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KB981793 appeared as an important Windows 7 Update — today.

When I saw ‘revised daylight saving time and time zone laws in several countries‘ I was IMMEDIATELY on the alert. I know the code words. ‘Several countries’ invariably means NOT USA.

So I checked. Yes, there is a Microsoft Support article about this update.

Well this update appears to fix problems with standard time in:

  • Bangladesh
  • Fiji
  • Kamchatka
  • Morocco
  • Pacific SA
  • Paraguay
  • Syria

Well I don’t live or deal with any of those countries. In the case of Bangladesh it says ‘Cancels DST.’ Thank Ballmer in Drag for that. Bangladesh is unlikely to have needed time changes.

I had to look up where Kamchatka was. Appears to be where Sarah Palin comes from. Now all is clear.

So I am giving this a miss.

I have also not installed the latest Windows Defender. Yes, it has been popping up for a week.

Hope this helps. Cheers.

Anura Guruge

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The prior KB915597 Windows Defender Update, May 4, 2010, was for Definition Set 1.81.874.0.

The latest KB915597, for Definition Set 1.81.1622.0, is the second for May 2010 — and was dated May 12 though I didn’t install it until today, viz. May 14.

We had seven Windows Defender updates in April 2010, three by the fourteenth of the month.

You can see the list of threats addressed by this update and others at this Microsoft site … click <here>.

1.81.1622.0 has already been superseded. There are four new Definition Sets, the latest being 1.81.17699.0. So we will most likely get another KB915597 early next week.

I installed  KB915597 and did a restart. That was fine.

Then went to do a scan using Windows Defender. Told me that the service was stopped and that my computer was not protected! Strange hadn’t seen that before. Obviously I didn’t stop it. Anyway, restarting only required a click of a button. Came up no problem. Didn’t have the time for a full scan. Did a quick scan. Took about 2 minutes. All appears to be fine.

Good luck. I will try to keep you posted.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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I saw KB978542 appear as an update on Tuesday, i.e., few days ago. Since I have Windows Updates TURNED OFF, I only see updates if I manually check for them — and knowing Microsoft’s schedule I usually check every Tuesday night and then again towards the end of the week.

I didn’t check the details on KB978542 until today. Noticed that all the reported problems had to do with it clobbering Windows Mail and Outlook. So dug a bit deeper.

KB978542 is SPECIFIC to Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Windows Live Mail. Here is the Microsoft Security Bulletin <click>.

I haven’t used Outlook or Outlook Express in over 3 years. I think Outlook is the anti-christ! I try to convince as many people that I know to stop using Outlook.

I use Web mail … but not from Microsoft. The GoDaddy version. It isn’t the greatest but it plods along, and that is good enough.

So I opted to skip (and now HIDE) KB978542.

If you are not using any of the three mail packages, I suggest you skip this update too. Appears that Windows Mail is not supposed to work with Windows 7. Those that have managed to get hacked versions to work on Windows 7 are discovering that KB978542 disables Windows Mail altogether. So be aware.

I did, however, install, per rote, the May 2010, KB890830, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. I do that just for the sport. I haven’t restarted the PC since … so I am keeping my ankles crossed.

That is it. Good luck.

Anura Guruge

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The prior KB915597 Windows Defender Update, dated April 30, was for Definition Set 1.81.660.0.

The latest KB915597, for Definition Set 1.81.874.0, is the first for May 2010 — and was dated May 3 though I didn’t install it until today, viz. May 4.

We had seven Windows Defender updates in April 2010.

You can see the list of threats addressed by this update and others at this Microsoft site … click <here>.

1.81.874.0 has already been superseded. There are three new Definition Sets, the latest being 1.81.949.0. So we will most likely get another KB915597 by the coming weekend or Monday.

I installed  KB915597 and did a restart. Then did a full scan using Windows Defender. All appears to be fine.

Good luck. I will try to keep you posted.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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