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  • Win7 October Monthly rollup KB 3185330 hiding browser search history

    Posted on November 13th, 2016 at 06:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing reports all over the web that KB 3185330, the “October 2016 security monthly quality rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1,” is messing up search history, possibly in Internet Explorer, Google Toolbar in IE, and Chrome.

    Poster Mike on Krebs on Security says:

    I had to use system restore to remove the security rollup update KB3185330 for Windows 7. Applying the update caused a massive slow down in performance and affected functions for some IE11 add-ons (most notably-blocking the Google toolbar history from appearing and not allowing suggestions while typing in searches).

    I’m seeing similar reports about

    • KB 3185331, the analogous “October 2016 security monthly quality rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.”
    •  KB 3197954, the Oct. 27 Win10 cumulative update that brings version 1607 up to 14393.351.

    I haven’t seen any definitive word about the November Monthly Rollups (KB 3197868 for Win7 and KB 3197874 for Win 8.1). Nor have I seen any discussion of KB 3198586, the Nov. 8 cumulative update for Win10 version 1511 that brings it up to 10586.679.

    There are many posts in the Microsoft Answers forum, although it’s still fuzzy to me if the disappearing search history problem applies to Internet Explorer 11, Google Toolbar (for Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome), and/or Firefox or Chrome itself.

    Uninstalling the patch restores the browser history — so it looks like the bug doesn’t delete the history, it just hides the history.

    UPDATE: It looks like the problem is with the Google Toolbar, but many people report that IE 11 has become unstable and crashes frequently with the Win7 October and November Monthly rollups. Uninstalling the rollups makes IE 11 stable again, and the Google Toolbar works again. Thanks to Alex Braedy, posting on InfoWorld.