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Windows 7: Windows Update Hangs at "Checking for Updates"

03 Sep 2015   #41

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Cool thanks
I posted it on the uninstallers thread,
Instructions and tools to remove residual anti-virus programs
Looks like some of them need updating

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03 Sep 2015   #42

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

This is the best list I know - and it's still out of date...
Uninstallers (removal tools) for common Windows antivirus software—ESET Knowledgebase
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15 Oct 2015   #43

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'm just posting an update, because I still don't think I have a complete solution. I have a suspicion the problem has just become sneakier.... My computer still occasionally crashes and the crashes seem connected to days that Windows Update checks (or even one day when I opened the Windows Update control panel and just LOOKED at the settings). But the minidump blames my wireless network driver. So I just installed yet another driver today (I think this is about the fourth or fifth one I've tried), and we'll see if it stops the crashes.

Meanwhile, according to and my own testing, KB3065987 ( is the one that stops the obvious Windows Update memory leak. Without this update, I can hit "Check for Updates" and watch svchost climb to 2GB of RAM allocation within seconds. With it, Windows Update behaves as I manually check for updates.

...but what it is doing when it does its automatic checking, and whether or not it is definitively causing this intermittent crashing, is still a mystery.
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12 Jun 2016   #44

Windows 7 Pro x64

This will most probably fix the issue:

Windows 7 Says "Checking for updates", but hangs there
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