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Are Bad Updates A Ticking Time Bomb?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Security Help

DMW writes:

Holly Molly please help me here Cynthia. On my Vista laptop when go check for Installed Updates (followed your instructions), i couldn’t find any of those bad August 12 Windows updates (KB******s). None of them. What the heck! Is that weird or what? I had no trouble whatsoever after installation and reboot. Everything was and is running smooth and unfortunately, that’s what worries me the most –however crazy this may sound.

Because now there’s this newly released update august 27 KB2993651 that Microshite says it fixes everything but, OH –wait for it– you’re still strongly suggested to fiddle around and get rid of the previous scrap they made you get in the first place… cuz they wont code it purposely made to save you the pain in the arse. It’s just, what the hell are they doing and thinking back in Redmond??

And NOW What’s gonna happen if i don’t (read Can’t) uninstall KB2982791 (and i’m certainly NOT restoring cuz i need those other non-critical updates that were in the mix) AND install the new KB2993651 ?? eh?
IS That gonna turn into a dirty cyber bomb ready to blow off at later point in time?? Maybe the blue-screen of death is what awaits me next?  WHO KNOWS!?!?

I would really appreciate your lights on the issue Cynthia, before I finally push my luck and install it. I already let a week go by but I’m worried I’ve already put myself at risk.

Take a deep, deep cleansing breath. This is nothing to stress over. It’s quite possible that you don’t have any of the offending updates. They were pulled not too long after release, so if you hadn’t already installed them, you could have missed them all together.

If the updates are there , you would be able to see them. They aren’t some hidden piece of malware waiting to attack your system. If you did have the updates installed, I wouldn’t worry about not being able to uninstall them. It’s a simple process. Click here for an explanation of how to uninstall them.

It would be great if updates never caused problems, but every operating system from Windows to Apple OS and iOS to Android to the much-beloved Linux sometimes has issues with updates not working in the real world the way they did in tests. Fortunately, most people had no issues. If you have the updates, removing them will take care of the problem.

~ Cynthia

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