Windows® Update® is not working after virus attack
Learn about the Windows Update feature in Microsoft Windows. How can the Windows Update be fixed in case viruses blocks or stops it?
Malwares can cause many problems with the working of computers. As Windows based Operating Systems are very popular there are large numbers of malwares specifically designed to cause issues with the working of Windows computers. Windows based Operating Systems can be updated. This can be done with the help of the automatic update tool or by manually downloading and installing updates. Automatic update tool on Windows computers would automatically download and install updates for the system. All versions of Windows OS such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 come with automatic tool. Updating the Operating System would make the system more stable and as security vulnerabilities get removed, the OS would also become more secure. Users might face some problems when using automatic update tool on Windows computers. Majority of the issues with the use of automatic update tool are caused by malwares. Malwares cause problems by blocking the automatic update tool. Malwares or viruses cause such problems so that users would not be able to update the OS and remove security vulnerabilities on the OS. Such issues can be only resolved by removing the infections on the system.
The following details give users tips to fix Windows Update not working issue caused by malwares:
- Antivirus programs
- Manual removal
- Command prompt
The best way to resolve Windows Update tool not working issue after being attacked by virus is to use antivirus programs or malware removal tools to remove the infections. Antivirus programs would find the malwares hiding deep within the system and remove the infections from the system without any trace. Such tools can be also used to quarantine the infection so that OS does not crash as a result of users removing the infected files.
Windows users can also remove malwares blocking Windows automatic update tool manually and fix the issue. To do this, users have to find the source of the infection and then remove it from the system. If the malware is attached to some freeware application, then it has to be removed. Users can make use of tools such as Revo Uninstaller or moveonboot to remove infected files and folders that cannot be removed using normal Windows Explorer or Control Panel. After removal, users have to check the integrity of the system files on the OS and then repair the OS with the default OS repair tool if the infection removes the system file associated with the Windows Update tool.
Another way to resolve Windows Update tool not working issue because of malwares is to use the command prompt utility. After running the command prompt, users need to enter the '- s - h *. * /s /d' command to find suspicious files on the system and then use the DEL command to remove them. If the attributes of the file are preventing removal, then '–H –A and –S' command can be used to change attributes of the infected files to make it removable. Even when using the command prompt, users are advised to check the integrity of the system files and then repair OS if the infection removes the system files too.
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