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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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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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Within a week of the last KB915597 Windows Defender Update (Definition set 1.79.1432.0) yet another one, this time for Definition set 1.79.1918.0.

That is the fourth (4th) KB915597 Windows Defender Updates this month; i.e., April 1, April 5,  April 8 and April 14.

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

There seems to have been quite a few definition updates between 1.79.1432.0 and 1.79.1918.0 … so much so that 1.79.1432.0 has fallen off the end of the list!

Even 1.79.1918.0 has already been usurped by 1.79.1945.0. So we should get another KB915597 within days.

Good luck. I will try to keep you posted.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

P.S., I successfully installed it … as well as the latest [i.e., April] Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, KB890830.

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Yes, I bit the bullet and did for YOU FOLKS.

I kept on checking last night and this morning … following yesterday’s report that someone using Windows 7 got clobbered once they installed the February 9 updates. But since then I could only find one other report of a problem. Though I am sure that MANY Windows 7 users have judiciously refrained from installing these updates, if there were innate problems related to Windows 7 we would have heard by now.

The Web is ablaze with reports that XP users really got clobbered with these updates. Microsoft even WITHDREW one of the XP updates! Nice move Microsoft. Real smooth. So they confirmed what I have always thought of them. No testing. Just throw the software over the wall. Joys of having no competition and having so much lobbying in D.C. that they know that the Feds will never look at them. Keep on saying to yourself, like a mantra, ‘Ballmer looks best in drag.’

OK. So far so good. That is not saying much.

I have a legit copy of 64-bit Windows 7 Professional installed from an OEM DVD that I got from newegg.com … on the day Windows 7 became available (Oct. 22, 2009). I had pre-ordered a few days earlier along with all the hardware to build a new system.

The updates require a restart. During the restart a screen comes up saying ‘Configuring the Updates.’ I was on tenterhooks. But, it said … ‘successful’ … and then restarted.

Since, being paranoid, I restarted again. SO FAR, SO GOOD.

It is up to YOU. YOU might want to hold out longer. I had to see if the updates would work with Windows 7. But, this was but one system. Doesn’t prove anything. So, if you are cool, MAYBE you should wait. All I can say is that it worked on this particular system.

Right now I have a few days ‘down time’ for the first time in 15 months. I finished my book, 322 pages, 150,000 words and send the PDFs to the printer Wednesday night. Had an email last night to say the proof copy is with FedEx. So, I would not have been totally out of my mind if this Windows 7 system got fried. I have two, maybe three, possibly four XP systems as backup … with all my files, backed up, up to date on them … as well as online (with GoDaddy). Did I tell you I am paranoid. So, I could have got by using XP until I got the Windows 7 system fixed.

IF you are interested here is a PREVIEW of the book. It is 11MB,so will take a few minutes to download.

No More Updates For ME Till April Fool’s

I have now TURNED OFF Windows Updates!

That is IT.

I do not want to be pestered with the February 16, 2010 WAT update for checking the validity of my Windows 7 copy. My copy is 100% legit, but I am not sure that Microsoft’s update will be legit. I just have a feeling that we might get another outcry.

I am fed up of the icons rotating on my Task Bar telling me I have updates. Leave me BE. I will check the Web to see what mayhem Microsoft is unleashing on us.

It now transpires that Microsoft ‘just’ discovered a major SSL/TLS bug on all versions of Windows. GREAT. SSL/TLS is what we all use when we ask for an encrypted session. So, Microsoft is now telling us that our encrypted sessions might be vulnerable.

‘Ballmer looks best in drag.’

On March 1 all the Release Candidate (RC) copies of Windows 7 will go into forced shutdowns. Many of the pirated copies of Windows 7 out there are based on RC code. Post March 1 we will have convulsions as the Windows 7 community gets bombarded with folks who will not understand why their systems are not working.

So it was time to batten down the hatches. I will of course keep you posted.

So, this was my strategy. Install the February 9 updates. Then turn off updates until at least April 1 and see what happens.

All the best. Good Luck.

Cheers
Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

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Just saw the first real damaging post re. KB978262 as it pertains to Windows 7.

Please read this on the ‘Microsoft Answers’ forum. Damn YOU Microsoft.

This is the first report of this February 9 update clobbering Windows 7. But, it is enough.

DO NOT INSTALL these updates. Wait.

The XP community is getting hammered and they are not amused. The same Microsoft community is beside itself … but there is even a comment from a MVP talking about ‘dead bodies.’ CUTE. This is what we need. Microsoft MVPs talking about dead bodies when it comes to Windows Updates.

Some are claiming that this is a  Microsoft conspiracy to get XP users to upgrade to Windows 7. I doubt that. Microsoft isn’t that clever. Trust me, on this.

So, my recommendation for Windows 7 users: DO NOT INSTALL KB978262, KB971468, KB975560, KB978251 and KB890830 as yet, though from all we can see it is KB978262, the ActiveX kill bits update that is the culprit.

Better to be SAFE than sorry.

Good Luck. We really need it.

Thanks & Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

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So far so good — methinks. I can’t find any reports of the February 9, 2010 Windows Update for security failing to install, BSOD or frying Windows 7 machines.

BUT, we need to be careful. Many having been badly burned with last month’s KB977074 might be doing exactly what we are doing. Biding their time, waiting for other suckers to try it out.

My druthers is to wait another 48 hours, i.e., until this Friday.

We are also finding out that malicious exploits that try to hack into un-updated machines will likely be around soon. They reckon within the next 2 weeks.

So this is a FINE LINE we walk.

If this update was anywhere near as disastrous as KB977074 we would have heard something by now.

I am beginning to believe that this update is not malignant. But, let me further confirm on Friday.

In the meantime I gather that Microsoft has admitted that there was a problem with KB977074. Gee, THANKS Microsoft. Isn’t it nice not to have any repercussions.

Well … Good Luck, for now. I will keep you posted.

Cheers,

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

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I got 5 ‘important’ updates for Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) today — per the expected Windows Update blast. Four were security updates and the last was an update to the ‘Malicious Software Removal’ tool.

The updates numbers are: KB978262, KB971468, KB975560, KB978251, KB890830 — the latter being the ‘Malicious Software Removal’ tool update.

The first update, KB978262, has to do with ActiveX. It is ActiveX specific and MIGHT even just be applicable if you use Internet Explorer (IE). ‘Killbits’ is a Microsoft methodology for disabling the execution of ActiveX code.

KB971468 & KB978251 are both specific to ‘SMB’ (Server Message Block) an Internet file system protocol used for sharing files, printers and communications ports.

KB978251 has to do with AVI files.

From what I can see, there does not appear to be reports of these updates screwing up Windows 7.

But, it is possible that many have decided against installing them. It is still early days.

I am finding more and more outrage about KB977074. People are openly saying that KB977074 rather than enhancing Windows 7 stability actually made their systems more unstable. This is a shame.

I have not installed today’s updates. My recommendation is that YOU also postpone installation for a few days. I will update you again tomorrow. OK?

Good luck. All the best.

Cheers,

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

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