Re: Update finally loads, but doesn't work!

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Ken G wrote:
Thanks. I downloaded and ran full scan MSRT and it found nothing. I ran a
ful scan with Malwarebytes and it found nothing, so I started trawling
again, and found someone (in the web - not in the newsgroups) with an
identical lead up to my problem. ie recently cleaned of a virus - in my
case about two months ago. They also could not start BITS and discovered
that even though their system had been cleaned, two remnants remained. In
the registry they discovered two occurrences of "%fystemRoot%" where the S
had been changed to an f. I searched my registry for %fystemRoot%, found
that I also had two occurences and changed them back to %SystemRoot% and
everything works again.

I'll post this separately in this group.

"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

Error message when you search for available updates on the Windows Update
Web site or on the Microsoft Update Web site: "0x80246008":

You receive a "The necessary services are disabled or unavailable" error
message when you connect to the Microsoft Windows Update Web site or to the
Microsoft Update Web site:

The above notwithstanding, there is a very good chance that you are seeing
the effects of a hijackware infection!

NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:

NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.

2. [WinXP ONLY!! =>] Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
(only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:

3. Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting the requested
logs in an appropriate forum, not here.

Checking for/Help with Hijackware

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If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002

Ken G wrote:
Sorry again - fat finger syndrome. The error code is 0x80246008 not as per
my previous post.

Sorry, I should have said what I did - I followed the instructions on
page ...

The error code is 0x80266408

"TaurArian" wrote:
You failed to advise how you fixed the initial problem, it might be
More information is required.
On the WU Website, select your history of updates - now click on failed
update (red mark) and see if there is an error code.
If there is an error code, write it down and post back or in the
alternative, do a search for the error code.

For the past few days I've been trawling the newsgroups for a fix for
inability to load Microsoft Update in XP Pro SP3. Finally found a fix
that successfully opened the update window and it found 16 high
that I'd missed while update wouldn't work.

When I clicked the install button, the whole list just whizzed past in
half a second and said they'd all failed to load.

Where to from here?