November’s second Patch Watch would normally fall on the 24th. But we assume most Windows Secrets readers in the U.S. will be busy with Thanksgiving.
We know we’ll be feasting with friends and family. So we’re putting out a slightly early edition of Patch Watch.
In my case, I’ll be busy over the Thanksgiving holiday roasting a turkey, starting my Christmas decorating — and installing the November patches I previously recommended holding off on.
Malwarebytes stumbles on the Win7 rollup
If you have Malwarebytes installed on your Win7 system and you delayed installing the November rollup (KB 3197868), you made a fortuitous decision. As reported by Malwarebytes, Microsoft failed to digitally sign over 500 files in the update. That caused the Malwarebytes app to generate false positives, along with a lengthy reboot process.
It’s currently unclear whether the fault lies with the lack of code signing by Microsoft or the manner in which Malwarebytes set up its detection. In either case, the issue is now fixed via an updated Malwarebytes database. If you were impacted by the conflict, use the above link to return your system to its usual working condition.
Another side effect with both the October and November monthly rollups: problems with the Google toolbar. As noted by numerous sources (such as Woody Leonhard’s site), the solution is to uninstall the Google toolbar. Alternatively, you could roll back the updates, though I think being secure is more important than the convenience of a specific toolbar.
What to do: Install KB 3197868 as soon as possible.