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Windows 7: Dodgy W7 Updates

07 Aug 2009   #1

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Dodgy W7 Updates

I received this update today, anyone have any ideas as to what it is? I've googled the name and not a lot of info is about.
Some peeps are even saying it's a virus (unlikely, i hope!)

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Sonix - Streaming Media and Broadcast - YooStar Camera



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07 Aug 2009   #2

 

There is a lot of stuff online about it - but basically it seems as if it is the actual driver from the Sonix corporation for quite a few webcams they sold to OEMs, notable HP:

Sonix - Yoostar ?

Here is the Google search I performed: http://www.google.com/search?q=Sonix...ient=firefox-a
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07 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks johngalt, that's exactly the same search as i did, nearly every result is a repeat and says this on the site;

"Whatever it is - don't get it from Microsoft.
If you need an update for any hardware on your computer - visit the hardware
manufacturer's web page and get it directly from them. Microsoft did not
create nor do they directly support the device in question - why would you
depend on them for said support? ;-)"

Do you think it's safe to install it? I do have a HP after all


P.S Love the beast, looks sick! Funnily enough, that's what i call my Aprilia
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08 Aug 2009   #4

 

Lol - that bike *is* a beast. One day, when I own the GT-R, I hope to find you and put 'em side by side - just to humble myself that the GT-R is not the world's fastest machine....

The one I linked to said that the person who had it had the camera driver changed to whatever YooShot blah blah - if your camera and software is working fine, I think you can ignore it - however, since it is being provided by M$, manually make a system restore point and try it out - after all that driver they want you to install is made for Windows 7....

I disagree with the whole "If it is from M$ ignore it - b/c most of those posts were for an established OS< Vista, or XP, and it was true that the manufacturer usually had more up to date (and more featured) drivers. In this case, though, with Windows 7 being so new, I'd check Sonix's site to see what they say - and if there is not driver update (or not driver update from HP from the last 2 months) do as I outlined above.
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08 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, I saw this from the newsgroups over at Vistax64.com a couple of hours ago. Doesn't really say anything useful though.

YooStar update pushed by VIsta - Vista Forums
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08 Aug 2009   #6

 

None of them do - because most people don't understand that this is not a driver developed by M$ - it is developed by the OEM, and thus if they put a new driver out on all OSs there must be a reason (now that reason could be a frakked up M$ employee who put it out on all OSs when it was only needed for some OSs, or a frakked up employee at the OEM who submitted it for all OSs when it was supposed to be only for particular OSs, but still...).
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08 Aug 2009   #7

 
 

I may be missing something here but isn't the idea of Microsoft Update to keep you updated?

If a hardware vendor releases a new driver they may well hand it to Microsoft to release as an update (see Ralink - Wireless adapter, in pic)
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That turned up only yesterday and now my hardware drivers (to most extent) are up to date. There is going to be a lot of drivers appear on WU IMO as more hardware vendors increase their support for Windows 7 achitecture.

My 2 pence


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08 Aug 2009   #8

 

My thoughts exactly - but we're also human - incorrect / unfinished / broken drivers *can* get released. making a System Restore point every time you see a W driver install about to start is a good thing....

But, in general, I have been letting WU update whenever it wants to.
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08 Aug 2009   #9

 
 

I let it now, as Intel have released Windows 7 supported drivers

In the past i've either had to let it notify me of updates before installing or manually hide an update. What a pain in the a$$ that is
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08 Aug 2009   #10

 

The manually hide one pissed me off to no end -they would get 'unhidden' automagically sometimes...
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