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  1. I just ran sfc /scannow and happy to see all was okay. It got me wondering, how reliable is SFC? Is it possible it too could be compromised to provide misleading results?
  2. I received a obviously suspicious email this morning. One of my email addresses was used for both the sender and recipient. The subject line was just my name, all in lower case. It had a jpeg attachment with a size about 192K. This obviously appears to be a ransomeware attempt, but I'd like t0 understand a few things because I get asked this by friends and clients all the time: Is there a way that the JPG can be looked at without doing harm? How does a JPG infect my machine?
  3. Sorry for leaving this hanging. I have given up on this and decided that it is a windows update issue. I have read a number of articles about issues with recent Windows releases. Most notably, https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-octobers-been-a-nightmare.html. Earlier this summer, I also went through several weeks of back and forth recovery to eliminate Blue Screen boot errors. I was pissed and I don't want to find myself back down that rabbit hole. Thank god for reliable backups. Here's a tip of the hat to 'EaseUS To-0Do Backup'. So, for
  4. Thank You GT500 for all your help. I give up. I have tired your suggestion of using ShutUp10 and, well, I don't see what it accomplished. I have disabled the malware protection and let the thing boot without intervention, but I still get frequent update failure notifications daily. Strange things that are above my pay grade and beyond my understanding. I am reluctantly acceptting that this is just microsoft using the trial and error method again to release updates. It is not all updates that fail. In fact I don't understand a number of things I see. For example; why would I see 201
  5. I want to thank you for your efforts, but I install Process Hacker and I just don't know where to start and it leaves me just as (more) confused. How do I know which process is launching the installer. By the time I get Process Hacker started to sort and attempt to see what process is guilty, the installer shuts down and evaporates. Is there nothing in the Event Manager that would reveal anything? I am close to just doing a full backup and then letting installer do it's thing and see what happens. Am I crazy to do so?
  6. Ran the various troubleshooters for Windows Update. How can I determine what is launching the installer? In other words, is there a way for me to determine if it is part of the Windows Update process? Is it normal for Windows Update to run installer upon reboot after an update install? What would happen if I click "Wait, I think this is safe?". Am I going to end up with a world of misery?
  7. FRST ran without a problem. Here's the two files. Addition.txt FRST.txt
  8. I don't mind if you forward it to support forum. I would just like to know what is going on and that Windows 10 is up to date. As far as the Windows Update being blocked....what should I look for? I see again today that there was a number of items in Emsisoft log showing Component=Scheduler & Action=Update "Downloaded and Installed". The system notified me of a required restart which I allowed to happen. Upon login to my user account, I saw Emsisoft alert me "Suspicious Behaviour "HiddenInstallation" of "MSIC461.tmp". If I was to click "Wait, I think this is safe" what would hap
  9. This continues to happen whenever I restart windows. I am still seeing Windows complaining that it could not finish installing update. So,what recourse do I have? I do not have the experience to narrow my troubleshooting down. Is there something I could search for in the Event Viewer? Is there a trick in MSConfig to limit startup options to narrow down the culprit. I did look in the Task Manager startup options, but nothing jumps out at me.
  10. I witnessed a pop up notification by Emsisoft. Here is the detail... 2018-08-24 8:47:25 AM Behavior Blocker detected suspicious behavior "HiddenInstallation" of "C:\Windows\Installer\MSI174C.tmp" (SHA1: 67ECD82937ED15C2159EA3892A07BA6ACB74179A) 2018-08-24 8:47:25 AM A notification message "Suspicious behavior has been found in the following program: C:\Windows\Installer\MSI174C.tmp" has been shown Now, coincidentally I have been monitoring windows updates and I see in the Windows Update History... 2018-08 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Syste
  11. I received an email stating that my laptop camera had been hi-jacked. The email had been labelled Junk mail and was disabled. I am almost certain that it is phishing attempt, but more than one person uses this laptop so who knows. In any case, it raises a few general questions about Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Is it possible for a rogue video to actually install something on the machine, or would EAM and Windows Firewall protect from that? If it was possible, would EAM scan be sufficient to find it? Would EAM behaviour blocker protect against it's operation? Is there mo
  12. The auto-diagnose tool did run and it did show that it had "Fixed" the problem, but it did not. Also noticed after posting this that I could no longer sync Outlook with phone using VCOrganizer app so I started to think about what may have changed. I recalled that I had uninstalled a number of programs using Revo Uninstaller. I was perhaps a bit too aggressive. So to resolve the firewall issue, I recovered a restore point to prior to that exercise and the firewall issue and outlook sync issue went away. I then removed the programs again one by one successfully. Thanks for y
  13. I was met with a notification today that the Windows Firewall is turned off. I launched Windows Defender Security Center and it shows "Windows Firewall service has stopped. Restart it now." Clicking the Restart button launches the UAC warning, but nothing after that. So, I look in Windows Firewall Security Center/Firewall & network protection. there is a red circle with X and "Windows Firewall is using settings that may make your device unsafe." Click Restore settings button, again shows UAC warning, but that disappears once I click to give permission to make changes to my system and nothi
  14. Does EIS Scan Browser Certificates or scan Trusted Authorities that appear in my browse certificate manager? In other words, how do I know that the Certificates, the Servers, and the Authorities that appear in the list are legitimate and trustworthy? I ask because I noticed by accident that the list of Authorities in Mozilla exceeds 91. Some of them I recognize, such as Thawte and Verisign, but there are several others and some are in foreign languages. Furthermore, under the Others Tab there are a number of other Certificates under The USERTRUST Network with strange names like
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