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Anonymous
March 9, 2005 6:50:38 PM

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I read about it in Help and being a french little old
lady don't understand anything. What I think I
understand is that I install the Windows Update -
malicious... and it scans right there and removes
whatever has to be removed ? Then software is deleted
from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's all
removed from my computer how come when I scan with Ad-
Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I do
with all other spy things or do I leave it there? Can
you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch

Clo
Anonymous
March 9, 2005 8:19:04 PM

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Yes I had the same problems >:(  but I was tired to solve this problem >:( 
so I removed windows for ever!
I also want to know why Ad-aware finds spyware or something (low risk but
.....) after I make a windows update ! I just cleaned all with ad-aware
before updating!
can't trust windows anymore after I realized this....

"Clo" wrote:

> I read about it in Help and being a french little old
> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is deleted
> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's all
> removed from my computer how come when I scan with Ad-
> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I do
> with all other spy things or do I leave it there? Can
> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>
> Clo
>
Anonymous
March 9, 2005 11:30:05 PM

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Clo wrote:
> I read about it in Help and being a french little old
> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is deleted
> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's all
> removed from my computer how come when I scan with Ad-
> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I do
> with all other spy things or do I leave it there? Can
> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>
> Clo


Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool is designed to scan for,
and remove, only a very small number of "high-threat" malware items.
Ad-Aware is a far superior product that has a much broader "spectrum."


--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:
http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
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You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
both at once. - RAH
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Anonymous
March 9, 2005 11:30:57 PM

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Arc' wrote:
> Yes I had the same problems >:(  but I was tired to solve this problem >:( 
> so I removed windows for ever!
> I also want to know why Ad-aware finds spyware or something (low risk but
> ....) after I make a windows update ! I just cleaned all with ad-aware
> before updating!
> can't trust windows anymore after I realized this....
>


Neither adware nor spyware, collectively known as scumware,
magically install themselves on anyone's computer. They are almost
always deliberately installed by the computer's user, as part of some
allegedly "free" service or product.

While there are some unscrupulous malware distributors out there,
who do attempt to install and exploit malware without consent, the
majority of them simply rely upon the intellectual laziness and
gullibility of the average consumer, counting on them to quickly click
past the EULA in his/her haste to get the latest in "free" cutesy
cursors, screensavers, "utilities," and/or wallpapers.

If you were to read the EULAs that accompany, and to which the
computer user must agree before the download/installation of the
"screensaver" continues, most adware and spyware, you'll find that
they _do_ have the consumer's permission to do exactly what they're
doing. In the overwhelming majority of cases, computer users have no
one to blame but themselves.

There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.

The weakest link in this "equation" is, of course, the computer
user. No software manufacturer can -- nor should they be expected
to -- protect the computer user from him/herself. All too many people
have bought into the various PC/software manufacturers marketing
claims of easy computing. They believe that their computer should be
no harder to use than a toaster oven; they have neither the
inclination or desire to learn how to safely use their computer. All
too few people keep their antivirus software current, install patches
in a timely manner, or stop to really think about that cutesy link
they're about to click.

Firewalls and anti-virus applications, which should always be used
and should always be running, are important components of "safe hex,"
but they cannot, and should not be expected to, protect the computer
user from him/herself. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and
every computer user to learn how to secure his/her own computer.


To learn more about practicing "safe hex," start with these links:

Protect Your PC
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

Home Computer Security
http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

List of Antivirus Software Vendors
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;49500

Home PC Firewall Guide
http://www.firewallguide.com/

Scumware.com
http://www.scumware.com/



--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:
http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
both at once. - RAH
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 12:07:34 AM

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Clo;
That tool only searches for and removes a small number of malicious
software.
It also is not a replacement or substitute for anything nor is it intended
to be.

See "Release Information" near the top of this link for a list of what is
detected:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/890830

Also see FAQ #2 & #3

--
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/


"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:69ba01c52502$cbbef960$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>I read about it in Help and being a french little old
> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is deleted
> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's all
> removed from my computer how come when I scan with Ad-
> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I do
> with all other spy things or do I leave it there? Can
> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>
> Clo
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 8:03:40 AM

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So when I scan with Ad-Aware it is ok to delete it like I
do with all that is listed as spies? I also scan with
Spybot...should I simply ignore the windows malicious
software removal tool? Thanks
>-----Original Message-----
>Clo;
>That tool only searches for and removes a small number
of malicious
>software.
>It also is not a replacement or substitute for anything
nor is it intended
>to be.
>
>See "Release Information" near the top of this link for
a list of what is
>detected:
>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/890830
>
>Also see FAQ #2 & #3
>
>--
>Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
>
>
>"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
>news:69ba01c52502$cbbef960$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>I read about it in Help and being a french little old
>> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
>> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
>> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
>> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is deleted
>> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's all
>> removed from my computer how come when I scan with Ad-
>> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
>> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I do
>> with all other spy things or do I leave it there? Can
>> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>>
>> Clo
>
>
>.
>
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 2:48:02 PM

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Clo;
What exactly are they called?

In any event since the tool does not install, removing parts that may
somehow be on your computer can not hurt.

Are you sure it has "Windows Update malicious" in the name?

--
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol


"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:54ad01c52571$946c39e0$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> So when I scan with Ad-Aware it is ok to delete it like I
> do with all that is listed as spies? I also scan with
> Spybot...should I simply ignore the windows malicious
> software removal tool? Thanks
>>-----Original Message-----
>>Clo;
>>That tool only searches for and removes a small number
> of malicious
>>software.
>>It also is not a replacement or substitute for anything
> nor is it intended
>>to be.
>>
>>See "Release Information" near the top of this link for
> a list of what is
>>detected:
>>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/890830
>>
>>Also see FAQ #2 & #3
>>
>>--
>>Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>>http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
>>
>>
>>"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message
>>news:69ba01c52502$cbbef960$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>>I read about it in Help and being a french little old
>>> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
>>> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
>>> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
>>> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is deleted
>>> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's all
>>> removed from my computer how come when I scan with Ad-
>>> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
>>> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I do
>>> with all other spy things or do I leave it there? Can
>>> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>>>
>>> Clo
>>
>>
>>.
>>
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 2:48:03 PM

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I just scanned and here's the info: Vendor: WindUpdates
Category: Malware Object type: File (C/System Volume
Information) Size: 4720 bytes
Location: C:/...RP38/A0007958.vxd Risk Level: Low
TAC Rating 8. I have 4 of them. I'm really scared to
delete them because, it's probably just a coincidence,but
my sister in law did and her computer was working so bad
after, she had to reformat. You sure I can delete???
Thank you so much for helping me
>-----Original Message-----
>Clo;
>What exactly are they called?
>
>In any event since the tool does not install, removing
parts that may
>somehow be on your computer can not hurt.
>
>Are you sure it has "Windows Update malicious" in the
name?
>
>--
>Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
>In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol
>
>
>"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
>news:54ad01c52571$946c39e0$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>> So when I scan with Ad-Aware it is ok to delete it
like I
>> do with all that is listed as spies? I also scan with
>> Spybot...should I simply ignore the windows malicious
>> software removal tool? Thanks
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>Clo;
>>>That tool only searches for and removes a small number
>> of malicious
>>>software.
>>>It also is not a replacement or substitute for anything
>> nor is it intended
>>>to be.
>>>
>>>See "Release Information" near the top of this link for
>> a list of what is
>>>detected:
>>>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/890830
>>>
>>>Also see FAQ #2 & #3
>>>
>>>--
>>>Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>>>http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
>>>
>>>
>>>"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>> message
>>>news:69ba01c52502$cbbef960$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>>>I read about it in Help and being a french little old
>>>> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
>>>> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
>>>> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
>>>> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is
deleted
>>>> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's
all
>>>> removed from my computer how come when I scan with
Ad-
>>>> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
>>>> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I
do
>>>> with all other spy things or do I leave it there?
Can
>>>> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>>>>
>>>> Clo
>>>
>>>
>>>.
>>>
>
>
>.
>
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 3:57:55 PM

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Clo;
"WindUpdates" has nothing to do with windows Updates, it is a spyware tool
that has a similar name possibly to confuse people into thinking it is
legitimate.

System Volume Information is your System Restore data.
If the malware is in there:
Turn off/on System Restore to delete corrupted files:
Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.
Click System Restore Settings on left side.
Check "Turn off System Restore", click OK, follow prompts and reboot.
This deletes ALL Restore Points including corruption.
Then go back and turn on system Restore and create a Restore Point.

Then check for spyware again.
If it is still found, let Ad-Aware delete it.

--
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol


"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6c9401c525a8$7321de20$a601280a@phx.gbl...
>I just scanned and here's the info: Vendor: WindUpdates
> Category: Malware Object type: File (C/System Volume
> Information) Size: 4720 bytes
> Location: C:/...RP38/A0007958.vxd Risk Level: Low
> TAC Rating 8. I have 4 of them. I'm really scared to
> delete them because, it's probably just a coincidence,but
> my sister in law did and her computer was working so bad
> after, she had to reformat. You sure I can delete???
> Thank you so much for helping me
>>-----Original Message-----
>>Clo;
>>What exactly are they called?
>>
>>In any event since the tool does not install, removing
> parts that may
>>somehow be on your computer can not hurt.
>>
>>Are you sure it has "Windows Update malicious" in the
> name?
>>
>>--
>>Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>>http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
>>In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol
>>
>>
>>"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message
>>news:54ad01c52571$946c39e0$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>>> So when I scan with Ad-Aware it is ok to delete it
> like I
>>> do with all that is listed as spies? I also scan with
>>> Spybot...should I simply ignore the windows malicious
>>> software removal tool? Thanks
>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>Clo;
>>>>That tool only searches for and removes a small number
>>> of malicious
>>>>software.
>>>>It also is not a replacement or substitute for anything
>>> nor is it intended
>>>>to be.
>>>>
>>>>See "Release Information" near the top of this link for
>>> a list of what is
>>>>detected:
>>>>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/890830
>>>>
>>>>Also see FAQ #2 & #3
>>>>
>>>>--
>>>>Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>>>>http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>"Clo" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>>> message
>>>>news:69ba01c52502$cbbef960$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>>>>I read about it in Help and being a french little old
>>>>> lady don't understand anything. What I think I
>>>>> understand is that I install the Windows Update -
>>>>> malicious... and it scans right there and removes
>>>>> whatever has to be removed ? Then software is
> deleted
>>>>> from my computer ? I have a question.... If it's
> all
>>>>> removed from my computer how come when I scan with
> Ad-
>>>>> Aware SE it tells me that I have 4 Windows Update
>>>>> malicious (low risk) .... Should I delete it like I
> do
>>>>> with all other spy things or do I leave it there?
> Can
>>>>> you clarify things to me...thanks a bunch
>>>>>
>>>>> Clo
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>.
>>>>
>>
>>
>>.
>>
!