CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Damn Microsoft, Anyway...

You may recall I mentioned yesterday that I was having an issue with the most recent Microsoft 'Security' Update. (sigh)

It was stopping all non-Microsoft firewalls from working properly. The temporary work-around was to disable (turn off) my firewall to be able to get email and connect to the internet.

Turning off your firewall isn't such a good idea. And I happen to like Zone Alarm, thanks a lot, Microsoft. (The version I use is free, by the way.)

If you go to the main page of Zone Alarm (linked above), you'll see this alert that warns about the problem. Clicking the link takes you to Zone Alarm's official workaround.

PCMag.Com also mentions this today, here.

Yesterday when I googled on this, I couldn't find anything to help me. What a difference a day makes! Now it's everywhere, which is no surprise, considering how many people use Zone Alarm. (And considering how thoughtless it is that Microsoft would create an update that caused this issue! Okay, I suppose I could give them the benefit of the doubt, but you all know how I feel about them... sigh...)

So, for those interested, here are the steps I took to 'fix' the issue:

  1. Click the "Start Menu"
  2. Click "Control Panel", or click "Settings" then "Control Panel"
  3. Click on "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. On the top of the add/remove programs dialog box, you should see a checkbox that says "show updates". Select this checkbox
  5. Scroll down until you see "Security update for Windows (KB951748)"
  6. Click "Remove" to uninstall the hotfix

The minute I did this, I start getting the pop-up that tells me that I've got an update. (heh) So the other step I had to do was permanently 'hiding' that one update, so it won't ask me again. Happily, that's not hard to do.

In Other Computer News...

Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I had gone to get Starbucks this morning. As we were pulling into our garage, neighbor Jim came over and mentioned he was having a connectivity issue with his computer. So after we drank our coffee (yes, I'm still drinking hot Chai tea for my poor throat -- so mine was actually tea) I headed over to check things out for him.

June and Jim have a home network, too -- making it easy for them to share the one internet connection for both their desktop computers. June's computer is in her office (very nice, by the way), and Jim's is in a corner of their (fabulous) Sunroom. It was 'interesting' setting up their network, because of the distance between their computers. Jim ran the cables down through the floor into the basement to make this work. (At the time we simply didn't bother with the whole wireless thing -- but this was some years back when we set it up, mind you.)

Marilyn and I have a wireless router, though we use cables for our two desktop computers, which sit side-by-side in our office, anyway. But when people bring over their laptops, they can easily use the wireless to access the internet. And Marilyn has even used this in our basement Family Room for YouTube on her iTouch, so...

Anyway, I got Jim back up and running pretty easily, I'm happy to say. And it didn't take me all that long.

Marilyn was home today because she wasn't feeling all that well. We've both felt mildly 'under the weather' since vacation (last) week -- and as I've mentioned I've felt pretty lousy recently. The main thing is this feeling of being so tired -- and Marilyn has continued to feel that while back at work this week. Anyway, she didn't have any meetings, so she figured she could work a little from here at home.

Of course, she goes to connect to her office computer this morning and can't do it -- because somehow that (damn) update had an effect on her connectivity, too. Go figure! She hadn't done the update on her own computer, but we had to shut down Zone Alarm to get her connected...

Well, I started this first thing this morning and it's just sat open here all day! So I need to add quite a bit at some point. But I'll do that later. Right now I'm heading for a nap...
Tags: 2008, computer, internet, july-2008, marilyn, microsoft, zone-alarm

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