Jan 26, 2011

Fix: Troubleshoot Flash Player Not Working

The Symptoms:
- When running Internet Explorer, it says you're missing the Flash Player Plugin

Things to try:

- Check the "Manage Add-ons" in IE  > Internet Options to make sure the Flash isn't disabled.

If the status is Enabled, then the Flash Player add-on is enabled. Close the dialog box.
If the status is Disabled, select the Enable. Close the dialog box.

- Trying to uninstall using Adobe's Flash Uninstaller:
   Then reinstall the latest version from Adobe:

- Remove the "Kill Bit" that disables Flash
This registry hack is usually used by 3rd party Ad/Popup-Blockers.
To manually remove the "kill bit" entry from the registry, look for the following registry item:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}\

Make sure that his registry item doesn't contain any strings. If there is a string value, it is most likely a set of compatibility flags, as shown below:

This entry causes Flash movies to fail in the browser. Delete the compatibility flags entry and restart Internet Explorer.
You can also use SpywareBlaster to re-enable it:
Install, Go to Tools>Flash Killer> Remove the V from the checkbox.

Jan 18, 2011

HowTo: Completely Uninstall iTunes & Remove Any Traces/Leftovers

The Problem:
At first iTunes don't behave nicely. You first try to uninstall & re-install, but it doesn't help...

The Solution:
1. iTunes removal process should be done with care by following these instructions:
   Removing and Reinstalling iTunes for Windows XP
   Removing and Reinstalling iTunes for Windows Vista or Windows 7

2. Use a removal tool to cleanup after iTunes:
    download ByeTunes from here.

3. After these steps:
   - Restart Windows
   - Download a fresh version of iTunes from apple
   - Try to install iTunes and wish for good :)