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Windows Update command box flashing/Automatic Update Disabled

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#1 IAmCelery


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Posted 28 November 2008 - 08:53 PM

Hello folks - first post, so you have my apologies if I don't quite get the format correct.

I did a search for this problem and didn't find anything - my apologies again if this type of problem has already been addressed.

First of all, I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 (32 bit) on a Dell Latitude D830 with 2.20GHz processor and 4GB RAM.

A short while back, a command box has been flashing every twenty or thirty seconds with a heading having something to do with Windows Update (from what I can read, the cmd box comes and goes very quickly). This came with a Windows Security alert saying that the Windows Automatic Updates were disabled. When I attempted to re-enable automatic updates, I got the message

[Window Title]
Windows Security Center

[Main Instruction]
Security Center can't change your automatic updating settings.

Change settings manually

When I attempt to change the settings manually, I get the error:

[Window Title]

Windows cannot find '::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{36EEF7DB-88AD-4E81-AD49-0E313F0C35F8}\pageSettings'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.


I looked up the error messages online and found a variety of explanations from "this is a Windows error" to "this is a backdoor trojan."

My first instinct was that it was a virus, so I ran a full Symantec Scan, ran a Bazooka Scan, and ran one other full scan that was suggested by another forum (I've deleted the program since.), and found nothing to fix.

I then turned my attention to the "it's a windows update theory" and tried installing the Windows Update Manager, tried manually re-registering the updater .dlls, and tried stopping, then re-registering the same .dlls.

I managed to register the following .dlls

regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wuweb.dll

This .dll failed, however, with this message:
regsvr32 wups2.dll

[Window Title]

The module "wups2.dll" may not compatible with the version of Windows that you're running. Check if the module is compatible with an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of regsvr32.exe.


After a few hours of digging around with nothing to show for it (the command prompt continued to show up and the updater doesn't work these fixes and a reboot), I left the PC, when I returned, the command prompt was up with something similar to this error message (my sister closed it before I could copy it down exactly)

16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
The NTVD CPU has encountered an illegal instruction.
Choose 'Close' to terminate the application

The error message also had something similar to this code, but it was not this code - I believe it ended in a lot of f's in a row if that helps.

CS:0556 IP:01a3 OP:63 6f 6d 6d 75

At this time I'm also finding that my Firefox is crashing with "illegal operations" - This is not my main issue, but perhaps it'll provide a clue. (This info is making me lean more heavily towards it being a trojan.

I have run HijackThis and have a log to post - please let me know if it would be a good idea to head over to that forum area as well.

My apologies for the long post and in some cases spotty information, and my great thanks for those who read and respond.

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#2 IAmCelery

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 09:02 PM

Forgot to mentiion that when I try to manually use Windows Update, windows explorer flashes up for a fraction of a second, closes, and nothing happens.

I have the WindowsUpdate Log file saved for the past few days - there is a -ton- of information on it, but I don't get anything terribly usseful from it - let me know if I should post any of it.

Thanks again!

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:45 AM

The first step would (IMO) be to scan for malware with an independent scanner. Here's a list of several free, online one's: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/usas...?showentry=1252
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 01:27 PM

Hi, the first post pertains to my computer, my brother was attempting to fix my computer, but has left for home, so an update:
I have run two malware programs (Malwarebytes and Ad-aware):
Both claimed to have found malicious files, I deleted them all (I can provide the log files if you'd like) but none of them seemed like actual malware.
After rebooting the computer, the command prompt window is still flashing every 20-30 seconds and the windows updater is still not working (I got some error pertaining to ox000142 upon shutdown when windows was supposed to install updates).
Any other suggestions? Or any other info I can provide?

Edited by bethebel, 29 November 2008 - 01:30 PM.

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