KB2286198, released (out-of-cycle so to speak) on Monday, August 2, 2010, has to do with the possibility of maliciously crafted Windows SHORTCUTS being potentially used as a means of gaining access to a PC. I don’t have many shortcuts and I am very leery about installing them in the first place. If a shortcut is installed, I, invariably, delete it.
Here is Microsoft’s Security Bulletin, i.e., MS 10-046, about this vulnerability.
In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a marked slowdown in Windows 7 updates and even the Windows Defender Updates.
KB2286198 is the first non-Windows Defender update since July 16 — when we received KB2032276.
Well I uneventfully installed KB2286198 this morning … and did the requsite RESTART … and that was 4 hours ago. So far, so good. Obviously, as is my wont, I didn’t install this until I did some checking on the Internet to see if anybody had run into any problems with it. I didn’t see anything.
I also installed two outstanding Windows Defender Updates, i.e., KB915597s. These were for Definition Sets 1.87.1293.0 and 1.87.362.0
I did a FULL Windows Defender Scan after I restarted. That took some time. But, it found nothing.
Hope this helps. All the best.