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Q: Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update...

You may want to check, but on my Vista I don't see any new add-on and I don't even have C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack folder. http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010...lbar-update.ars As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes. The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension for Mozilla Firefox, both without the user's permission. As you can see in the Windows Update screenshot above, Microsoft does not indicate that the update will install anything for either browser. It's also not really clear what the installed extension actually does.

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A: Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update...

Thanks Broni for the information. As for Firefox can't I just delete the extension. Let us all see which company gits back to B/C with some sort of answer.

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Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update.

As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes. The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension for Mozilla Firefox, both without the user's permission. As you can see in the Windows Update screenshot above, Microsoft does not indicate that the update will install anything for either browser. It's also not really clear what the installed extension actually does.

To make matters worse, the update was marked "Important" instead of "Optional," which means it was more likely to be installed either automatically (if the user has Automatic Updates on) or manually when the user clicks Install (Important updates are checked by default).

-- Tom

A:Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update

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A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla's Firefox Web browser.
Annoyances.org, which lists various aspects of Windows that are, well, annoying, says "this update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC."

Big deal, you say? I can just uninstall the add-on via Firefox's handy Add-ons interface, right? Not so fast. The trouble is, Microsoft has disabled the "uninstall" button on the extension. What's more, Microsoft tells us that the only way to get rid of this thing is to modify the Windows registry, an exercise that -- if done imprecisely -- can cause Windows systems to fail to boot up.


A:Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

Did you read the comments below the story in your link
> Microsoft has disabled the "uninstall" button on the extension

Unfortunately, this is only partially Microsoft's fault. Firefox makes it easy for applications to ship their own browser extensions - they only need to add a registry entry that points to the extension's directory. But Firefox cannot uninstall extensions that were installed like this (because it didn't install them in the first place, because it might require administrator rights and because doing that would affect other Firefox profiles as well). So while this feature is great for application developers, it is rather flawed from user's point of view.

Luckily, you can disable this extension which is just as good as uninstalling it. Removing the registry entry isn't recommendable anyway, it will come back on next update. The drawback is - every time I create a new Firefox profile I have to remember that I should disable the .NET extension. But I guess most people don't have that problem.
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Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension.

-- Tom

A:Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

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If you missed it, Tab Mix Plus went GA over the weekend. Many consider this an essential add-on extension to Firefox. I personally use it in Firefox on Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux.

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Microsoft Corp. last week said that three Windows security updates, including one rated "critical," will be released tomorrow. The company acknowledged, however, that it will not deliver a fix for an Excel flaw that attackers are now exploiting.

more: computerworld.com

A:Microsoft won't fix Excel bug on Patch Tuesday

I think someone already posted this somewhere, but I'm too lazy to find it :P
I find it more interesting that two out of the three fixes are for spoofing.

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Microsoft has announced what vulnerabilities it designs to patch on Tuesday.
According to the company, its Tuesday revise will encompass fixes for nine matters. Three of those matters are "Critical" vulnerabilities, meaning that they can allow cipher execution without any user interaction. The remaining vulnerabilities are labeled as "Important."
whereas all three of of the Critical vulnerabilities center on Windows, one of them furthermore encompasses Internet Explorer 9. Interestingly, the flaw does not extend to previous versions of the browser, so it appears it's something new. after that, the nine patches address flaws in everything from Windows XP Service Pack 3 to Windows Server 2008.
As with previous security bulletins, Microsoft is urging users revise their influenced programs as soon as likely. The business will be holding a Webcast on July 11 to address clientele questions.

VIA: TH3Tech

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Patch Tuesday 5/12/2015 bug or Microsoft Hiding something?

KB976932 shows up after installing the following updates.

Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3061518)
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3049563)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3055642)
Update for Microsoft Security Essentials - (KB3063917)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3045171)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3051768)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3046002)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 - May 2015 (KB890830)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 on Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 x64 (KB3035490)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB3032655)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB3023215)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 on Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 x64 (KB3023224)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB3048070)
Security Update for Microsoft Silverlight (KB3056819)
To get that KB976932 update to show up. You to need re-run the windows updates after you install those updates,... Read more

A:Patch Tuesday 5/12/2015 bug or Microsoft Hiding something?

The update you're getting is fairly common - it's most likely a minor patch to prevent problems further down the line, and WU appears to have picked up that it's not yet been installed.
It shouldn't do any harm to install it.

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By Emil Protalinski
According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue nine Security Bulletins on Tuesday, and it will host a webcast to address customer questions on the bulletin the following day (August 12 at 11:00am PST, if you're interested). Five of the vulnerabilities are rated "Critical," and the other four are marked as "Important." All of the Critical vulnerabilities earned their rating through a remote code execution impact, meaning a hacker could potentially gain control of an infected machine. At least seven of the nine patches will require a restart.Further info -
Microsoft Patch Tuesday for August 2009: nine bulletins - Ars Technica

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​Today is the second Tuesday of the month, and that can only mean one thing: it's Patch Tuesday, or the day where Microsoft releases updates for all supported versions of Windows. In a blog post today, the company noted that it's broadening the range of devices that will receive Spectre and Meltdown mitigations, as it's removing the anti-virus compatibility check.

The Windows 10 cumulative updates that are available today are only for PCs, which is a bit out of character for Patch Tuesday. Usually, phones get some love too; however, last month, Microsoft waited an extra day, so we may see those updates tomorrow.

If you're on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or version 1709, you'll see KB4088776, or build 16299.309. That can be manually downloaded here, and it contains the following fixes:

Addresses issue where Internet Explorer stops working when using F12-based developer tools.
Addresses issue with printing XML documents with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Updates legacy Document Mode cell visibility in Internet Explorer.
Addresses issue with pinch and zoom gestures on some hardware in Internet Explorer.
Addresses issue where Internet Explorer is unresponsive in certain scenarios when a Browser Helper Object is installed.
Addresses issue to prevent media and other applications from becoming unresponsive or failing when upgrading graphics drivers.
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According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue a single Security Bulletin on Tuesday, and it will host a webcast to address customer questions about the bulletins the following day (January 13 at 11:00am PST, if you're interested). The vulnerability is rated "Critical" and it earned the rating through a remote code execution impact, meaning a hacker could potentially gain control of an infected machine. The single patch may require a restart.

Source -
Microsoft Patch Tuesday for January 2010: one bulletin

A:Microsoft Patch Tuesday for January 2010: one bulletin.

Thanks for the heads up Jan!

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Like most people here the update stuck at 45%. I restarted several times & it was still stuck at 45%. Nice going Microsoft.! Today it mysteriously downloaded. Is anyone having problems with this latest update.? I am not a computer Guru but, it seems everything is OK so far. At least I hope it is. I am very Paranoid about any Microsoft updates as they usually Botch them up. I have my settings checked on Defer updates now. I have Windows 10 Pro if that helps. Thanks.! Marg

A:Microsoft Patch Tuesday 13th September 2016

There was indeed something wrong with the updates like described here: KB3189866 stuck at 45% or 95%? Install it manually instead - gHacks Tech News
I didn't have any problems, even not the 45% problem and I'm also on W10 pro.

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Microsoft today said it will deliver its largest-ever number of security updates on Tuesday to fix flaws in every version of Windows, as well as Internet Explorer (IE), Office, SQL Server, important developer tools and the enterprise-grade Forefront Security client software.Among the updates will be the first for the final, or release to manufacturing, code of Windows 7, Microsoft's newest operating system.The company will ship a total of 13 updates next week, eight of them pegged "critical,"...http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/913...k?taxonomyId=17

A:Microsoft plans monster Patch Tuesday next week

Yowza. That's a lot. I'd better get my DSL installed before I update. ~ OB

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Microsoft on Tuesday patched a record number of security holes in its Windows operating systems and other software, a haul that included at least one security flaw that was already under attack in the wild.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday fixes record number of flaws ? The Register

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See http://news.com.com/Microsoft+preps+critical+Windows+patch/2100-1002_3-5739542.html?tag=nefd.top
for full article

As part of its monthly patching cycle, Microsoft plans to release on Tuesday 10 security alerts for flaws in Windows and other programs.

-- Tom

A:Microsoft Critical Windows Patch Tuesday June 14th

wow, this is because of a new vulnerability in PCP/Ip stack and they never issied any patches last month, ketchup time!

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The good news, if you can call it good news, is that only three of the 14 security bulletins are rated as Critical. The bad news is that all of the remaining 11 are still rated as Important, and some of the vulnerabilities addressed in the Important security bulletins could be very attractive to would-be attackers.

The 14 security bulletins are comprised of seven impacting Windows, five related to Microsoft Office, one dealing with Windows Media Player, and the consistent monthly update for Internet Explorer. As per usual, the flaws identified tend to impact legacy software like Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 more than current products.

Another spark of good news is that it appears that Microsoft will issue a patch for the vulnerability exploited by the Duqu worm. While the information in the security bulletin advance notification from Microsoft is intentionally vague, Rapid7 security researcher Marcus Carey points out that Bulletin 1 seems to address the same flaw being exploited, and that it requires a reboot--indicating that it is likely a kernel level patch.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2011

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A:Microsoft Plans Massive Patch Tuesday to Close 2011

Thanks for the information.

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It's Get Ready For Microsoft Patch Tuesday time again already, and this month's update will be the tenth anniversary of Microsoft's regular security bulletins.
As you will have read at the start of the month, October 2013 is also the tenth anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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A:Microsoft Patch Tuesday - get ready for a bumper Tenth Birthday edition

I guess it is kind of ironic then that AVG and Avira were both attacked during Cybersecurity Awareness Month...

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Please Help!

Please refer to this post at step 7:
7. Get a "Microsoft Update" for other Microsoft Products
Windows Update Settings - Change

I am having trouble installing the microsoft update extension for windows update, listed in step 7 in the link above.

Here is an image of my settings in windows updates.
Note: There is no setting for Microsoft Update.

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When I click on the "Find out more" link to get updates for other microsoft products and change the setting from - "You receive updates: For Microsoft Windows only" to "You receive updates: For Windows and other products from Microsoft Update", The website does not give me the option to install the extension. Rather I am directed via the website to go to Windows Update from the start menu on my computer.

See screen shots below:

1. I want to acivate the Microsoft Update Extension. So I click on the Link "Find Out More"

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I am taken to this website:


Which then redirects me to this website http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/vistadefault.aspx?ln=en-us

2. This is what the website shows me:
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I am not given the option to install the Microsoft Update Extension. as listed in step 7 from this link - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2797-windows-update-settings-change.html .

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A:Cannot Install Microsoft Update Extension.

Do you actually have any MS products other than Windows installed?
Office and MSE would be the obvious ones.

Unless you do, the option for Microsoft Updates can't be activated.

Forget that - I got it wrong.

more later.

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Just saw this while updating.

A:Microsoft Office SP2 just released by update.

thanks for that bull just updated my daughters laptop restarted checked a few of the office and all seems well

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I need some major help with the latest Windows Update (the set of patches that came out this Tuesday to help with the security issues), I think it is causing issues for my laptop PC. I'm not computer illiterate but I'mdefinitely nothing more than a beginner and this is starting to make me panic a little ^_^;

My laptop has been having major Startup and boot issues since the update. My laptop freezes and goes to a white-grey screen. The computer does start up - ie: the screen comes on (white screen, unless I am lucky enough to get a boot screen for a moment) the fans run, but it takes several attempts at turning it on and off again, and hitting either F12 or F8 (still not sure which one is the one that works) to get to a screen that allows me to repair the Startup and go back to a retore point. The last time this happened it also beeped at me however I would not be able to tell you what the code sounded like (I...panicked somewhat).

However, the restore point was made just after Windows downloaded the updates onto my comouter (I had automatic updates on), and I cannot shut down without my computer wanting to install the updates. So I'm stuck in an endless cycle of downloading these updates, then being forced to restore.

Can anyone help with either finding a way to stop my laptop installing these updates, or does anyone know a way to troubleshoot the updates themselves?


Dell Studio

Windows Version:

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A:Issue with latest Microsoft Patch Update

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Our Advance Notification Service (ANS) was created more than a decade ago as part of Update Tuesday to broadly communicate in advance, about the security updates being released for Microsoft products and services each month. Over the years, technology environments and customer needs have evolved, prompting us to evaluate our existing information and distribution channels. This desire to improve is why customers may have seen us introduce myBulletins to provide bulletin reports tailored to customer preferences, discontinue the Deployment Priority matrix in favor of the Exploitability Index, modify the Exploitability Index to account for more threat scenarios, simplify security bulletin content to help customer understanding, and create a centralized glossary for bulletin definitions. The change being announced today fits within that context.
We are making changes to how we distribute ANS to customers. Moving forward, we will provide ANS information directly to Premier customers and current organizations involved in our security programs, and will no longer make this information broadly available through a blog post and web page.



A:Microsoft Kills Public Patch Tuesday Advance Notifications; Now for Paid Members

...customer feedback indicates that many of our large customers no longer use ANS in the same way they did in the past due to optimized testing and deployment methodologies. While some customers still rely on ANS, the vast majority wait for Update Tuesday, or take no action, allowing updates to occur automatically. More and more customers today are seeking to cut through the clutter and obtain security information tailored to their organizations.

What feedback did they get from their little customers?

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Hi, just had a look and saw I had some updates for the patch Tuesday they all installed ok apart from this one plus I get error "code 9C59"

A:Patch Tuesday Windows Update Error

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I've had issues trying to install all of last Tuesday's updates, some of the updates refuse to install & some change the boot drive from C to D & Windows automatic repair wont fix the issue.

Now I have issues with Windows update, it just keeps reporting an error that Microsoft's Fix It tool cant fix.

I've run the SURT tool & done the SFC scan & both haven't fixed the issue either.

Windows update gives error code: 8024402F


Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-QDT6Q-QJRG4-FQFXH
Windows Product Key Hash: J2INfTiYKjgUFP8m8l8Ftd6PGhk=
Windows Product ID: 00371-168-2821062-85183
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
ID: {29232CBE-8D91-4498-A5FF-910018F47DDD}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000000
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
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A:Windows update not working since last patch tuesday

Hello Forky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to reset and reregister Windows Update may help.

Windows Update - Reset

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Microsoft Announces Patch for Critical Windows 10 Anniversary Update Bug

Soon after Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, the firm started getting reports of a potential bug that might impact partitions on computers that upgrade to the new version.

Specifically, users were complaining that after installing the Anniversary Update, some of their partitions were no longer visible in Windows 10, making it impossible to access data that was stored here.

Without a doubt, many thought their data was gone, but Microsoft rushed to acknowledge the bug shortly after that, explaining that it was working on a fix, and no files were lost despite the fact that partitions were no longer visible.

And recently, Microsoft announced that a patch was ready, and it would release it to users as part of the next Windows update patch, without actually providing specifics on when exactly this is scheduled to take place.

?Thanks for everyone?s input and patience. Microsoft is planning to release a fix to address the majority of the misidentified partitions in an upcoming Windows Update,? a company engineer said.

Possibly releasing to insiders first
Furthermore, this message doesn?t state whether Windows insiders would get it first or not, but the chances are that they will given the fact the original post also highlights the steps necessary to get updates as part of the Windows Insider program.

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A:Microsoft Announces Patch for Critical Windows 10 Anniversary Update Bug

Thanks for sharing
I had some problems after AU update: random slowdowns and high CPU usage.
Then I've downloaded the latest ISO and I have made a clean install, no problem after this.

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Microsoft is planning a bumper Patch Tuesday for August ? 13 bulletins with patches for 22 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities.

Two of the 13 bulletins are rated ?critical,? Microsoft?s highest severity rating. Microsoft Windows users will want to pay special attention to the Internet Explorer bulletin because the issues can expose users to drive-by download attacks via the browser.

The update fixes flaws that introduce remote code execution risks on all versions of Internet Explorer, including the newest IE 9, according to Microsoft?s advance notice.

This month?s patch batch will also supply fixes for holes in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, .NET and Visual Studio.

All 13 bulletins will be released on Tuesday, August 9 at approximately 1:00 PM Eastern.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for August 2011

Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical IE update among 13 bulletins | ZDNet

A:Patch Tuesday heads-up 8/4/11: Critical IE update among 13 bulletins

Thanks for the info.

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Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Windows 10 technical preview that it released on Tuesday which will fix the power or sleep issues that your install may be exhibiting.

The update is out now and you can grab the bits by going to Windows Update within the PC settings and checking for updates.
This is a relatively quick patch for Microsoft seeing as the build was released this week, which makes us think that this was likely a known issue before the release. Regardless, the patch is out now and if your machine has had any issues with power / sleep functionality, this should fix it.

Microsoft has released a Windows 10 update to fix power/sleep issues - Neowin

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I have a new laptop with Windows XP SP2 on it, IE6 (though I use Firefox, not IE), and MS Office 2003 Student Edition. The latest update that popped up as "high priority" from Windows Update is this GDI+ Detection Tool (KB873374).

It sounds like you have to install it then run it and then visit MS Office website to check for updates...? Is this worth doing? Can it cause more problems than it will help? (I thought I've read about issues when updating MS Office with security patches...? And that you have to download yet something else to even check for Office security updates...?)

Or do Office security updates come through Windows Update, and I don't need to worry about this? (But if that's the case, then why even have this GDI+ thing available?)

I'm always worried about ending up with a bunch of conflicts with other programs like AVG, ZA, AutoGK, DVDShrink, etc. And I'm always hesitant to install something that has to run on my system.

I've got AVG and ZA, keep both up to date, and I have Automatic Updates turned on just to let me know when there's a critical update (so I don't have to visit the Windows Update site to get updates).

I was thinking I would only do the updates to Office that come through Automatic Updates and not worry about any others...

Also, what's the difference between Microsoft Update and Windows Update? Is it better to have Microsoft Update, or does that have its own set of problems associated with it? (A... Read more

A:Questions About Microsoft Gdi+ Detection Tool & Microsoft Update Vs. Windows Update

Well to start off the difference between windows update and microsoft update is as follows. Windows update is what originally comes with the computer and only updates the windows platform. If you choose to upgrade to the microsoft update it will check all of your microsoft programs for updates.
As far as going to the office website for updates... unless you want to install non-critical updates to your office suite then you shouldn't have to at all. Finally - that GDI+ detection tool is the little program microsoft uses to scan your computer for any of their products - that is if you use microsoft update and not the original windows update.
So if you like your computer to maintain critical updates by itself for the microsoft programs than yes use microsoft update and yes install the GDI+ decection tools.

Hope this helps you out!

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Here is a problem with a Gateway M350I laptop with Vista SP1 factory installed.
Since June, when bought it has a dual boot setup with PClinuxOS with no problems until now.
The laptop was not shut down for a couple days after patch tuesday.
When fired up on Friday 13th morning, an error message : ireboot side-byside error. Not to blame ireboot. Any app started such as firefox gets same error.
it almost seemed to be so much like malware. Antivirus and spyware turned off by windows security warning in systray etc.
But it looks like patch tuesday february 2009 broke this system.
When trying to install the update, it goes into a reboot loop. it gets to 83% the computer reboots, gets to 83% and reboots again.
This laptop is used by a savy woman with auto update on, avg antivirus, does not open attachments or click on links in email. and uses firefox.
During this week noted firefox should be updated to 3.6, and ie7 was a target.
thanks in advance, and apologize for not hanging around in here to help others. All my linux clients don't have malware or update issues, but they have friends with windows.
I will peer in here to help at times, but for hardware tech stuff. Keep up the good work!

A:update reboot loop after sidebyside errors from february 2009 patch tuesday

Installing the Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86) seems to fix most side by side errorshttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en

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This thread is currently "under construction", and will be edited for the remainder of today.   Please excuse any blank spaces or crossed-out "placeholders" for items expected to be announced.

Today is Microsoft Tuesday --- the SECOND Tuesday of the month --- on which Microsoft is expected to release its monthly cycle of Windows security updates.   Based on previous history, they should become available at 1 P.M. [USA - Eastern DAYLIGHT SAVING Time]
Please use Windows/Automatic Updates to determine which updates are applicable to your particular system.
For more information, see https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary
Adobe will be joining-in, with updates for Flash, Shockwave, and Air.

A:Updates 6/13/17 - Microsoft/Adobe Tuesday, CCleaner, Firefox

Mozilla problems reportedly fixed with subsequent release of build 5.31.6105
WARNING:   There are confirmed reports that version x.6104 of CCleaner is resetting Firefox and Thunderbird profiles/preferences.   Pirform is working on this issue.  Until fixed, their recommendation is to uncheck "Last Download Location" from under "Firefox" and/or "Thunderbird" in the Applications tab. https://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=48428#entry284145
CCleaner v5.31.6104 (13 Jun 2017)
- Improved Windows 10 Creators support - Improved Firefox History cleaning - Improved Chrome Cache and History cleaning - Optimized Scheduling functionality (Professional only) - Improved high-DPI support - Minor GUI improvements - Minor bug fixes


Either be careful to UNcheck any pre-checked offers for bundled programs/toolbars (unless you really want them)... or else, wait a few days until the SLIM build is released.

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This thread is currently "under construction", and will be edited for the remainder of today.   Please excuse any blank spaces or crossed-out "placeholders" for items expected to be announced.

Today is Microsoft Tuesday --- the SECOND Tuesday of the month --- on which Microsoft is expected to release its monthly cycle of Windows security updates.   Based on previous history, they should become available at 1 P.M. [USA - Eastern DAYLIGHT SAVING Time]

Please use Windows/Automatic Updates to determine which updates are applicable to your particular system.
For more information, see https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary 
Adobe will be joining-in, with updates for Reader and Flash.
FF will be releasing version 55.

A:Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

MVPS HOSTS File Update August 07-2017

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [August 07-2017]http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm Note: Windows 10 users ... the HOSTS file installs with no issues ... Download: hosts.zip (129 kb)http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.zip How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts2.htm HOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostsfaq.htm Note: the "text" version (487 kb) makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections ... http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt Get notified when the MVPS HOSTS file is updatedhttp://winhelp2002.mvps.org/updates.htm

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Can Microsoft Update use Mozilla Firefox as an alternative for IE7? I was thinking about removing IE7 completely off of my system but I want MS Update to run properly still.

A:Can Microsoft Update Use FireFox?

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If you are using Corel Paint Shop Pro 10, an update patch(10.03) is now available. You can read about and download it from here.

If you have not yet installed the previous update patch(10.01), it must be installed before installing 10.03. You can read about and download it from here.


A:Corel Paint Shop Pro 10.03 Update Patch Released

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Hackers Target Microsoft JPEG Hole

Tue Sep 28,10:00 AM ET
Paul Roberts, IDG News Service

Malicious hackers are seeding Internet news groups that traffic in pornography with JPEG images that take advantage of a recently disclosed security hole in Microsoft's software, according to warnings from antivirus software companies and Internet security groups.

The reports are the first evidence of public attacks using the critical flaw, which Microsoft identified and patched on September 14. Users who unwittingly download the poison images could have remote control software installed on their computers that gives remote attackers total control over the machine, experts warn.
The images were posted in a variety of Internet news groups where visitors post and share pornographic images or "binaries." The altered JPEG images were posted to groups such as "alt.binaries.erotica.breasts" on Monday by someone using the e-mail address "[email protected]," according to information published on the online security discussion group Bugtraq and on Easynews.com, a Web portal for Usenet, the global network of news servers.

Corrupt Images

The corrupted JPEG images are indistinguishable from other images posted in the group, but contain a slightly modified version of recently released exploit code for the JPEG vulnerability called the "JPEG of Death" exploit, which appeared over the weekend, according to Johannes Ullrich, chief technology of... Read more

A:[size=4]you Better Apply Last Patch Microsoft Update[/size]

Thanks for the valuable information, Mimo2005.

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I am using Windows XP pro licensed and not able to open any microsoft website.......

if i check nslookup the ip which it shows for microsoft is actually not a microsoft ip

i am able to open all other majority websites very easily.

can some one help me on this its realy urgent


A:Virus/spyware not letting me open microsoft /microsoft update website

Download DDS and save it to your desktop from 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
1. DDS.txt
2. Attach.txt
Save both reports to your desktop.
Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here or here. Extract the contents of the zipped file to your desktop.
Double click GMER.exe. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please agree to do so.
If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan...click on NO.
In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Uncheck the following ...Sections
Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\)
Show All (don't miss this one)

Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish.
Once the scan completes, click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "ark.txt".
Save it where you can easily find it, such as your desktop

Rootkit scans often produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOKIT" entries without proper guidance from an expert user.

...when finished, please post those logs back here. Thanks!

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On my desktop (windows xp) I have Microsoft Works Suite 2005. Recently Windows update gave me an update for Microsoft Works Suite 2003. My computer accepted it ok........but, my laptop (windows vista) rejected the update? Is there an update for the 2005 version or do they just bunch them together?

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Trend Micro threat analysts were alerted to the discovery of a spyware (detected as TSPY_EBOD.A) purporting to be an Adobe Flash Player update. Upon execution, the spyware creates a Firefox add-on called ?Adobe Flash Player 0.2,? the installer of which uses JavaScript (detected as JS_EBOD.A) and appears to spread via forum posts....http://blog.trendmicro.com/firefox-addo-sp...search-results/...this new Firefox threat, which Trend Micro calls TSPY_EBOD.A, is using social engineering to trick users into installing it.The extension is being offered on various forums via JavaScript as an Adobe Flash Player update. Once installed, it appears in the Add-ons Management window under the Extensions tab as "Adobe Flash Player 0.2." It is worth noting that the real Flash Player add-on for Firefox is actually a plug-in, which is listed under the Plugins tab as "Shockwave Flash [version number]."This new piece of malware is actually a click fraud trojan, which injects ads into Google search-result pages. When these ads are clicked, the trojan's authors are receiving a small fee from the advertising network supplying them. ...http://news.softpedia.com/news/Click-Fraud...on-120430.shtmlAdditional information...So how do you know if you have this trojan on your system? Any of these signs indicate that you?re infected: * A running process named smc.exe Edit: Sygate Firewall also uses this process name so this is not a reliable indicator of infection. * A Firefox ... Read more

A:Click Fraud Malware Hides as Firefox Extension

Does this only affect Firefox users? It looks like its main purpose is to defraud Google Adsense.

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Hi,A couple days ago I got a virus or something that would pop up a fake Windows AntiSpyware (don't remember exact name) program. I was finally able to get rid of it using AVG and MalwareByte's Anti-Malware.Now Firefox will open up random tabs on it's on (don't have to click on anything) and when I click on links sometimes it will redirect me for like 5 clicks of the link and then after that allow me to go to the site and then it will repeat this action maybe 10 minutes later.It also will not let me go to the microsoft update site (in IE and Firefox), and when I search w i n d o w s u p d a t e . m i c r o s o f t (without the spaces) in google or any text field that I submit (tried it in a forum) (in IE or Firefox) it will just bring up a page that says connection was reset or page failed to load. I have also tried it in safe mode and I get the same symptoms.I have tried running MalwareByte's Anti-Malware, Spybot S&D, AVG, and HJT. At one time MalwareBtyes said something about a tcipip.sys thing but I don't remember too much about what was wrong.I followed the prep guide but I cannot get a full gmer scan to run. It either just restarts my computer, freezes, shuts down the program, or locks down my computer (have to do a hard reset).Thanks for any and all helpEDIT: One of the pop-up tabs lingered on a site for a second before going to an ad site, the url of this site was..hxxp://apachejct.com/key/?qs=9434cd09aed34cc216c628c7eac958b4aa78b00b6706ac1a... Read more

A:Firefox opens random tabs and redirects, blocks microsoft update - rootkit?

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.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. 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 and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Fo... Read more

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According to an article that I just read, 7 critical updates are to be released on "Update Tuesday"(July 11th): 4 for Windows and 3 for Office.

Don't we just love to see the second Tuesday of each month arrive?


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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 update, pushed through the Windows Update service to all recent editions of Windows in February 2009, installs the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant firefox extension without asking your permission. This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for websites to easily and quietly install software on your PC. Since this design flaw is one of the reasons you may've originally choosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste.
Unfortunately, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom has taken steps to make the removal of this extension particularly difficult - open the Add-ons window in Firefox, and you'll notice the Uninstall button next to their extension is grayed out! Their reasoning, according to Microsoft blogger Brad Abrams, is that the extension needed "support at the machine level in order to enable the feature for all users on the machine," which, of course, is precisely the reason this add-on is bad news for all Firefox users.
Here's the bafflingly-convoluted procedure required to remove this garbage from Firefox:

Open Registry Editor (type regedit in the Start menu Search box in Vista/Windows 7, or in XP's Run window).
Expand the branches to the following key:On 32-bit systems: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Mozilla \ Firefox \ Extensions
On x64 systems: HK... Read more

A:Remove the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension

Hi SqdnGuns,

Just as an update.

I'm running firefox 3.08 on 7057 x64 and the uninstall worked without any registry edits so maybe FF have included this in the 3.08 update which came in during the last couple of days

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If you have Windows XP SP3 configured to keep receiving security updates, these are the ones that were released today:

KB4018271 - for Internet Explorer 8

KB4017101 - for Microsoft .NET Framework

KB4019206 - for Windows XP


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Hey guys. We have an issue on our hands here with a computer. It has similar symptoms to another infected computer, but the fix that I used on that computer did not fix the issues on this computer. Here are the issues reported:

1) The microsoft update website does not work. It instantly goes to "page not found." Every other website works just fine.
2) Random url redirects to advertisement websites.
3) The avast antivirus cannot update, loses connection with server (likely an infection is blocking this update)

The following fixes have been attempted:

1) Numerous runs of malware bytes.
2) Numerous scans with avast and spybot search and destroy.
3) Logging into the recovery console and typing fixmbr.

Tell me what you see in the logs, and as always, thank you so much for your time and help. Posted here is the DDS log, the other logs are attached:

DDS (Ver_10-11-10.01) - NTFSx86
Run by DONALD KNIGHT at 16:52:35.48 on Wed 11/17/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1014.633 [GMT -6:00]

AV: avast! Antivirus *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}
FW: Norton Internet Worm Protection *disabled* {990F9400-4CEE-43EA-A83A-D013ADD8EA6E}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
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A:Microsoft Update hijacked, antivirus update disabled, fixmbr does not remove problem


Please do the following:

Download ComboFix from one of the following locations:
Link 1
Link 2

VERY IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop

* IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link here Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.
As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.

Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.
When finished, it sha... Read more

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Error(s) found:
"Code 80070663 windows updater encountered an known error" when I
tried to update microsoft .net framework 3.5 family update (kb959209) x86 for windows vista 32 bit.

What should I do? I have tried to install this update many times but still getting same error. Thanks in advance for help.


A:error code 80070663 when I tried to update microsoft .net framework 3.5 family update


You didn't say, so I'll ask, have you done the net3.5 Service Pack 1 update?

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I just discovered this problem when Myrti and I were working on some other problems on my computer. I noted that I'd gotten an 'update failed' several times lately. It said 'Some updates could not be installed. The following updates were not installed. MS.NetFramework 1.1 Service Pack 1 Security Update for windows 2000, XP, Vista, 2008, Windows7 and Windows Server 2008R2 (KB953297).' The error code was 0X64C.

I checked back in my logs and found that my computer has been attempting this update since October 2009!

When I tried manually at the Microsoft site, it said I needed to upload ActiveXControl, which I did. It still couldn't successfully update that security.

I have the log. Would you like for me to attach? I just did it a few days ago.

Sue Ellen

A:Microsoft Wndows Update has been attempting a security update since last fall~Unsuccessfully!

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=enDownload, manually install.http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums...3e-00bb56e82798, follow the suggestions given by PA Bear, ignore comments by others.Louis

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Microsoft Announces New Monthly Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft rolls out new cumulative updates every month on Patch Tuesday, including here not only security fixes targeting vulnerabilities in Windows 10 and installed Microsoft software, but also OS improvements and other tweaks refining the overall experience.

Today, the company announced that it would publish a second cumulative update for businesses running Windows 10 Creators Update, this time including non-security fixes.

Microsoft says that although it wants to release one such cumulative update every month (in addition to the security release on Patch Tuesday), there might be cases when more than a single extra cumulative update is shipped, depending on the bugs that it needs to fix.

These updates will be listed as ?Updates? in WSUS and Configuration Manager, with certain exceptions when critical issues affecting organizations are targeted, so the updates will be flagged as ?Critical Updates.?

Customers who use Windows Update for Business won?t have these updates installed automatically if options to defer quality updates are in place.

You can simply ignore these updates
The software giant explains that Windows 10 users getting these updates will be allowed to deploy them just like the updates that are shipped on Patch Tuesday, but at the same time, be provided with options to deploy each of them only to a subset of devices.

?This enables the organization to ensure that... Read more

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I don't know how many time I have downloaded this update , but after it downloads and installs it tells me that an update is avilable and it's always the same one. I've even restarted the computer after it downloads and updates but after computer restarts it ask to update it again.

Just wondering if anyone else has this issue?
Or how I can fix it without shutting the reminder for it off.

Security Update for Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2003 (KB956500)

Download size: 2.7 MB

Update type: Important

A security vulnerability exists in Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 that could allow arbitrary code to run when a maliciously modified document is opened. This update resolves that vulnerability.

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Hello,I have a Windows XP SP3 box that became infected with multiple trojans, bots, and other spyware. I have used various programs (Spybot, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, etc) to remove them. At this point there are no visible signs of any virus other than the inability to reach windows update. GMER log below. GMER LOG:GMER - http://www.gmer.netRootkit scan 2010-06-07 02:43:46Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3Running: gmer.exe; Driver: C:\DOCUME~1\STEPHA~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\kgldypob.sys---- System - GMER 1.0.15 ----SSDT \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\sbaphd.sys (Sunbelt ActiveProtection hook driver/Sunbelt Software) ZwCreateKey [0xBA5F24D0]SSDT \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\sbaphd.sys (Sunbelt ActiveProtection hook driver/Sunbelt Software) ZwSetValueKey [0xBA5F2520]SSDT \??\C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASKUTIL.SYS (SASKUTIL.SYS/SUPERAdBlocker.com and SUPERAntiSpyware.com) ZwTerminateProcess [0xB0E67620]---- Kernel code sections - GMER 1.0.15 ----.rsrc C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\tcpip.sys entry point in ".rsrc" section [0xB0FBCA94]---- User code sections - GMER 1.0.15 ----.text C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE[576] ntdll.dll!NtProtectVirtualMemory ... Read more

A:Unable to reach microsoft update or most malware definition update sites.

Hi stu_miller,Welcome to this forum.Looks the malware is preventing you to post the full DDS log but the logs are enough to see the infection.Please tell me if you still have the issue, if yes perform the following:Please download MBR.EXE by GMER. Save the file in your Windows directory (C:\Windows).Download http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/farbar/TDLfix.exe and save it to your desktop.Double-click to run TDLfix.exe, type the following in the command window and press Enter:mbrA log file opens up. please post the content to your reply.

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