Phoenix operating system and press the Enter button. Doing this will boot your computer in the Phoenix OS. It is as easy to use as an android phone. The design or layout is not different from that of an android phone, and therefore everything will be easy to navigate through.

Part 4: Download WhatsApp from Google Play store

Well, when the Phoenix operating system boots up, it will open with pre-installed or with the basic android applications installed on it including Google Play.

To install the WhatsApp application, just open the Google Play app and do a search of WhatsApp from the search box. Click on the first option and then hit the Install button. When doing this, make sure that you are connected to the internet connection. Also, make sure the date and time are correct. If they are not set, Google Play will not open.

Also, make sure that you have an active Gmail account just in case you are asked for it when downloading WhatsApp.

You can now install WhatsApp from Google play.

After the installation is complete, open the WhatsApp application and tabulate the required details.

Select the method that suits you, i.e. .a call or text message so that you can get the verification code to verify your details. The code will be sent to the mobile phone number that you specify. If you chose to verify by Call, you would receive an automated call from Whatsapp. Note down the code that you will hear.

Once you have the verification code, type it in the app, and your account will be set up.

Remember that the Phoenix operating system is not limited to only WhatsApp. Therefore, you can install any other Android applications you want, including games.

Method 4: Use WhatsApp desktop app

Please note that the steps listed or described in this method will only work for those who are using the Windows 10 operating system.

use WhatsApp on PC -desktop app

Also, you will be required to have an active WhatsApp account on your smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, I am sorry, this method will not work for you.

Here are the steps:

  1. Hit the windows button on the keyboard or press Windows key + Q in order to open the search box
  2. Now type the word “store” in the search box and then open the Microsoft store. It should be the first option in the results.
  3. You may be asked to sign in to your Windows account before using the store. Sign in otherwise you’ll not get access to the Microsoft store.
  4. You will be provided with the option to create an account in case you don’t have a Windows account. Just click on create an account and then follow the steps or guidelines on the screen in order to create an account.
  5. After signing, you’ll get access to the Microsoft store.
  6. From the search panel on the top right corner, search for “Whatsapp” and from a list of displayed results click on “WhatsApp Desktop“.
  7. Now click on download to start downloading.
  8. The download can then be monitored by clicking on the download icon at the top right corner of the store window.
  9. Once the download is complete, open it and then log into your WhatsApp account. To do this, open WhatsApp on your phone, click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner of your WhatsApp screen.
  10. From the options menu, click on Whatsapp Web and use the phone to scan the QR code on the Whatsapp desktop app.

Whatsapp on your PC will automatically log in when the scan is successful.

You can now always log in to your WhatsApp account by just opening your WhatsApp desktop app.

Wrap Up

I know you came to this post with huge expectations of how to use WhatsApp on PC. There are many methods that you can use, but we just listed a few of them, and we hope that you will be able to settle with one.

Let us know which method you prefer to use and why.

Also, if you have other app or ways to use WhatsApp on PC that you have come across and are not on our list, which you would like to share with us, feel free. Just drop them in the comment section so we can continue expanding the article.

Fix Unable To Update The Minecraft Native Launcher

Minecraft is a thriller and a very popular game that many people enjoy playing. The game is played by people of most people regardless of age or status. However, there have been cases whereby some users have been complaining of a problem that makes them unable to update the Minecraft native launcher game application in Windows.

The problem experienced in this game happens to also prevent you from playing the game. This so because at that time the update process is frozen and there is nothing that can run.

unable to update the minecraft cover

From the reports we have gathered from several sources, we found out that many users install Minecraft updates right through the Minecraft Launcher app. And now when the entire updating process fails or maybe gets stuck, the app displays an error message: Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher.

When the error in question appears in the game, the Minecraft game application usually tries to restart the update process once again and again the update gets stuck just like before.

Why does Minecraft give the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error message?

It is always a good practice to find out why you receive some errors on your PC before digging down to how you can fix or resolve them. During our research, we figured out the issues that break the Minecraft update process or issues that trigger the error and we came up with this list:

A.     Irregularities in the new launcher:

We found out that the error in question is mostly caused by irregularities or inconsistencies with the new launcher that you are using to update. It happens that for some reason, the new Minecraft launcher usually struggles to fetch files from the internet in order to update the game.

It has been found that there might be a bug in the launcher which affects the file downloading abilities of the old Minecraft Launcher.

Also, it has been seen that Minecraft launcher update could get worse mostly when the internet connection that you are using is slow.

If you find that this error is troubling you too much too while fetching for updates through the Minecraft launcher, it is advisable that you try downloading the Minecraft executable from the developer website directly. This is much better instead of you waiting for the launcher to do the job for you.

B.     Disruptions from third-party security applications:

We also found out that some of the third-party security solutions that you might have installed on your PC, especially antivirus, could block some of the processes that should be used by games during updates and could even disrupt their operations.

There are some malware protection utilities that go an extra step and stop the game applications from starting. They can even disable some important components that the game relies on to function.

The two causes are the common reasons why you will face a lot of problems while updating the Minecraft game application. However, the list of all the possible causes of the Minecraft is very long.

You will learn about some other issues and events that could cause this error on Windows 10 computers as you go through this guide.

How to fix the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error on a Windows 10 PC

Before you jump or skip through to other fixes that are listed in this piece, we recommend that you should start with the first solution listed on the list and proceed downwards.

If one solution fails to resolve the problem in your case, then move to the second fix and continue to work your way through the solutions in the order they appear (if the need arises).

Solution 1: Repair Minecraft:

Most times, when an app runs into an error while performing a process when an operation fails, it means that some of its files could likely be corrupt or maybe they might have been broken them.

When that is the case, you will have to repair the files and try to get them back to their normal state.

This process is not difficult or technical as you might think. Windows has an option that allows you to do a repair of files for any programs or applications that are installed on it.

If the game is displaying the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher notification because its files are corrupted or broken then this fix will solve it. After repairing the game files, the update process is likely to run perfectly ok.

Here are the instructions you must follow to repair Minecraft:

  1. First of all press and hold down the Windows key + R buttons on your PC’s keyboard to open the Run app.
  2. Now type appwiz.cpl into the Run dialog box and then hit Enter from the keyboard. You will then be taken to the Uninstall a program screen in the Control Panel app.
unable to update the minecraft -appwiz.cpl
  1. Browse through the list of the installed applications and then locate Minecraft
  2. Right-click on the Minecraft app and from the list of options there, you select Repair. You will then see the Minecraft installer or installation wizard.
  3. Now follow the on-screen instructions in order to repair Minecraft
  4. After the repair process is complete, we close all apps that are currently running on your PC and then restart your computer.
  5. Finally, run the Minecraft game and check to see if the update process can now pull through.

Solution 2: Download Minecraft directly from Minecraft’s website:

If the steps did not solve the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error er then you will have to download a new Minecraft app from the official Minecraft’s website and hopefully, you will be able to get on with your game.

A good number of users have managed to fix this issue by re-downloading it. If you manage to download the game and install it once more then there will be no need to worry if your internet is slow or something is broken in the update components.

Well, you will have to do is simply download a specific file from the website. Afterward, run the package, and then install Minecraft.

The instructions below cover everything that you need to do, follow them closely:

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  1. First of all, open your web browser preferably Google
  2. Once the browser window fires up, type the following in the search bar: Minecraft Windows download and hit Enter.
  3. When you get the results on the Google Search results page, click on the first entry. Usually Download Minecraft: Java Edition | Minecraft. Doing this will direct you to the Download Minecraft page for Windows.
  4. Next click on the Try an alternative download link. This will redirect you to the Alternative Download Options for Minecraft: Java Edition page.
  5. Locate Windows (alternative) under Platform and then click on the Minecraft.exe link beside it.
  6. Be patient and then wait for your browser to fetch the package from Minecraft servers.
  7. When the download is complete, run the downloaded file as an administrator. Now follow the on-screen instructions to perform the necessary installation tasks.
  8. After you are done with the installation, the issue you were facing will have been fixed.
  9. Now run Minecraft game and enjoy it.

What should you do if the problem was not resolved

If that is the case, you now have to delete Minecraft’s old files.

At this point, you need a fresh start. By a fresh start, I simply mean that Minecraft must no longer be given permission to read data from broken or faulty packages.

To do so, continue with the steps below:

  1. Hit the Windows + R buttons on the keyboard in order to open the run dialog box. Alternatively, you can do this by right-clicking on your taskbar to see the list of options available and then choosing Run.
  2. Type this %Appdata% command in the Run box and then hit enter from your keyboard or simply click on the Ok button: Running this command will take you to the Appdata directory in a File Explorer window.
  3. Now, locate the Minecraft folder, and then click on it to get it highlighted.
  4. Right-click on the Minecraft folder and then select Delete. Windows will now remove the unwanted files. When this is done, close the file explorer window
  5. Now, head back to your Downloads folder or where your browser saves the items you download.
  6. Locate the Minecraft.exe package that you just downloaded and then click or double-click on it in order to run it.
  7. Follow the appropriate instructions to perform the tasks.
  8. After everything is done, you have to open Minecraft to see if things are now fine.

If the issues that trigger the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error appear again, restart your computer and then run the downloaded Minecraft executable again.

Solution 3: Disable your antivirus:

Well, if you are running any antivirus software on your PC as your computer’s main protection utility, then you this where you should begin your work. You should disable the antivirus and see if you can fix this issue.

We said that there is a credible link between the antivirus and the issues that cause the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error.

All the troubles you are going through with the Minecraft game application could be down to your antivirus overreaching by disrupting or interfering with Minecraft processes or components.

If you have never been told this then let us be the first to tell you. Antivirus software is hardly perfect.

Antivirus might have misconstrued or wrongly labeled Minecraft to be a malicious or harmful application. If this was done by a third-party antivirus you have on your PC, then it explains what it made against the game’s interests.

Some users have reported that antivirus blocks Minecraft’s connection to Mojang servers.

Well, to know the truth, you will need to disable your antivirus and test if things will work.

Thankfully, almost all antivirus vendors usually provide you with the means or options through which you can get to disable the security programs.

Follow these instructions to disable your antivirus:

  1. Hit the Windows button on the keyboard and the search for your antivirus.
  2. Open the antivirus software.
  3. Now navigate through to its settings menu sometimes called control center or options pane.
  4. Locate the option that allows you to disable your antivirus. If variants of the disable option exist – such as Disable for 10 minutes, Disable until computer is restarted, Disable permanently, and so on – then you will do well to select the Disable permanently option (for the best results).


If you may be the antivirus does not have the options which allow you to disable your antivirus, you will have to check for options that will at least force it to limit its activities. You can also change the parameters for the most important functions. Just turn off such options and parameters. In general, you must do what you can to reduce your antivirus’ capabilities for the time being.

  • After you have the changes, save those changes
  • Now close Minecraft and all the components that depend on it. To do this you will have to launch the Task Manager app by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and then end all the running programs.
  • Afterward,  run Minecraft to see if the update operations now proceed as they should (without interruptions or setbacks).

If everything goes well, then you must take the turn of events as confirmation that your antivirus played some role in causing issues for you. You will then have to decide what becomes of your antivirus.

Solution 4: Add Minecraft to the whitelist in your antivirus; Create an exception for Minecraft:

By now we hope that you already know that the antivirus you had on your computer was the one responsible for all your struggles with the Minecraft launcher update. Now that you managed to continue running the app normally after doing the above fixes or after you put down the antivirus, you now need to add the Minecraft game app to the whitelist.

This is necessary because you cannot keep the antivirus software disabled forever. This makes sense that you need to make changes in order to mitigate the effect of the fix and preferably get a permanent solution.

What you are required to do is simply add Minecraft to the whitelist provided by your antivirus. The antivirus on the computer will ignore whitelist programs by default. If you put Minecraft or other apps in the whitelist, antivirus tends to ignore their processes, components, and services. Therefore, when you put Minecraft in the whitelist, your antivirus will no longer bother or disturb it.

The steps on how you can add applications to the whitelist can vary depending on the type of antivirus solution that your PC is using. However, we will try to provide you with a concrete description that can serve as the general procedure for adding programs to whitelists.

Adding Minecraft to whitelist

The steps below should give you some ideas on how you can add the Minecraft game app to the whitelist. Even though they might differ as per the antivirus, the difference is not that big:

  1. Open your antivirus.
  2. Go to the main dashboard, options menu, or settings pane.
  3. Find the whitelist option. This option might be named differently in your antivirus software. Just look out for anything similar. If you see an option called exceptions list, then you must click on it.
  4. Now, search for Minecraft and then select it and add it to the list of whitelisted applications. If possible, you can select and specify the entire Minecraft folder in which the game installation is or the directory from which Minecraft and its components run.
  5. Next, save the changes that you just made to your antivirus whitelist
  6. You can now enable your antivirus. You can also turn on the features or functions you disabled earlier to limit your antivirus activities.

Solution 5: Unistall the antivirus

If you find that the unable to update the Minecraft native launcher error still persists even after you just added the game application to the antivirus whitelist or created an exception for it, the other option is to uninstall the antivirus.

There are situations where you cannot get some antivirus software to operate on your PC without interfering with the processes used by other apps. When this happens, whether it is the best option, your antivirus has to be removed.

Browse through the Programs and Features menu in Control Panel and then initiate the uninstall process.

When the antivirus has been removed, simply restart your PC.

Remember to find a replacement for the antivirus when you remove it because you cannot leave your computer to function without a security utility. But if you are using Windows 10, you can update the Windows Defender utility, and it functions just fine.

We suggest that you get Auslogics Anti-Malware. It is a great protection utility program that will keep your computer safe from all forms of threat. The best thing about it is that it will not have any interference with other programs’ activities. Neither will it intefear with operations on your computer.

You might come to see this application as the ideal replacement for your antivirus. Considering the issue that compelled you to get rid of your antivirus in the first place, you should use it.

Solution 6: Run the program compatibility troubleshooter:

Windows usually come with a compatibility troubleshooter that you can run for every application. Using this feature, you can get to fix many problems that you might encounter while using your computer. Moreso issues with the launch.

The troubleshooter works the same way the standard troubleshooters in Windows function.

First, it will diagnose the problem and identify its source. Afterward, it moves on to apply some known solutions. It even suggests some procedures that you can follow to resolve the issue.

In this fix, you will run the compatibility troubleshooter program for Minecraft.

 These instructions below cover everything that you need to do here:

  1. Tap the Windows logo button on your PC’s keyboard to get to the Windows Start menu. Then type Minecraft into the text box
  2. Once Minecraft Launcher (App) emerges right-click on it to see the list of available options.
  3. Now Select Open file location and then you will be directed to the Minecraft directory in a File Explorer window.
  4. Go through the items listed there and locate the Minecraft Launcher file. Right-click on it, and from the list of options that show up, select Troubleshoot compatibility.
  5. In the compatibility troubleshooter window, follow the on-screen instructions in order to perform the troubleshooting tasks.
  6. Click on Use the recommended compatibility setting. However, if you happen to be knowing the preferred compatibility settings for Minecraft Launcher simply specify the settings yourself.

If everything goes well, you will end with a fix to the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error. If it is unsuccessful, the troubleshooter will advise you to execute a specific operation to resolve the problem.

Solution 7: Reinstall Minecraft:

We are assuming that the Minecraft application on your PC is permanently broken. Therefore, in this fix, the only solution is to reinstall it.

First of all, you will have to remove or uninstall the Minecraft application completely. After that, perform a clean install of the game.

Follow these instructions:

  1. Press and hold Windows key + R on the keyboard to open the run dialog box
  2. Type appwiz.cpl into the text box there and then click on the OK button. You will then be directed to the Uninstall or change a program screen in the Control Panel application.
  3. Now, locate Minecraft,  right-click on it, and then select Uninstall. This will open the uninstaller or uninstallation wizard window for Minecraft
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions in order to remove Minecraft.
  5. Now, again hit the Windows button + R to open the Run app.
  6. Type in this command %Appdata% and then hit Enter to run the code.
  7. Now locate the Minecraft folder and then delete it.
  8. Close all the programs you had opened and then restart your computer.
  9. Open your preferred web browser app and then go to Minecraft’s website or download page.
  10. Download the Minecraft installer for the latest version of the game and run the downloaded package.
  11. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Minecraft.
  12. Run the installed program to confirm that the Unable to update the Minecraft Native Launcher error no longer comes up.

Final Thoughts

Well, I believe that by now, you have managed to fix the problem. If not, you can try to update some outdated drivers using the Driver Easy tool and all will be well.

Also, if you feel that you skipped a process from our instructions, you can always start again, and eventually; you will be able to fix unable to update the Minecraft native launcher.

Fix There Was A Problem Patching League Of Legends Loop

Games are there to entertain and refresh our minds. They are also designed to bring that thrill in you and also pass time with a fantasy simulation. Playing games can also be one thing to relieve you from the stress and all the pain you went through during the day. One of the games that can do that is the famous league of legends. However, you might just run into “there was a problem patching League of Legends error” which appears when the game goes into an indefinite loop.

problem patching league of legends

In this article, I will show you some of the easiest ways to fix this error.

Game developers have designed patches for several games such that you don’t have to re-download an entire game package in case it is updated. Also, the patching technology helps game developers to design updates of specific components of the game and release them instead of having to do one for the whole game. This technology has turned out to be a life-saver for many gamers.

League of Legends developers have joined other popular online game in releasing new patches for the game. The patches often change some things, but they also some come with bug fixes to resolve some previous problems that were being encountered in the game.

The problem though with game of legends patches is that, the game restarts, and then it shows the same patch when the patching process is complete. This problem continues in a loop that never ends.

If you happen to be one of those users who are experiencing this issue then you can try to apply the fixes describe in this piece but before that:

What causes the ‘League of Legends’ patching loop?

With regards to user reports and our findings of the matter, there were several things which could trigger this problem.

Some of the causes are but not limited to:

  • The patch that is being installed usually does not get registered properly into the game’s directory. This causes the league of legends game to patch again and again forcing the game to go into an error state
  • You should realize that even games do require DNS services for them to establish a connection. This error could also be triggered if the league of legends game is having problems connecting to the DNS server.
  • The launcher could either be incomplete or corrupt. If the launcher is corrupt and you are trying to patch the game, you will run into there was a problem patching league of legends loop. This often happens to quite different games.


Before we start with any of the solutions, please make sure that you have a stable and active internet connection. Also, make sure that you have administrator privileges on your computer.

Method 1: Reset Winsock

A problem with the internet connection could sometimes cause this issue to appear. This is because there could be something that is preventing the launcher functioning properly and also might prevent it from downloading the proper patches from the game server.

If that is the case, there is one way of fixing this problem. This method involves resetting the Winsockets using the command prompt.

  1. First of all, hit the windows button on your keyboard and then type the word CMD.
  2. Right-click on the first result and then open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  3. Once the command prompt window opens, simply copy the command netsh winsock reset , paste it in the CMD window using Ctrl + V and then hit Enter on the keyboard in order to run it
problem patching league of legends -reset winsock
  1. Now close the Command Prompt, restart your device and then launch League of Legends. The patching loop problem has been fixed

Method 2: Run League of Legends as Administrator

This is a quick workaround to fix this problem. Even though it seems to be a very basic and an ordinary fix, it could help you to fix there was a problem patching league of legends loop.

See, many of us don’t have a habit of running applications as an administrator and as usual, that is the case with league of legends. One does not have to run the league of legends using administrator permissions for it to run. This is because the game was granted those administrator permissions automatically when you first installed the game on your Windows computer.

However, you can as well try and force the administrator permissions in order to be able to patch the game correctly.

To do so;

  1. Make sure that you have closed the Riot Games Launcher
  2. Next, navigate to your Windows Desktop
  3. Right-click on the League of Legends game shortcut and then select the Run as Administrator option from the list of options displayed.
problem patching league of legends - run as administrator
  1. Afterward, you can now apply the patch and then check to see if the loop problem has been fixed

Method 3: Repair Game Files

Do you often get the there was a problem patching league of legends loop when trying to patch your game? Does the patching loop issue continue to appear without an end? Well, if that is what you are facing then maybe you have some corrupted patch files that the game is not able to install correctly.

In order to fix this annoying problem, League of Legends game has a repair utility like Steam to fix your files.

  1. First things first, launch League of Legends
  2. Click on the Settings button. This should be found in the upper-right section of the window.
  3. In the menu that appears, click on Repair
  4. From here, you only need to be patient and wait until League of Legends fixes all the game files. This will include the patch files that you have just downloaded on your computer. This process could take some time, therefore, make sure that you are on a stable power connection.
  5. Once it is done, you can now try once again to apply the patch and see if the loop issue has been fixed.

Method 4: Disable Antivirus

If you happen to be having any third-party antivirus software installed on your computer then maybe that is the reason why the patching loop problem appears on your computer.

Many of us don’t know that third-party antivirus software could cause problems on the computer even though they protect your PC against malware and virus.

As you may know, the antivirus is the one that protects you from malicious files. Having given such powerful responsibilities, it is the one that could be deleting or disabling some data in the patch file that you want to install.

Therefore, to fix this the loop that league of legends has gotten in to, you first need to fix this antivirus conflict. You do this by disabling it temporarily while you apply the patch then enable it later on. However, test the game before enabling the antivirus once again. If there is no error, enable it.

If by any chance the error shows up again after enabling the third-party antivirus, you can disable it or uninstall it completely. This does not mean that you will be prone to malware. You can enable Windows defender to take control of the same.

Here are the steps

disable antivirus
  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to and then from the list of options displayed, select task manager then find the antivirus from the list of running apps. You can also enter the task manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Alternatively, go to the taskbar and then right-click on the antivirus icon
  2. From the menu that opens, click on Shield controls and choose the Disable protection for 1-hour option. This time will give League of Legends enough time to apply the patch correctly
  3. When done, you can re-launch League of Legends and then check to see if you were able to fix there was a problem patching league of legends loop.

Method 5: Disable Firewall

If you are still experiencing the loop problem while you are trying to patch league of legends, you can also try to disable the Windows Firewall.

You have to disable the firewall because it might be doing just what the third-party antivirus was doing -blocking the patch from being applied correctly.

To disable the firewall, follow these quick steps:

problem patching league of legends -disable firewall
  1. Hit the windows button on your keyboard and then search for Control Panel.
  2. Open the Control Panel and then navigate to the System and Security section.
  3. Now click on Windows Defender Firewall
  4. On the left side menu, you click on the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off option.
  5. From the window that fires up, checkmark the Turn off Windows Firewall off the checkbox in private and public networks.
  6. Then click on OK in order to save the changes
  7. Restart your PC

Now launch the league of legends game and then apply the patch once again in order to check if the issue has been fixed

Method 6: Change DNS

As we said earlier, DNS could heavily impact on the failure of the league of legends patch to install correctly.

Changing the DNS to fix the patching loop has been reported on most league of legends forums and it has turned out to be a fix for several users.

 If you have been facing this problem, you can try fixing it using the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the Network icon located in the taskbar. This should work on Windows 10.
  2. After that, a menu will pop up, now click on Open Network & Internet settings
  3. Scroll down and then click on the Change adapter options button
  4. Now, you should be able to see all your network adapters from this screen.
  5. Right-click on the network adapter that your PC uses and then select the Properties option
  6. While you are in the Properties window, double click on the line Internet Protocol Version 4
  7. Now, checkmark the option Use the following DNS server addresses. This is found in the bottom section of the window. Now copy the following numbers: and
problem patching league of legends -change the DNS
  1. Click on OK to apply the changes and then restart the device or your computer

The above numbers belong to the Google Public DNS, but you can use another if you want. Apply the patch on league of legends and then verify that the loop has been solved

Method 7: Disabling in-game overlays

In-game overlays are usually featured by different software which allows you to access certain parts of particular software functionality without having to alt-tab out of the game.

This feature usually makes it easier for game users to access diverse functionalities.

Software that accompanies games includes; NVIDIA GeForce experience or Discord provide in-game overlays.

Sometimes it might happen that these overlays are one of the causes that are interfering with the patching process.

Therefore, trying to disable the overlays and then patching league of legends again could just fix the problem in question.

In this fix, I will show you how to disable the overlay of Discord. You can also use the same for other software that has in-game overlay enabled.

To do this first of all;

  1. Start the Discord and then open its User Settings.
  2. Select the Overlay option from the left navigation tab and then uncheck the Enable in-game overlay option
  3. Now restart your PC completely so that the changes you just made are implemented and later try patching League of Legends again when the computer powers on.

Method 8: Updating League of Legends

The league of legends software developers was notified of the error and the already took notice of this issue. Since it was reported by users, they have worked on fixes and managed to release subsequent updates to fix the error at hand.

Therefore, if you are still holding back or using the old version of the league of legends or maybe not installing the latest updates, we suggest that you do so right away.

To update the game, simply open it and then update it when you are prompted to install the update.

The game will automatically download the patch and after installing, restart it. Make sure that you launch the league of legends launcher with administrator privileges.

Wrapping Up:

I hope that this article has helped you to troubleshoot and also fix the patching loop issue on League of Legends “there was a problem patching league of legends loop.” I believe that you are now able to continue playing with your friends or online without problems.

In Summary

Some other tips which you can try in order to solve the patching error are:

  • Running the League of Legends launcher as an administrator.
  • When the client states ‘We have restored….’ on the initial error message, instead of pressing okay, press Alt + F4. Now launch the game again.
  • End all tasks (type taskmgr after pressing Windows + R) of League of Legends and launch the launcher again using administrator privileges.

If you need more help you can contact us using the comments below and we will revert shortly.

What Are Vulkan Run Time Libraries in Windows

Are you among those people who have been wondering what Vulkan Run Time Libraries are? Well, f you have noticed Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer, and maybe you are not so sure what it is or how it was installed, do not worry. These libraries are not viruses or malware.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries

These files will not damage your Windows operating system, and therefore you don’t have to panic and remove or delete it from your system.

So what is a runtime library?

TA run time library is simply a collection of software programs. They are often used at application run time in order to provide one or even several local program functions or services.

The Run Time Libraries usually have many distinct programs and functions which are collectively used by several programs or software on the PC.

This library enables a software program to be executed with its complete functionality. It does this by providing some add-on program resources. These resources are essential to the primary program.

What Is Vulkan Run Time Libraries

Vulkan Run Time Libraries are APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that are used explicitly for a machine’s graphics.

This brings us to another question about what an API is. In less technical terms, an API is a set of protocols, tools, and subroutine definitions that are used to build application software. They are generally a set of clearly defined communication methods between various components of the software.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries can be said to be the new or latest graphic standard. They are 3D graphics in a programming interface used for creating applications. It can be compared to the conventional OpenGL and DirectX that developers have been using for gaming. It is just that they are better or advanced libraries responsible for better 3D performance.

Therefore, as it has been known to many, DirectX12 is the latest graphic standard for gaming; it is ideally true to say that Vulkan Run Time Libraries are the newest version of OpenGL.

These libraries are mostly intended to offer or provide for higher performance. Also, they give a much more balanced CPU/GPU usage. Apart from lowering or balancing the CPU usage, the Vulkan libraries are also able to distribute work amongst multiple CPU cores.

Additional Information on Vulkan Run Time Libraries

Just as I said earlier, it is reasonable to see Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on Windows. This is especially if you have a computer that is using Nvidia graphic drivers and also other software that depends on the Vulkan Run Time Libraries for them to be correctly installed.

These libraries are usually installed automatically without prompting for your permission. If you are that one person who like playing computer games every now and then, and also if your computer is running other programs that might require graphics, we recommend that you don’t remove these libraries. Just leave the Vulkan Run Time Libraries intact on the system.

However, if you are not fond of games or maybe you don’t run any software that could require graphics for them to operate effectively, you can remove them but and you won’t even notice if they are not installed.


Please keep in mind when you remove the Vulkan Run Time Libraries from your computer system, it will be difficult and close to impossible to reinstall, since it installs with graphic drivers – these would need reinstallation first.

Which game applications support Vulkan Run Time Libraries

The good news is that Vulkan is still a new API, and currently, there are not many games that support it. However, since it is an advance program, you may need to keep it because, in IT, everything moves fast and is designed based on the current technology.

Here are the most popular games which support the Vulkan rendering API:

  • Quake
  • Dota 2
  • GRID Autosport
  • Doom
  • Mad Max
  • Warhammer 40,00: Dawn of War III, F1 2017
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Serious Sam Fusion 2017, and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

It also supports newer games, so if you wish to play these, leave Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed.

Why are Vulkan Libraries installed on my computer?

It is now clear that these libraries are installed automatically without any administrator permission, and now it is normal.

When you do an installation of the NVidia drivers or Steam or any other program that requires Vulkan Run Time Libraries, it will automatically install them.

The developers of these drivers do not include any options for you to decide whether you want to install the libraries or not. We are used to virus and malware installing themselves on our PCs without our consent but however, this does not necessarily imply that Vulkan Run Time Libraries are malware or a threat to your PC.

What does this mean? It merely means that you do not have to worry about anything if you see the Vulkan Run Time Libraries installed on your computer system.

Just leave it there if you want to keep having fun with your graphics demanding programs.

What Does Vulkan Runtime Libraries Do?

Since Vulkan run time libraries is not a malware or virus whether you should delete it should not be your primary concern because it does not affect your computer negatively. It only aims at offering lower visual projection, direct control over the GPU and lower CPU usage.

They intend to provide high-efficiency and cross-platform access to modern GPU’s. Vulkan is significant for lowering GPU usage, and it can also perform well among multiple CPU cores.

It is highly recommended to keep the Vulkan run time libraries on your system even if you are not using them.

Uninstalling it won’t cause problems if you are not running apps that use it. But how do you uninstall Vulkan run time libraries? In the following part, we will show you how we can do that.

Also, if you need them back sometime later and you want to reinstall it for some reason, steps are also described in this post.

Why does it get flagged as a threat?

It happens that the Windows defender or the third-party Anti-virus you are using to protect your PC might flag Vulkan as a threat. Don’t remove it when you see this, the Vulkan libraries are not harmful, and therefore the feedback report from the two is just a false positive. Just like many other programs that get flagged by your Anti-virus despite them being completely safe, Vulkan is also safe to keep.

Should I uninstall Run Time Libraries?

If you want to delete these libraries, then you are free to uninstall it.

You will not notice a difference in your gaming if your games do not depend on it.

However, as I said earlier if you have games on your PC that require the runtime libraries for its performance, just keep it because if you don’t, you will feel the drop in quality.

And when you delete the Run Time Libraries, manually downloading them will not happen.. You will have to uninstall and reinstall your graphics drivers or any other program that originally installed Vulkan in the first place.

How To Uninstall And Reinstall Vulkan Run Time Libraries

A. Uninstalling/Deleting Vulkan Run Time Libraries

If you want to remove Libraries from your PC, follow the following instructions.

  1. Hit the Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialogue box
  2. Now type “appwiz.cpl” in the Run box and then click “OK” or hit Enter on the keyboard.
Vulkan Run Time Libraries -appwiz.cpl
  1. Find the specific Vulkan Run Time Libraries version installed on your PC by scrolling through the list.
  2. Now right-click on it and then select “Uninstall/Change” this can be found in the drop-down.
  3. Follow the prompts to finish the un-installation process.

B. Uninstalling/Deleting Vulkan Run Time Libraries

If for some reason you uninstalled the libraries, and you wish to reinstall it, you need to uninstall the graphics drivers.

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Press Windows key + X and then click on “device manager” from the list of options that will pop up
  2. Browse through the drivers and find the graphics hardware device. Expand it and then right-click the graphics driver.
  3. Now select “Uninstall device” in order to trigger the un-installation process.
  4. Next, check-mark the “Delete the driver software for this device” checkbox before uninstalling the device and then click “Uninstall”.
Vulkan Run Time Libraries -delete driver

After the process is complete, restart your computer and Windows will automatically reinstall the missing drivers.

If for some reason it does not, return to Device Manager, right-click the video driver. You can find this under the video hardware device, and later select “Update Driver”.

You will be asked how you wish to search for drivers. That is, automatically for updated driver software, or to browse the system for driver software. Select your preferred option and follow the instructions.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries -search automatically

An alternative way to update or install new drivers for video hardware

You can also reinstall the libraries automatically using the most common driver update tool called Driver Easy.

This software tool will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics driver, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. First of all, Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy as an administrator and then click Scan Now.
driver easy
  1. This tool will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. You audio driver is no exception.
  2. Click Update next to a flagged sound driver to automatically download the correct version of this driver. You can manually install it on your computer. (You can do this with the free version.)
  3. Or you can also click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
  4. Restart your computer. Afterwards, try to play an audio file or video file to check if you can hear any sound.


After you have finished updating and installing drivers, restart Windows 10. This is so that the changes to take effect and see if there are Libraries installed on the system.

We hope that this article helps you to understand Vulkan Run Time Libraries. Whether they exist and whether you need them, and how to uninstall or reinstall them.

How To Add Exceptions to Avast Antivirus 2020

Avast is excellent antivirus software that many Windows users have come to associate with. Research says that in 10 computers there is around 2-3 of them with the Avast software. Even though it is an excellent antivirus software to protect your PC against virus and malware, many times you have it on installed on your, some applications may experience a block from Avast. Avast can affect a program or website, even some hardware connected to your computer. According to the setting that Avast Antivirus comes with, a link is unsafe, and it poses a threat. According to you, the link may not be hazardous to your PC, and therefore, it just becomes a point of a little misunderstanding. The idea of Avast considering everything as a threat is called false-Positive results. You can get rid of such problem by merely creating an Avast Whitelist and add exceptions to Avast.

Why having a whitelist is essential.

When you create an Avast whitelist in Avast, it is possible that you will not get any false blockings from the antivirus. Choosing the add exception to Avast option means that you are removing all sort of firewall from that particular product.

The Whitelist acts as a way of excluding the firewall of antivirus from running on your pc.

Avast Exceptions will, therefore, act as a solution for avast blocking your applications. It does this by looking in the Whitelist for a list of allowed programs and applications.

This feature is handy because it gives you the ability to allow anything you want to run on your computer than being separately blocked by the Avast antivirus or other antivirus software.

Also, users can make Avast allow a program through the firewall. This will make you bypass any of your favourite apps and protect them from getting blocked by Avast.

Creating the Avast exceptions list is pretty easy, and you do not need any technical knowledge to create one for your apps. You can do this in just a few simple steps.

That said, follow the steps below and learn how to add exceptions to Avast.

Avast Whitelist / Avast Add Exceptions

Avast Whitelist and Avast Add Exceptions are almost similar things. This is because you need to simply add Avast exceptions or create an Avast whitelist with a similar procedure. When you add exception to Avast, it merely means that you have created an Avast Whitelist. And it is simple to create theses.

Add Exceptions to Avast -the whitelist

Before I take you through how to add exception to Avast, you should make sure that that the page, website, or the programs you are going to allow through Avast are safe or not.

Everything that you want to bypass through your firewall should be absolutely safe for your PC. If they are not safe, they could harm your files and the entire PC.

Please note that even if you have a restore point, it will not be of help if that particular program you added to the Whitelist has a virus or malicious files.

I am insisting this because all the apps that are added in Avast Whitelist will not be scanned for any threats or viruses fromavast antivirus.

You can go through this complete guide so that you can make yourself aware of the typical exclusions that are made up so that there is no doubt that left unclear about the avast exceptions.

Types of Avast exclusions

There are basically three main types of exclusions that are available in Avast Antivirus 2019 and 2018.

  • Global exclusion list of a folder, file, program, or application from being scanned at all
  • The global exclusion list of the website or URL from being scanned at all
  • Exclusions in the specific shield (File System Shield, Mail Shield, or Web Shield)

Exclude Specific Folder/File/Program/Application from All Avast Scans

If you want to add exception to avast for a specific website or specific URL online, or even a domain that avast has been blocking, then you should add that particular URL to the Global Whitelist or Exclusion List.

Some of the screenshots in this post have been taken using avast cleanup premium. Therefore, don’t get worried if they are different with how your window appears if you are using the free version. The procedures are just the same.

  1. Open the Avast user interface by right-clicking on Avast and then running it as an administrator.
  2. When the app opens, go to Settings
  3. Now find the general tab and click on General
  4. Go to the Exclusions tab. This might be named differently depending on the Avast version you are using. Therefore, try to choose an option that has the same meaning as Exclusions.
  5. Next, you should now add specific programs to the File paths tab
  6. Added applications and/or paths will now be excluded from any Avast scanning. They will not be scanned for threats either will it be blocked from running on your PC.
  7. Save the changes you just made, close Avast and then restart your computer.
  8. Test those programs to see if they now run without any warning from the Avast antivirus.

Exclude Specific Website/URL from All Avast Scans

Well, if you are looking forward to allowing specific pages or programmes to run without being interrupted by avast, then you should select the Avast to allow a program through the firewall option.

You can do this by simply following the steps below.

Add Exceptions to Avast exlude urls
  1. Hit the windows button from the keyboard or simply click on the windows logo.
  2. Type the word Avast in order to do a search. From the result generated, right-click on the Avast application and then choose to run as an administrator. This process will open the Avast user interface
  3. Move on and click on General
  4. Now head over to the Exclusions tab
  5. Start adding specific websites or URLs in the URLs tab.
  6. You can type the urlURLthout the http:// because it will be added automatically. So, if you want to exclude Google, just type Please note you need to differentiate between ‘http://’ and ‘https://’

Using the above steps, you will be able to get rid of avast false positive reports and allow anything you want out of a firewall.

How to add exceptions to Avast?

When you need avast exclusions and want to add exceptions to avast for Specific Avast Antivirus Shield let’s say (File System Shield, Mail Shield, or Web Shield), then you should follow the steps listed below.

The following setting will take all the overwhelm you had about how to whitelist a website.

  1. Run the Avast application in order to open the Avast user interface. Make sure that you run it as an administrator. For some cases, you do not need to run as an admin because already the installed app was granted admin permission when it was first installed.
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Afterwards, go ahead and click on Active Protection
  4. Now select the shield (File System, Mail, or Web) for which you want to add the exception,
  5. Next, click on Customize link
  6. Find the menu item called Exclusions and then add the item or items you want to exclude from scanning by the specific Avast shield. You can also specify when the exclusion applies (for reading, writing, or executing)

Once you are done with the above procedures, simply restart all the Avast exclusions and the process going on. However, before you can test if they are now working without being blocked by Avast, we recommend that you close all the applications and restart your computer first. Restarting will reorganize all the files, and the Avast will check for the list. Thus all the exclusions will be clear, and every problem will be solved.

Find the Avast icon in the Windows system tray

Sometimes you might get the error that avast is unable to scan files. This error message can prevent you from adding exceptions to avast. This is something that you don’t want to happen because it means that Avast will continue blocking your apps and websites. For you to take care of this problem, you will have to visit your system tray. Open the avast interface from the system tray, and you will gain complete access to the avast system.

  1. Go to system tray and the open the Avast shields control
  2. Click on Disable for 10 minutes and then press Confirm,
  3. Again, go back to Avast shields control window and this time choose to Enable all shields
  4. Avast should now stop detecting the added files/URLs in the exclusions. You can also simply just restart your Windows.

Parting Lines

Report a False Positive Detection to Avast

This is very important so that you can help Avast to work or develop a bug fix for the same problem when they release the next update. False threat detection can also occur on android devices too but they are manageable.

  • When you receive any report from the antivirus that seems to be falsely positive or misleading, then you should directly report that to the Avast help care.
  • You can find the sharable link to the Report on every in-product pop-up that the antivirus will display when a particular harmful webpage or file is blocked. Just click on Report the file as a false positive
  • The next thing you should do is to fill-in following simple form. In the additional info, you can add a link from VirusTotal scan. Don’t forget to check the option ‘I know what I’m doing’ and finally hit the Submit button.

Alternatively, you can use the official web form for reporting false positive detection.

I hope that the steps in this guide have been able to give you a platform to add exceptions to Avast. Lets us know if you managed to add an app that was being blocked to the Whitelist.