| By Susan Bradley |
Issues with Microsoft Update have been slowing down computers for the last several months.
There are some things you can do now to help solve the problem, and a complete fix will be out soon.
‘Svchost’ repair is coming soon
For those who have been suffering from near-crippling speed issues, in which your computer comes to a near standstill when booting up or scanning for updates, help is on the way. Bobbie Harder announced the good news on the WSUS blog. An issue with the svchost.exe process, which runs Windows Update and Microsoft Update and can consume 100% of your computer’s CPU processing power, will be resolved over the next few months.
The problem affects Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Pro (when XP is used with Office XP. To cope with the situation in the short term, first read Knowledge Base article 927891. This documents links to hotfixes for Server 2003 and XP and discusses a related problem with KB 927891.
For system admins, a new Windows Update Agent (WUA) will need to be installed on each workstation. The instructions for obtaining the new client are available on an MSDN page. I’ll be discussing this in more detail in my next column, to be published on May 10.
Thunderbird gets an update and a new look
For those of you who, like me, use Mozilla Thunderbird as an e-mail client, there’s a new version — version 2.0.
You can download the new version, which now includes support for Vista and 64-bit Windows (as per the bug fix information), from the Mozilla Web site. The biggest change is the new look, which I’m still getting used to.
Updating Apple for security issues
Apple announced on its site a bundle of updates that correct several security issues in the Macintosh platform. The worst of the issues are those in which attackers can gain access remotely, typically by using a malicious Web site to infect visiting computers.