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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.

Anura

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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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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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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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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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The prior KB915597 Windows Defender Update, dated April 22, was for Definition Set 1.81.149.0.

The latest KB915597, for Definition Set 1.81.66.0, is the seventh, and most likely last, for April 2010. 1.81.660.0 is a ‘BIG’ one — i.e., claims to fix a long list of  ‘severe’ threats.

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

1.81.660.0 has already been superseded. There are three new Definition Sets, the latest being 1.81.729.0. So we will most likely get another KB915597 this weekend or Monday to get us started up for May 2010.

I installed today’s update along with KBKB980408 — the latest stability and reliability update. I had to restart. All is well from what I can see.

Good luck. I will try to keep you posted.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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Four days after the last KB915597 Windows Defender Update (Definition set 1.79.1918.0) yet another one, this time for Definition set 1.81.0.0. It was sent out on April 19 but I only installed it on April 21.

Then another KB915597, dated April 22, today for Definition Set 1.81.149.0. This Definition Set is so new that it still hasn’t even made it to the ‘Change definition version’ drop down menu.

That is the sixth (6th) KB915597 Windows Defender Updates this month; i.e., April 1, April 5,  April 8, April 14, April 19 and April 22.

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

It is sobering to realize that Microsoft, supposedly, created 9 definition sets between April 19 and April 22. They really should just move to daily updates, à la Avast.

I installed both updates. I have restarted and even run a full scan of Windows Defender. So far, so good. So, this is to say that I didn’t have any problems with these two updates.

Hope none of you got too burned by the McAfee goof-up yesterday. If I was mean spirited I could say “serves you right,” but I am not, so I won’t say that. McAfee is the pits. Why anybody would use McAfee, unless THEY are paying YOU to use it, baffles me. I have never used it. I bought my wife a Sony Vaio laptop a few years ago which had it installed. She persevered with it for awhile. She now uses free AVG and we all know that she is safer with that than she ever was with the bloated, out-of-control McAfee.

Good luck. I will try to keep you posted.

Cheers,
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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Just three days after the last KB915597 Windows Defender Update (Definition set 1.79.1220.0) yet another one: Definition set 1.79.1432.0.

That is 3 KB915597 Windows Defender Updates this month; i.e., April 1, April 5 and April 8.

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

For a change we seem to be smack up to-date; i.e., there are no newer definitions listed.

But, have a look at the Definition history. It is sobering.

The April 1 update covered Definition 1.79.953.0.

1.79.1432.0 is 18 definitions hence. That is 18 in a week, 2.5 definition sets a day.

Now to be fair the likes of Avast and AVG send out new definition updates daily, if not more often. So if anything one can accuse Microsoft of being dilatory. But then again does anybody really believe that Windows Defender is an industrial strength antivirus/antimalware product? I hope not.

So, that is the state of play. This was the only update today. We will see a barrage next Tuesday, April 13 … the Sinhalese Old Year Day. New Year, logically, is the NEXT DAY, April 14. Happy New Year.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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Around midnight last night, April 4, 2010, I checked for updates. Nothing.

Then I read this ** News Flash ** (via Google News) that an iPad Jailbreak [i.e., unauthorized access to the iPad ‘OS’] was included in a ‘new’ update to Windows 7! Whoa! They implicate Microsoft and Adobe as wanting to ‘hijack’ the iPad. Well you know how much I trust Microsoft and how I blame Adobe for my poor health. So, I would buy that. Wouldn’t put anything past those two companies.

So, I checked for updates. Bingo. Yet another KB915597 Windows Defender Update. The second one this month, the last, appropriately, having been released on April Fool’s day.

This one is date-stamped April 5, and is for Definition (set) 1.79.1220.0.

On April 2 I showed where to go to check on these Definition Sets. You go < here >. I went there.

Sure enough: ‘Latest definition version: 1.79.1220.0’ OK. Here is a screen shot … (thanks, Snipper).

As I had said on April 2, the last Definition Set, viz. 1.79.953.0, had already been ‘bettered’ by the time Microsoft sent out the April 1 KB915597. There were three Definition Sets newer than that.

Well, I looked at the definition sets again today. Here is a screen shot … (thanks, Snipper).

Seven (7) MORE Definition Sets since 1.79.953.0 … highlighted in yellow.

But, did YOU notice anything FISHY (though this is Easter Monday rather than Easter Friday).

The LAST definition is supposedly 1.79.1206.0. But, the April 5 KB915597 says 1.79.1220.0!

So there could be some truth to the claim that this update includes an iPad Jailbreak.

Anybody see the SUPREME irony in this … if it were TRUE.

Microsoft distributing a TROJAN in the guise of a security update. But, is anybody surprised? Anybody shocked? Ballmer looks best when in drag.

OK. I installed the April 5 KB915597. No problem.

I then did a FULL SCAN using Windows Defender. Took 35 minutes. Found nothing. That is what I expect. I have Avast Professional 4.8. I trust Avast … 99.6% of the time.

I then restarted the system. It restarted OK. I am posting this from the restarted system.

Though I own Apple shares we don’t have any Apple products in the house … not even an iPod. Don’t know why. In 1998 I had 9 Macs in the house!

Since I don’t own an iPad I can’t check the jailbreak. The iPad is too small for me. I like my HD screen to be at least 24″ big. We live in the sticks. Don’t get AT&T coverage. So can’t have an iPhone.

So there we are. Check it out.

Let me know if the rumor is true that Microsoft/Adobe undermined my buddy Jobs. Jobs has created so many jobs of late … with iPhone and iPad apps.

Good luck. All the best. Happy Easter Monday. Hope the Easter bunny was good to you. We got three real bunnies on Friday.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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