Runtime Error: Yahoo Messenger has Requested Runtime to Terminate

I have been using Yahoo Messenger (YM) often to chat with my older chat friends since my college days. Since then it has been working fine but very recently I am getting an error message "Runtime Error" and Yahoo messenger stops working. This error message seems like a message from Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library tells about malfunctioning of the program. Once the alert is displayed, YM freeze and close by itself. If you haven't faced this situation yet, look at the alert provided below.

Runtime Error  


This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual
way. Please contact the application's support team for more information. 

I took the screenshot of this message. While clicking the OK button, this application will be closed.
stops working Runtime

I was using an older version of YM. So first thing I did was to uninstall the current version, download and install newer version. Anyway I am not getting the same error now but when I search for the reason for this message, many tutorials say this is an error from the Yahoo's end (not with user computer). In Yahoo answers I found one user saying when he reset the Internet Explorer and disable the scrip debugging feature in IE, this issue was resolved. If I get the Runtime Error again I will definitely use his advice to disable script debugging in Internet Explorer and check for the issue. So the step by step troubleshooting is given below.

  1. Make sure you are using the latest version of Yahoo Messenger

  2. If not, uninstall the current version and install latest version

  3. Disable script debugging in Internet Explorer. To do this, click on the link below.
    How to disable Script Debugging in IE

I haven't tried the third stet yet and I am not sure it will fix the issue. For me, this issue is fixed by uninstalling the current version from my PC fully and installing the latest release downloaded directly for their website. I believe the reason for this failure was the outdated YM software installed on my PC. If you are seeing this issue even after using the latest release, I recommend you to follow the third step provided in the solutions.

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Reasons to Get Unable to Join Network Error While Connecting WiFi

There are some instances where even if you have the right wireless key, your laptop shows issues with connecting to the wireless network. One of the common error messages most people get in that situation is "Unable to join Network". It is an error message you may get while your computer is trying to connect to WiFi connection and failed. Culprit can be either WiFi adapter or the Access Point itself. This tutorial explains the major reasons to get this error while joining a WiFi and explains possible solutions to fix it. Here I have arranged the steps in a systematic way to make it easy for you to follow.

Steps to Solve -Unable to Join Network
  1. Wireless Interference

    Cordless Phones, microwave oven etc which operate in 2.4Ghz bandwidth can disturb the signals from Access Point. This may cause the error "Unable to join Network". In order to solve it either you should stop using such devices while using WiFi or change the frequency to 5GHz. You can change the frequency of the WiFi (it is possible for 802.11n and higher versions) from the Wireless settings page of AP (or router).

  2. Check the strength of  Signal

    Weak signal prevents adapters capture the network and join. You should ensure that the distance between Router and your computer is reasonable. If there are any major signal barriers like thick wall, hard objects etc, they can weaken the signal.

  3. Check Whether Adapter or AP is faulty

    Try to connect another computer to the same WiFi. If other computers are connecting without any issues, you may click on the link below to continue the troubleshooting steps.
    Troubleshoot The WiFi Adapter

  4. Power Cycle the AP

    In most cases a power cycle can fix this issue. To learn more about this step, visit the link below.
    How to Power Cycle a Router

  5. Change the Wireless Channel

    Another possible solution is to change the WiFi channel. You can select channels 1,6 or 11.

  6. Disable the Encryption and Try to connect

    In a few cases after disabling wireless encryption, the error message "Unable to join Network" disappeared. Changing the encryption from WEP to WAP or Vise versa is also fine.

  7. Check MAC filter settings

    Make sure the MAC Address filtering is disabled on your  Router/AP. If your computer's MAC address is blacklisted by router, you may get "Unable to join Network" error message. You can find this option under "Wireless MAC filter" under "Wireless Tab" on Router setup page.

  8. Change the Wireless Mode

    Try changing the mode to "g and b" or "g only" and check for the issue.

  9. Change SSID

    If none of the above steps work, you may logon to setup page and change the Wireless Network Name (SSID). After changing the SSID, try to connect to the new network.

  10. Update Router Firmware

    It is advised to use latest firmware on your Router/AP. Updating to latest firmware can fix most of the bugs and it can improve the performance.

  11. Reset and Reconfigure

    The final solution is reset and reconfigure the router. To learn more about it, visit the link below.
    How to Reset Access Point

  12. I also recommend you to read the following article if the issue "Unable to Join Network" persists.
    WiFi  Keeps Disconnecting

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