Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Windows Updates not updating!

Have you ever had failed updates on your windows machine.. I recently ran into this issue on a users laptop and for the life of me couldnt figure out how to get passed it. After lots of trial and error I came across a few things that I think might work and that have proven to work in my case.

1. Run Microsoft Fix it.
This will do all the work for you if your lucky. Microsoft has built this tool to apply patches to known errors on windows devices. In many instances this has worked for me however in some instances I haven't been so lucky.

2. Create a new WindowsUpdate.Bat file
Open up notepad. Copy and paste the commands below in bold and save them as WindowsUpdate.Bat
If you did this correctly the icon will change from a Notepad file to BAT file and you will notice an Icon change
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\vbscript.dll /s
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\mshtml.dll /s
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\msjava.dll /s
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\jscript.dll /s
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\msxml.dll /s
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\actxprxy.dll /s
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\shdocvw.dll /s
regsvr32 wuapi.dll /s
regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll /s
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s
regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s
regsvr32 wups2.dll /s
regsvr32 wups.dll /s
regsvr32 wuweb.dll /s
regsvr32 Softpub.dll /s
regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s
regsvr32 Initpki.dll /s
regsvr32 softpub.dll /s
regsvr32 wintrust.dll /s
regsvr32 initpki.dll /s
regsvr32 dssenh.dll /s
regsvr32 rsaenh.dll /s
regsvr32 gpkcsp.dll /s
regsvr32 sccbase.dll /s
regsvr32 slbcsp.dll /s
regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll /s
regsvr32 Urlmon.dll /s
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll /s
regsvr32 Msjava.dll /s
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll /s
regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll /s
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll /s
regsvr32 msxml.dll /s
regsvr32 msxml2.dll /s
regsvr32 msxml3.dll /s
regsvr32 Browseui.dll /s
regsvr32 shell32.dll /s
regsvr32 wuapi.dll /s
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s
regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll /s
regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s
regsvr32 wups.dll /s
regsvr32 wuweb.dll /s
regsvr32 jscript.dll /s
regsvr32 atl.dll /s
regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s

From there run the script and restart

3. Open the CMD Prompt and run these commands
net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv

This is a manual jump start so to speak of the windows updates. From here try and run the updates. In my experience this gets the updates to download and install..

Good luck

Monday, May 7, 2012

How to remove search redirecting virus

I dont know about you but I have been around too many viruses for my liking lately. The latest one I have come into contact and battled and dominated is a search redirecting virus. Essentially you go to use google search engine. When your such comes up with the links the user would click on the link like normal.  But instead of being directed to the site, the user is redirected to random sites. For example, direct tv and other random pages.

So here is what I did. Go to the files that contain the data C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc

Here you will find a file called Hosts and lm hosts. Right click each of the files and open with Notepad for editing purposes.

From here there should only be two entries in “For Example”.   rhino.acme.com           #source server     x.acme.com                 # x client host

If there are more entries than that go ahead and delete the additional entries. In my case I had to do this for both the Hosts and lm hosts files.

While this took care of most of the problem, my user still noticed certain search links would work fine while others were still direct to random websites. So I decided to clear out his cookies and browser history and for good measure restart. That was the final trick. Editing the host files and clearing the browser history and cookies seemed to give the user his ability to click on a link again.

As always, make sure to run Malware bytes before and after this process along with your favorite virus protection program.

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