Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 21:29 25 comments
Several of you have written with observations that Windows Update is getting updated on your machine.
It’s part of the fallout of the Flame botnet – a good improvement, if it works.
Not everyone is getting it just yet. Good description by PA Bear here.
Reader AB wrote in with this worrisome report. It may be a coincidence – or it may be a harbinger of problems to come. It’s still too early to tell.
Yesterday, June 20, 2012, when I booted my laptop I found that it automatically downloaded and installed a newer version of Windows Update Agent. This was explained as an attempt to overcome vulnerabilities created by false certificates ala Flamer. So far so good. All was well yesterday.
Today I booted up the little demon and it gagged at ‘loading windows’. Stop. No go. Nada. After 5 minutes of Zen contemplation, I pulled the battery.
After reinserting the battery and hitting the power button, my screen informed me that Windows had a problem starting and did I want to restart in some diagnostic mode. Fair enough. Try it. The little beast worked for a minute and then informed me that I now have the choice of restoring to an earlier configuration. Niiiiiiice. I capitulated and it worked for a while and then restarted. A bit slower than usual, but here I am.
I don’t know how many others are in this boat but I am not happy.
If you encounter similar problems with Windows Update Agent, please reply to this post and give me the details.