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Yes, I will confess I am not as diligent as I used to be when it comes to the timely installation of Windows 7 Updates — in particular the recurrent KB915597 updates for Windows Defender. [Rightly or wrongly I tend to believe that my fully paid for Avast 4.8 Professional protects me better than Windows Defender.]  For a week or more I had seen that there was a new KB915597 but I didn’t install it till just a few minutes ago.

[In case you are wondering, I do have Windows Update TURNED OFF and have had it turned off since earlier this year. If I am so inclined, couple of times a week, before I turn off this PC around midnight, to go to bed, I will do a manual check to see what updates are pending. That is how I know what is awaiting.]

Today, I had some free time so I decided to install the latest KB915597 but discovered that there were also 5 other updates. 4 were optional. Of these one was a cumulative update for Media Center (KB981078), while the other was a .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB982670). I opted to install both of these — just in case.

Two of the optional updates were to do with LEGACY application compatibility. I read the detailed info. I had never even heard of the applications let alone use them so I hid those two.

Then the one important update, not counting the latest KB915597, was for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. I installed it, because I am never sure what applications rely on .NET Framework.

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Something is up with Windows Defender updates. I did some checking. The frequency of the updates, i.e., KBKB915597, has slowed dramatically. The last update, for Definition Set 1.83.1268.0 was three weeks ago.

Check the Microsoft Malware Protection Center log << here >>. Something doesn’t feel right. I will TRY and keep an eye.

So that is it. I did a RESTART. So far, so good. Did a QUICK SCAN with Windows Defender because Action Center was pleading with me. That was fine too — but I expect that.

All the best. Don’t install the optional legacy compatibility updates IF you do not use those legacy applications. Best to hid them.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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To be honest, the last time I had FireFox 3.6.3 crash was on May 12, 2010. So nearly a month ago. But, I will also readily concede that of late I have NOT been hammering on FireFox either — given that I am not doing as much concentrated research.

The other night, I got curious and went looking to see when I might get FireFox 4. Well that is still a ways out … FireFox 4 in essence being 3.6.7 … renamed as 4.

But, I saw that the 3.6.4 beta was on its final days. Pretty close to being released. Well, I had used the beat of 3.6.2. So, I was game. Not working on a book … at least, on in anger. So a bit of instability wouldn’t druve me totally nuts.

On Monday, June 7, I downloaded and installed FireFox 3.6.4 on my XP box. I was amazed how smoothly it went. It was treated as a straight upgrade and my theme and plug-ins all seem to work.

So yesterday, Tuesday, June 8, after I installed all the Windows updates and checked out this PC … I went for broke. I upgraded to FireFox 3.6.4. beta. (I think it was rc6). Again, the upgrade was smooth and everything just came up. No messages that I had incompatible plug-ins.

So far, so good. I will keep you posted.

Thanks.

Anura Guruge

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by: Anura Guruge

I knew today, June 08, 2010, was a ‘Patch Tuesday’ for Windows.

I still have Windows Update turned off after the debacles in December-February. So I have to manually check. I had been remiss about installing updates over the last week. I knew there was a new Windows Defender, KB915597 update … this time for Definition Set 1.83.1268.0. But, I let it sit there for a week.

But, today, I downloaded and installed a total of 15, yes fifteen updates … with 5 of these being for Office 2007, one a cumulative security update for IE 8 (K982381), the Windows Defender Update, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830) and one for Microsoft Silverlight (KB982926). It was 67.2MB of downsloads.

All appears to be well. I had to restart. It restarted ‘OK’ after a short, heart-stopping hiatus to say that it was ‘reconfiguring Windows after the updates.’

That restart was a few hours ago. Since then I have run Auslogics Registry Cleaner (88 errors), Registry Defrag (and yes, it defragged … saying it could improve performance by 1.7%) and a Disk Optimize. I also just tried Excel 2007. So far, so good.

So here are the Windows 7-related updates I appear to have successfully installed today:

1/ KB980195 — Cumulative Security Update for ActiveX Killbits

2/ KB979482, KB980218, KB979559 — Security Updates for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems

3/ KB890830 — Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

4/ KB91559 — Windows Defender update, this time for Definition Set 1.83.1268.0.

5/ KB982926 — Update for Microsoft Silverlight

6/ K982381 — Cumulative Security Update for IE 8 << can’t vouch for this, I haven’t used IE in months! >>

So that is where we are. So far, so good.

Good luck. All the best. Safe Updating.

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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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