Downloading Security Patches

Category: Windows

I get messages informing me of viruses and asking me to download patches at and Are these downloads safe? Ackkkk, NO! Run for the hills!

The sites you mentioned appear to be designed to scare you into downloading and/or purchasing software that may or may not have benefit to you, or worse... Neither one is an official Microsoft patch download site.

You should never click on a link or visit a website that purports to offer security patches, unless you are 100% sure that you are accessing the official WindowsUpdate site. Click on Tools -> WindowsUpdate in Internet Explorer to access Windows Update. Follow the instructions there for receiving automatic updates, and you'll never need to visit the site again.

The messages you mentioned could be harmless web browser popups that you can close and ignore. The Google Toolbar can help to block most popups. Another possibility is spyware or a virus on your PC.

I suggest you do an immediate spyware scan, then make sure you have up-to-date virus protection in place. The article Spy, Counter-Spy will tell you where to find the anti-spyware and anti-virus programs I recommend.

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Most recent comments on "Downloading Security Patches"

Posted by:

13 Aug 2005

I have the same problem, only when I am online. Norton anti-virus, Ad-Aware and MS Antispy failed to recognize it (or fix it). I reformatted my hard drive and am still getting the dialog box. Could it be in the BIOS or Hardware aomehow? IF SO, How do I clean them?

Posted by:

13 Aug 2005

This sems to have solved it:

"start" button
type in "services.msc"
scroll down to "messenger"
double click messenger, or click "properties", or use the stop button on the toolbar to stop service

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27 Sep 2008

Hi bob, i am trying to get to windows update but my browser keeps taking me to msn why?

EDITOR'S NOTE: What URL are you landing on? Point your browser to

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