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viruses appear to be stopping windows updates - BTC bounty btw

Q: viruses appear to be stopping windows updates - BTC bounty btw

I'm fixing this system for someone and they had the typical antivirus 2012 popup rampage BS. I got process explorer to run, found where its process launched from (application data/local) and there were three 3-character executables sitting there, all created on the same date, one of which was repeatedly starting up. So I terminated and deleted those three and the system was acting mostly normal. There were no unable-to-account-for items in any of the various ways to view startup lists but now windows update is broken :(

It's Win7 so I ran the built in Windows Update utility and 1 installed and 14 didn't but they were already downloaded. So I deleted the update cache with a batch file containing:
CD\
CD %Windir%
CD SoftwareDistribution
DEL /F /S /Q Download

and that worked so I re-checked for updates and it was the same ones so I hit download and they did redownload successfully then all failed to install pretty quickly. So I picked one of the Win7 security updates from the list and downloaded the WIn7 64 bit version of that KB# from download.microsoft.com and tried to install it manually via a standalone installer download of it. It went through the steps nicely then just said it failed.
I unhid the administrator account and logged in as that (for the first time on this system by the way) and got the same result trying to run it. So apparently something isn't quite right.

So I ran the SFC utility and it came up with a result that some system files were corrupted but it was unable to fix them. So in the likely case that there are still altered system files or virus pieces left over, I added that SFC log (with modified security permissions) to the ZIP file attached to this post with DDS's two logs.

And since I'm getting paid for this repair anyway and Bitcoins are totally the bomb and I'm sure some people use em, I'm offering a 1.0 BTC bounty on this problem so if you're the person who helps me fix it, and you have a receiving address, I'll give you 1.0 BTC :D

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Preferred Solution: viruses appear to be stopping windows updates - BTC bounty btw

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A: viruses appear to be stopping windows updates - BTC bounty btw

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Thanks for being honest in telling that you are a professional, getting paid for fixing computers, and that you're willing to pay a sum for for the service you may receive here.

However, this forum is set up to assist non-professional home users with their personal computers.. The analysts/helpers donate their free time for a good cause, not for payment in return. Therefore, not only offering payment, but also expecting them to do your work for you, may be considered unfair, bordering on offensive and ethically questionable.

If you're interested in becoming an analyst/helper yourself, you can apply here to get trained. It's offered to those who would commit themselves to helping at the forums, as it's a very time consuming process, both on the part of the trainer and the trainee.

Please Read Before Applying To Join The Academy - Tech Support Forum

Thanks for understanding.

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I downloaded windows 10 but did not like it. I uninstalled it.
Now I am getting messages that I need to update various features in Windows 7. I highlight those I wish to update but every time the original windows 10 download appears on the list.
I am told that the updates for windows 7 are vital and my computer is at risk but I cannot do these updates because Windows 10 appears as an optional update and I cannot delete it.
Help

A:windows 10 stopping my updates

Hello 24rog ,

You can choose how to install updates in a feature " change settings" on the left-hand side of the windows update opening page.
Put that to " check for updates but let me choose....... ".

Now you can pick and choose and don't click on the little box of the once you don't want.
If you need to download a lot, my experience is do them in batches of 5. Seems to go easier.

I am not really an expert at this, so perhaps wait a bit to see if other members respond to your question

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Hello guys,

Many many times I wanted to stop that thing completely from windows but I didn't know how to, and don't tell me you can stop it from Control Panel, System bla bla bla! I made it before many times but without any positive results, the same problem still there, the problem is that when I go to /Windows/SoftwareDistribution or Control Panel/Programs/Programs and Features/View Installed Updates I find the installed updates there although I stopped it!! Is there any way to stop it by adding some lines to [hosts] file or.. any ideas?!

A:Stopping Automatic Windows Updates 100%!

Are you wishing to have more control over when updates happen?

Or are you wanting a computer that will never be updated?

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I recently worked on a computer that has not been updated since probably 1998. When I went to IE, it immediately went to WINDOWS UPDATES. Since they have dial-up only, it was 3 hours and only at 21%, I decided to just shut it down.

So now.............how do I stop the updates altogether? They rarely are on the net, they use it for work only, and since their computer runs fine, I can't see allocating that much down-time from their workday to upload the updates.

Any ideas how to stop the Windows Updates from continuing to update?

Thanks everyone!
 

A:Stopping Windows Updates once it starts

Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Updates, turn off.
 

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New to the group.  Have read all the comments recommending NOT to stop the auto updates and the reasons why.  Here is why I feel compelled to do so.  Recent updates have slowed my PC to a crawl (although, admittedly, I did not attempt to isolate the specific update causing this).  I know that turning off the updates leave me vulnerable to malware.... but I  have two anti-malware products running.  Any comments?
 
Additionally, most recent update appears to be, if not forcing, at least pushing me to update to Windows 10, which I have no intention of doing.  Any comments on this one?
 
Thanks much!
 
Grumblesmom
 

A:Stopping Auto Updates to Windows 7

Hi grumblesmom I doubt that Windows Updates will cause your system to become so slow that it'll not be usable properly. The issue might be somewhere else. Also, you have close to no protection with two Antimalware only, you need an active Antivirus protection in order for your system to stay secure. I suggest you to read the article below.Choosing an Anti-Virus ProgramNow, you can hide the KB3035583 (the Windows 10 app update) if you don't want it to show up anymore. As for your "slowness" issue, do you want me to help you see what is really causing this?

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Greetings all.

I have a small metered connection. It's only 1 GB per month. And I can't delay the auto updates until I'm at a public connection.

My computer sneaks, and downloads the auto updates without me knowing it . And if I do know it, I can't stop them so I can wait until I get to a public connection without disconnecting from the internet.

It's mostly Windows Defender updates. Sometimes there are two or three a day.

The auto updates alone use up more than my monthly data allotment.

I've tried

Settings/network and internet/advanced options

and all I get from that is a page listing the properties like Manufacturer, and Description.

What I want to do is postpone or stop the auto updates until I'm at a public connection so I don't have to use my private, metered connection to download the updates.

HELP!

A:Stopping auto updates on metered connection windows 10 home

Hello, there are various ways bandwidth may be used in the background.
Just a few quick ideas..
1. Windows universal apps update automatically on a schedule
Store Update Apps Automatically - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

2. Some of these update their data in the background
Settings, search 'background', Choose which apps can run in the background
3. Windows updates
E.g. Control by using Wifi and selecting a metered connection
& if you have other updatable MS products
Windows Updates for Microsoft Products - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
4. Your AV as you know
- specific to your AV
5. Desktop programs you've installed that may check periodically and update automatically (usually there's an option and during installation).
- setting specific to each program
6. Using cloud access - e.g. OneDrive

And I suppose if you were to use a more sophisticated firewall, you could consider using firewall rules to block access where relevant.

I'm sure those with Home will add more ideas for you. I don't use Defender, so will leave comment on that to others.

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Hi There

I was on a website yesterday and it wanted to install an Active X control and I stupidly allowed it. I turned off Windows Automatic Updates and I started getting popups. It wont allow me to turn this back on. I have run Ad-Aware and Spybot but it still isn't allowing me to get anywhere.

Any Suggestions? Thanks
 

A:Solved: Malware/Spyware Stopping Windows Automatic Updates

I ran the two mentioned programs after posting here but problems still occuring. Spybot says with one of them that I should restart the computer and disconnect from the internet and allow it to run again.
 

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Hi, I'm new to the TG forums and want to try this out before shelling out for a computer repair.

About a week ago I downloaded a program with a virus embedded. Upon running the program, ad-watch (of ad-aware) picked up many registry modifications. (I have taken down the reg mods log and will include them as well as a hijack-this log) A bubble popped up from the task bar saying windows updates was now disabled. I immediately unplugged my internet and shut down the computer.

When I rebooted the computer, the reg-edit notifications did not continue. I ran ad-aware and avast but each found no problems. When I got back onto the internet I was able to search the web for fix ideas for about 5 minutes before firefox was hijacked and sent to a fake anti-spyware website. Ad-watch then started to pick up more registry modifications.

I again unplugged the internet and started using another computer for research. I downloaded Windows malicious software removal tool and transfered it via keydisk to the infected laptop. It would not work because windows automatic updates was turned off. I then attempted to turn on windows updates through the security center and was told to try it through the control panel. After looking at the control panel, windows updates appeared to be set to automatic but when I ran "services.msc", the automatic updates were set to disabled and when I set to automatic and pressed apply, it just went back to disabled.

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A:Solved: Virus stopping Automatic Windows Updates from being enabed / hijacking websit

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Hi, \I recently had some persistent hijackers, viruses. I successfully removed them but I'm now having trouble with my LAN, and System restore says it cannot restore to any previous points I have tried. Part of removing the malware involved making a few deletions from "Kijack this". My machine now reports I'm having problems with my LAN. When I try to look any other machine my Windows XP reports "Network not accessible" or "Network not found". I normally use a hub but if I disconnect it and cable directly from machine to machine, with or without a crossover cable, I get a similar result. My machine says the Network Adapter is working OK, but just to be sure I tried installing a known good relacement to no effect. Please can you help me? Here is my Hijackthis log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 15:27:26, on 09/07/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\navapw32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\P2P Networking\P2P Networking.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inet... Read more

A:viruses etc. may be stopping my lan from working...any help please?

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [P2P Networking] C:\WINDOWS\system32\P2P Networking\P2P Networking.exe /AUTOSTART
O16 - DPF: {1D6711C8-7154-40BB-8380-3DEA45B69CBF} (Web P2P Installer) -

Other than that, you look clean
 

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Anytime I try to run a program (i.e. itunes) it will say "this file does not ave a program associated with it for performing this action." Then I try to do that and it does not work. I ran Avira and Mcfee scans and they both found a few viruses and I deleted them; however, I am still having the problems. In addition, it will freeze up, ctrl alt delete, does not bring it out of its freeze.

Here is my hijackthis log.
 

A:Viruses: stopping run programs

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Please help me. I followed some instructions from another site that made an existing problem worse. They told me to download vundo and remove errors. After my pc rebooted I cannot get to my desktop. Here is my most recent hijakthis log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:07:23 PM, on 5/25/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://mycampus.phoenix.edu/Login.asp?TargetURL=/secure/courseList.asp&Failed=No
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {2add0cef-d706-4d5b-9649-f663ad633f70} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\hsfhui.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: 0 - {60FC010D-E46F-44B6-3697-17325ED46E82} - C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\saguzily.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {707F5AEA-1DB0-456F-88A8-6A3491220401} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\gebyv.dll (file missing)
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A:Viruses stopping desktop from displaying

I used combofix and here is the log:

"Owner" - 2007-05-26 0:53:36 Service Pack 2
ComboFix 07-05.26.3.V - Running from: "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\"
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\~.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\wuoprynefsi.html"
"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\saguzily.dll"
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\tmp92.tmp.dll"
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\tmp96.tmp.dll"
"C:\WINDOWS\uni_e6h.exe"
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\dnsersnd.dll"
"C:\WINDOWS\rau001978.exe"
"C:\WINDOWS\dls0523pmw.exe"
"C:\WINDOWS\uninst108.exe"
"C:\Temp\tn3"
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\core.sys"
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Drivers/Services )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
-------\LEGACY_CORE
-------\LEGACY_NET_AGENT
-------\core
-------\Net Agent
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2007-04-26 to 2007-05-26 ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
2007-05-25 20:59 105,434 --a------ C:\WINDOWS\qwr67.exe
2007-05-23 20:16 <DIR> d-------- C:\VundoFix Backups
2007-05-23 19:24 50,599 --a------ C:\DOCUME~1\Owner\APPLIC~1\tmp96.tmp.exe
2007-05-23 19:24 233,034 --a------ C:\DOCUME~1\Owner\APPLIC~1\tmp98.tmp.exe
2007-05-23 19:24 17,010 --a------ C:\DOCUME~1\Owner\APPLIC~1\tmp97.tmp.exe
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I stupidly installed the Windows XP updates because an icon came up and the computer got really glitchy and slowed by 50%. I read on this forum that the updates (20 or 30 of them) could have been viruses. I ran Spybot, AVG and Yahoo AntiVirus with no result.

The control panel lists them like this: Windows XP HotFix KB825119 or Windows Hotfix (SPI) see Q311889 for more info. Each update has a different number. Do these look like legitimate updates to you? I am in the process of removing them one by one b/c I don't know what to keep and what not anyway. Thoughts?
 

A:Are Windows XP updates viruses?

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A thought occurred to me time ago which begged a question. It seems that all anti-virus, anti-trojan. malware programs etc. do is stop something malicious from installing and stuff. But why isn't there software that actually fixes such a malicious thing from happening?
I mean if you download, or try to install something potentially malicious, out pops a window from your anti-virus blocking it/deleting it. Why not just fix the thing so the malicious part is removed and all else works as it should? Is such a thing that difficult to do?
I mean someone wrote the code for software 'A" and someone wrote the code for virus "B" inside 'A'
Can't we simply do (A + its code) - (B + its extra code) = A + its code
Another thing that has bothered me in the past, is that given information on such a thing, either by your software or online sites such as VirusTotal, is limited in actually explaining what the given file will do. What I mean is, Can't it tell you beside what files will be installed and where they are going and a general description tell you something like. "This exe is going to create files A,B.C.D and place them here. Besides this they will create a registry entry written as such xxxxx and placed here. What these will do is File xyz will make a phone call every time you ..... and file abc, in writing bla, bla bla will copy files this and that and then rewrite them as such and then send them to bla, bla bla.
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A:Viruses, trojans, etc. fixing instead of deleting or stopping install

Those programs do exist, you usually have to pay for that feature though. Almost all Anti-virus protect you in real-time but Malware, spyware and adware protection typically allow the infection to be installed then you need to run the program to get rid of it.

For example, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware are two good programs that you can pay a relatively small amount of money for the pro version and get real-time protection. Now this doesn't mean you are always protected 100% of the time, even if you update daily. Definitions for viruses/malware are updated all the time and that doesn't really account for the zero day exploits you may run across. Nobody on earth is protected for zeroday attacks. You simply react.

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Hi Guys

I have a netbook DELL INSPIRON mini (model 1011) with Windows XP home edition SP3 on it.
These are its specs:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 28 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1014 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152586 MB, Free - 123056 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., CN0Y53, A00, .9ZC06K1.ppppppppppppppd
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
I had many issues on this machine, all probably related to trojans and malwares. I decided to start by uninstalling uneeded software, installing anti virus, spybot and other tools. I did some cleaning, including safe mode scanning, i think i more or less managed to make it stable, except the issue with windows updates. Whether i click on the windows update icon from the START menu or I go to IE and google (search) for the updates link, I always get an error 0x80072EFF (which means i cannot find available updates for my machine). I checked with the AVG firewall and the microsoft site isn't blocked. I didn't know what to do next, therefore i thought i contact you to ask for help.

I will now attach the files you require for looking into this matter.
I start by the Hijackthis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 19:06:50, on 02/04/2011... Read more

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Hi everyone... thanks in advance for reading my post.

I am on Windows XP with a Dell Inspiron 9300. Haven't had many viruses, and when I did, I was successful in getting rid of them as well as spyware. This time is different, and I need help. Edit... also I have not installed any service packs, at least not to my knowledge.

A few nights ago I visited a site on some HTML context help and bam, got hit with spyware like crazy. This morning I woke up and my McAffee said it had found and removed virus Vundo (Trojan).

I am still swamped with spyware and pop up ads, etc, and can't open a website I have run spybot, Ad-Aware 2007, McAfee Security, and a windows online antispy program. All have found spyware and corrected it, but it's coming back.

Another issue is that my Windows Automatic update setting is turned to "off". I can't turn it back on. I followed Windows online support instructions to go through "run" command "services.msc" and enable it from there, but when I try to do so... I get the following error.

"could not start the automatic updates server on local computer. error 1058. the service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it" I keep getting messages that my windows is at risk due to "automatic updates" being turned off, but I can't turn it back on

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A:Windows Xp - Infected With Spyware, Viruses, Etc... And Can't Automate Windows Updates

Hello pigfinnFirst go to Start, Right click My Computer>scroll to PropertiesIn the resulting window,on the General tab (probably be there already) see what service pack it shows listed.It will say something as Msft Windows...Version...Service pack.Next; temporarily disable Tea timer in Spybot.You can disable TeaTimer 2 waysTo disable TeaTimer and remove its startup entry:Go into Spybot > Mode > Advanced Mode > Tools > ResidentUncheck (if checked) the following:Resident "TeaTimer" (Protection of over-all system settings) Active. To temporarally close TeaTimer and restart it later:Right click Spybot's TeaTimer System Tray Icon > click Exit Spybot-S&D Resident.TeaTimer closes. Restart TeaTimer:(after Fix)Using Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy. Double click TeaTimer.exe to start it. Reboot is NOT necessary for the change to take effect.http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=2827NEXT:Please download VundoFix to your desktop.Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it. If using Windows Vista be sure to Run As Administrator.Click the Scan for Vundo button.Once it's done scanning, click the 'Fix Vundo' button.You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YESOnce you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo.When completed, it will prompt that it will shutdown your computer, click OK.Turn your computer back on.Please post the contents of C... Read more

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Hi Everyone,This is my first time posting, so I apologize if I'm leaving out important info/not posting in the correct area of the forum. I have a virus on my computer. My Symantec catches it as 'hacktool.rootkit,' but will not clean it. MalwareBytes caught a myriad of trojans (like 'avsoft') and did clean that. The virus will not let my boot my computer in safe mode, so I had to run the scans in real time (I turned off the internet - not sure if that's helpful or not, but it stopped all of the avsoft popups). Anyhow, Malwarebytes cleaned some viruses, but I still cannot boot into safe mode. It acts like it will let me get there, then it says 'monitor going to sleep' and boots in regular mode. I want to get into safe mode because I think I know where the virus is (in my c:/hp admin/local host/temporary internet files), but the folder is hidden. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end with this virus!Here is a copy of my Hijack This Log (I also attached it):Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 6:44:04 AM, on 6/9/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17023)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\S... Read more

A:Viruses (hacktool.rootkit, avsoft) stopping me from booting in safe mode

Hi marce_a_tronWelcome to Bleeping Computer.I'm maranatha and I will be handling your log to help you get cleaned up. Please do this.Download DDS and save it to your desktop from here or here or here.Disable any script blocker, and then double click dds.scr to run the tool. When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt Attach.txtSave both reports to your desktop post the contents of the DDS logs here. Thanksmaranatha

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1000, running XP-pro. This system runs extremely slow and I tried to download updates and every time I can't get on that site. I'm having problem downloading AVG (I know some of you don't like any more), I was able to down load Malwarebyes. Also having problems with I.E., always loses the connection.

Can anyone tell me what I should do?
 

A:Virus stopping MS updates

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At some point I have pressed the 'receive updates for other products' on the Windows Update panel. I now have half a dozen updates for Office 2007 waiting for installation. I do not have Office 2007 - I do have Office 2000 and Works, so I don't see any point in downloading and installing these updates.
I have tried hiding the updates, but because they are 'important' they reappear.

Is there any way of deselecting the 'other products' option so I go back to only checking for Windows updates?

A:Stopping updates for other products

1) Did you buy the machine or build it? If you bought it, are you sure you don't have a trial version of Office 2007 somewhere hidden there?

2) to change back - Windows Update --> Change settings (left hand side) --> Scroll down to bottom and uncheck Use Microsoft Update.

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I have read how one can prevent a certain troublesome update from being installed. There are lots of webpages out there
explaining how to do so: Apparently the way to do this is to "Hide" the update. 
I have done this with the several updates, and yet they are still being installed.
Yet again, Microsoft say something that just doesn't work/isn't true. 

Please can someone help by telling me how else I can prevent updates from being installed. 
Thanks
Mark 

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Hello, I was sent here by Orange Blossom. I started with a Antivirus Soft virus on my daughter's laptop. Followed her guide and removed it but it appears traces linger as I cannot update Microsoft Security Essentials or I think Windows generally. I am attaching the dds attach and gmer logs I was able to create. The pop ups have stopped and I have regained control of IE (but don't generally use it, I prefer Firefox). The redirects to shopping sites have stopped as well. It seems the one thing I can't do is the updating of MSE. MBM shows no current infrections. Thank you for any assistance on where to go next.

A:Antivirus Soft stopping Updates

Hello jckbredwardsWelcome to BleepingComputer ==========================One or more of the identified infections is a backdoor trojan or rootkit.This type of infection has the capabilities to allows hacker to remotely control your computer, steal critical system information and download and execute files.I would counsel you to disconnect this PC from the Internet immediately. If you do any banking or other financial transactions on the PC or if it should contain any other sensitive information, please get to a known clean computer and change all passwords where applicable, and it would be wise to contact those same financial institutions to apprise them of your situation.Though the trojan has been identified and can be killed, because of it's backdoor functionality, your PC is very likely compromised and there is no way to be sure your computer can ever again be trusted. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of trojan, the best course of action would be a reformat and reinstall of the OS. Please read these for more information:How Do I Handle Possible Identity Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?When Should I Format, How Should I Reinstall========================Download TDSSKiller and save it to your Desktop.Right click on the file and choose extract all extract the file to your desktop then run it.If prompted to restart the computer type in Y then it will restart.Or if you are prompted with a hidden service warning do go ahead ... Read more

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Greetings,
 
My first post to this listserve, and thank you for sharing time/expertise to help others.
 
I found this listserve when reading posts, on Malwarebites about similar problem (same problem?) I am having, to wit:
 
-Have Toshiba laptop (circa 2008 or so) (sans battery, but with power cord) running Vista - and I assume is a 32bit os, but not sure on that point (Made my assumption during a "tour" of safe mode when I saw reference to "system32").
-The problem started when I used the recovery disk from Toshiba to do a clean install.  After running the clean install disk, the computer (on its own) started downloading updates from Microsoft - I believe I recalled seeing a screen at one point showing "...installing update 4 of [in the 90s]..."
-At some later time, I saw screen show message similar to "... don't turn off computer..." - but that message stayed on for more than 24 hours, and thinking it was stuck, I did turn off machine and then restarted, which resulted in a screen showing the "... configuring updates..." message - which nevers goes away.
-I then went searching for fix.  Found Malwarbites and read posts from Maurice trying to help someone with similar problem, then found a February 13, 2013, post from Maurice on BleepingComputer to Sheila, on similar problem, suggesting a fix involving use of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool - and so I did download that Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (downloaded on a different computer) onto a thumbdrive an... Read more

A:Need help stopping "configuring updates ..." loop

Start your system from the recovery disc.
 
Select Repair Options and then Command Prompt.
 
Type in the following commands, pressing Enter after each one:
 
C:
cd windows/winsxs
del pending.xml
 
Close the command prompt and restart your system.

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I was receiving automatic notifications for windows updates (but not automatically installed)...which was great for me. Because of the recent issues I had with one of the updates (conflicting with Outlook for me), I uninstalled that one. Now I am continuously being notified of that update that I don't want!!!

Other than actually STOPPING notifications altogether, is there a way to just reject that specific update and stop being notified of THAT one??? This is bugging me seeing that gold crest thingy in the corner!

A:Stopping Updates in System Tray?? [Resolved]

Go to the http://update.microsoft.com/windowsu....aspx?ln=en-us page. Click on the Custom button. All Windows Updates that haven't been installed on your computer, will appear. Select the one you don't want to be notified of and then Hide This Update. (To make it available again, click on Restore Hidden Updates on the left pane.)

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Have had some wifi issues previous, It had switched from Avast to Kapersky internet security for antivirus protection and have been dealing with some issues with that software, high cpu issues, pages slow load etc. Issues have supposed to have been resolved with updated version of software. Ok now the issue at hand allowed Nephew to use my sons computer and after his visit kaperky will not update, also cannot update maleware bytes, cc cleaner, or spybot s&d . I checked on kapersky forum first for update issues and cleaned out all temp files, ran version of cccleaner on computer and cleaned out along with the registry, I did make a backup. tried to run adlice rogue killer but it would not run, ran KVRT It found one item {not a virus 2.agent.bxib} it was located in a softonic downloader for fear origin.exe, I then ran adlice rougue killer which did process though I am unable at this time to write down the results. can u all help me, windows 7 home prem

A:infected or Kapersky internet security stopping updates?

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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Windows 7 Home edition PC.
 
I'm getting the 0x80073b01 Error Code when I install Security Essentials after it completes the installation but before it starts the program for the first time.  If I click on it from the start menu, it gives the same error as I try to start it.  I believe the same problem is preventing the Microsoft updates from happening as well....they show two new critical updates needed, but it is never able to install them.
 
Found the program titled "PC Speed Fix" installed on her computer.  I uninstalled it, and after reboot it shows up again (now it is not showing up in her installed programs list).
 
I have ran updated versions of Malwarebytes and SpyBot...both removed some items, but still unable to start/run Security Essentials.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!  Thanks!!

A:Malware stopping Security Essentials and Microsoft Updates (0x80073b01 Error)

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Up... Read more

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Hi,
I've heard that Microsoft offers a reward for bugs on Windows 10.
I found an interesting bug, but it doesn't have any security implications on Windows, but it actually causes a commercial Antivirus to not function properly.
My question is, should I apply to the Microsoft bug bounty reward ?
If so, how is the payment processed ? by paypal, check ?
If my windows bug is eligible for a reward, then Microsoft would be supporting a greater cause, which is my antivirus:
http://centerofmalwarecontrol.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CenterOfMalwareControl
Thanks in advance!

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Bug Bounty Programs are programs whereby an individual is rewarded by the company or website concerned after they have pointed out a bug in such website. They are also called vulnerability bounty programs or hacker bounty programs. And researchers who do reporting of the bugs and defects in such programs or websites are called bounty hunters. These reportings help companies to get rid of such bugs at the right time before they are exploited by hackers and other miscreants.
The job of a bug bounty hunter is straight, find a bug and get rewarded. This is turned into a great profession for many. In this article, we shall be enlisting the names of 10 famous bounty hunters who are trusted by companies all around and are famous for their good deeds.
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as of today , AVG has opened up their own bug bounty hunter program . they challange hackers if they can find critical bugs in the following area's :

We are interested in security related bugs only:
- Remote code execution
- Local privilege escalation: e.g. situations when AVG allows a non-privileged user to gain Administrator or System rights
- Denial of service (DoS): e.g. crashes of AVG processes or BSOD caused by AVG drivers
- Self Protection bypass: e.g. causing corruption of AVG files, registry keys or running processes or making key components of AVG product nonfunctional
- other security related bugs with a severe impact on the system security or stability

discription of the program :

We appreciate all security concerns brought forth and are constantly striving to keep on top of the latest threats. Being pro-active rather than re-active to emerging security issues is a fundamental belief at AVG Technologies. Every day new security issues and attack vectors are created. AVG Technologies strives to keep abreast on the latest state-of-the-art security developments by working with security researchers and companies. We appreciate the community's efforts in creating a more secure world.

read more about the AVG bounty hunter program here :

https://bugcrowd.com/avgtechnologies
 

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Starting this fall, Apple will pay up to $200,000 for iOS and iCloud bugs

As part of a security presentation given at this year's Black Hat conference, Apple today announced that it would be starting up a bug bounty program in the fall. The program will reward security researchers who uncover vulnerabilities in Apple's products and bring them to the company's attention. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and many other companies have offered bug bounty programs for some time now, but this is Apple's first.

For now, Apple is intentionally keeping the scope of the program small. It will initially be accepting bug reports from a small group of a few dozen security researchers it has worked with in the past. For now, bounties are only being offered for a small range of iDevice and iCloud bugs. The full list is as follows:
Secure boot firmware components: Up to $200,000 (~150,000)
Extraction of confidential material protected by the Secure Enclave: Up to $100,000.
Execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges: Up to $50,000.
Access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of that sandbox: Up to $25,000.
Unauthorized access to iCloud account data on Apple servers: Up to $50,000.
As the program continues and Apple works the, um, bugs out of its processes, the company will expand the list of eligible security researchers as well as the list of hardware and software bugs for which bounties are offered.

Researchers who want to claim the bounties will need... Read more

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Hi All, I have a Lenovo B590 laptop. I had some issues with my wifi card (long story, and I guess it's not relevant) and decided to update my BIOS. The original version was H1ET75WW (1.18). I made a bootable USB with Rufus and the updating process was started. During the update I got a message like ?System will be restarted?. However, it didn't turn on anymore, the update seems failed. Now when I push the power button, the power led lights up, the fan starts and after a few seconds it restarts again and again endlessly. The first ?boot? is a bit longer 6-8 seconds, the next ones shorter, 3-4 seconds, but the screen is always blank. It's a bit promising that when I plug in an USB and while holding the Fn+R buttons and turning the laptop on, then the first ?boot? is a bit longer, and it tries to read the USB drive - at least it's led light starts blinking. So I hope that there is a solution to repair the BIOS by using the appropriate files ont the USB stick. What I tried so far:Taking out the battery and plugging out tha AC power, and holding the power button for a minute.Taking out the CMOS battery for half an hour and pushed the power button without battery/AC power.WinCrisis (even though I couldn't find a BIOS.wph file, but tried to rename EXE and CAP files).Creating a bootable USB again, with the DOS files on it from the official Lenovo site.Trying to rename/edit autoexec.bat and other files endlessly... Lot of different combination of files/... Read more

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Hi. I have been having a problem with my browsers hanging, also my downloads stop and streaming video stops as well. I have cleaned my system and found some malware in a google chrome add on. I ran advanced system care 5, my mcafee virus scan, and malwarebytes and believe I have my system is clean as a whistle. I am only running mozilla firefox right now, but I plan on downloading I.E. again so i can continue to get my windows updates. I just can't seem to figure out what is making all of my browsers hang, not download and stop on streaming video.. . I am running windows vista 32 bit. I have a linksys router and am running on roadrunner dsl. I have already figured out that it isn't either the router or modem thats the problem. I can run other computers just fine. I am hooked up with a ethernet wire, but my laptop and ps3 have no issues with wireless.. Also when i connect this computer straight to the modem there is still a problem, which causes me to think that its my pc. Any help and or suggestions would be great. Thanks
 

A:Solved: browsers hanging, downloads stopping, and streaming video stopping

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A researcher has unearthed fresh evidence of cyber criminals' growing attraction to Apple's OS X platform with the discovery of a now-disbanded group that offered 43 cents for every infected Mac.
Mac-codec.com was just one of hundreds of "codec-partnerka," a term researcher Dmitry Samosseiko uses to describe the well-organized affiliate networks that pay a small bounty each time their malware is installed on an unsuspecting end user's computer. What makes this one stand apart is its dedication to the Mac platform.



Read further -
Malware house offered bounty for infected Macs ? The Register

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The convergence of connectivity technology and the automotive industry is creating a more enjoyable driving experience. Features such as self-diagnostics, keyless entry and ignition is becoming commonplace. However, they can also introduce IT security issues.

Last month we learned that the Mitsubishi Outlander can be easily broken into by attackers exploiting security weaknesses in the setup that allows the car to be remotely controlled via an app. Last week a researcher unveiled two vulnerabilities in the BMW ConnectedDrive web portal/web application.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bug bounty
Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launched a public bug bounty program on the Bugcrowd platform to enhance the safety and security of its vehicles and connected services.

?Bugcrowd was chosen based on the scale of their existing programs, the pool of researchers already engaged in their programs and their model for triage and recognition of identified vulnerabilities,? Titus Melnyk, senior manager of security architecture, FCA US LLC, told Help Net Security.
read More. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launches bug bounty program - Help Net Security
 

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Source: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Vulnerability Disclosure

In early November, a well-known and respected security researcher by the name of Tavis Ormandy alerted us to several security vulnerabilities in the consumer version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Within days, we were able to fix several of the vulnerabilities server-side and are now internally testing a new version (2.2.1) to release in the next 3-4 weeks to patch the additional client-side vulnerabilities. At this time, we are still triaging based on severity.

The research seems to indicate that an attacker could use some of the processes described to insert their own code onto a targeted machine. Based on the findings, we believe that this could only be done by targeting one machine at a time.

However, this is of sufficient enough a concern that we are seeking to implement a fix. Consumers using the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should enable self-protection under settings to mitigate all of the reported vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately, vulnerabilities are the harsh reality of software development. In fact, this year alone, our researchers have found and reported several vulnerabilities with other software. A vulnerability disclosure program is one way to accelerate the discovery of these vulnerabilities and empower companies like Malwarebytes to fix them.

I?d like to take this opportunity to launch the Malwarebytes Bug Bounty program which I hope will encourage other security researchers to re... Read more

A:Malwarebytes starts 'Bug Bounty' program after discovery of vulnerabilities

That is a good sign, a step towards better security for sure...well done Malwarebytes.
 

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Hi all,

Having this problem for several months, suspected HDD first but bought new M500 and seems there's something else is responsible for this "fun" I'm having with the PC.

Basically, the nature seems to be the same all the time - when I playing video games (currently it is Kings Bounty, used to be the problem with Max Payne 2012 even during the installation), also used to play Flash games and used to watch video online, it was crushing.
Most common BSOD problem was "page fault in non-paged area" and "IRQL is not less or equal". Sometimes it gives me just a black screen and nothing else at all so I have to go "hard reboot". Sometimes, it hangs with the destroyed, "torn in pieces" video and annoying repetitive sound like ding-ding-ding, so I need to reboot it again, sometimes it goes into BSOD with some errors and exceptions.

I have tried numerous times different Windows 7 versions, both x86 and x64 architecture, and tried XP. Same issues.

I have noticed although, that when the W7 has a clean installation and almost no updates installed, it gives me less headache. Recently I have stopped installing the Catalyst suite for the graphics and thought the problem was just with that but after going through all Windows updates it started again.

I think that there is something with the video, but cannot get to the bottom of it.

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A:BSOD playing Kings Bounty, random errors and hang ups

Attachment 298675
Apologies, please find the right attachment now.

Thanks a lot

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HI ,  
I am a 17 years old student , and while attending school meetings using microsoft teams , i found out a way to start sharing my screen even though i am denied to share my screen . The admin of my organisation has granted permission to only the organisers
of the meeting to start sharing their screen , and the students are denied to share their screen to prevent misuse. But I have discovered a way of sharing my screen even though I am prohibited from doing so . Is this vulnerability eligible for the bug bounty
program?

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Hi all

I am still currently on XP. I hate change! But I'm having problems with my OS and I think rather than re-install XP, it's finally time for me to jump to 7/10. Apart from joining the modern era, I also want to make use of more than 4GB RAM.... Anyhow, putting all that aside for the moment...

Up until now I have never had any viruses or internet related problems that I'm aware of with my PC. I run Panda AV Free, but I do not have any software firewall installed. Even when XP WAS still supported, I NEVER ran any of the MS updates, so I must be WELL out of date as I built my PC in 2008! I am on SP3. I use Chrome as my browser, and I use the internet a lot.

So - have I just been lucky or is there more to it? From what I've read, the fact that I use XP alone should have me riddled with viruses, etc. Add to this that I've not run updates since 2008... and... well... So I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts.

Many thanks

Max
 

A:Still safe, still no viruses on XP (with no updates) - am I just lucky?

First thought is you might not anything that would be considered valuable to hackers.
 

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I really hope this can be helped.....
I have a computer that had no antivirus software on it. It became so bad that popups made using the internet nearly impossible. I installed Norton on it and it showed that I had viruses and various other problems (I wrote down 3: Vundo, Metajuar and Brojack) Removing this in Norton did not fix the popups.

Also I think the computer was being pharmed, it was a couple of weeks ago. I had found that the DNS server had an address in it that suggested it was being pharmed (or thats what it told me on the antivirus website). I think I may have solved that one particular problem by clicking on "Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically," I really don't know though...

Lastly Automatic updates will NOT turn on, even when i try to go into services.msc and make it start it will not and gives me error 1058.

I am positive that there is something wrong with this computer, I just dont know what or how to fix it....

If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it, and thank you in advanced.

Mia

A:Various Viruses, Popups and Automatic Updates not working

Hello and welcome ...We should do these scans first. Post back 2 logs and tell us how the PC is afterwards,thanks.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the ... Read more

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How do I prevent Automatic restarts after important updates? I want my computer to be updated when theres an important update. I want to be told my computer was updated and needs to be restarted.

I was in the middle of something important tonight before I passed out on the couch. I woke up and my computer restarted without saving

A:Automatic Updates & Stopping Automatic Restarts

Just go into the Windows update control panel and turn off Automatic updates then set it so you control when the updates are installed which gives you the reboot option instead of doing it for you.

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Hi Guys,

Been a while since I have posted, thanks for your help in the past.

I have 5 problems at the moment:

- Computer is slow to startup.

- Windows defender keeps finding the same 2 problems: Adware: Win32/Cpmsky & Browser Modifier: Win32/Fotomoto - says it removes them but they come straight back.

- CA Antivirus has been detecting and removing 44 threats for the last 6 weeks or so.

- When I shut down my computer it invariably downloads and installs updates - I have checked this out and it is always the same update (which is always installed properly).

- Spybot S&D also acting up a bit by not immunizing my computer properly - ie: after clicking on Immunize it tells you how many items that you are not protected from, ie: 198, after updating I am still only protected against 74670 whilst the total reads 74861. A discrepancy of 191?

HiJackthis log follows:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:53:58 AM, on 2/08/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ATKKBService.exe
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A:Solved: Computer slow/stubborn viruses/forever downloading &amp; installing updates on sh

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There is a lot of Microsoft spy ware included in certain updates nobody wants on their computers and if performing a Dist-Upgrade will embed them without an option to remove them later, then we would rather do the installation without them; and choose what
we want to upgrade later.
Examples of Windows 7 Native Telemetry/Spyware updates and the necessary steps to harden your PC against Microsoft (TM) spy ware:
https://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/12/ancile-block-spying-on-windows-7-and-8/
https://superuser.com/questions/972501/how-to-stop-microsoft-from-gathering-telemetry-data-from-windows-7-8-and-8-1#972506

For windows 10 users, I recommend blackbird www.getblackbird.net/ , (also works on windows 7) O&O Shutup 10 https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10 , and Spybot-Anti-beacon   https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/
For windows 7, Ancile, Blackbird, Spybot Anti-Beacon 

Also make sure your Persistent routes is clean under TCPIP parameters, I had 329 embedded entries the majority of which were pointing directly to Microsoft servers. 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters\PersistentRoutes]

Will an in-place dist upgrade of a Windows/OS with Updates included embed updates in such a way they cannot be uninstalled later?

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I just installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on an HP Envy m6 laptop. I went to check for updates due to the fact that this laptop originally had Windows 8.1. Windows updates just keeping Checking for updates with the green progress bar keeps turning and
turning. I had this problem awhile back and there is an issue with two KB files which are windows update agents but I did not write them down. Does anybody have that information?
Thanking you in advance,
Dennis Sturgill

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Exploit broker steals Apple thunder, offers $500,000 for iOS zero days:
SOURCE: zdnet.com (ARTICLE DATE: 11th Aug 2016)

It was only last week that Apple finally launched a bug bounty program, but it did not take long for exploit peddlers to outbid the tech giant...

Apple is offering security researchers up to $200,000 if they privately disclose serious, critical holes in software rather than take such vulnerabilities and exploits elsewhere. However, Exodus Intelligence upped the game on Tuesday by raising Apple's bid, luring researchers with rewards of up to half a million for valid Apple software bugs.

The exploit trader has launched a "hit list" of the hottest, most wanted exploits for software including Apple iOS, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Adobe Flash. The company will pay $500,000 for the most dangerous bugs in Apple iOS 9.3 and above -- and researchers can choose to take a lump sum or smaller payments which continue to roll in as long as the exploit is still alive.

"Exodus is excited to be engaging the global research community in our mission to provide the highest quality of vulnerability intelligence in the industry," Logan Brown, president of Exodus Intelligence said.

Read the full article at the link at the top of the page
 

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There is a lot of Microsoft spy ware included in certain updates nobody wants on their computers and if performing a Dist-Upgrade will embed them without an option to remove them later, then we would rather do the installation without them; and choose what
we want to upgrade later.
Examples of Windows 7 Native Telemetry/Spyware updates and the necessary steps to harden your PC against Microsoft (TM) spy ware:
https://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/12/ancile-block-spying-on-windows-7-and-8/
https://superuser.com/questions/972501/how-to-stop-microsoft-from-gathering-telemetry-data-from-windows-7-8-and-8-1#972506

For windows 10 users, I recommend blackbird www.getblackbird.net/ , (also works on windows 7) O&O Shutup 10 https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10 , and Spybot-Anti-beacon   https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/
For windows 7, Ancile, Blackbird, Spybot Anti-Beacon 

Also make sure your Persistent routes is clean under TCPIP parameters, I had 329 embedded entries the majority of which were pointing directly to Microsoft servers. 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters\PersistentRoutes]

Will an in-place dist upgrade of a Windows/OS with Updates included embed updates in such a way they cannot be uninstalled later?

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For the past day windows wants to install the same 4 updates over and over, I have windows update set to download and let me choose when to install.

I can't understand why I even need them, as I uninstalled net framework.


Notice how the update at 8:17 AM., KB2656368, is the same as one of the 4 updates installed at 7:47 PM.
Windows wants to install the same four kb files again.
How do I stop this?


Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2656368)

Installation date: ‎6/‎15/‎2012 7:47 PM

Installation status: Successful
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Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2656405)

Installation date: ‎6/‎15/‎2012 7:46 PM

Installation status: Successful

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Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2686827)

Installation date: ‎6/‎15/‎2012 7:45 PM

Installation status: Successful

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Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2604121)

Installation date: ‎6/‎15/‎2012 7:45 PM

Installation status: Successful

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A:Windows 7 updates same for updates every time it checks for updates

See if you can System Restore to before Net Framework 4 was installed and then Hide it when it is again offered in Updates.

But be aware that some programs will need it and may not prompt you of this leaving you to guess why they are not installing or performing correctly. For this reason I always install it.

So you might want to reinstall it using its standalone installer since it may not have uninstalled correctly anyway.

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Does anyone know of a good freeware program that will stop those annoying pop up windows in IE5? Sometimes I will go to a website that pops up so many windows I have to reboot my computer.

I don't want to completely disable Javascript, since some many sites require it to display the page correctly.

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A:Stopping pop up windows in IE5

There is a freebee program here:
http://software.xfx.net/utilities/popupkiller/download.htm
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Hi guys i am new here so i try to explain most detailed how i can to understand. I buyed a new pc about 2 weeks i write the specs in the registration, so today i was dl soem anime with utorrent and go out a litle but when i got home my pc was freezed i could move the mouse pointer but cant click anything at all, i restarted it was a slow a lil bit but started up, started my tv card watched americas best dance crew and sudenly the screen stoped the sound was stil playing and i coul move the mouse again but cant click on anything i dont know at all what should i do, mb virus or somethig,idk i appreciate it if u can help me with this one, its freeking me out that my new pc doing stupid things at the beginning thx guys
 

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