I see that many of you, understandably, are leery of recent Windows updates — and in particular this week’s KB976264. I don’t blame you. Since debacle of the February 9, 2010 updates and the star-crossed KB977074 update in January we all need to be extra vigilant — though much of the February 9 catastrophe was restricted to XP users. [I do have to note though, that I installed these updates on a XP SP3 system recently — without a hitch.] I have, as I repeatedly state, turned off Windows Updates on this Windows 7 machine. I go and manually check.
I have done a lot of research into KB976264 in the last 72 hours. As I said yesterday, I did install it, for the second time, yesterday.
There are a FEW people that have had troubles with KB976264 this time around, i.e., this week. It is a very small number. [But, I am always AWARE that there will be those that get clobbered with an update who don’t have the means, i.e., another computer or the wherewithal to talk about it on the Web. So we have to always be careful.]
What does appear to be the case is that some folks did have trouble installing KB976264 in February. Aaahhh!
Since KB976264 is aimed at GAMERS who are having compatibility problems Microsoft no doubt deemed it WISE to re-release it — gamers being one of their favored constituents. But, this time around, KB976264 could be checking that your copy of Windows 7 is genuine. But, I haven’t seen anybody run foul of this yet. So maybe Microsoft, as I had maintained, is BLUFFING. Yes, BLUFFING.
KB976264 and the March Malicious Software Removal tool, as I talked about yesterday, were the ONLY Windows 7 related updates … on March 9. So that is it.
The Malicious Software Removal tool is SUPPOSED to check for Win32/Helpud trojan … that came to be in 2008. If you are ONLY relying on Microsoft for catching trojans and other such malicious stuff … MAY Ballmer in drag, the latest incarnation of Baal Obese, help YOU! Come on. Talk about letting the fox guard the chicken coop. Get Avast Professional. << No I am not in any way associated with them. Never spoke to them. But I do use them, and I curse them when they have a bout of false positives. >>
Microsoft has let it be known that there is ANOTHER unfixed major security hole in IE 6 & 7. If anybody is still using IE 6 (or IE7) they must have had their brains addled by watching too many clips of Ballmer in drag.
The BEST Windows update that Microsoft could do, FOR ALL OF MANKIND (and that includes the fairer sex too), is to send out a mandatory update that seeks and nukes IE 6 and IE 7. Actually, if they had any compassion they will nuke IE 8. Don’t use IE. IE is bad for your health.
So that is where we are. If you have IE 6 or7 you need to see a doctor. The March 9 updates are done. There was a Windows Defender update today, March 11. I installed it. I am still running.
I will keep on monitoring KB976264.
Good luck. All the best.