MS Warns Spyware Can Freeze SP2 update

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by a nonny mouse, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. Some spyware could cause SP2 updates to freeze, according to Microsoft.
    This might explain some of the problems we are seeing.
    Your system should be cleaned up before installing SP2.
    Cleaned up really means NO malware at all!

    "Microsoft's Barry Goff said some spyware could cause computers to freeze
    up upon installation of the SP2 update. Microsoft recommends that users
    clean their PCs of spyware and back up their data before turning on the
    auto update feature that automatically downloads Service Pack 2...."

    http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/news/36403.html
     
    a nonny mouse, Sep 4, 2004
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  2. This is not news.
    It has never been a good idea to install a patch or especially a
    Service Pack with something wrong with the computer.
    Spyware is a problem.

    This has been getting more press the past week and it really
    shouldn't.
    Only because users are discovering again for the first time that
    spyware and other malware cause other problems.
    Also possibly because of the misconception that SP-2 will fix
    problems.
    Generally Service Packs and other patches will not resolve issues
    since they are normally designed to prevent them.

    If the owner is properly maintaining the computer, spyware and other
    malware should not be an issue:
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/security.htm
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Sep 4, 2004
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  3. a nonny mouse

    a Guest

    For many people, unfortunately, it *is* news and the fact that it is
    getting ink proves that.
    Many of the problems I read here and elsewhere about SP2 problems are
    directly related to malware being in the box. Some people posting here see
    it as a mere inconvenience or something to work around and don't take
    malware seriously.
    It's possible that an SP2 update on a system with malware will easily be
    attacked because the malware is already able to penetrate the firewall
    from the inside.
    Yes, it shouldn't be news, but then, nobody should ever have a virus
    infect their system, either.
    More information is always good and being objective about it is the only
    way to take it.
    Unfortunately, far too many users will still ignore any warnings and move
    ahead blindly and then complain about the OS or the SP, when the fault is
    their own.
     
    a, Sep 4, 2004
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  4. a nonny mouse

    James Guest

    spyware remover programs. I downloaded and installed SP-
    2. As soon as the installer reported installation
    complete, SPYSWEEP flashed across the screen, then it
    turned blue and crashed. 3 Days later I am now back up
    and running.
     
    James, Sep 7, 2004
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