Firstly thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this, and is able to offer any advice.
I'm currently having problems searching for definition updates for Microsoft Security Essentials - Something happened whereby MSE wasn't running, and I couldn't see it. I re-installed, but haven't been able to run it, because it first requires me to update definitions, but I cant! When I click the UPDATE button, the green progress bar moves about 25% of the way along, slows and then stops. After a minute or so, I get the message:
Virus & Spyware Definitions Update Failed: MSE wasn't able to check for virus & spyware definition updates. Make sure your computer is connected to the internet and try again. Click Help for more information about this problem.
Clearly my internet connection is fine (I'm here!) . . . but whatever this little beast is prevents me from accessing download.microsoft.com - giving me the message 'Unable to Connect'. The problem seems to be the same when I try to connect to any security related site. Furthermore, my browser (Firefox 3.6.6) seems to run very slow.
Now and again, my browser keeps redirecting away from the url that I'd entered . . . I've managed to control this to a large extent with the browser settings, but now I'm faced with '302 Moved' message everytime I leave google. In many instances, I'm able to make a search with Google, but when I attempt to click on, and navigate to a page returned in the results, I see the browser try to redirect to something I've never seen before: hxxp://results5.google.com.au
Adaware can run - but I can't take any new definitions.
There are a few other strange goings on - I'm only looking to (once again!) be able to take security updates: but wondered whether these symptoms would help identify the problem?
if I try to run the IPCONFIG command - the DOS screen will pop up for a fraction of a second, and then close...
When I checked my running services, I seemed to have a lot of AT1, AT2, AT3, AT4 etc - that had been running for many many hours.
Many security updates have been repeatedly unsuccessful - and the last attemt to install anything shows (in View Update History) was 4 July 2010.
SQL Server Config Manager is in my list of recently used programs - but I don't recall EVER having run this.
I'm connected via wireless to the internet. I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium with SP2.
Again, thanks in advance for taking the time to read this - I hope that someone can offer some advice,
Edited by Orange Blossom, 18 July 2010 - 07:54 PM.
Deactivate link. ~ OB