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Windows 7: Microsoft is playing dirty pool

19 May 2015   #1
GRoston

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Microsoft is playing dirty pool

All,

Just a warning regarding the GWX ConfigManager. IMO, this is malware that serves no useful purpose. I removed it from my machines after mistakenly installing it without first having understood it purpose. After uninstalling, I specifically told Windows Update to hide the update (KB3035583).

Guess what - that doesn't work. On all of my machines, this update has reappeared, as an important download.

This is dirty pool. If I don't want something on my machine, MS has no right to force it down my throat, especially when the program in question is nothing more than malware.


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19 May 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So hide it again, and it should never come back.
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19 May 2015   #3
GRoston

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Been there, done that...
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19 May 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did it come back as a different numbered update, because I just checked and that number you gave is still hidden.

My list of hidden.

KB2876229 SKYPE

KB2923545
KB2970228
KB2977728
KB2978092
KB2994023
KB3022345
KB3035583
KB2990214
KB3021917
KB2952664

Just ran windows update, no updates to install right now.

Just ran SFC came up 100% perfect
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19 May 2015   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Make sure Windows update is configured to never download anything automatically, much less to install anything on its own. That's the only safe option. Notify but don't download at the extreme if you're paranoid about the unneeded updates. Anything more automatic exposes you to this and other kinds of problems with the typical broken updates.

To be extra sure, disable the Windows Update service in control panel. For complete peace of mind, firewall it off the network (surprisingly, Windows Firewall can protect you against the built-in MS spyware).
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19 May 2015   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yep it should be like this. I`m the only user on my PC, that`s why that one is checked.


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19 May 2015   #7
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Make sure Windows update is configured to never download anything automatically, much less to install anything on its own. That's the only safe option. Notify but don't download at the extreme if you're paranoid about the unneeded updates. Anything more automatic exposes you to this and other kinds of problems with the typical broken updates.
There is some talk that MS will remove that ability in W10.
There will be a blocking/delay system for the Enterprise version (and possibly the Pro version).

People are even justifying it by saying, the only reason there are update problems is because users with issues, haven't installed every update that MS has released.
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19 May 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I could care less if MS made updates automatic, as long as it didn`t mess up your machine.

I know there may be some out there that could care less about a perfect SFC, but I am not one of them.

Windows update was just fine until the day they came out with the update to upgrade your machine to the TP
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19 May 2015   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Re: Screenshot in Post #6 - this is what I see:
Microsoft is playing dirty pool-change-windows-update-settings.jpg
On another note:

Removed those Windows 10 upgrade updates using Powershell and hid them. KB2990214 did indeed re-appear. Have reset Windows Updates, WU History and WU Temp Files. A check for updates only shows KB3035583,KB3021917,KB2990214,KB2952664 are missing and I've hidden them and they have not been offered again so far. Last check around an hour ago.

Edit:

Re: SFC. I don't use it or trust it. If I've got a system file that needs replacing I'll replace it myself. If SFC is allowed to run it messes up too many customizations!


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19 May 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

But how would you know if you have a bad system file unless you run sfc ?

I have KB2990214 and KB KB3021917 installed, they seem to cause no issues, unless they are one of the Windows 10 nag me updates.

Found the 1st.

KB2990214 - Microsoft Support
support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990214
Microsoft Corporation
Describes an update that enables you to upgrade your computer from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows.

And the 2nd.

KB3021917
This update performs diagnostics in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in order to determine whether performance issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. Telemetry is sent back to Microsoft for those computers that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). This update will help Microsoft and its partners deliver better system performance for customers who are seeking to install the latest Windows operating system.
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