I had the Conficker Virus/Worm infecting my system, but have now got rid of it (I think).
I noticed yesterday that Windows Update had simply stopped working, it has a red X symbol and says that "windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running". I then suspected there might be a virus and
tried to download AVG anti-virus, however the virus stopped me from accessing any website or program to do with virus protection (including all Microsoft sites). Eventually I used a separate, uninfected laptop to download AVG and some other anti-virus/malware
programs, and ran them in Safe Mode. I then ran Windows malicious software removal tool. That seems to have gotten rid of the virus (which was identified as Conficker), I can now go to any website so it seems the virus is gone or deactivated.
However I still cannot access Windows Update. My guess is the virus disabled some component of it, but how do I now get it working again? Is there some way to manually reactivate it? Or is there something I can download to fix it?