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Anonymous
October 13, 2004 5:51:22 PM

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I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
it.

What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
is!
Anonymous
October 14, 2004 12:13:44 AM

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Hi Bruce,

It means you have automatic updates enabled, and the icon is there to let
you know that there is one or more in progress. When you installed SP2, you
were given options on how to handle autoupdates. You can choose to enable
automatic installation, disable it completely, notify before downloading, or
notify before installing. The security center applet in the control panel
will allow you to control this behavior.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Bruce Buck Nelson" <buck@bucktrack.com> wrote in message
news:bf6dd3e.0410131251.78033cb9@posting.google.com...
> I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
> that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
> it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
> it.
>
> What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
> is!
Anonymous
October 14, 2004 2:19:05 AM

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Bruce Buck Nelson wrote:
> I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
> that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
> it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
> it.
>
> What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
> is!

Mine says "Updates are ready for your computer. Click here to download
these updates."
It's a message from MS to say there are updates ready to download and
install. You probably don't have your PC set to automatically download,
just to be notified.

--
Kath Adams
MS MVP - Windows (IE/OE)
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Anonymous
October 15, 2004 12:55:30 AM

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http://www.thundercloud.net/infoave/guides/autoupdate.h...
scroll down to:
Enabling Automatic Updating in Windows XP - SP2


"Bruce Buck Nelson" <buck@bucktrack.com> wrote in message
news:bf6dd3e.0410131251.78033cb9@posting.google.com...
> I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
> that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
> it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
> it.
>
> What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
> is!
Anonymous
October 15, 2004 2:55:28 AM

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> "Bruce Buck Nelson" <buck@bucktrack.com> wrote in message
> news:bf6dd3e.0410131251.78033cb9@posting.google.com...
> > I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
> > that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
> > it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
> > it.
> >
> > What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
> > is!

Ditto! = It's REALLY confusing when you click on something and NOTHING SHOWS!!

I also found out that after you turn off the auto updates
it turns into a little RED "X'ed shield and that was also hard to get off!!

I wish Microsoft quit TEASING users like this....it's VERY uncalled for!!

-Infnet
Anonymous
October 15, 2004 5:45:06 AM

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I have this happen also when there is a "ERROR" or it is "OFFLINE" with my HP
all in one scanner/copier...
If you have such device try turning it on and see what happens!

L391

"Bruce Buck Nelson" wrote:

> I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
> that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
> it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
> it.
>
> What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
> is!
>
Anonymous
October 15, 2004 9:09:47 PM

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Thanks folks. It seems obvious that it should be set up so you could
identify the source of the mysterious updates being downloaded. As far
as I could tell, there was no way to figure out who it was, and no way
to stop the download in progress. With so many viruses and the like
floating around there, it kind of made me nervous!

www.bucktrack.com
Anonymous
October 16, 2004 2:30:19 AM

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On 15 Oct 2004 17:09:47 -0700, buck@bucktrack.com (Bruce Buck Nelson) wrote:

I saw and asked the exact same question at adaware cause I'd just finished a
scan both virus and adaware. But it finished it's job as soon as I posted the
message. And brought up the windows that explained what just happened.

My only question after that is I wonder just how Ferrari feels about M$ using
their insignia the gold shield with black knight horse as the task icon for
this security update download. Cause at 56k it definitely doesn't move like a
Ferrari.

>Thanks folks. It seems obvious that it should be set up so you could
>identify the source of the mysterious updates being downloaded. As far
>as I could tell, there was no way to figure out who it was, and no way
>to stop the download in progress. With so many viruses and the like
>floating around there, it kind of made me nervous!
>
>www.bucktrack.com

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October 17, 2004 1:55:39 AM

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I have mine turned to notify only (on the Auto-Updates Tab from
right-clicking My Comp and selecting Properties).

Only thing is - it keeps downloading updates (*full* updates, not just
the list). Very annoying. I have to go in, select "off" to make it
go away, and then put it back to notify.

Sounds buggy..Imagine that!

Jeff

buck@bucktrack.com (Bruce Buck Nelson) wrote in message news:<bf6dd3e.0410131251.78033cb9@posting.google.com>...
> I've got a yellow shield in the noticification area (near the clock)
> that has an exclamation point on it and says "downloading updates" on
> it when I hold the cursor over it. It says nothing when I right click
> it.
>
> What is it? I don't like stuff downloading when I don't know what it
> is!
July 2, 2010 6:21:45 PM

I have the same problem and the shield showed up after Explorer 8 was attacked by the (fake) AV anti Virus program. Computer crashed and could no longer get on line. Changed to second browser Fire Fox and was able to get on line. Deleted Explorer 8 and tried to re load it. Would not download nor would any other browser such as Google Chrome. Yellow Shield appeared in right lower corner. Started to (download updates) has a black exclamation mark instead of being red. Microsoft Essentials is stating that there are no updates at all. Now shied is asking to download updates. Will not do and am unable to remove this shield. Agree with you, don't want to download not knowing what it is and especially when Micrlsoft Essentials and manager stated no updates as of now.
July 2, 2010 6:31:45 PM

Mary123 said:
I have the same problem and the shield showed up after Explorer 8 was attacked by the (fake) AV anti Virus program. Computer crashed and could no longer get on line. Changed to second browser Fire Fox and was able to get on line. Deleted Explorer 8 and tried to re load it. Would not download nor would any other browser such as Google Chrome. Yellow Shield appeared in right lower corner. Started to (download updates) has a black exclamation mark instead of being red. Microsoft Essentials is stating that there are no updates at all. Now shied is asking to download updates. Will not do and am unable to remove this shield. Agree with you, don't want to download not knowing what it is and especially when Micrlsoft Essentials and manager stated no updates as of now.



What action did you take to get rid of the fake AV programme, Mary? If traces of it remain, it could be faking an M$ update to fool you into downloading something you don't want.

In My Computer, click the Tools menu then Folder Options. From the View menu tick "Show Hidden Files" and untick "Hide Protected Files and Folders. Click Apply, accept the warning and OK your way out. Then, navigate to the Windows folder and then to Software Distribution and Downloads. Delete everything in that folder that's older than today - click the head of the Date Modified column twice to bring the recent ones to the top - that makes it easier.

Restart teh computer and see if downloads start to come through again.

July 3, 2010 6:54:02 AM

Sound like you have some malware issue with your PC.

See if you can download a program called Malwarebytes. Install it and update it. Then perform a quick scan to see if you have any malware and delete them. It is a free program, you can also purchase a license if you want more available options, but the free version should suffice.

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000...

The malware / virus might prevent you from running programs such as these. But you have to try.

If Malwarebytes cannot find anything or if you cannot run it at all, then things has just become that much more difficult. At this point what you need to do is press the following three keys: Ctrl, Alt, Delete. Pressing all three at the same time will bring up Windows Task Manager. If even that is prevented, then you may want to consider a complete re-install of Windows XP.

Windows Task Manager has a tab called "Processes" which lists all the programs that are running in the background (listed under Image Name column). What you then need to do is Google every single process. For example, I have a program called "ati2evxx.exe", I would simply type that (without the quotes) in the Google search bar and there will be a list of link that would hopefully give me information letting me know if it is a legit program or not.

If one or more programs are not legit, then see if there is information on how to remove it. I'll assume many of them will direct you to purchase an anti-virus program. Skip those. You should be able to find some free info on how to remove the malware / virus, however, it can be a little technical.

The following is a list of some programs that you can skip if they come up in your Task Manager. Yours will be a little different from mine and will be dependent on what programs / hardware you have installed.

ati2evxx.exe
AvastSvC.exe ------- This is Avast!, the free anti-virus program on my PC
AVastUI.exe
CCC.exe
csrss.exe
explorer.exe
firefox.exe
IntuitUpdateServices
jqs.exe
jusched.exe
lsass.exe
MOM.exe
PDVDServ.exe
RichVideo.exe
schedhlp.exe
schedhl2.exe
smss.exe
spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe ----- this will be listed multiple times, it's okay.
System
System Idle Prcoess
taskmgr.exe
wdfmgr.exe
winlogon.exe
July 4, 2010 6:24:35 AM

jaguarskx said:


svchost.exe ----- this will be listed multiple times, it's okay.



[#0005ff]I'd mildly disagree with that unless you look further into what file is using which SvcHost to access the outside world.

Go Start then Run - Windows key plus R - and type cmd /k tasklist /svc and hit Enter. The resulting text in the black form is what's really going on but if the form is blank, it's because you're using XP Home.
[/#000ff]
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