Betwixt and between



Ian Jennings
07-10-2005, 02:09 AM
Hi all

XP Home Edition.


Sometime over this last weekend I managed to collect a turdlet that keeps
redirecting me to the scumbags at search.biz. I ran all the fixers I could
find and read all the web pages I could find. One of them had a link to a
Microsoft page that told me that there was a security hole in IE and that
an update was available.

I have my automatic updates turned off so clicked on the button and
downloaded the update pack. It told me there were 16 updates and proceeded
to install them all. I then had to reboot. When it came back up everything
ran at 10% speed and I noticed that the machine had reconnected and was
downloading updates. I killed that off but it came back, and back and
back... I went back to Microsoft and the updates page and noticed that
there was an SP2 (ok, so I don't pay attention <g>) so thought I ought to
download that as not having installed it first may have screwed something.

It told me it was having a prod around in the back of my machine to
determine what I needed and then downloaded ~96M. It got to 100%, said it
was complete and was installing - and hung there.

So, now I don't know what state the machine is in and recommendations as
what, if anything, I should do will be most welcome. It *was*, up until
about five minutes ago, running horribly slowly but it *seems* to be back
to normal. Ummmm.

TIA

Ian Jennings
07-10-2005, 02:09 AM
Ian Jennings <usenet@microwaredata.co.uk> wrote in
news:Xns965F622D7D85Eianmicrowaredatacouk@216.168.3.30:

> Hi all
>
> XP Home Edition.
>
>
> Sometime over this last weekend I managed to collect a turdlet that
> keeps redirecting me to the scumbags at search.biz. I ran all the
> fixers I could find and read all the web pages I could find. One of
> them had a link to a Microsoft page that told me that there was a
> security hole in IE and that an update was available.

Whoops. Forgot to add that, while it was downloading the SP2, the status
bar at the bottom of IE reported 'A bad URL:
http://view.atdmt.com/D5I/iview/msnnkesco001300x250xhoth760000001.dsi/direc
t/01 (Avenue A, Inc) has been detected by S'

Of course :)


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