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Windows Update -- Hosts file?

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Old 05-28-2009
S. Needham
 

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Windows Update -- Hosts file?
APOLOGIES FOR CROSSPOSTING MS/PUB/WINDOWS.SERVER.UPDATE_SERVICES

Folk:

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 server
info in the Hosts file. Will the same procedure work here, and if so, what
is the info?

Regards and Happy Trails,

Scott Needham
Boulder, Colorado, USA


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Old 05-28-2009
PA Bear [MS MVP]
 

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Re: Windows Update -- Hosts file?
[You may have multiposted but you did not crosspost, Scott; see
http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm ]

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.]

Repost:

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:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/ma...e/default.mspx

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:
http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm

3. Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting the requested
logs in an appropriate forum, not here.

Checking for/Help with Hijackware
http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=4075
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/data/prevention.htm
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...moving_Malware

**Seek expert assistance in
http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachi...php?board=10.0,
http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22,
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup, http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30
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
>
> Folk:
>
> 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
> server
> info in the Hosts file. Will the same procedure work here, and if so,
> what
> is the info?


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