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Daily Archives: April 28, 2019

  • Are you seeing update KB 3185319 being offered for Internet Explorer?

    Posted on April 28th, 2019 at 17:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born just reported that he’s seen two cases of Win7 users being offered KB 3185319 — an update from Sept. 13, 2016 — as a checked Important update to Win7. It’s part of the MS16-104 bundle.

    I wrote about bugs in this patch back in October 2016.

    Any idea what’s happening? Or is this just another Windows Update snafu?


  • Happy Orthodox Easter

    Posted on April 28th, 2019 at 17:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    An Orthodox Easter cake.

  • Report from the field about ongoing Win7-Avira problems

    Posted on April 28th, 2019 at 08:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Avira’s certainly had a tough time of it lately with multiple attempts to fix the Win7 and 8.1 patch bluescreens introduced in this month’s Patch Tuesday.

    We just got an anonymous report that problems persist with Windows 7 and Avira:

    PC1: Installed Monthly Rollup and IE patch. Initially for 10 min very slow, but then ok. After 3 days (with more Avira updates) Avira would never finish to initialize. Suspecting the AV to be ineffective, I reset that PC to March 2019 (using a restore point). Avira is fully updated. The Avira interface can be started, but only with the (limited rights) user account, that happened to get the update to the newly designed interface, the top right elements (x=close, _=minimize, ?=Help) show and can be clicked. The admin and other user account can only close via Alt-F4, clicking into the area where x should show has apparently no effect whatsoever.

    PC2: No Monthly Rollup. Unending initializing. I wondered if the update might be adapted to Microsoft’s April patches being installed, and installed KB 4493448 and KB 4493435. Same situation: Initializing for some 15 minutes with umbrella taskbar sign open (= indicating protection), after the time-out the sign just goes away. The Avira interface can not be opened at all.

    PC3: Only Avira updated, MS updates never tried. Like PC 1: Avira interface has the top right window elements only with the account that got the update.

    I’m seeing reports of Avira problems all over the web.

  • Problems reported with this month’s Server 2008 Monthly Rollup KB 4493471

    Posted on April 28th, 2019 at 06:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing reports of bad problems with KB 4493471, this month’s Monthly Rollup for Server 2008 (not R2). According to an anonymous poster here on AskWoody:

    It was not possible to boot in normal mode, nor in safe mode had to use startup recovery WinPE environment and eventually fall back to system restore to restore back to before the April monthly rollup was installed.

    The poster says that they’re running Avast Free, which isn’t one of the identified antivirus packages with an acknowledged antipathy to this month’s patch. It’s a 64-bit Server 2008 machine.

    He/she has a second machine running 32-bit Server 2008 (again, not R2):

    It boots up ok but has developed new undesirable explorer.exe behavior in that when trying to rename, copy into or delete files out of any protected location that requires UAC elevation to proceed the UAC prompts all occur but the actual operation is never attempted i.e. if renaming a registered file extension there is no warning changing the file type may make the file no longer work or whatever words it would normally use suggesting the abort happens before the changes are even attempted. The action can be completed from an administrator command window .

    Removing the Monthly Rollup relieves the problem. This machine is running Windows Defender.

    Has anybody out there seen this problem?

    Thx, anonymous.