Last night, thought it was April Fool’s Day, I still checked for updates. [Sorry about the prank I pulled on you folks re. KB971033. I gave you enough hints that it was a joke].
To my surprise there was an Important Update — albeit just another Windows Defender Definition Update. I am surprised that Microsoft is ‘geeky’ enough to release Windows updates on April Fool’s day. No sense of humor. Or, maybe they do. I guess, as Windows’ users the joke is always on us. That is the fourth Windows Defender Update in a week. The last one was just three days ago on March 29.
All the Windows Defender Updates for Windows 7 are labeled KB915597. But next to it there is a definition number. The number for the April 1 update was 1.79.953.0.
On a whim I checked the first new definition in that update: TrojanDropper: Win32/Alobtoe.A. [Just click on Microsoft’s hotlink … on the definitions page.] It says it was NOTED as of July 16, 2009. That is nearly 9 months ago. We are just getting an update for it on April 1, 2001?
This Windows Defender update thing gets even more interesting. On the right hand side … where it says “Change Definition Version” … click that and have a look.
We already have three UNINSTALLED definitions.
Now, as we know Avast (that I use) and AVG (that my wife uses) provides at least one update every 24 hours. Microsoft doesn’t. But, now I see that they have a backlog. In essence, IF Windows Defender is all you use, you are already UNPROTECTED. This is crazy.
I have Avast 4.8 Professional. So to me Defender is a joke. I run it just to see if it finds anything. It never has. I don’t trust Microsoft. For all I know, Defender is checking my licensing and whether I use FireFox. I am totally resigned that I have no privacy on my PC. So this is just heads up.
All the best. Good luck.