There was a time when I had no room on my computer because of all the Windows Security Updates- so much so that a friend removed them all from my computer and my computer crashed big time. Good thing for the backup.
I do not have any cds to reinstall Windows. The cds left with my exboyfriend. I do not want to buy a new version. So, if I mess up- there goes my computer. I am not even sure that I have a registered version of Windows anymore since my computer crash (mentioned above). This is why it is critical that I not mess up my revamped computer that has been super blessed by the computer fairies (I am not kidding!) and that I avoid the authentification process.
Q 1. What do I look for before installing a Windows Update/Security Update/Fix/Cummulative Update/etc.?
I have read the quick description of some of the Updates and decided that I don't need them. Obviously those that don't correspond to my version of Windows won't be installed, but what about the others? I started to follow the links of some of the updates that I did install, and quite frankly, I cannot understand anything! Seems that all you get are warnings- especially warnings for what the update may do to cause problems for your computer and what may happen if you then attempt to remove the update. Now what kind of incentive is that?
Q 2. What High-Priority Updates?
In your malware forum it is mentioned to install ALL High-Priority Security Updated from Windows & Service Pack 2. Well, I do not see any High-Prioriy Security Updates listed, so am I alright then?
Q. 3 Security Update vs. High-Priority Update?
Um. I don't see any. Will the update specifically say High-Priority? What about Critical? Do I ignore Security Update because it is just not labelled high enough?
Q. 4 Saved Updates on my computer- how to remove them all?
I decided that I had installed unnecessary Updates for Windows XP on my computer so I went to the Control Panel, then remove programs. I removed one of these updates, so I thought- great!- gone! But then I found that in the Windows folder in C: that there remains an uninstall folder for this update and also a log for this update. Um. I don't know what a spuninst is. What's a spuninst? Why didn't this uninstall version leave when I removed the update? I don't get it. Now what?
Q. 5 Will the Updates I do not want ever go away from the update list?
Kind of silly to have them when they do not apply to my computer. Don't cha think?
Q. 6 Do the Updates install automatically?
I have read comments that people cannot install the updates. I know that I am downloading them as they do appear as a listed update in the Control Panel's Add/Remove program folder. So, does this mean that they are running? That they have been installed? Don't tell me there was another step!
I know that these questions may not ever get a response from staff, but I hope they do! They address the second step in the malware list of things to do so they are important. At least address Q.2 and Q. 4. please!
Edited by nuggets, 12 June 2008 - 05:47 PM.