Re: Error number: 0x80244FFF

Automatic updates were on and the failures seem to have started around 8/9/9.
I noticed it some time later when I did a manual check to see where I stood
and got the error. Event log entries haven't help except to identify the
first failure date.

Over the last few weeks I have followed all your suggestions up to the point
of obtaining help from one of the hijackware sites.

Even pulled the drive and ran all the antivirus/adware/malware/rootkit
software I could get my hands on against it from another system via USB

Even downloaded and forced reinstall of Windows Update Agent to latest level.

What is really interesting is that nothing else fails on the laptop.
However, I did notice one other program that thinks something is wrong.
Running Secunia PSI, an incidental error log entry pops up that reads:

"Check that the Windows Update service is running on the Host and that you
use the correct administrative login credentials. NOTE: This means that
certain Microsoft products for this Host, are listed with a potential
incorrect security state."

Auto Update service is set to Automatic and is Started. BITS is manual.
There is only one login on the laptop - mine and is the administrator (guest
is OFF). Don't know what could be wrong with credentials.
I have been trying to figure out what 'potential incorrect security state'

I've been using MBSA to find any security updates recently released,
download them individually and install. No problems doing this.

Mike Cebula

"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

This isn't your first Windows Update problem, is it, Mike? =>

You're probably 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

**Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in,,,, or other appropriate forums as well.**

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 Client - since 2002

Mike Cebula wrote:
No help to date.

However, when I tried to install the latest version of ZoneAlarm, it said
wasn't on SP3 and was on SP0.

I figured that might have something to do with the problem so I downloaded
SP3 standalone and reinstalled it.

ZoneAlarm then installed OK.

Tried to do a Windows Update and got the same failure.

"Mike Cebula" wrote:
No matter whether I choose Express or Custom, the update function fails
with error 0x80244FFF. The error description is a catch-all and doesn't
help at all.

I thought possibly IE had something wrong and so upgraded to version 8.
Same failure.

I have rebooted, made sure nothing else was running, and still have no
what to chase down.