[You may have multiposted but you did not crosspost, Scott; see
Stop messing around with your hosts file, etc. None of this is going to
resolve what's ailing your computer.
[PS: You're not updating via WSUS anyway.]
NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!
1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
2. [WinXP ONLY!! =>] Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
(only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
3. Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting the requested
logs in an appropriate forum, not here.
Checking for/Help with Hijackware
**Seek expert assistance in
or other appropriate forums.**
If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) [yes, I'm everywhere!]
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
S. Needham wrote:
> APOLOGIES FOR CROSSPOSTING MS/PUB/WINDOWS.SERVER.UPDATE_SERVICES
> Recently had a malware problem; on of its effects apparently was to remove
> my IE7/XPPro system's ability to go to the Microsoft Update site. Every
> time I try I get the Google equivalent of a 404. I had the same problem
> with my ZoneAlarm update service, and fixed it by putting some update
> info in the Hosts file. Will the same procedure work here, and if so,
> is the info?