'Some updates were not installed' Windows XP Home SP3 32-bit stopped back in August !?!

Windows XP Home SP3 x86 on an hp pavilion 1.1 GHz AMD Athalon processor, I noticed that the LAST time an update was installed was 08-10-10, so I went to the update page, and found 32 updates just waiting to be installed. When I tried to download them, a smaller box appeared (Installing Updates) & inside of it the top line said 'Some updates were not installed'. ( I only tried to install three 3 Security updates 4 windows XP.) NONE of them went in ! the 'puter seems to be able to download the updates, but not install them. I cannot seem to find a fix, appreciate any help !!!   Also I am using the McAfee virus & firewall that comes with AT&T/YaHoo internet. There are NO error codes, just the failure. Also the PC runs very slow most of the time!Thanks for any help !!  RON

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Last updated July 22, 2018 Views 896 Applies to:

There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a hijackware infection!

NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall Windows.  A Repair Install will NOT help!

Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including unwanted software), and adware.

Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:  https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/


1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:  http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan!  You may need to download the MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.

2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm

2b. Vista or Win7 (but not Vista 64-bit or Win7 64-bit) => Run this scan instead: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm

3. Now begin your own, new thread in one (only) of the following recommended forums for assistance by an expert in such matters.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!

   • SpywareHammer: Malware Removal

   • Spyware Warrior: Help with spyware removal

   • DSL Reports: Security Cleanup

   • Bluetack: Malware Removal

   • AumHa: Malware Removal

If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the computer to a local, reputable and independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.

~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) ~ MS MVP (IE, Mail, Security, Windows & Update Services) since 2002 ~ Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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