I cannot update using Windows Update

December 1, 2010 at 20:32:48
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, AMD Phenom 9600 Quad 2.3 GHz/4 GB
I think I have a virus of some kind. I cannot update using Windows Update - it keeps throwing me errors. I keep getting redirected to the site: http://cdn.stopadwares.com/free-ant... mostly, or some other random anti-virus website that seems bogus whenever I browse the internet using Firefox or IE, but its worse with IE. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware comes back clean, Spybot: Search & Destroy comes back clean, and I'm running Ad-Aware at the moment to see what it comes up with. I had Microsoft Security Essentials installed and it wouldn't update either, but I uninstalled it when I installed Ad-Aware Internet Security. I also keep getting random BSODs with the error irql_not_less_or_equal, which is quite annoying. Please Help!

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December 8, 2010 at 14:05:19
have you tried booting in safe mode? might try going to microsoft.com and try the updates directly from the site.

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December 8, 2010 at 16:52:03
Yeah, it sounds mighty like viral activity. It might be a lot less hassle to totally restore the system. Did the computer come with a restore CD or some other feature to enable you to do so?

If you should go that way, back up your own stuff first. After restore, get a virus checker and use it on the backup media before you put it back on again.

How to know you are getting old 6:
You can't remember what it is that you have forgotten.

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December 11, 2010 at 14:33:17
I cannot boot into normal or safe mode without BSOD's and immediate restarts...either modes will not even get to the desktop without the BSOD. and I do not have recovery cds...i have a d drive for recovery...and when i try to run windows recovery..it acts like none of my user accts exist. it comes up saying Other User and when I try to login with my user acct, it gives me an error. I had to take it into to best buy geek squad to be repaired because i have black tie protection on my comp so i got a discount on the repair bill. i took it in last tues and i'm still waiting on them to finish the repair.

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December 11, 2010 at 15:57:26
OK, good luck with it then and thx for popping back with the update.

We all live on a ball.

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