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Thursday, April 27, 2006

PC Problems

So I have Windows XP and it randomly asks me to install updates. One update is called "Software Distribution Services 2.0", and it totally messed up my computer. It took an hour to boot, and some programs won't open, I can't connect to the web, I think it's a virus.

I had to wait forever and do a registry clean using a program called "Highjack This", uninstall a bunch of Windows update packs. It seemed to fix my computer, but it made Windows unstable and kept giving me random errors about missing DLL's.

Since Windows kept on asking me to install a bunch of updates because it knows it's missing them, I finally decided to click "Yes" (since I now know how to get rid of them if it happens again), and now my computer works fine.

Word of advice: Do NOT install "Software Distribution Services" Windows update.

11 Comments:

Blogger Evan said...

Get AVG antivirus, free version...

4/28/2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

I've tried antivirus programs before, but most just slow down my system running in the background while "protecting my computer".

4/28/2006 1:32 PM  
Anonymous sharlet said...

Dangerous... Norton Antivirus is good btw...

4/28/2006 2:53 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

http://www.windowsonecare.com/purchase/default.aspx

windows live care beta. Free for now, or $20 for a subscription that works on 3 computers.

I think it's a ID 10 T error you are encountering.

4/28/2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Def and ID 10 T error

AVG Antivirus uses very little resources, auto updates and doesnt "slow down your computer" like norton, et al..

4/29/2006 12:12 AM  
Anonymous nick zorn said...

Try disabling Automatic Updates. Also consider running Linux.

4/29/2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Definately "ID 10 T" error on my part. I'll give AVG a try.

And Nick, doesn't disabling Windows updates make it even more vulnerable to attacks? And I'm really not that big of a Linux person. It only runs 10% of all applications made?

4/29/2006 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Tara said...

Hey Paul! It's Tara, formerly your hairstylist. My Yahoo account is screwy for the moment, and I cannot answer emails from it, but I can still receive them. Just wanted you to know that I wasn't ignoring you!

I hope that DC has been wonderful for you so far, and that your computer issues work themselves out! I am fond of Norton as well, as you can set it to scan your whole computer whenever you want, and it doesn't seem to slow things down while you are running other programs. But I really don't know a darn thing about computers....

I'm off to work!

4/29/2006 2:32 PM  
Anonymous nick zorn said...

Cutting off automatic updates doesn't necessarily make your computer less safe. I prefer to run Windows Update on my own and select my own updates. Either way, a good firewall/AV program is going to protect your computer way more than Windows updates. A properly configured firewall should protect your computer even if Windows vulnerabilities exist. From a computer repair technician's perspective, I have seen lots of computers running lots of antivirus software, and there is no question that Norton has the best product out there. True it is not free, and true it doesn't have the smallest memory footprint, but that is what you have to give up for security. Besides, if your antivirus is slowing down your computer you either need a new computer or you need to seriously look at what other programs are running in the background.
As far as linux, what programs do you need to run? Almost any type of software is available open source (free) for linux. Unless you're running some kind of proprietary software that only works on Windows, it shouldn't be a problem.

4/29/2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

do not cut off automatic updates...obviously this 'update' wasnt due to automatic updates via windows, it was spyware from some p0rn site zhao had visited...

4/29/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

I don't remember installing any programs, but the "windows update" look so real though. I've found some solution to it at here

To my ex-hairdresser Tara, it's good hearing from you, how's your puppy?
--Paul.

4/29/2006 11:06 PM  

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