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How to fix “The Requested resource is in use” error

This message looks harmless when it first appears on the computer screen. But seeing a pop-up saying The Requested Resource is in Use constantly appear on your PC screen every time you try to open a program will make you nervous. The error message is usually a warning for something quite serious: Trojan horse malware called SmartService.

The unpredictable danger comes from SmartService

This malware works in a very clever way (in many ways, it can dig itself deep into the PC and expose the system to threats). Like other destructive malware, such as Win32 Gamarue, this family of malware can:

  • Install programs that steal users’ personal information
  • Monitoring users’ online activity and forwarding data to hackers,
  • Installing destructive files and applications, making unauthorized Registry changes can cause serious harm to your computer.

All of this sounds scary. But things don’t end there. SmartService’s most destructive ability is to block anti-virus software from being installed on the computer. This way, the malware opens the door for viruses and other malware to infect the computer.

Trojan horse SmartService
Trojan horse SmartService

The double effect is that your computer becomes a gateway through which cybercriminals can gain free access to banking details and other personal information. Because of its ability to penetrate computers and disable anti-malware defenses, SmartService is often the weapon of choice for ransomware attackers.

This Trojan horse is designed to be as destructive as possible. In addition to stealing information, corrupting files and compromising security, it also messes with the browser. Constant pop-ups, unpleasant redirects, and dubious browser addons will ruin your online experience.

The scary thing about “The Requested resource is in use” error triggered by malware is that there’s virtually no way to tell if your computer has been infected. It has very good concealability.

From the moment the PC is infected, the virus can stay there for a long time before you notice anything out of the ordinary. The Trojan will be busy stealing personal information, tracking, and installing malware on your computer during that time.

In this article, Thewindowsfan will discuss with you how to remove the SmartService Trojan if you are unfortunately attacked.

How does SmartService malware infect computers?

This Trojan is really hard to detect and its destructive level is also terrible. Unless you have a good antivirus program installed on your computer, you can’t just rely on your antivirus to detect this malware before it starts wreaking havoc.

The most effective way to avoid infection is to be vigilant in how you use your computer and interact with other computers. Trojan horse SmartService can get into a PC in any of the following ways:

  • Malicious email attachments are sent to your inbox.
  • You click on ads on websites you visit.
  • Infected files are installed as part of software you download from the Internet.
  • You download content, like, and share it on social media.
  • Cookies in the background of torrents and other freeware sites.

How to fix The Requested resource is in use error?

How to fix The Requested resource is in use error?
How to fix The Requested resource is in use error?

Hopefully you’ve discovered the malware before it can cause serious damage to your computer. Now that you know your PC is no longer safe, you should remove this malware immediately, but that’s easier said than done.

Because it will prevent some anti-virus software from being installed, it will be difficult to clean the computer. Make sure you have time because some of the ways to fix errors introduced below will be very time-consuming. Not doing them correctly can even harm your computer.

Restart the computer in Safe Mode

It’s important to note that you need to periodically scan your computer for malware and viruses. If you get an “The Requested Resource Is In Use” error, the easiest solution is to restart and try again in Safe Mode.

In the case of SmartService, the error message itself is evidence of a virus infection on the system. Restarting in Safe Mode is also a good way to run processes in anti-virus software without being stopped by the Trojan horse. Depending on the operating system you’re using, follow one of these instructions:

  • How to enter Safe Mode with Windows 10 at startup
  • Start Windows 7, 8, or 10 in Safe Mode without the F8 key
  • Instructions to start Windows Server 2012 in Safe Mode
  • How to boot Windows Server 2016 into Safe Mode


  • How to fix the BSOD Memory Management error

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