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Windows 98 and ME - Critical Security Updates available

Question: Windows 98 and ME - Critical Security Updates available

Windows 98 and ME are legacy Operating Systems which are being maintained on extended support by Microsoft Security. Security releases for 98 and ME will generally lag behind the security updates made for XP and 2000 which are under current support. Several critical updates for calendar year 2005 are now available through the Windows Update process for 98 and ME. In updating one of our home PCs, six critical updates were successfully applied and everything continues to work well so far.Windows 98 and ME security updates released on March 10, 2005 Update Link for 98 and ME

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Preferred Solution: Windows 98 and ME - Critical Security Updates available

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Windows 98 and ME - Critical Security Updates available

As always, thanks.

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Hey everyone,Looks like there are a bunch of issues with Windows Critical Security Updates this month... Here's what comes up for me that it says I need:Update for Windows XP (KB938828)Typical download size: 193 KB , 1 minute This is a reliability update. Install this update to improve the stability of computers running Windows XP. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - August 2007 (KB890830)Download size: 8.5 MB , 22 minutes After the download, this tool runs once to check your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove any infection found. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time you start your computer. A new version of the tool will be offered every month. If you want to manually run the tool on your computer, you can download a copy from the Microsoft Download Center or run an online version from This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product. Security Update for Windows XP (KB921503)Typical download size: 269 KB , 2 minutes A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to remotely compromise your Windows-based system using Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microso... Read more

Answer:Need Help With This Month's Windows Critical Security Updates

I install all the critical updates, and the security updates. I don't want IE7 or Media Player 11 so I didn't get them. I figure the security updates will help keep my computer safe since everybody hates Mico$oft and targets computers using Window$.

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Thank you for all your support and security updates for my two Surface RTs. 
They?re great and I don?t want to see them go.  A quick aside? It would be nice for my two Surface RTs and me, if Microsoft had a change of heart and decided to port Windows 10 RT with Office RT for Surface RT and get a few
more years support.  Anyway.
Today one of my Surface RT 8.1 provided the option on shut down, to update and restart, which I did. 
It said it was installing 4 updates.  When rebooted, I went to view update history and found two failed updates and three successful ones for a total of five. 
The first one in the list that failed is this one here below.

Then to get more information, I clicked the link shown there for 4048958 to learn more. 
That took me to the Microsoft Security Update Guide, where I searched for 4048958 and was provide two links for RT 8.1. 
Both links, one for IE11 and one for RT 8.1, go to the KB 4048958 article, which says to get more information, go to the Security Update Guide, which of course takes one back to the KB. 
Not very informative loop I guess.
The second update that is on the list above showing as failed, is the one for Adobe to prevent remote code execution. 
When I am in Windows Update and double-click the failed entry for Adobe, and then click the link for more information, it takes me to a URL that does not show a KB number and provides a link for more i... Read more

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It is critical that these be installed immediately.Issued: January 11, 2005Updated: March 8, 2005Version: 1.2Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-002 Vulnerability in Cursor and Icon Format Handling Could Allow Remote Code Execution (891711)Affected Software: ? Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a ? Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6 ? Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 ? Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 ? Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 ? Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 ? Microsoft Windows Server 2003 ? Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition? Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) ? Review the FAQ section of this bulletin for details about these operating systems. Non-Affected Software:? Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 Issued: February 8, 2005Updated: March 8, 2005Version: 1.2Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-015 Vulnerability in Hyperlink Object Library Could Allow Remote Code Execution (888113)Affected Software: ? Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 ? Download the update ? Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 ? Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 (Itanium) ? Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 (Itanium) ? Microsoft Windows Server 2... Read more

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I have a serious problem. I'm on XP Home and my computer is crashing at least 5 times a day. From my past experience I could do a clean install and everything would be fine. I can't do it now because XP is not supported anymore and I have about 50 critical and other updates installed which I will loose. I have 2 other HDDs installed. Question: How can I save these updates for later reinstallment. When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Answer:How do I save my XP critical security updates

You can reinstall any existing Windows updates normally. There just won't be any new updates. Unless there's a specific reason you need Windows XP then you might want to think about upgrading to a newer version of Windows, assuming that your computer supports it.~winipcfgASCII Question, Get an ANSI

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Is it possible to download microsoft critical security updates for Win XP SP2 without using Windows update site?

Answer:Microsoft Critical Security Updates

What's wrong with the Windows update site?

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I have an HP ProBook 4520s Notebook running Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit that was sold as a 'business class' computer.  I also have an HP Officejet Pro 8630 All-in-One Printer (Scanner/Copier/Fax).  I subscribe to a bunch of HP's email notifications regarding Critical Updates, etc.   QUESTION:   Do ALL of HP's Security Updates & Patches, etc. come from HP Enterprise?  More specifically, are Critical Security Updates that come from HP Enterprise security issues that affect MY Probook 4520s Notebook PC (and I SHOULD be installing them on my Probook 4520s Laptop)?  OR, are these Updates & Patches from HPE for larger, more powerful business computers & servers or whatever class of computers HP builds for large business environments?...I don't want to download and install patches, etc. that I do NOT need;  AND I certainly do NOT want to bypass the installation of Updates and Patches that I DO need to protect the security of my system....Thank you so much for your help.   

Answer:Critical Security Updates for HP Products that come from HPE...

Since November 1, 2015, when HP separated into 2 companies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc, updates for client PC devices and printers would only come from HP Inc - If updated drivers or BIOS are available, you can use HP SDM ( to help you find and install them

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I run Windows XP Pro SP2 and have the original OEM installation CD. If I run a Repair from the CD, I understand that it will trash all of the 40+ updates since a year ago that have been applied, but retain the user data, like in Program Files and Application Data paths. Let me know if this is not true!

Is there a tool or procedure which can be used to capture all of the Microsoft critical security updates and stream them to CD-RW discs, for example Auto Streamer?

What is the procedure for capturing all of the critical security Microsoft updates - or let's just say all of the Microsoft updates that have been applied since my OS was originally built and installed? Specifically, what is the staging and detail needed to accomplish this task?

I would like to run the Repair on the OS, followed by a CD installation of all of the Microsoft updates that have been applied since my system was first built from scratch without trashing the user data.

What are the gotchas in doing this that can be anticipated, if any to avoid? Or, can this not be done?


-- Tom

Answer:Need procedure to capture all Microsoft critical security updates

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Mozilla Firefox 22.0 Released with Critical Security Updates ~ Security Garden


Answer:Mozilla Firefox 22.0 Released with Critical Security Updates

Thanks for the heads up. :)

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Hi all, I have Windows 10 x64 Build 15063.296 (Creator's Update) with all latest updates installed as per WIndows Update. When I run Belarc Advisor, it reports missing critical updates (several KB's). I went thru each of them manually and when trying to install them (with the standalone installer), Windows reports that the update is already installed in my system. So, should I interpret that this is an issue with Belarc and not with Windows Update? Thanks

Answer:Belarc reporting missing critical security updates

antares said:

So, should I interpret that this is an issue with Belarc and not with Windows Update? Thanks


If you really want to check updates, use powershell

Update and Upgrade Windows 10 using PowerShell Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

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I've got Office 2003 Student Edition (all installed, minus Outlook). I haven't done any updates to it. I did not install the Microsoft GDI+ Detection tool. And I only visit Windows Update (not Microsoft Update) and install the critical updates under custom install.

I'm wondering:

1. Are the updates for MS Office that are critical security things included when you do Windows Update? (For example, there are a number of things listed here towards the bottom: -- would those have been included in the last batch of critical Windows updates?

2. Do you need the GDI+ thing to do Office Updates?

3. When you go to the Office Updates site, it wants you to install and run some kind of Active X thing. Is this necessary? And can it cause any problems?

4. Can doing critical Office updates (separate from whatever, if anything, that comes with Windows Update) cause any problems or conflicts with other things on your computer?

Thanks for the help!

Answer:How important are MS Office updates? Are they included in Windows Critical Updates?

bloomcounty said:

I've got Office 2003 Student Edition (all installed, minus Outlook). I haven't done any updates to it. I did not install the Microsoft GDI+ Detection tool. And I only visit Windows Update (not Microsoft Update) and install the critical updates under custom install.

I'm wondering:

1. Are the updates for MS Office that are critical security things included when you do Windows Update? (For example, there are a number of things listed here towards the bottom: -- would those have been included in the last batch of critical Windows updates?

2. Do you need the GDI+ thing to do Office Updates?

3. When you go to the Office Updates site, it wants you to install and run some kind of Active X thing. Is this necessary? And can it cause any problems?

4. Can doing critical Office updates (separate from whatever, if anything, that comes with Windows Update) cause any problems or conflicts with other things on your computer?

Thanks for the help!Click to expand...

1. No. You either do Windows update and Office update, or you do Microsoft update, which does both at once.

2. I think so, but I am not positive. If you need it, it will install it, or, if you decline, you may not get updates. One way to find out, try it.

3. I don't think it will do the updates without it. Again, try it. It never caused any problems for me having it.

4. I can't guarantee that, nor can anyone else. Sometimes these "h... Read more

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I've got Office 2003 Student Edition (all installed, minus Outlook). I haven't done any updates to it. I did not install the Microsoft GDI+ Detection tool. And I only visit Windows Update (not Microsoft Update) and install the critical updates under custom install.I'm wondering:1. Are the updates for MS Office that are critical security things included when you do Windows Update? (For example, there are a number of things listed here towards the bottom: -- would those have been included in the last batch of critical Windows updates?2. Do you need the GDI+ thing to do Office Updates?3. When you go to the Office Updates site, it wants you to install and run some kind of Active X thing. Is this necessary? And can it cause any problems?4. Can doing critical Office updates (separate from whatever, if anything, that comes with Windows Update) cause any problems or conflicts with other things on your computer?Thanks for the help!

Answer:How Important Are Ms Office Updates? Are They Included In Windows Critical Updates?

I don't have that detection tool either. At least some of the office updates are available through the windows update feature. You can also navigate to the Office updates site from the windows update site. There are no problems with installing the office updates separately. In fact, I generally download only 1 or 2 updates at a time as I am on dial-up.

Orange Blossom

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i had it set to off and it still updates, which i dont want, how do i stop it doing it

Answer:windows updates set to off, but critical updates still creeping in

Did you look here: Windows Update Settings - Change

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Hi everyone!
Windows updates are available in different categories: important, recommended and optional.
As noted, some of them, for reasons not known by users, have broken the OS of different users.
In your opinion, what is the best option of choice?
Grateful to all!

Answer:Windows updates - critical updates and / or recommended

Make a full system backup of your machine and then install all updates.
If an update makes your machine unbootable, you can restore your backup.

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There was an Office vulnerability that was fixed with the April patch Tuesday in an Office update, but we've had trouble making sure all users have the updated Office patch as N-Central(our patch management tool) doesn't always list what build/patch Office
is currently running accurately.

We do know all our PCs have the April/May security updates. Is the Office Update combined into the big monthly one?

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August 2003, Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (822925)
Download size: 2.1 MB, 7 minutes
Security issues identified in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) could allow an attacker to compromise systems with IE installed (even if IE is not used as the Web browser). For example, an attacker could run programs on a computer used to view the attacker's Web site. Download this update from Microsoft to help protect your computer. After installation, you may have to restart your computer.

Security Update for Microsoft Data Access Components (823718)
Download size: 1.6 MB, 5 minutes
An identified security issue in Microsoft Data Access Components could allow an attacker to compromise a Microsoft Windows-based system and then take a variety of actions. For example, an attacker could execute code on the system. By installing this update, you can help protect your computer. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. Once you have installed this item, it cannot be removed

Answer:2 Critical Updates available on Windows Updates

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I have just had to reinstall Windows and have lost all the recent critical updates. Is there any way that I can re-install them from my PC or do I have to download them again (I did not lose any data when I re-installed Windows)

Answer:Windows XP Critical Updates

If you're on dial up you can get most of the updates on CD now for free, contact Microsoft, perhaps someone else on the forum will know the easiest way to contact them. This CD does not include the newest updates though, you'll still have to download them.

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Microsoft keeps pushing Windows 10 even after the "critical updates" that push it are uninstalled and hidden. They keep coming up with new ones!

Is there a list of all known critical updates to uninstall to get rid of the windows 10 update offer?

Answer:Critical updates Windows 10

Hello CuriouseOne,

If you like, you can use the tutorial below to disable the "Upgrade to Windows 10" update.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

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I've run this recently & have 3 critical updates to install. Reviewed & installed. Got a sucessful installation message. But when I run the update again I still get told to download the same 3 critical updates ....any ideas?

Answer:Windows Critical Updates

When you go look "updates installed" does it see the three as installed.?

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Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2552343) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2547666) for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista (KB2545698)

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There are two new critical updates at Windows Update. An October cumulative patch for IE SP1, and a patch for Windows Media Player.

Answer:Windows has two new Critical Updates

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Are all critical updates needed for a home pc? I get lost in the "Read more" and bulletins trying to figure out if it includes me.

I'm not a business. One pc connected to local ISP by modem. Am I at risk? What do these terms mean, taken from the Microsoft update page:

"log onto the computer locally"

"allow an attacker to remotely compromise a computer running Microsoft® Windows® and gain complete control over it"

"an attacker could execute code on the system"

feeling really dense trying to understand if I should download every update.



Windows XP

Answer:Windows critical updates

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Volunteered to be guinea pig and installed security updates 821557 and 823980 this morning. No problems to report.

Answer:Two more Windows critical updates

Thanks hoverman I will have a go

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Recently installed the Service Pack 1 for Windows XP at home - while it was downloading, got a message about a bad System 32 file (virus) - was told that the file had been cleaned and it finished the download. After that, my computer just got strange. Ended up having to do a non-destructive restore. Now there is a notice about a "critical" update, use Service Pack 2. Personally, I don't want to touch another update, ever. Is this something I really should do? How "critical" is it, really? Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows XP Critical Updates

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When I try to download windows critical updates I get as far as "preparing for download"then nothing more happens.I click cancel and I get error message"walmart connect has performed an ilegal operation and will be shut down".It'll do the same for IE and firefox.????

Answer:Windows Critical Updates

Assuming Walmartconnent is your ISP, have you talked to them about your problem or checked their website for information about the error message? Does this just happen with MS updates, or do you get this message when you attempt to download a file elsewhere?

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if like me and you download your updates manually have a check click here a few new ones just came out today 13 april.apologies if posted before.

Answer:windows critical updates

nice one5 critical updates in one

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Every time I go to the Windows Update site, I am told there that I need to download a critical update titled 'Alert: HP Pavilion and Windows XP Service Pack Incompatibility'. It is always the same download, exactly the same size (112KB), and since I can't download any other updates without redownloading that one, I now have it 25 times over - I know because I checked my installation history and counted them. and each had the notation "Successfully installed"
What can I do since if I don't get it each time, I won't know if it's a new one that I actually need?
I'd appreciate any input if you can help me.

Answer:Windows XP critical updates - now have 25 of the same ones.

Welcome to TSG, Tiggerbeans?

What is the update number?

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I received an email from PC security adviser - went straight to Microsoft site - ran the update check. 7 updates needed even though the automatic updater is active. The updates downloaded but then came up with message 'cannot be installed'The updates are:Microsoft Windows XPSecurity Update for Windows XP (KB960225)Security Update for Windows XP (KB938464)Security Update for Windows XP (KB958690)Update for Windows XP (KB959772)Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - March 2009 (KB890830)Microsoft Office 2007Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB962871)Microsoft SQL Server 2005Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Service Pack 3 (KB955706)Should I be worried? If so, advice as to why they won't download please - I had everything else closed if that makes a difference.I am running on Windows XP home edition V2002 Service pack 3. Many thanksSallyC

Answer:Windows critical updates

If the update shield is/was already present in the system tray the updates are already downloading for installation. If the shield is not present, reboot the PC and try again.

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Get them here or here.


Answer:2 New Critical Updates For Windows XP SP2

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Is there anywhere to get ANY update downloads for W98 First Edition?

Answer:Windows 98 critical updates

Try here

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I am running Windows XP with SP2 and belarc advisor informs me that I am missing 11 critical updates. When I go to the Windows update site I am told that there are no updates for my Computer. I have the updates set for automatic. How do I find the missing updates. Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows critical updates.

"When I go to the Windows update site I am told that there are no updates for my Computer"That's all you can do.Belarc is not infallible. It might need updating though.

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If been trying to find a list of Windows XP critical updates. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Answer:Windows XP Critical Updates

in Internet Explorer, Click on Tools then Windows update and follow on screen instructions,I.E. Scan for updates and a list of critical ones will be displayed, then select and download and install.cheers, FlobbyP.S. you can ( If I remember correctly) set it to do this automatically say every Friday or whenever?

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Tuesday, June 14th......Microsoft should make available some very serious and critical updates for those running WinXP.

Answer:Critical windows Updates

Might be useful for all to know that Microsoft tend to release critical updates for windows on the 2nd tuesday of the month every month.

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hi, this week i updated from internet explorer 5.5 to internet explorer 6 service pack 1. this went ok. then i had 4 patches and updates to do in the critical windows updates. 3 of these went ok but 1 failed and that was, 823559 security update for microsoft windows. i have try again to no avail.i have tried rebooting and then tried it but no good. is this update that important and if it is how do i get over this problem. as alway i am most gratefully for any help. cheers.

Answer:critical windows updates

It is actually an important security update. Try downloading it[it's an .exe file] from the Windows catalog to a location of your choice on your HDD, then install it yourself by double-clicking it.Regards

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What You Should Know About Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-023
823559: Security Update for Microsoft Windows
Download size: 375 KB, 1 minute
An identified security issue in Microsoft Windows could allow an attacker to compromise a Microsoft Windows-based system and then take a variety of actions. For example, an attacker could execute code on the system. By installing this update, you can help protect your computer. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
817606: Security Update (Windows XP)
Download size: 416 KB, 1 minute
An identified security issue in Microsoft Windows could allow an attacker to compromise a Microsoft Windows-based system and then take a variety of actions. For example, an attacker could execute code on the system. By installing this update, you can help protect your computer. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.Read more...

Answer:Windows Critical Updates

Who's turn is it to be MS's unofficial beta tester this week?

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Microsoft Windows XP Critical Updates [15-10-03]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------PLEASE NOTE THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR SECURITY UPDATES RELEASED TODAY.THEY AREKB828035,KB825119,KB823182KB824141FOR FURTHER INFO AND TO DOWNLOAD THESE UPDATES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE SITE WHICH CAN BE FOUND HEREclick here__________________For the latest in Virus Signature Updatesclick hereNICK

Answer:Microsoft Windows XP Critical Updates [15-10-03]

snap :-)

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Just before turning off the laptop late last night and because I'd not been notified in some time that Windows Updates were available, I checked for Windows Updates and then downloaded and installed 17 updates that were all marked recommended or important.  Unfortunately, I wasn't aware that MS had changed the Windows 10 nagware KB3035583 from optional to important, so it again got downloaded and installed also -- as I saw the Windows 10 icon in task bar this morning.  I finally got KB3035583 uninstalled and then hidden, so now the icon is gone.
However, two questions please.
1)  Per attached images, the Update page still reads for me to upgrade to Windows 10 now (I've never had this before), and when I display "show available updates", there's a download ready for Windows 10 but no KB number associated with it.  And I cannot seem to remove the checkmark next to this download.
2) On BC's home page, it says there are six critical updates that should be installed immediately.  None of these were included in the updates I installed last night October 15th, and when I check for "available updates", they are not listed.  How can I get these critical updates?
Thank you for you assistance.

Answer:Can't find Windows critical updates

I guess no one is interested in helping with this.  As with topic, I have run the Windows Update Troubleshooter two times and get the same result (image attached).  The Troubleshooter says the error 8024402c is not fixed; but in the report section, it says it is fixed.
I reset the wuauserv through command prompt and now the Windows Update is red X as not working at all, saying I've never updated, but the "installed updates" page show the 459 updates that are installed.
According to the Microsoft community, my error,  0x8024402c refers to this API error description - WU_E_PT_WINHTTP_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED.
Also, there's a CbsPackageServingFailure2 that occurred at about the same time this morning that the update wouldn't work.
Windows Modules Installer
‎10/‎16/‎2015 10:33 AM
More data required
Problem signature
Problem Event Name:     CbsPackageServicingFailure2
Stack Version:    6.1.7601.18766
Package:    Package_for_KB2952664
Architecture:     amd64
Culture:    unknown
Status:     80070643
Failure Source:   CBS Other
Start State:      Installed
Target State:... Read more

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Microsoft Windows XP Critical Updates [15-10-03]



Answer:Microsoft Windows XP Critical Updates [15-10-03]

Very impressive, also note that Win2k/2k3 is also vunerable to these discovered holes.

Little amusing that Microsoft released this yesterday [14-10-03]:

Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Windows XP (KB826939)

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As I have had my share of problems with my new system and it appears to be functioning correctly at the present and I don?t want to upset the thing.I can?t afford broadband and only have dial up access and it takes forever to download anything.Can anyone give me advice on what Windows XP Home critical updates should I download? Some appear to refer to networks and stuff I don?t use should I download the lot?Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as usual

Answer:Windows xp home critical updates

I can't advise you what you should, and shouldn't download.If it's critical is advisable to get it 99% of the time.You say you're not on a network.What is the internet if not a network?!Set it up last thing at night and let it download whilst you sleep. Then check in the morning.You should be able to tell your PC to auto disconnect once downloads are complete

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Although some of the critical updates may be of benefit, they can also be annoying. If you have a router w/ a firewall, Norton Anti-virus, XP built in firewall, and downloading the critical updates that apply to Internet Explorer 6 SP-1 & Windows Media Player etc., really crucial?

Answer:Windows Critical Updates Notification

Its just security.

So, up to you

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Seems like previously I connected to Microsoft servers for windows updates (at least the download IPs were listed by ARIN as MS. . I'm in the process of reinstalling windows and after installing what seemed to be a ton of validation stuff, I got about 30 critical updates on the 1st run, then I checked it again and it said I got them all and no more were listed to download. I decided to recheck a day later after installing my FW, and it showed that I needed about 30 more critical updates and when the downloads started they were coming from 4 IPs listed to Level 3 communications, Broomfield, Co. This seemed strange to me, as 1) why does MS say on the 1st run for critical updates that you've got them all, and the very next day you need 30 more (are they limiting how many critical updates you can download at a time?). 2) In the US, do windows critical updates not come direct from MS servers anymore? or servers that are listed by ARIN as MS? (for some reason this bothers me). Does your copy of windows verify somehow that these critical updates are the real deal from MS?

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Running XP Home Edition on IBM Thinkpad Model T42. MS website tells me I should intall 92 (?) "critical" updates and I have tried so many-- way too many -- times to do so. Usually they download OK but fail to install. The "install history" HELP is no help, it just says "try re-intalling." MS "Help" hasn't helped. Opened a trouble ticket with MS recently which led to a frustrating series of emails with an MS staffer; lots of frustration but no help. Have tried installing with "automatic updates" both enabled and un-enabled.
I am running Panda 2008 antivirus and firewall . . . part of the problem?
Thanks for any help or empathy.

Answer:Installing Windows Xp Updates, Critical And Other

OK.Sooooo...tell me just what version of XP is on that computer. Is SP1 or SP2 reflected when you click Start/right-click My Computer and select Properties?Do you have an XP CD?Have you checked Event Viewer for clues?How long have you had this problem?No one ever reinstalled XP?What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - You are only interested in errors noted, double-click on any line item to see details.Louis

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Critical updates for Windows xp, Office xp and Office 2003 available.

Answer:More Windows & Office Critical Updates


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Having had a bad expirience with updates I am reluctant to try it again. Can anyone tell me if the updates that xp informs me that it has found are the ones that my computer needs. Does it examine my pc and select the updates that it reckons it needs? Or do you have to select the ones you need and if so how do you know which ones are needed?When I go to the site via windows support it shows that I need a service pack yet I only got the thing in March.currently the site informs me that there are 32 critical updates are all these that my pc should have?and is it ok to download them?Do you have to keep a note of them so that you dont download them twice? any advice would be gratefull cheers Ray

Answer:Critical updates using windows xp home

If you select to do so the update site will scan your computer and advise as to the CRITICAL UPDATES. I have installed evryone of these with no problems at all, and they show up in ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS. Other suggested updates are shown seperately, giving you the option to select any or none. They will not download twice.

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MS16-087 - Critical: Security Update for Windows Print Spooler Components (3170005) -...
Severity Rating: Critical
Revision Note: V2.0 (September 12, 2017): To address known issues with the 3170455 update for CVE-2016-3238, Microsoft has made available the following updates for currently-supported versions of Microsoft Windows: ? Rereleased update 3170455 for Windows Server 2008 ? Monthly Rollup 4038777 and Security Update 4038779 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ? Monthly Rollup 4038799 and Security Update 4038786 for Windows Server 2012 ? Monthly Rollup 4038792 and Security Update 4038793 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 ? Cumulative Update 4038781 for Windows 10 ? Cumulative Update 4038781 for Windows 10 Version 1511 ? Cumulative Update 4038782 for Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016. Microsoft recommends that customers running Windows Server 2008 reinstall update 3170455. Microsoft recommends that customers running other supported versions of Windows install the appropriate update. See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3170005 ( for more information.
Summary: This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker is able to execute a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack on a workstation or print server, or sets up a rogue print server on a target network.

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Answer:MS16-087 & MS16-039 - Critical: Security Updates

MS16-039 - Critical: Security Update for Microsoft Graphics Component (3148522) - Version: 4.0
Severity Rating: Critical
Revision Note: V4.0 (September 12, 2017): Revised the Microsoft Windows affected software table to include Windows 10 Version 1703 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems because they are affected by CVE-2016-0165. Consumers running Windows 10 are automatically protected. Microsoft recommends that enterprise customers running Windows 10 Version 1703 ensure they have update 4038788 installed to be protected from this vulnerability.
Summary: This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Office, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Lync. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits a webpage that contains specially crafted embedded fonts.

Read more: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-039 - Critical

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Since installing SP2 there have been a number of critical updates for Windows XP - including 4 today. I have downloaded and installed all these but now wonder whether I can copy the files to CD so that if I have to do a reformat I don't have to download them again. I have SP2 on CD. Is it too late? Should I have done something before I downloaded and installed the files?

Answer:4 Critical Updates for Windows today - save to CD?

You could try save them from herehthR

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About 2 weeks ago a couple of new updates came out for .NET Framework ("Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework, Version 1.0 Service Pack 1" and "3"). But whether I install them through the Microsoft page manually or let Automatic Updates do it, there is a problem. They both install just fine and report successful installations. But after I reboot, I am told the same two updates are needed to be installed. The only thing I can figure out is that I must have picked up something bad along the way that won't let me update Windows now.

Thanks for any help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:03:04 PM, on 7/27/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
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These are the ones that appeared on my Windows XP SP2 computers after running a scan at the Windows Updates site:

Internet Explorer 6.0 cumulative update(KB916281)

Windows Script update(KB917344)

Windows XP updates(KB917953, KB914389, KB918439, KB911280)

Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2006(KB890830)


Answer:Several Windows XP Critical Updates Released Today

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I have been trying and failing to install the windows critical updates, or any windows updates at all in fact. I am trying to follows instructions on fixing my spyware problem, so this part is crucial.

Help is much appreciated.

Answer:Problems with installing Critical windows updates

Would be nice to know what 'Windows' version U are trying to update!

If it is XP, do U have already service pack 2? If U are stuck in trying to get Sevice pack 2. Might it be that U have 'borrowed' the OS CD from a friend!?

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     Okay, I am not very computer savvy, so please go easy on me....My one year old computer suddenly stopped installing updates a few months ago..I tried everything I could think of: Microsoft updater troubleshooting tools, manual installs, nothing. I finally got so frustrated Ifollowed a Google link to "remove corrupted Windows files ", (yes I now know that was a big mistake)... Next time it rebooted, Windows couldn't load. It just blue screened...Flat-lined....It was horrifying! 
     I found the recovery disks and  tried to back up my photos first but it kept hanging..anyhow, after multiple attempts, finally got Windows  running again. . I went to the recycle bin and hit restore all.....I know, I know....I probably don't deserve a computer, just a stick and dirt......(And of course not having  backed up my computer, I have been frantically uploading all my photos ever since...)
     I  updated and ran Spybot  and came up with "Error: Service check: the file is missing. Please use the update to get a new copy!"  I hit  update again, but it didn't work, so I uninstalled and reinstalled a fresh copy, but got the same message. My computer is actually running just fine right now, but I'm pretty sure it's "dead man walking". I don't even know where to start..
Should I pull the plug?
Please help!
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
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Answer:Can't install 51 critical Windows updates, BSOD...

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Search and delete the AdWare, PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) installed on your computer.Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click on Delete tab follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Rn].txt (n is a number).=== Please downloadJunkware Removal Tool to your Desktop.Please close your security software to avoid potential conflicts.Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or 7, right-mouse click it and select Run as administrator.The tool will open and start scanning your system.Please be patient as this can take a while to complete, depending on your system's specifications.On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your Desktop and will automatically open.Please post the contents of JRT.txt into your reply.===Please download ComboFix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop. For information regarding this download, please visit this web page: TurorialLink 1Link 2IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop1. Close any open browsers.2. Close/disable all ... Read more

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I have recently had to do a recovery on my 1 year old computer operating with XP Home. It took over 6 hours to download all the windows critical updates from the MS website to get back where I was before the recovery. Is there any way I can save these periodically to disc to save going through this ordeal again. The same applies to Norton Antivirus.

Answer:Saving Windows Critical Updates to Disc

Go to MS web site and choose Windows Update.Click on Personalize and click the option to display the link to WU catalog and save settings.Click on Find Updates and choose your OS. Click on Search and a list of available updates will appear. Choose the ones you want to download. Specify a folder on your hard drive and down they will come.

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windows updates will not load - when I try to load non-critical updates they seem to be copied to the machine but the update fails when it comes to updating the system.

Answer:Windows non-critical updates fail to load

Did ALL the updates you just tried to install fail to install, or only some of them ?If it was ALL of them, have you run a Repair installation of Windows procedure, and it was only after you did that the updates will not install ?(As in, you booted the computer from the XP CD, chose to run Setup, then chose "Repair your existing Windows installation" or similar, and Setup completed successfully.).......In any case, if it was ALL of the updates that failed to install, then you probably need to repair Registry entries for Windows Update related files....It would be a good idea to print the following text.E.g. Select the following text, RIGHT click on the highlighted area, select Copy, open Notepad, place your blinking cursor on it, RIGHT click , select Paste. In Notepad's top bar - File - Print.Or use Wordpad for a better display of the longer lines - Notepad can mess that up. Click Start, select Run and type the following:cmd (click OK or press Enter) net.exe stop wuauserv (press Enter)(stops the Windows Update service) regsvr32 wuapi.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 wuaueng.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 wucltui.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 wups.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 wups2.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 wuweb.dll (press Enter) regsvr32 MSXML3.dll (press Enter) net.exe start wuauserv (press Enter) (starts the Windows Update service) Close the black Window.Restart the computer.Windows Update should then work fineYou can save yours... Read more

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I have an industrial customer that would like us to manage their Windows and SCADA system service packs and updates. They have 15 PCs that we will need to have synchronized updates installed between them and only updates that the SCADA system software developer has approved. Once an offline PC has been selectively updated it must be tested for proper functionality in a test environment before rolling out updates to the 15 PCs on the production floor. Each of the 15PCs will have unique settings and software installed but all will have the same Windows SPs and updates installed.

In the test environment I have internet access to manually request for Windows updates. I then select only the updates in the critical list that is on the approved SCADA system list. Updates are installed and a day?s worth off testing is conducted to confirm all critical updates have not created any system performance issues.

Production PCs are on a private IP segment with no possible chance of getting temporary internet access approved. Is there a way of replicating the selected windows critical updates completed in the test environment and sneaker netting them to the production floor PCs? I would imagine the updates would need to take place in the same order as windows automatically took care of in the test environment.

Answer:Replicating Windows Critical Updates To Many Same Model PCs

You can either use WSUS, or script a batch of updates for installation - in your circumstances, I suspect that the latter will be the way to go

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   I reinstalled windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron N5110 (it is 4.5 years old) yesterday and I am wondering how long does it take for it to install critical updates. I have kaspersky antivirus and its protected browser cannot be used until critical system updates are installed and I would like to use it to pay bills, shop and more. How long does it take for it to install critical updates? And if it does not do it on its own, what can I do? Thank you. 

Answer:How long does it take for reinstalled Windows 7 to make critical updates?

Thank you for writing to us!
In case of the updates we would not be able to give you a specific time as they are automatic and keep running in the back round .
The below link may give you a clear idea:

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Hi. Because I recently formatted my computer's hard drive, I have had to go online and redownload all of the critical and other windows updates for my Windows XP Pro computer. When I first started to download the updates, I had 19 Critical Updates to download. Now I think I have 10 or something like that. Well, these last 10 or whatever absolutely refuse to install! They are apparently downloaded though because I attempt to redownload them and they "download" at speeds way faster than what dialup is capable of. Well, then it proceeds to install the updates. However, every single update fails. During the attempted installation of these updates by Windows Update, my computer accesses the floppy drive for some unkown reason. It does this only once or twice. I believe that during these downloads I am running programs such as Norton Internet Security 2002 (but I don't know why this would affect it because my other downloads completed fine with this and the rest of the programs mentioned here running). I was also running Windows Messenger, Yahoo Messenger (I think), Kazaa Lite (I think), and Norton Antivirus 2002 (with Autoprotect enabled). I have not tried downloading these files with any of these programs disabled. Oh yeah, I use AOL for my Internet connection but I use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 to do most if not all of my web browsing which does include Windows Update. Please help me with this problem! I am quite stumped really. I have tried multiple (5... Read more

Answer:Windows Update Fails to Install Critical Updates

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I have been trying to download updates for Windows XP (Home) for several days but can't. Right now the yellow shield is in my "tray" and it is stuck at 20%. Sometimes, the shield appears and then disappears several seconds later. I try to manually download the updates from the Microsoft Update Site but always get "failed" for each update (but no code numbers). When I click on the "?" I am supposed to get ways to fix the download/update problem but nothing happens. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Can't Download Critical Updates for Windows XP (Home)

Try this: Turn off Automatic Updates, reboot, then turn it back on ...

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For those of you who have installed the Windows XP SP2 RC1 upgrade(like I have), you will notice that none of the recently-released critical updates appear in the Windows updates site during a scan.

The Windows XP SP2 RC1 upgrade changed the version numbers of Windows XP to 5.1.2600.2096 and changed the version number of Internet Explorer/Outlook Express to 6.0.2900.2096.

I'm sure the upcoming Windows XP SP2 RC2 release and the Windows XP SP2 final release will change these version numbers to even higher numbers.

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I have a Dell 1545 with almost nothing loaded on it. Had auto updates on (I KNOW, I KNOW..sigh) and the critical updates that installed "hacker security patches" caused my puter to do a System Restore upon the re-boot. My free avg scans were FAR too clean...I mean ZERO problems. I knew that was suspicious, as like most of us I have the ADTP(cant remember exact acronym) tracker cookie from Windows ALWAYS show up, and that went away.

Constant problems for days. Google Chrome is browser. I checked EVERYTHING..finally, I tried to create new user account, suspicious. Sure enough, the name "Scammer Hacker [email protected]" was already in use. Ha! I uninstalled free AVG, and tried PC Dr. They found 4 low threats, and 77 tracking/malware problems, but wanted me to enter cc info online (What???) before fixing.

Sooo installed the free TRIAL of full AVG and all seems FINE..but found nothing. How does PC Dr find so many issues and a FULL paid version of AVG doesnt find ONE thing wrong?

I also once again tried to update Adobe and was told that I do not have permissions

I need some serious help and guidance....pleaaaassse. Thank you SO much!! Barby

Answer:Windows 7 Hacked? Critical Updates caused Restore on Reboot

AND..AVG full scan found NOTHING. This just cant be right!

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XP Media Center , SP3
This has been going on for about a month.  A little worse the past 2-3 days.  I can't think of any changes to my system that coincide with the onset.  
She's dragging and freezing up even when all I am running is Chrome.  Even when CPU is at <5% load and there is >1G of free ram.  I have nearly 50% of hard drive free.
I can't install some critical Windows security updates. (Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update for .NET versions 2.0 through 3.5 (KB951847) x86- WON'T INSTALL
Windows Firewall seems to have disappeared (the icon is missing from Control Panel along with a couple of other icons)
Some programs won't load or install at all.    Most common error message is that msi.dll is missing / can't be found.
I've defragged, cleaned up junk, ran Malwarebytes, Ad-Aware, Avast AV, etc.
Some files can't be scanned with Avast - something about corrupt or damaged sector ?
I tried a system restore, but it seemed to be frozen as well.  
Hope this is enough info.   Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Freezing, critical Windows updates can't install, firewall disappeared, etc

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link.

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Wondering if there are any sites or recommendations you folks would have regarding the correct install order of Windows Updates, for 98 and XP. I would also like to be able to download all of those updates for safe-keeping on a USB hard drive which I could take to clients on repairs. What are your recommendations? I seem to find no clear-cut information on how to install these, and in what order, and which ones are THE most-important to install in order to not get hacked while online. The dumb thing I did the other day was reinstall XP on a customer's computer, and XP didn't discover his NIC properly. Used a modem to access the 'net to get the driver, and would you believe, in that amount of time, his comp was infected with the Welchia virus. So you can see my quandry...

thanks in advance

Answer:Windows Critical Updates: Download and Install Order Advice

There is this thread here but no answer on the install order but like you want. Going by the date of the update. is all I can think of.

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Windows 7 & OSX Have Critical Security Flaws

I know we constantly hear of updates that are coming to Windows 7 every patch tuesday and new security flaws that have been discovered, but generally these are involved with the software side of things and can be easily fixed. Where the trouble starts is when the vulnerability is in the hardware end.

Answer:Windows 7 & OSX Have Critical Security Flaws

Now that's pretty nuts. I liked this quote:


Of course the researchers are meant to keep quiet about these flaws and they’ve both been passed onto Microsoft and Apple so they can work on them before malicious hackers work it out.

Wonder how many hackers read sites about the OS of the computers they want to hack...

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Critical Windows Security fix on the way for January 2005 Published: January 7, 2005, 3:28 PM PST By Robert Lemos Staff Writer, CNET Microsoft has announced that it will release three patches for its Windows operating system next week. The fixes, which will carry a maximum threat rating of "critical," will be issued Tuesday, the company said. Under its two-month-old advance notification program, Microsoft typically gives the public early notice of the number of updates it plans to deliver and of the severity of the vulnerabilities the updates fix. The only other detail the software giant revealed Thursday was that people may have to restart their Windows systems for the patches to take effect.

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Hey so today I turn on my computer and I have this awful trojan that doesn't allow me to open any programs for more than .2 seconds or do much of anything except get spammed by constant 'Windows Security Alerts' filling up my toolbar and the unavoidable popup "Application cannot be executed. The file _____ is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?" Also occasional popups to adult sites which I've never had before....The problem seems to be getting worse and worse and I'm in serious need for help. The creator of this thread,95177.0.htmlseems to have had the same problem as me. But when I get to the step where he was told to run Rkill I can't get any of them to open. I also can't get the superantispyware or emisoft programs to run either to help me get rid of my problem... ive also tried spybot snd and Avira to no avail. I've also tried running in safe mode(which works) and deleting all my temporary files(not 100% sure if I did it right). I know I'm not supposed to try to fix this by myself so im coming here for your help, please save me!,46313.0.html

Answer:Windows Security Alert Trojan??? Critical need help!

Please reboot to Safe Mode with Networking (tap the F8 key just before Windows starts to load and select the Safe Mode with Networking option from the menu).Then, do the following...Please visit this webpage for a tutorial on downloading and running ComboFix: the area: Using ComboFix, and when done, post the log back here.

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Could someone help me out with this question. Is there a program that will run on your computer to check if Windows XP is in need of any critical updates or updated patches? By the way, not sure what patches mean. That will show you my computer IQ. If someone could assist me, it would be appreciated.


Answer:Program to check for critical updates and updated patches for Windows XP Service Pack

Hello Adam, Welcome to TSF!

If you go Start > Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Updates > set the updates to Automatic (recommended) you should not have any problems obtaining updates (patches), because your system will do it for you in the background.

To check if you have missed any updates, go Start > All Programs > Windows Updates (It's located on the top left of the All Programs screen) > follow the on-screen prompts.

Try these two methods and post back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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This is an inconvenient delay, not anything serious. Running Windows 7, if it makes a difference.

Issue: Microsoft Security Essentials auto-updates block Microsoft Updates until MSE is finished.

Description: I have Microsoft Update (or Windows Update, whichever it's known as in 7) set to automatically check for updates but not download or install without my approval. I do this so I can review what's being updated, (I'm a little wary of Microsoft putting an anti-piracy app in as a "critical" update in the last year or two). Anyways, when I boot up the computer, it checks for updates and alerts me of them.

However, Microsoft Security Essentials also auto-checks for updates upon boot, and if it has an update it will automatically being downloading and installing it in the background. Which is all well and good, except whenever that's happening it causes MU to "fail" updates until it's done updating. Thus, I have to remember to wait until the MSE update is done, then run the MU update.

Question: MSE definition updates are included under "Optional" updates in MU, is there a way to make MSE stop updating independent of MU so I can queue all the updates together? I feel like this would be the easiest way to prevent this annoyance. I don't see an option, and I'd rather put up with this annoyance if the only solution is to put all updates back into Microsoft's hands completely.

Answer:Microsoft Security Essentials updates blocking other windows updates

My understanding of MSE is it will check several times during the to make it has the latest updates. Most GOOD VA programs will do this as there are several releases daily for AV definitions. This is the only way you and your machine will be aware of these releases.

When some of these attacks happen, a definition is released, but as the infection is refined, the the definition must also be refined and/or improved. I use F-Prot on my machines, but I install MSE on the kids and grand kids machines. I have seen as many as 12 releases in one day from F-Prot, this is what is call" being on top of things".

So I would not want to rely on ME being the one to check several times daily on all of my machines to see if a new release has been made.

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Its been doing most of these updates forever, when I go to shut it down it updates but when I wake up in the morning these updates are still not done... It's like they never finish. This happens every night for the past 6 months or so i'm getting tired of it now so i need some help. I've tried Reset Windows Update History that works for a week or so but they eventually come back.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-WJ2H8-R6B6D-7QJB7
Windows Product Key Hash: ckKNc+BBPDWmo1LUlOkraNjlQ34=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {9D9F00D6-4ACE-4595-9A2E-8B72A3B5B243}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
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Answer:Windows wont complete updates, Security Updates KB2604121

I've deleted a environmental variable for a PATH for Java I added long ago and it downloaded and installed it for now. I will see if anything else happens

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Microsoft has today released a critical out-of-band security update for all supported versions of Windows, addressing a serious flaw that could potentially lead to remote code execution on unpatched systems.

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Answer:Microsoft releases critical security patch for Windows

"Gee Wally, I didn't think Windows 10 would ever need any security patches because everybody is always screaming how secure it is already. What's going on Wally?".

"You believed what Microsoft said Beaver. That was your first mistake".

Same ole whack-a-mole game. No reason to move off Windows 7 yet that I can see.

In fact, if you think about it, the more popular post "Windows 7" operating systems become the more likely they are to be the main targets of hackers. Which means less attacks on older operating systems which means, older operating systems will be more secure by default. Because nobody is concerned about them anymore. Ah, I can sleep soundly tonight.

Now...where were those people calling for the death of Adobe Flash again?
Do we call for the death of Windows 10 now? Or do you wanna wait a month until the next security breach is discovered?

Let the hacking begin.

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I was googling for images of medical viruses when I may have picked up a computer one! A message box popped up with the following text:

"The page at http : // sky. antispyware. co. cc says:
Windows Security has found critical process activity on your system and will perform fast scan of system files"

Being an idiot I pushed OK and in no time at all at least five bogus bits of malware were diagnosed. I realised I'd been had and quit out before I bought their proffered antimalware solution, but I fear something has already made its way into my system. For one thing, System Restore has stopped working. Also, I now regularly receive the popup, with different http sites in the header section each time.

Googling the problem I learned it's connected to . I ran Malwarebytes but found nothing. Ditto Spybot. Before I found your website I ran ComboFix (sorry!) but there has been no change. After I found you I tried to run GMER and DDS they both resulted in a BSOD with the title: "BAD-POOL-HEADER". I uninstalled Avira antivirus (it had previously found nothing on a full scan) in case it was conflicting with them, but still the BSOD. I finally got them to run in Safe Mode as Administrator.

So am I infected, or is this odd behaviour due to something else?

Thanks for your time. You volunteers are heroes!


DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by Administrator at 16:56:34.73 on Tue 05/04/2011
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Answer:Windows Security has found critical process activity

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here. Please take note: If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about your installed Windows Operating System including the Version, Edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system.
If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available. If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far. Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review your topic and do their best to resolve your issues. If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed. Use the '... Read more

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Microsoft released an update for IE that fixes 5 privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. One of the severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer.
"An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Microsoft rates this update critical for Internet Explorer Windows Clients, except IE6 client, where it is rated Moderate." says Microsoft
The update brings IE9 to 9.0.5 version. People who have automatic updates on need not to do any thing. If you have disabled automatic updates then you need to turn it on for this update

Answer:IE 9.0.5 Available via Windows Update along with latest critical security patches

Thanks for the heads up!

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On Monday, I came home and husband had done a System RECOVERY - he got brave.
It has been doing Windows Update all week.
I began receiving a pop up intermediately that says:
Windows Security has found critical process activity on your system and then states it will scan with buttons to start the scan.
I could not X out so I immediately did Task Manager to stop the process every time it pops up. 
I ran Malware Bytes full scan a few minutes ago and it found no malware.
I am not sure if I am infected. 
Win7  64bit
Internet Explorer 9
Microsoft Security Essentials
Thank you.

Answer:I may be infected with Windows Security has found critical process activity

Please download TDSSKiller from here and save it to your DesktopDoubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then click on Change parameters

Check Loaded Modules  and Detect TDLFS file system.  Do not check Verify file digital signatures (even though it is checked in the example)If you are asked to reboot because an "Extended Monitoring Driver is required" please click Reboot now

Click Start Scan and allow the scan process to run

If threats are detected select Skip for all of them unless I instruct you otherwiseClick Continue

Click Reboot computerPlease post the contents of  TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt found in your root directory (typically c:\)in your reply===================================================aswMBR--------------------Download aswMBR and save it to your desktop.
Please disable your real time protection of any Antivirus, Antispyware or Antimalware programs temporarily. They will interfere and may cause unexpected results.If you need help to disable your protection programs see here and here.Double click the aswMBR.exe file to run it. Please allow when you are asked to download AVAST antivirus engine defs.Wait until the AV update is done, then click on the Scan button to start. The program will launch a scan.

When done, you will see Scan finished successfully. Please click on Save log and save the file to your desktop.

Please post the contents of the log in your next reply.NOTE:  aswMBR will create M... Read more

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I'm very new to computers and see no cheap way out of this! I feel my settings are wrong. I think I really messed up. I've used micro fixit etc.... just don't really know where to begin. Suggestions???????????? HELP!Edit: Moved topic from Windows Startup Programs Database to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:windows vista has critical boot issues and security alerts

Are you receiving error messages?
If you are, please post them exactly as they appear.
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When the  FileHippo website opens, click on Download latest version in the upper left pane.
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
 Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, copy it and paste it in your next post.

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There is a bug in Windows Defender that allows an attacker to take ownership of a Windows system by simply reading an email or visit a website without any further action.

Microsoft Security Advisory 4022344
1252 - MsMpEng: Remotely Exploitable Type Confusion in Windows 8, 8.1, 10, Windows Server, SCEP, Microsoft Security Essentials, and more. - project-zero - Monorail

The german IT related newspaper c't called it dramatically with an emergency alert
Dramatische Sicherheitslücke in Virenschutz-Software von Windows geschlossen

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I have been infected by this fake security application that says "Windows Security has found critical process activity on your system". In safe mode I have ran malware bytes, super anti spyware, created a hijack this log. I tightened up my zonealarm resetting it to default and searching programs that try to run as they popped up, mshta.exe was one of the programs.

I was about to post the results of the hijack this scan when i read a thread that said i needed to run two other applications. I did the first one which i will post but when i tried to run the second ( it ran for a while before shutting down my computer. I tried it again with the same result.

Here are the first two logs

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 6:57:58 PM, on 28/11/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Safe mode

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
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Firefox  47.0,  June 6, 2016
Support for Google’s Widevine CDM on Windows and Mac OS X so streaming services like Amazon Video can switch from Silverlight to encrypted HTML5 video.
Enable VP9 video codec for users with fast machines
Embedded YouTube videos now play with HTML5 video if Flash is not installed.
View and search open tabs from your smartphone or another computer in a sidebar
Allow no-cache on back/forward navigations for https resources
Latgalu [ltg] locale added. Wikipedia tells us there are 164,500 daily speakers.

Various security fixes

FUEL (Firefox User Extension Library) has been removed. Add-ons relying on it will stop working.
The browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand preference has been reset to its default value (true) to avoid e10s performance problems. Because faster is better!
The Firefox click-to-activate plugin whitelist has been removed.

cuechange events are now available on TextTrack objects
WebCrypto: PBKDF2 supports SHA-2 hash algorithms
WebCrypto: RSA-PSS signature support

Known issue with old invalid paper size printing prefs (Bug 1276717)

Available via the program's internal updater:   Help / About Firefox

Answer:Updates 6/7/16 - Firefox, Office (non-critical) Updates

Fixed in Firefox 47 (  )

2016-62 Network Security Services (NSS) vulnerabilities
2016-60 Java applets bypass CSP protections
2016-59 Information disclosure of disabled plugins through CSS pseudo-classes
2016-58 Entering fullscreen and persistent pointerlock without user permission
2016-57 Incorrect icon displayed on permissions notifications
2016-56 Use-after-free when textures are used in WebGL operations after recycle pool destruction
2016-55 File overwrite and privilege escalation through Mozilla Windows updater
2016-54 Partial same-origin-policy through setting through data URI
2016-53 Out-of-bounds write with WebGL shader
2016-52 Addressbar spoofing though the SELECT element
2016-51 Use-after-free deleting tables from a contenteditable document
2016-50 Buffer overflow parsing HTML5 fragments
2016-49 Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:47.0 / rv:45.2)

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Who should read this bulletin: Customers using Microsoft® Internet Explorer

Impact of vulnerability: Six new vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could enable an attacker to execute commands on a user’s system.

Maximum Severity Rating: Critical

Recommendation: Customers should install the patch immediately.

Affected Software:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Answer:Latest "critical" Security patches: ... Dec 11: Virt Machine; Dec 18 XP critical

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Severity Rating: Critical
Revision Note: V1.0 (March 14, 2017): Bulletin published.

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker runs a specially crafted application that connects to an iSNS Server and then issues malicious requests to the server.

This security update is rated Critical for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016, and Important for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Version 1511. For more information, see the Affected Software and Vulnerability Severity Ratings section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by:
Correcting how Device Guard validates certain elements of signed PowerShell scripts.
Correcting how the Microsoft SMBv2/SMBv3 Client handles specially crafted requests.
Correcting how Windows validates input before loading DLL files.
Modifying how Windows dnsclient handles requests.
Correcting how Helppane.exe authenticates the client.
Modifying how the iSNS Server service parses requests.
For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Vulnerability Information section.

Read more: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-012 - Critical

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Microsoft patched six Critical security flaws in Windows, IE, Edge and Office

Yesterday was this year?s last Patch Tuesday, with Microsoft pushing out updates for many versions of its operating system. We?ve already seen some of the bugfixes and changes that came as part of this update wave. But now, we also know some of the security fixes that were patched last night.

With this final patch release for 2016 Microsoft published 11 security bulletins, six of which address critical issues found in Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Office, and the .NET framework. As you can see that spans quite the gamut of Microsoft products, so let?s jump in and see what got fixed.

MS16-144 addresses a series of vulnerabilities deemed to be Critical by the company?s severity rating system, that could compromise Internet Explorer and the system it?s installed on. By exploiting the security flaws available previous to this patch, an attacker could get full control over an affected system. The attacker would need to chain exploits together by tricking a user into viewing a malicious website, elevating his privileges on the target machine and then taking full control.
MS16-145 relates to an issue in Microsoft Edge, also deemed to be Critical. By viewing a malicious website, a user?s machine could be hacked and the attacker might gain the same user rights as the victim. Users operating with fewer rights would be less impacted than those operating as administrators.
MS16-14... Read more

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Windows Firewall has detected activity of spyware/stuffsName: Trojan-Spy.Win32.keylogger.aa <--- This is fake, because it pops up with many other names too (tinyclick stuff, etc)Risk Level: CriticalDescription: This Troan has a keyboard logging function, which is intended to ...Tried a full PC-Cillin check, nothing. Did Spyware Doctor (Free version) and deleted every file it found suspicios (and the HKEYS)Tried ATF-Cleaner.exe with SUPERAntiSpyware- it removed some- uninstalled both after, virus still thereA popup immediately after I was looking for the final episodes to one of my shows is how it startedHeres a hijackthis log (I think I did it right)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\Program Files\Citrix\ICA Client\ssonsvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Exec... Read more

Answer:Windows Firewall Security Popup- Level Critical- Wants To Download Program To Fix

Anybody have any help? Still infected.Now theres a red X in the process bar thing (bottom right) and it also detects spyware- it wasn't detecting more (did I get infected with more? Running full trend micro scan now)Trojan-Spy.Win32.GreenscreenPAK_Generic.006Trojan-Clicker.Win32.TinyClick.HTrojan-Logger.Win32.KeyLogger.BQI'm fairly certain on the last two that have popped up (name wise)Help- more viruses poppingn up daily[url= Something with always pops up when I enter websitesI think these three files are suspicious (I've tried deleting multiple times):jwvsvcxy.exebkrylupa.exebrastk.exeEdit again:Went into regedit, tried deleting anything associated with those three.Red X at bottom right dissapeared- will check tommorow if it's back up SpyNoMore will not open:"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."Said the same thing about command prompt a couple days ago, was able to find a fix to that (and tasklist)Hope for help soon.

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Microsoft released five new Critical Updates today (7-13-2004). All quoted items are from Windows Update summary page:

- "Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express 6 SP1 (KB823353): A vulnerability exists in Outlook Express that could allow an attacker to cause Outlook Express to fail. You can help protect your computer by installing this update. After you install this update you may need to restart your computer."

- "Security Update for Windows XP (KB840315): A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Windows and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer."

- "Update for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.0 and WinHTTP 5.1 (KB842773): This software updates the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to v2.0 and updates WinHTTP. These updates help ensure an optimal download experience with future versions of Automatic Updates, Windows Update, and other programs that rely on BITS to transfer files using idle network bandwidth."

- "Security Update for Windows XP (KB841873): A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise your Windows-based system and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your co... Read more

Answer:Windows Critical Update Security Patches Released July 13, 2004

Thank you... i went and got all the new downloads

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I have a whole ton of security updates for windows XP going back over 2 years in my Add/Remove programs list and I want to know if it is safe to delete those older than the most recent ones. Its taking up too much space on my computer and because of that I have stopped any current regular updates by switching off the automatic updates settings. Could someone please advise me if it is safe to do this?

Answer:Security Updates and general Updates for Windows XP

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Severity Rating: Critical
Revision Note: V1.0 (March 14, 2017): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted messages to a Windows SMBv1 server.

Read more: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 - Critical

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Severity Rating: Critical
Revision Note: V1.0 (March 14, 2017): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerabilities could allow information disclosure if a user views specially crafted PDF content online or opens a specially crafted PDF document.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016. For more information, see the Affected Software and Vulnerability Severity Ratings section.

The security update addresses the vulnerablity by correcting how affected systems handle objects in memory. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.
Read more: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-009 - Critical

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Microsoft has updated the Malicious Software Removal Tool, a free security tool the company is offering Windows users to fight specific malware, in order to defend themselves agaist a prevalent worm that targets a Critical Windows vulnerability. Back in October 2008, the Redmond company made available an out-of-band security bulleting (MS08-067) designed to resolve a Critical flaw in the Windows Server service (SVCHOST.EXE) affecting all supported versions of Windows. At that time, Microsoft warned that even Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP SP3 were vulnerable, and also released a patch for the pre-release version of Windows 7.

Free Microsoft Security Tool Kills Worm Targeting Critical Windows Flaw - The Win32/Conficker - Softpedia

You can download the Malicious Software Removal Tool from here:
I ran the 64 bit tool without any problems.

32 bit:

Download details: Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

64 bit:

Download details: Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64

Answer:Free Microsoft Security Tool Kills Worm Targeting Critical Windows Flaw

Thanks for the post. Ran the tool. All clear

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A security researcher has casually revealed 15 vulnerabilities which impact on Microsoft Windows and Adobe Reader.

On Tuesday, Google Project Zero hacker Mateusz Jurczyk outlined a total of 15 critical vulnerabilities discovered within font management systems.

The research, also presented at the REcon security conference in Montreal in a talk called "One font vulnerability to rule them all: A story of cross-software ownage, shared codebases and advanced exploitation," (.PDF), reveals a set of nasty remote code execution and privilege escalation flaws which can be exploited through Adobe Reader or the Windows Kernel.

Jurczyk discovered a number of low to critical-severity security flaws, but the worst two,CVE-2015-3052 and CVE-2015-0093, which exist in both 32-bit and 64-bit systems, are found within the Adobe Type Manager Font Driver.

Further reading

Answer:Security researcher casually drops Adobe Reader, Windows critical vulnerability bomb


Note how the sandboxes were ineffective...

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The problem I report here I have found with every computer I have owned.

I have set my computer to "check for updates but let me choose whether to install them" and do not download them.

Regardless of this setting I notice (often within days) that my computer is much slower than usual and when I check via the "restore my computer to an earlier time" facility I can see that there are downloads of "critical" updates. I usually pick a point before the update and restore - this sets my computer back to running at a decent speed.- (these "critical" updates are not shown on the "installed updates" page which is why I check via the restore facility).

What is the problem here and WHY does my computer download these "critical" updates ?

What is the point of having various setting regarding downloading updates if they are downloaded anyway ?

I have noticed this problem of "critical" updates and speed on every computer I have ever used ( all with differing amounts of memory/cpu/etc etc).

Why is this ?

Answer:"critical" updates slow netbook..Packard Bell dot..Windows 7 starter

There are some updates which are regarded as of overriding importance, and which ignore the settings - however, they are very few, and generally do not lead to any slowing of the system except at the first boot after install.
Exactly which updates are you talking about?

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Just a quickie for any who don't get their Critical Updates automatically downloaded.Four, yes 4! out today, security issues etc.

Answer:New Critical Updates

Thanks - will have a look when I boot into XP.

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Just checked the updates and theres new ones.

Answer:New Xp critical updates available


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Question: Critical Updates

Is anyone else have problems trying to access the WinXP IE8 Critical Updates page?
All I keep getting is the green graph going from left to right, but the Critical Update page never opens.

And then if I try to close the page, it "locks" and then I have to Alt/Ctrl/Del to close the CU page.

Answer:Critical Updates

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Hi all, Can anybody suggest why I can't download any critical updates from the MS Windows Update page. I scan for any updates, select to install and all that happens is the web page dialogue box opens and just sits in the middle of my screen. Can I obtain these updates elsewhere?I'm running W98se & IE 6.0. Would it have any effect because my default browser is at the moment Avant? P.

Answer:Critical Updates from MS

you can order a free Security Update cd from Microsoft, no charge and no shipping fee, for Win.98 thru here

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