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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

How to Backup My Yahoo Mail Account: Is This Your Query Too?

Of course, taking backup of your desktop, smart-phones, or laptops might seem to be a hectic task to you! If data is saved on cloud, many of us generally feel that it is absolutely secure at the web Server and we don’t need to take any precautionary measure to protect it. But let me just clarify that it is not the truth.

Okay, if you using a web-based emailing service, where does entire email database gets stored? Obviously on web-server to which you don’t have access to and you cannot manage it accordingly. Also, you never know when does cyber-terrorists attacks your account, access data, or just delete it.

Don’t you think there is a strict need for backing up your mail accounts? If yes, then here are some tips-and-tricks to backup web based accounts like Yahoo!. Talking about Yahoo Mail, this service has around 128 million active users where billions of messages are exchanged. To backup Yahoo mails on desktop, the best option is to save the messages into three very flexible email storage file formats: PST, MBOX, or EML. 

How to Backup Yahoo Mail to Hard Drive?

TIP #1: Backup Mails to PST File

PST is the data file of MS Outlook. For moving emails of Yahoo into PST file, the option is you configure Outlook with Yahoo account. The process is simple but configuration should be done with absolute preciseness.

Microsoft Outlook gives platform to add IMAP or POP3 accounts and thus email from services like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail can be easily downloaded to PST file. The benefit of such type of configuration is backup that is regularly updated in the form of PST file and you can access emails even if there is no internet connectivity.

TIP #2: Save Yahoo Mails to EML

EML is one of the standard formats for saving emails. There are number of mail clients that save its emails as EML and also support import EML facility. To backup Yahoo Mail to PC, another better option is export messages into EML file format.

For this, the best option that can be adopted is configure Yahoo Mail account with Outlook Express (Windows XP), Windows Mail (Win Vista), or Windows Live Mail (Win 7). Again, downloading messages to a desktop mail client opens way to access data without network connection.

TIP #3: Export Mails to MBOX File

MBOX again is a widely adopted email storage standard. MBOX file stores multiple messages in plain text and for every mail folder in an email clients, an MBOX files created. The standard for saving messages is adopted by applications the run on Windows, Linux, or Mac Operating System.
For backing up mails into Yahoo, the option is to configure the account with Mozilla Thunderbird. Emails that are saved in MBOX file can be managed through Thunderbird and imported/exported through add-in named ImportExportTools. 

Drawback of TIP 1, 2, 3: A backup truly means saving crucial data and of course not all emails received or sent are important. Using Yahoo Mail configuration with desktop mail client scheme does not provide option for email filtering.

If configuration method is not the answer to your question “how to backup my Yahoo mail account”, then to export Yahoo messages to PST, MBOX, or EML file, you can take help of a third party solution. A tool named Yahoo Backup is available that gives facility to export mails into hard drive. These are some of the benefits that you will get on investment in this product:

Email Filters: You can define a date-range for downloading the messages. This will allow downloading and backing up only the required data.

Delete After Download: When emails are downloaded, you can instruct the software to delete the mails from Server through this options service.

Multiple Email Formats: Emails can be backed up into EML, PST, MSG, and MBOX file format. This gives high availability platform to the mails on desktop.

Folder Selection: Email folders can be included and excluded as required for backup into required file formats.

Note: If Yahoo mails are saved in these file formats, you don’t need to install a supportive email client to read messages. There is free MSG Viewer, MBOX Viewer, EML Viewer, and PST Viewer program that can be downloaded on Windows Operating System.  

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Yahoo Mail Unable to Process Request at this Time Error 999

When Yahoo mail fails to process the specified request and returns error message 999; the access to the mailbox data gets blocked for restricted time interval. The corresponding error code appears similar to the following mentioned statement:
“Unable to process request at this time- error 999”

This occurs when something unexpected occurred and as a consequence the expected output is not returned by the Yahoo Server.

Reasons that Contributes towards Error 999

Although, the accurate reasons for this shortcoming of the mail server cannot be predicted but assumption is that this might occurs due to unreliable internet connectivity. There might be some bandwidth limitations’ issue exists that leads to the occurrence of this error message. There are two main reasons behind the existing cause and these are: 

1). Yahoo server might attempt to prevent Denial of Service (DoS) attack.

2). Hundred of requests are received per second by the Server.

3). Attempt to prevent Server jam-packed or chocking situations

Avoid Yahoo Mail Error Code 999- Common Methods

The error message Yahoo mail unable to process request at this time-error 999 can be resolved by considering some very common work around methods:
  • Try accessing Yahoo account every 5 minutes to stop the automated tasks to hammer Yahoo Server during peak hours and when there is major workload.
  • If there are numerous requests originates in a specified course of time; try to divide the request in proportionate time intervals as this will help prevent traffic on Yahoo Server. 

Technical Ways to Get Rid of Error Message

Yahoo records the user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address to track the traffic travelling towards Server. Apart from the above mentioned workaround methods, try technical procedures that are summed up herein. It is also been elaborated that how these workaround methods helps resolving the persisting error message and up to what extent.

Resolution#1: While using proxy server, try to turn it ‘Off’ and then turn ‘On’.

This method is much practical and helps resolving error “Yahoo mail unable to process request at this time error 999”. As Yahoo notifies IP address to track the traffic coming up from the specified address, switching off the proxy server would help generating and using new IP address on next log-in for accessing Yahoo mailbox.

Resolution#2: While using ‘Dial-up-modem’ disconnect from Internet for a short while and then re-connect.

Likewise turning off the proxy Server, this workaround resolution also works as the dynamic IP address gets generated on each login instance.

Resolution#3: Access Yahoo mailbox via this URL:

This is an excellent resolution method as “” is a Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and is a secure way to access Yahoo data. Though it offers access to very limited services but Yahoo email messages can be accessed via this URL.

Resolution#4: Log in to Yahoo by switch on to different country’s Server.

This is not much prescribed method as practicing this leads to occurrence of further error message that denotes: “Unfortunately, there is a server problem preventing access to this page. We are working on this problem, and functionality will be restored as soon as possible. Please try again in 10 minutes”

Resolution#5: Clear browser’s cookies and temporary files (cache).

This workaround method sometimes fails as Yahoo does not depend upon Cookies to retain information about the blocked users. Therefore, there is very low chances exists that deleting browser’s history would help resolving Error-999.

Resolution#6: Double click on the ‘Sign-in’ button to access account.

This does not help much in resolving Yahoo mail error code 999 as the theory existing behind this method is not much practical.

Resolution#7: Switch on to different browser other than the regular one.

Switching on to different browser is an excellent option as there might be some cookies issue that interrupts access to Yahoo mailbox. This can be practiced if the similar error issue persists as there is not much difference accessing emails from within Internet Explorer or other alternative browsers such as Firefox or Chrome; other than settings.

Resolution#8: Configure Yahoo account to MS Outlook or other web based email applications.

Yahoo Mail Premium Services can be used to access the mailbox email messages along with other components in POP3 applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, Outlook Express, etc.
Error 999 occurs as a consequence of pirated Internet Protocol address. Yahoo intentionally blocks the IP addresses when an extreme volume of upcoming requests are recorded by the Server.


In simple words, it can be calculated that if large amount of requests are being noticed from specific IP address or the proxy Server, Yahoo simply blocks it. Thereafter, the above mentioned workaround methods can be used to rectify Yahoo Mail Error 999 message.

Negative Approach Related to Error Code 999:

There is a negative perspective associated with this approach as the original owner of the specified IP address also gets blocked whenever an IP address is barred from the Yahoo services. In common cases, majority of pirated IP’s belongs to home-based users or the business set-ups.

Positive Aspect Associated with Error Code 999:

The positive aspect is that if a user is banned from a single Yahoo services such as Yahoo Mail, it can still access other alternate services being offered by Yahoo. 

How to archive all emails in Gmail inbox

The Gmail email application is a widespread used email application, but at some places it puts a limit. Storage is one amongst such limitations which is only of 15 GB for Gmail account per person. A normal user may find it enough, but users availing other benefits like Google Drive, Google Plus photos, along with the Gmail emailing might find 15 GB less and restrictive. Heavy attachments and myriad of emails use maximum space which ultimately results into situation where users run out of space of a Gmail account. 

In such situations archiving the old emails is best available options. But the question arises, “how to archive all emails in Gmail Inbox? This blog explains about a swift and safe method to perform the archiving to solve your quests.

Fortunately, Google has integrated Gmail with an in-built option of archiving and hence it will not be difficult to archive the INBOX. If you want to perform selective archiving then you can search those emails (according to same subject or sender) and then select these emails for archiving. If you want to archive all emails in Gmail Inbox then you can follow the below mentioned steps directly without using searching function.

Steps To Follow For Gmail Archiving

Step 1: Log on to Gmail account and click on Inbox as you need to archive emails belonging to Inbox. As you click Inbox, emails belonging to only Inbox will appear in the list.

Step 2: Perform the selection by checking the arrow in main menu tab. Remember that selecting this option will only select first 50 emails. In order to select all emails option is available as Select All Conversation in Primary. This will select all the emails available in the Inbox.
Step 3: Once all the emails are selected, click on the Archive option available beside the selection option. This will automatically archive all the emails.

How to Find Archived Email Messages?

The archived emails can be easily found using search option or by looking into All Mail view. In case anyone mails you the same thread of Inbox email, it will appear in Inbox again to indicate the new mail. Searching will be more convenient to view archived emails. In case you want to move the archived message back to Inbox, you can perform it also by following below mentioned steps: -

  1.          First search and find the appropriate message.
  2.          Open the email or you can also select the checkbox available next to it.
  3.          Now, click the option of “Move to Inbox” button in toolbar.


In this way one can easily archive the Gmail Inbox emails and clear out the Inbox for fresh emails to store. This blog lets you know how to archive all emails in Gmail Inbox with stepwise clarification. It also explains some to move back the archived data to Inbox. Thus, users can perform the archiving very easily without taking any wrong step.