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Newshosting application update error

Before reading this further, please note that the information below is provided for educational purposes only and you take full responsibility for all your actions.

Today I noticed that the UseNet search application from NewsHosting failed to apply the update, but fortunately I managed to find some evidence in the Windows Event Application log:

MsiInstaller,11714,None,Product: Newshosting — Error 1714. The older version of Newshosting cannot be removed.  Contact your technical support group.  System Error 1612.

After trying many things like: uninstalling manually the Newhosting app (which failed!), downloaded then the app from their website hoping that it’ll remove the old application and reinstall successfully, I did some research and found a workaround.

So, this worked for me (don’t forget to do a registry backup before bringing any modifications to it, if you don’t know what you’re doing contact their support first).

1. Opened “RegEdit” as Administrator.

2. Navigated to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\3FF79ACD9E0B37B4FAD448750FECA00C

*** please note that 3FF79ACD9E0B37B4FAD448750FECA00C might be unique on each system, so basically I had to navigate through each registry key until I found the one which belonged to Newshosting.

3. Once the registry key was identified, I have altered the name of the following registry key 3FF79ACD9E0B37B4FAD448750FECA00C by adding a “minus” in front of it.

For example, the path to the registry key became like this:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\-3FF79ACD9E0B37B4FAD448750FECA00C

4. After the registry key was altered, I ran again the Newhosting app, the update window popped and then the it was successful.

I have tested this only on Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1.

Hope this will help someone. :)

UPDATE: I sent my workaround to Newshosting Support and they said thanks! Nice guys. :)

thank-you

How to Stop Twitter From Spamming Your Contacts

One day I upgraded the iOS on my mobile because of the goto fail bug… iOS 7 pretty much sucks, but that’s some other story. So, I thought it would be a good idea sending some invites to my contact list. :D

Well, the invitation was sent, but one week later Twitter kindly reminded everyone to join Twitter. :(

I did some research and found a way to remove the contacts from the Twitter account to stop the spam. Here are some steps for you:

The steps for removing contacts from the Twitter account.

The steps for removing contacts from the Twitter account.

Once you click the “remove” link, you will also have to confirm that you really know what you’re doing.

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