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#1 10 years ago

earlier i downloaded an .exe and used it and ever since then (ive uninstalled it previously) my "automatic updates" section of the microsoft security center has been disabled and i cannot reenable it. ive gone to automatic updates and enabled the automatic (recommended) option and applied it but it still says that on my taskbar that the automatic updates are off... so ive been looking around and i went on regedit to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ WindowsUpdate \ AU" where my windows update registry keys were supposed to be but they were gone... so assuming that the thing i installed removed the windows update reg keys... is there a way i can restore just those registry keys? like downloading the default files off the internet and reenabling them? i dont know a whole lot about how this works so if someone could give me some ideas or give me a link on where i can download the default reg files... that would be nice.

thanks for your time.




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#2 10 years ago

First off, I would be very suspect of that exe you downloaded and used, which you didn't mention the name of. Malware can do stuff like that and you should thoroughly scan your system before trying to repair the updater. Here are some great tried and true freeware security programs: Avast (antivirus) Sygate (firewall) Ad-Aware (adware cleaner) CCleaner (cleans cookies, temp file, browser history, etc, including the index.dat file in your cookies folder that is a spyware loophole. Also cleans registry clutter.) SpyBot (finds and removes adware, worms, trojans, etc, and has immunize feature that guards against known bad URLs.) HijackThis (finds suspect reginsty and system entries and removes them. Used by many security forum techs to determine what may be causing system problems.) Windows Defender (MS anti spyware utility that is very good, esp if you use Explorer.) Sophos (anti rootkit utility that finds and recommends what to do about hidden files and can usually remove them. Rootkits are the main type of bug used in identity theft.) a-Squared (good tool for finding trojans, also finds trace cookies, adware, etc.) After you make sure your system is clean, this MS support page shows how to solve various Windows Updater problems. [COLOR=blue]http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927385[/COLOR]




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#3 10 years ago

Yeh, sounds like a unauthorized install from the .exe.

Omen, what do you think of Norton? I see you didn't recommend in there.




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#4 10 years ago

There are just too many freeware alternatives that are just as good if not better than Norton and without the infamous obtrusiveness Norton is known for. If you feel you must buy an AV though the one I recommend is NOD32.