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    flush Windows update files? (XP SP2)

    The last week I've run into lots of problems when trying to update IE6 to IE7. Apparently I was co-opted somehow, and something else runs (not a good thing) when I try the update on my main PC. [It ran fine on this laptop, but not on my mainstay desktop.] Whenever I try to update from IE6 to IE7, something else is installed. I do not get the usual permission screens, and it even writes to my backup drive. Everything appears normal otherwise. I go to the MS site, it says that I can make that update, but when I try to start the download I'm told that the update is already loaded and ready for installation -- but it installs the wrong (and I fear harmful) routines.

    Is there a way to flush whatever is ready to be installed, so that I can get a fresh (and proper) update download from MS?

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    Re: flush Windows update files? (XP SP2)

    Have you run any AV or malware scans to see if your system is infected ??? Have you tried System Restore to get back to before the problem began ???
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    Re: flush Windows update files? (XP SP2)

    Yes, I've run Zone Alarm security suite znti-virus and anti-spam several times, getting a clean bill of health. I've run Sophos anti-rootkit a couple of times, the only strange entry being a line that looks like a registry key placed on my backup (Z) drive. [I see the strange behavior of writing on the Z drive as the fake IE update runs.] I cannot use system restore, as during the mess the first time this happened earlier saved images were lost.

    'tis a puzzlement. Somehow I need to flush the files that tell Windows Update to install them whenever I try to upgrade IE6. Frankly, I'm converned that these files may also be activated the next time MS automatic updates run, as the usual permission check for the IE upgrade is missing.

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