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Windows Optional Update (KB3083324)

Q: Windows Optional Update (KB3083324)

With the recent advent of MS sending out "tracking updates" for Windows 7 users, I have become leery of any updates including this one which is optional. Not very much info and pretty ambiguous.

A: Windows Optional Update (KB3083324)

I pretty much hide all optional updates and only do Security Updates. As far as Optional Updates go, I look through each and decide if I really need it. For instance I did not install an optional update regarding the Russian Ruble or Lithuanian currency.
I do not understand what Microsoft is doing with these Windows Update Client updates. KB3075851 was for August and now they are pushing another for September? I update fine and hide these Client updates. I also make sure I check Do not install updates, only notify me and I uncheck Give me Recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.

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A year ago, I tried Windows 10 on my SONY Laptop, but had to uninstall it, and reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium.
Thereafter, I was notified to install an optional update for the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250. Ever since then, I go through days of getting a green video window for Facebook and sometimes youtube videos (but 90% with Facebook videos).
Contacted Facebook but they are useless. Downloaded Flash player many different times, but no luck. Sometimes I can disable hardware acceleration and or check it, however, other times I can not see if hardware acceleration is enabled for HTML5 videos. I have
reinstalled the AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 drivers several times, but the problem still comes and goes for days.
In the Action Center (under Maintenance) I keep getting a Hardware Error message. And try to download the fix but get ...
This solution could not be downloaded

Most likely causes:

Your computer was unable to download the solution at this time. Check to
make sure your computer is connected to the Internet, and then try to download
the solution again later.

Also here is a report of the Kernal problem:
Source  Windows
Summary  Video hardware error
Date  1/2/2016 1:50 PM   (many different dates appear here)
Status  Soluti... Read more

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The update is called:
nvidia - Graphics adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Other hardware - NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M.
After installing it, whenever my laptop tries to use the Nvidia card, I get a blue screen and the system restarts.
I looked in installed updates to uninstall it, and it is not there.
I did a system restore to four days before I installed it, and I still get the same effect. Lastly, I installed some older nvidia drivers that used to work using the clean install option, and I still have this problem.

A:Optional update in windows update is giving me a blue screen.

It looks as though the update changed something in nvlddmkm.sys, and for some reason, it wasn't changed back when I did the system restore. I have no idea how to go about fixing it.

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Hello, I'm confused about Windows 8.1 Optional Update. There are 2 updates in optional tab. Should I update those files ? What would happen after I update ? I'm confused because those are not Important updates but Optional.

Here is the screenshot.

Thank You!

A:Windows 8.1 Optional Update

I always do as these are fixes for non-critical problems and will keep your system at optimum performance. I would do KB2962409 first as that was released in June, then do the KB2967917 which is a July update.


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I can not locate optional updates downloaded from Windows Update site and "confirmed" as successfully installed. I checked on View installed updates in the Program and Features caption in the Control Panel. The updates that are there are those categorized as Critical, High Priority or Important. The rest of those categorized as Optional are nowhere to be found, though confirmed as successfully installed in the View Update History in the Windows Update site. Can anyone please help.

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I opened up and saw the windows update options which included:
- Cumulative security update for IE9 kb2809289 (27Mb) (ticked by default)
- IE10 (69.1Mb) (unticked by default)

Would be ok to untick the ie9 update and tick the ie10 - which would mean that windows update will uninstall ie9 and install ie10?

A:Optional windows update IE10 and IE9

I found out why IE10 update option was unticked by default. It happens to need a platform update installed first which can cause problems. I'll let IE9 be for the meantime.

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This was an option update that i accidently installed without knowing what it was,

Intel Corporation - Display - Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

It has messed up my resolution and i can no longer fit it to how i want, there are only 2 different screen resolutions i can use. Also, i cannot run applications such as YouCam that came with my Laptop + windows 7 beause i "do not have the VGA software" or something :/

I go to device manager and uninstall this, but everytime i turn on my laptop again, the screen resolution is still messed up and then the driver will install itself again.

I find this really annoying how i cant have my screen resolution back

I really hope someone can help

THanks in advance

A:A Windows optional update has messed up my screen, help

If you're "un-installing" the driver, you could try "rolling back" the driver.

Maybe this will give you the result you need.

You may want to move to the newer driver eventually, so hopefully you can find a more permanent solution.

After you roll it back, hide it from WU

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I installed Win7 using a manufacturer disk on top of Vista (not clean install).

After that, I had about 200 important and 80 optional updates to install.

I installed about half of the important and none of the optional.

Now I am installing newer updates and checking which to stay away to prevent Win10. I looked and couldn't find any of the 10 updates in the important update list. I did, however, find some in the optional updates list.

I have been reading a lot how MS installs these win10 updates automatically, but in my case, they are listed as optional. I wonder why, is it because MS changed their policy or because my laptop is pretty old and w10 is not recommended?

Anyways, here is the list of important updates still left to install. Could you more experienced members please take a look and tell me if I should avoid any of these?

Thank you.

A:Windows 10 GWX update KB3035583 listed as optional

None of those are on my list of "to avoid", but that doesn't mean you need them all or that you won't end up in Windows Update hell for whatever reason.

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Due to a problem with BITS I cannot currently download updates using Windows Update. I can download them manually and install them from the Microsoft website. Unfortunately I can only find the required updates but not any of the optional ones. Does anyone know where I can find these? Even if I search for the update number the search comes back empty. Also, if you would like to help with the BITS problem please look at my profile to find the other thread.

A:Can't use windows update - Where can I find optional updates?

Let's fix BITS instead.

Please download the Farbar Service Scanner from

Farbar Service Scanner Download

Right-click on the saved file and select 'Run as Administrator', and tick all the options, then click on the Scan button - copy and paste the report to your response.

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Apparently I already have a version of this on one of my computers because the optional update failed to update and said there was already a version on the computer. I am running Windows 7 upgrade over Vista on this particular machine.

I am having all kinds of permissions problems with this machine and am very disgusted with Microsoft right now and really want as little of their crap software on my machines as possible. Is Windows Live Essentials worth keeping? I don't use it but maybe that is because I don't know what to use it for.

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Let me begin by saying that I don't know much about computers.
About a week ago I was having issues with my pc. I finally had the geek squad tech online people fix it. I think that one thing they did was to back up pc. I'm throwing this out there in case someone thinks this may have something to do with my issue.
When Windows 10 first came out I reserved it. I may install it sometime but not right now. I have the Windows icon on desktop and when I click on it and go in it says "theres nothing you need to do right now. You'll get a notification on your pc when windows 10 is ready to install." Also in there it says "Your upgrade is reserved"
I'm wondering why does this optional update (Update to Windows 10 Home) keep trying to install each time I start my pc?
Yesterday it downloaded to the point where a contract looking thing came up and wanted me to either accept or decline something. I did not read the whole thing or click either option. I finally got the download stopped and that was that.
I do not know what to do. If this downloads and install will I have windows 10?
Is it possible that if there was a backup done maybe the powers that be doesn't realize that I already have it reserved?
One more thing. Theres a Windows Defender important update that keeps failing. When I try to manually download it and install it the windows 10 update automatically starts to download. I also have important updates set to automatically download.
I ... Read more

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I just got an optional Windows Update titled: "Advanced Micro Devices Inc - Other Hardware AMD SMBus" (30kb) and I haven't the faintest idea what or why. I did not install it, but just "hid" it for now. Can anyone help me understand what this is and why it's being shown as a Windows Update? Appreciate any help. Thanks.

A:Windows Update Optional - Advanced Micro Devices Inc

Here's what I get when I click on "more information" for the update:

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1) Does optional windows update KB3135445 contain any software for promoting Windows 10, or is it restricted to just making improvements to Windows Update?

2) I understand that in Windows 10 there are reduced option settings for Windows Update, so please would you also confirm that update KB3135445 will make no changes to the options currently available in the Settings options for Windows Update in
Windows 7.

Please do NOT refer me to the Microsoft More Information bulletin for update KB3135445, as I have already read it, as it does not provide the information / confirmation I am seeking in the questions I have put here.

(By the way, the aggressive adware-style approach by Microsoft to promote Windows 10 as an upgrade, in my opinion, is causing its customers to question the trust they have previously placed in Microsoft updates.)

I look forward to receiving answers to the two (numbered) questions I have put above.



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I installed this optional Windows Update (a huge mistake I now realize) labled "nVidia - Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.3, Graphics Adapter WDDM2.0 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080", and after restarting the computer, I suddenly lost the aero effects to my computer.

The first thing that I noticed when I started up the computer again was that it had suddenly changed the screen resolution to 800x600 and rearranged my desktop icons, but I was able to put it back to its proper resolution. When I noticed the transparency gone from the explorer bar, I right-clicked on the screen and selected "Personalize" to fix it, only to notice at the bottom the message "Troubleshoot problems with transparency and other Aero effects".

After opening up the troubleshoot to find the problem, there's a message saying:

"Update the drive for your video card.

The current video card may support Aero with a driver that is compliant with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM). Contact the manufacturer of your computer or video card for a WDD-compatible driver".

How do I fix, please?

A:Windows 7 optional update suddenly removed aero effects

I did a system restore and now I got it back. :'D

Never downloading that update again.

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Hello everyone,

I just came to realize the Windows Update window does not show the usual thirty-something available optional updates (last time I checked it was all the language packs and an ATI driver update), only 1 available important update.

Moreover, if I try to select the updates I want to install, the "Optional" tab is completely missing from that window. I haven't hidden any of those updates, nor are they listed as hidden under the appropriate menu.

Have any of you experienced something like this? What should I try to get them back?


PS: I've attached a screenshot of the situation.

PPS: It's been a month or so since I last checked for updates, so I don't exactly know what might've happened that got those updates disabled.

A:Windows Update optional updates (incl. language packs) disappeared

Click on the "View Update history" in the left panel, you might already have installed them.

Also, have you installed the SP1?

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Recently had a few people stay in my home for a few days. Common courtesy had me give them permission to use my computer when they needed to, but once they departed, I decided to run a scan on the computer. 
Free Trial Avast comes up clean.
Free Trial Malwarebytes is a bit different:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Scan Date: 5/23/2014
Scan Time: 11:09:25 PM
Administrator: Yes
Malware Database: v2014.05.24.01
Rootkit Database: v2014.05.21.01
License: Trial
Malware Protection: Enabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Disabled
OS: Windows 8
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: Tameka
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 267992
Time Elapsed: 13 min, 50 sec
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled
Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, C:\Users\Tameka\AppData\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe, 724, , [062bb5a0b3c82412a25f003c31cf629e]
Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys: 1
PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-934097189-4001693668-3402004547-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\Search Protection, , [32ff9fb6f7843cfa041e7e23bb47f30d], 
Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-934097189-4001693668-3402004547-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2... Read more

A:PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A, PUP.Optional.SearchProtection

Malwarebytes blocked PUP.RiskwareTool.CK from doing something (this was outside of a scan). 
A quick Google search has led me to understand that this particular PUP is not an issue? Is this true?

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Just got this one as an optional update anyone know what it is for?

Not a single thing on either google or Microsoft site searches.

A:KB3083324 Any Info please

It updates the Windows Update client.

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is it a good idea to install the 26 "update for Windows 7" "kbxxxxxxx" updates that sit in the 'optional updates' section of my Windows Update notification bar. are they needed for anything? do they make my computer work better? what are they there for?

A:"Update for Windows 7" (in optional updates section)

Some optional updates are useful and should be installed, some like Bing related items, Silverlight aren't, since you don't mention the KB numbers it's really hard to answer that.

Post a screenshot of them.

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I just recently received my last Windows update and with it, I had an optional update for my NVIDIA GForce, I thought "cool", and went ahead and downloaded/installed it through Windows. Never had issues before doing it that way until now. I have my monitors set (obviously within Windows) to power-off after 10 minutes. However, when it comes back from that status (i.e. move the mouse, hit a key, etc.) it freezes for a sec, goes black AGAIN, and then brings the desktop BACK up again, this time giving me the message I attached below in a .jpg.

Anyone with the same hardware or driver set experiencing this same bug?

A:Windows 7 "Optional" NVIDIA update....

I never use Windows drivers, I always go to the source.

Use device manager to roll back the driver.

Then get the latest driver from Nvidia if you insist on upgrading it.


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Does one need optional updates? The reason I ask is until recently i've had no problems with any update.This one just refuses to install Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller.(Error code 800F0203)Went through all the chanels, still no install.

A:optional Win 7 update

Jetsguy: Just a word of caution.... It may be best to not load optional updates from Microsoft for hardware or software not related to Microsofts products. To update those non-related programs or hardware go directly to the manufacturers website and get updates there.

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Advanced micro devices,inc-Graphics adapter wddm1.2-amd Radeon HD 6310 Graphics is this update important? I found it on my update list so I was just wondering if its okay to update also, what does this update do?

A:Optional Update

It is clearly an 'update' for the device driver for your graphics adapter, but I do not know what in particular that update fixes or improves about it.
Device drivers are small pieces of software that are the link between Windows and the various pieces of hardware on the computer. If Windows or wants to draw something on the screen, it gets the device driver for your graphics adapter to do it.. Device drivers are specific to the exact model of hardware that they are designed for, and sometimes to that hardware being used on a particular model of computer.
I am a bit wary about accepting device driver updates from Microsoft updates, but do not ignore them. In particular, I would think carefully about this one, and ensure that the update matches the driver already installed on your system. My reasoning being that device drivers can be issued through four different channels (each subtly different).
The Manufacturer of your computer. If you have let's say a "Bloggs model X1000" laptop - The most appropriate driver updates might well come from "Bloggs" themselves... They will know how best to use that model of graphics adapter in their system, and might have modified the drivers (or include specific support software) that they supply to best match their system.
The Manufacturer of a separate add-in card that you separately purchased for your computer. The card manufacturer will know how best to use that model of graphics adapter in their system, and mig... Read more

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There have been a lot of problems reported the last few months where Windows Update is very slow and takes a long time.
I just checked my W7 Updates and a new update KB3102810 was published yesterday (2015-11-03)
This update might help fix this, but it also includes a fix for updating to Win 10.

Read more here:

I also get the "same update" offered for W8.1 as KB3102812 described here:

A:New optional update

I promptly hid KB3102810 and another optional one when they came through recently; I still have two important ones from yesterday pending (KB2758857 and KB3067904); I'm waiting to see if anyone reports problems or not. I haven't had any trouble with windows updates taking too long to do its thing and I don't need a fix for updating to Win 10 because that simply isn't going to happen. In fact, I suspect the ones who have been having trouble with updates also have the Win 10 nagware, etc. installed, which I do not.

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I opened Windows Update and only listed was an optional update. I didn't update at that time and when I went back to update I could not find the optional update. Ihave Windows 7 Home premium 64 Bit. I looked for updates again but it said everything was up to date. How can I find that update.. I'm not really good with computers any help will be greatly appreciated. I have one other question if you don't mind.

I have to Unzip a ZIP-file with WinZip and save the content to my hard
drive. Then use the unzipped EXE-file to run a program. This sound simple enough, I guess, if you know what you are doing. Where can I get this WinZip program that will run on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.

One other question. A program that I want to install supports Windows 7 64 bit in 32-bit emulation mode. What does that mean and how do I run this program.

Thanks again for all your help and cooperation. Have a good evening.

A:Optional Update

Welcome rottikid,

For the update it was probably for MSE if that's your Anti-Virus, You could just look at Installed updates and see if it is there.

As for WinZip you can get it here WinZip - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET There might be something else you can use too, someone else might know more about that.

Usually people will download a zipped file to their desktop or downloads area by clicking save instead of run when prompted. (see Below)

And for the 32 bit emulation I don't know the technical answer but 64 bit windows has 2 sets of programs files, Program Files (64bit) and Program Filesx86 (32bit).

Hope that helps you out some.


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I have a
Gateway One All-In-One Desktop with IntelŪ PentiumŪ Processor - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled.Optional update:
I recently went to the Critical Updates and saw the following:

"Intel Corp - Display Mobile Intel (R) 4 series expires chipset family" - 21 MB (which is quite a large update)

Just what is this update and should I install it? This is our grandson's computer and we would not want to cause any problems or damage by installing this Optional Update. Nothing appears to be wrong with our graphics, etc.
Please advise and thank you.
Alice Z

A:Optional Update

I installed this onto my laptop and considerably improved the graphics on it.

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My computer automatically updated today. Upon going through the list of updates there where two optional updates one for English and the other for CXT-Network-PCI soft data fax modem with smart CP. What are they? Do I really need them? I checked the Microsoft help thing when your right click for info. All I could get was it was a driver and nothing else.

A:optional update

You must have this kind of card on your system using Windows drivers, then when there is a new driver WU propose it to make an upgrade.
My personnal advise regarding WU setup is to look for updates letting you the choice to download and install them.

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Received the following update from M$ today, not sure what it is wanting to do -

"nVidia - Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.3, Other hardware - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Download size: 252.2 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Optional

nVidia Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.3, Other hardware software update released in February, 2015"

Could someone shed some light on this ?


A:Optional Update - not sure what it is ?

This is an update to your NVidia graphics card drivers, etc. It is optional because it is not necessarily required.

I personally always go to the manufacturer's (NVidia in this case) support site and get the latest drivers from there if I feel I need to update them.


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do i have to install this update?

A:optional update

Hello SpeedDial,

No, you do not have to. It's just to let you know that there is a new optional driver version update. If you do not want to install it, then you can hide it to not see it anymore in Windows Update. However, you might give it a try since it is a new version that may help improve your graphic card's performance. If not, you can always rollback to the previous driver version.

Hope this helps,

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There was an optional Windows Update today to remove GWX.

Someone mentioned online months ago that adding 'old' to the GWX folder stopped it from popping up messages, which is what I did and it seemed to work.

I have now installed the optional update to remove all trace of GWX, restarted, but the GWX folder is still there.

I'm thinking that because it had 'old' at the end of it, it was not removed?

I tried deleting the GWX folder, but I was denied permission to do so.

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I had a weird optional update appear today unsure what it's for and I haven't seen it before! Any idea's what it may be and what for?

A:Optional Window Update

It looks like something for a printer I wouldn't worry about it download it if you want or just ignore it.

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Anybody aware of this update? Why is it is listed under Optional?...

Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: January 2014 (published 14 Jan, 2014)

I installed it on laptop. Hasn't blown anything up (yet)

A:KB2911106 - Optional Update?

"Optional" means it is not a security update, it just fixes bugs and deficiencies. You can get more info with a right click.
Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: January 2014

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A new optional update KB3035583 is available, published today.

Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1

A:New optional update KB3035583 available

I'm not having Windows Update problems so I don't know if new KB is a good thing or not.

I do all my Windows 7 updates manually.

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Went ahead and installed this optional update this evening. My PC got stuck at the "Preparing to configure Window. Do not turn off your computer" screen.

Had to boot in Safe Mode and do a System Restore.

Just wanted to let people know. It might be a good idea to do a complete backup (image) of the disk before installing the update, just in case System Restore fails for some reason...

A:Optional Update KB3172605

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Odd but it is always recommended to create a system image before downloading and installing any updates
Most of use here use Macrium reflect free
Imaging with free Macrium

The issue you refer to is not on the Known issues though :/
Thanks for letting us all know
July update rollup KB3172605 to replace June's KB3161608

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Does anybody have any idea why Microsoft would offer the Bing Bar as an optional update, I installed it, but thought it was kind of weird for them to be offering it to us through Windows Update, as when I tried it I did it manual from the internet

A:New Optional Update from Microsoft

Hello Techtitan,

If you already had the Bing Bar toolbar installed, then it would see updates for it in Windows Updates if you had the "Give me updates for other Microsoft products....." setting checked.


If you had the Show me detailed notifications when new Microsoft software is available setting checked.

Updates: frequently asked questions

Software notifications will periodically let you know about new programs that can enhance your experiences with your computer and the Internet. You can choose to receive detailed notification messages letting you know when a new program is available for download and installation. When you get a notification, you can review what's being offered, and get more details. You can install the programs if you like what you see. The notification will appear for a limited time, and you can close it if you're not interested.

Hope this helps.

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Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2995388)

Download size: 61.3 MB - 61.5 MB
You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.
Update type: Optional
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information:

How do I determine if these "optional updates" are really necessary for my Laptop?
Here in South Africa ADSL is slow, and expensive I have a 4Mbps connection, and I have a data cap of only 10 GB per calendar month.

The never-ending MS updates depletes my data allowance, and I have always wondered how important the "Optional" updates are.

I would appreciate forum member's input on this

A:Optional Update KB2995388 ... is it really necessary?

I normal go for them all just to be sure (my internet is half your speed)

But have a look in the link you quoted and see if any of the improvements affect you

For example one of the fixes is an issue playing MP4 files, I have the problem mentioned so hopefully this should fix it

It's optional so wont harm anything if you ignore it

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I keep windows 7 installed laptop as backup. Today I started it & ran windows update. Without looking into details, I chose all of them & installed them. But, one of them was optional update for atheros wifi adaptor. Now after rebooting, my wifi connection is gone, device manager doesn't recognise wifi adapter, & i can't roll back driver as adapter is not available at all. The windows update doesn't show any of the optional updates. Plz help

A:Help in removing optional update

Can you not find it by searching (top right) in Installed Updates screen? Enter name like kbXXXXXXX only numbers don't find anything for me.

Installed Updates either from Windows Update window or Programs and features-Installed Updates

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After installing August ATI driver update (and the other prioritymy system became unstable and would BSOD. After rolling the ATI driver back the system returned to a stable state. Windows 7 home premium 64 bit, 8 gigs, AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX,

XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP,


I would be interested if anyone else has had this problem.

A:recent optional ATI update

saultsage, welcome to the Seven Forums?

First question is, what August update? AMD hasn't released one in August yet and the current driver from them is the July Catalyst 11.7,

Latest AMD Catalyst Video Driver for Windows 7

of which I haven't seen any reports of BSOD's occurring from. Didn't happen to get it through Windows Update did you? If so do yourself and your computer a favor and the next time you see one offered, set it to hidden and forget about it. For video card updates do not get them through Windows Update and only ever get them directly from the card manufacturer's (AMD or Nvidia specifically, not the respective card makers as all they will have is what AMD and Nvidia have).

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Is there a way to get rid of optional update notifications so they don't persist and just become annoying?

I got one now to install Bing. I don't know much about Bing; but I think it's a search engine. I use google and don't need another search engine. I don't want to reminded to install it everytime I get an important update notification for the next five years or so that I plan to have this computer.

A:Optional Update: How Make It Go Away?

Right click on it and select "hide update".

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Hi, I recently bought new monitor AOC 2460 and today saw among the optional updates the following AOCision Peripherals, Inc.-Display-AOC 2406. What is it and should I install it?

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Hi, I've just had a new optional update appear in Windows update that I can't find any information about, it's a keyboard driver from an LXD company, my keyboard is made by Zalman so I thought I just wanted to ask what this update actually does before I install it.

A:Optional gaming keyboard update

I've had one from Microsoft for my Sidewinder X4 sitting there for ages but I haven't installed it. If there's no performance issue with your keyboard I'd just leave it, or set a Restore Point prior to installing if you do feel inclined to install it.

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This is getting ridiculous !!!

From July 12th to today 29th, I had installed a total of 33 optional updates entirely about MSE. ( I use manual update method )

I am think of going back to Avast free edition !!! This MSE optional Update is B.S.

A:MSE optional update - just ranting. It's not a problem.

They average 2-3 a day so you may have even missed some.

I have mine set to run a quick scan everyday with "Check for ther latest virus and spyware definitions before running a scheduled scan" selected. So it updates automatically every day, but only once a day when the scan runs. So I suppose I'm missing at least one update each day but they are cumulative and for me it works fine.

I could probably get at least one additional update by adjusting the time I run the quick scan but I know that the way MSE auto updates is a bit odd. When I first was using it I let it install it's own updates without running a scan and it was kind of strange how it did it so I went with to quick scan everyday option. Works for me.

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This optional update installs on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 computers. It's for the download and install of Windows 10.

Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 silently installs Windows 10 downloader -

Hopefully someone on here can make this a topic for everyone to read.

A:Optional Update KB3035558 Information

Interesting, Think I read about this a while back, just checked though and this update installed for me on Saturday

Hope its not an auto download, on one PC with my slow BB its a pain, if all 4 of my devices decided to download at the same time it would be a nightmare

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An optional update for the Dell ST2210 was recently issued, but I can find no actual description of the update's purpose. I have googled. I have also registered and attempted to ask in the Dell Community, but without success, for I cannot work out how one does post there.

I hope someone can help me to where full descriptions of such updates are to be found, and also perhaps with the other problem.

A:Optional update for ST2210 monitor

Is it appearing in Windows Update? If so, it is likely a new driver, and should be safe to accept.

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Hello, I just got on my laptop like normally and randomly a window popped up saying "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting." This scared me half to death because I have no idea what to do about it. I checked other forums about it on several different sites, some saying it's a virus such as ransomware and others saying it is legit. 
Here is what the alert looks like:
I have no idea how to fix this problem; any help would be greatly appreciated, 

A:"Optional update delivery is not working"

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I wasn't doing anything but watching a video on youtube and I got this pop up

looks like something here:

A:Optional update delivery is not working

Was it actually unlockforus, or just a similar pop up ?Those are very sketchy details. Was it a torrent video, a specific video, a porn video, or don't you remember what you were even watching ??If you are concerned about it being an infection, maybe you could post in the Am I Infected area of the forum.

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This optional update installs on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 computers. It's for the download and install of Windows 10.

Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 silently installs Windows 10 downloader -

Hopefully someone on here can make this a topic for everyone to read.

A:Optional Update KB3035558 Information

Thanks Jesse for the information.

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Microsoft lists this as an optional update. I am running Windows 7 upgrade over Vista and have had a lot of problems with permissions and so am disgusted with Microsoft right now and leery of installing any more of their crappy software.

Is Silverlight the typical Microsoft crap or something you think I should install?

A:Microsoft Optional Update Silverlight - yes or no?

The critical and hardware Microsoft Updates are very necessary. Silverlight enhances some Internet video playback. I view Netflix streaming video. Without installing Silverlight, I couldn't do this viewing. If you use Windows Live, Silverlight is necessary for those features, When you upgraded to Windows 7 over Vista, you should have backed up your files and deleted the Vista partition on the hard drive at the start of the Windows 7 install

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I have two computers in the house on 8.1. I noticed yesterday that on one computer, a certain update was listed as optional, while on the other computer it was listed as important (ftr it was update 3132080). This is not the first time I've noticed that an update is listed differently on the two computers. Anyone know why this is? There really isn't much difference in the setup between the two computers.

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Intel Corporation - Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2 - Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000

Download size: 59.5 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Optional

Intel Corporation Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2 software update released in January, 2015

Keep getting this error message not sure if it's because I've already updated to it and it's a repeat update This is the first time I remember ever seeing this update that I remember. Or if the one I have is better. I have tried to download it several times and it fails every time.
WindowsUpdate error _80070103" "WindowsUpdate_dt000"


A:Solved: Can't do a system update *Optional*

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So, okay, an optional update showed up this morning to remove some broken Lenovo software:

But this machine I'm typing at is an ancient-ASUS-motherboard machine, not a Lenovo.

Now, in this house there IS a Lenovo laptop (that has yet to be updated, probably, since it's early morning and my daughter carried it into her room so I can't yet get to it...).

Did Microsoft distribute this "Lenovo Fix" optional update to regular nonLenovo PC users?

Or did Microsoft get their database(s) confused and think this aAm machine is a Lenovo machine?

Or what?

A:Optional update kb3107998 for certain Lenovo computers

Got a Dell here, yet was served the same recommended update.

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This update is now appearing as optional update available on my pc's. Any problems with this? I am running scared about installing "optional" updates since the last two month's fiascos. KB2975719 is correct number - sorry for mispost originally . For now, I have just "hidden" this update - afraid to try to install Microsoft has gone completely berserk with Windows Updates, it seems.

August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Note it says This update is released on September 2, 2014.

A:KB2575719 Appearing as Optional Update Sept 2

I guess it's a fix for the original version from last month's bug. That shows up today as an update for me also, even though I still have that KB installed. I wonder if the original (buggy?) version needs to be uninstalled first?

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  OK I am a moderate security guy trying to learn more from the REAL Security PROs. I was looking for server 2012 Installing and Configuring study material FOR FREE of course and got in a little to deep. I use Zone alarm firewall Free version and Malwarebytes religiously. As well as MSE as my regular day to day antivirus. Now normally I would not dig as deep as I did this time to get so ROOTKIT infected.
  Recently I ran GMER and found a lot of RED in the registry; Files and other important places so I figured I need to reimage my machine......! I also ran Kaspersky's TDSSKiller and it came back clean?? I will attach the Kaspersky log below... Now I also use CMS Product Ultimate BounceBack version, I believe so I can make all this go away with a backup reimage. But I am pursuing my Server 2012 MCSA and eventually want to become Security focused. So I have all the Rootkit tools and have played with them in the past but in my experience it has always been best to completely reinstall the OS version, Whatever the OS may be at the time, and move forward because otherwise you are never going to completely clean the machine. Not to mention, the time saved by doing this speaks for itself. All that being said I would still like to get a better understanding of this from a Security standpoint..... I am running a Windows 7 Professional Elitebook 8650p laptop with 240GB Crucial SSD and 16GB RAM.This time around I am going to use a HIPS such as Winpatrol but want a so... Read more

A:PUP.Optional.YourFileDownloader and PUP.Optional.InstalleRex believed rootkits?!

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Hi there
Noticed my laptop was running a bit slow tonight so did a Malwarebytes scan - it found the aforementioned threats.
I quarantined them after the first scan and rebooted, did a further scan and they're still there.
Any help on removing them would be much appreciated.
Have enclosed a Hijackthis log... do you need the DDS logs as per the thread at the top of this forum?
Thanks in advance!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 00:10:26, on 22/04/2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.16521)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Audible\Bin\AudibleDownloadHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NETGEAR\WNDA3200\WNDA3200WPSMgr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Panasonic\PHOTOfunSTUDIO AutoStart\AutoStartupService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
C:\ProgramData\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor\visicom_antiphishing.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Digiguide TV Guide\digiguide.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSwMgr.exe
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A:Malwarebytes has found PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A and PUP.Optional.Webconnect.A

Good evening.

do you need the DDS logs as per the thread at the top of this forum?

Yes, that's why it's there. HijackThis has not been seriously updated in some time and so is not considered worth the hard drive space, although I suppose that it acts as cheap advertising for Trend Micro.
Will you also let me have a copy of the detections that MBAM is finding. You can paste them into your next reply from the Logs Tab in MBAM.

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Hi ,,, When you vist microsft update page and there are Optional software updates should i install them,,, i have installed all the High priority updates

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Hi Folks-
Been trying to eradicate PUP.Optional.Spigot virus. Now the Outbrowse has shown up.
Have tried to use Malawarebytes, Kaspersky Rootkit killer, AdWdleaner. Gets rid of it but shows up almost immediately. 
Seems to be in this location-
 PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, C:\Users\Ericsun\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences, Good: (), Bad: (   "homepage": "",), Replaced,[267b049c215a3006d998c51aa4607a86]
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86 
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.17028  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.65.2
Run by Ericsun at 16:14:01 on 2014-08-07
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3037.1494 [GMT -4:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {904CF271-6431-DA47-5FCE-A87D98DFB681}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ================
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\AERTSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
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A:Can not remove PUP.Optional Spigot. Also PUP.Optional.Outbrowse

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this is a work computer, so I'll only be around 10a-5:30p EST.  "Computer guy" came about 6 weeks ago, ran Combofix, left.  After that, I  noticed that Conduit hijaked the browsers.  Uninstalled what toolbars I could find, changed settings in IE and Chrome, seemed to be gone. Still no symptoms.  Last week I saw the unsupported or unfound file image in the shortcuts next to the start menu, ran MBAM again, found this, deleted. ran other scans in safe mode w/networking, seemed clean.  Ran a scan just because today, no symptoms, 45 objects found.  Deleted again.  ran TDSS, found a partition. Don't know enough to comfortably delete.  Here's the DDS log.  I hope you can help quickly. My boss wants me to call the "computer guy" again, who I have no faith in, because every time we pay him to "fix it" I end up having to come here and get help because he doesn't actually fix anything, but still cashes the checks.
edit:1:46pm EST  Avira just popped up with detections of TR/Trash.Gen and TR/Drop.Softomat.AN in the System Volume Information folder, as both .exe and .dll under real time protection.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86 
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.25.2
Run by Owner at 12:56:02 on 2013-08-06
Microsoft Windows XP Professional  5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3033.2209 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Avira Desktop *Enabled/Updated* {C19476D9-52BC-4E93-8AF3-CCF59F7AE8FE}
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A:PUP.Optional.SearchProtect.A, PUP.Optional.Conduit.A

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Search and delete the AdWare, PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) installed on your computer.Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click on Delete tab follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Rn].txt (n is a number).=== Please downloadJunkware Removal Tool to your Desktop.Please close your security software to avoid potential conflicts.Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or 7, right-mouse click it and select Run as administrator.The tool will open and start scanning your system.Please be patient as this can take a while to complete, depending on your system's specifications.On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your Desktop and will automatically open.Please post the contents of JRT.txt into your reply.===Third party programs if not up to date can be the cause of infiltration an infection.Please restart the computer before running this security check.Download Security Check by screen317 from here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the on... Read more

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I ran Malawarebyes and it said that some of my registry keys are infected. It quarantined them but I just want to make that there isn't another step I have to do to make sure its gone. Below is the log. Thanks!
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Database version: v2013.12.11.06
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16428
Tisha :: TISHA-HP [administrator]
12/11/2013 7:24:11 PM
mbam-log-2013-12-11 (19-24-11).txt
Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 214460
Time elapsed: 11 minute(s), 9 second(s)
Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys Detected: 6
HKCR\CLSID\{CC1AC828-BB47-4361-AFB5-96EEE259DD87} (PUP.Optional.Datamngr.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{9D717F81-9148-4F12-8568-69135F087DB0} (PUP.Optional.Bandoo.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKCU\SOFTWARE\DataMngr_Toolbar (PUP.Optional.DataMngr.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKCU\Software\DataMngr (PUP.Optional.DataMngr.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\DATAMNGR (PUP.Optional.Searchqu.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
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A:PUP.Optional.Bandoo & PUP.Optional.Searchqu

Welcome JoRayne, to be sure we can do these.Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the toolClick on the Scan button.A... Read more

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I just successfully upgraded my mom's XP machine to Win 8.1 cause of Microsoft's end-of-support for the old OS. It took the best part of a day backing up her files, installing and activating and then setting up new software on the new OS. It's not something I'd want to do again in a hurry and I'm a little concerned about this new update which I've just heard about. All this business of upgrading and updating is time consuming and stressful to me! I've set her updates to the recommended automatic setting, so what I want to know is: Will the update hijack her machine and install itself without warning once it becomes available or will it be an optional one that we can initiate ourselves? I'd rather it'd be the latter to be honest. She works from her home on her PC so any surprise down time while the patch installs is not desirable. The original 8 to 8.1 update on my own PC , took ages with several reboots so I'm kind of apprehensive about this new one.

A:Will 8.1 update 1 be an optional update?

Hello Nalydyenlo,

No worries. The "Windows 8.1 Update" will just be a Windows Update. You're not going to need to reinstall Windows.

Windows Update - Check for and Install in Windows 8

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I have Win 7 SP 1 64 bit installed on a Dell Latitude E6520 computer with i5 processor, 8 GB RAM.

I normally ignore the Windows Optional updates in the Windows Update feature.

However, a number of these have accumulated in the optional updates window when I connect to Windows Update.

I have methodically examined all of them, using the "More information" link. Some of them (odd currency compatibilities) I can easily reject. Others I have no clue.

But there are a number of .NET Framework updates listed, including the 4.5.2 version, plus several others that are described as stability/reliability/performance upgrades for earlier versions (and the .NET updates are very large files).

Should I install the earlier version updates before I install 4.5.2, or do I really need to install any of those updates?

What is the general opinion on installing optional updates? Yes, I understand the meaning of "optional." But I am interested in what experienced Windows users have to say about this issue.

I tried searching the internet, but there seems to be only polarized answers (absolutely yes or absolutely no).

A:Windows 7 optional updates

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Hi, please provide insights about this batch of optional updates? Should I avoid any of them? Thanks!

A:Optional Windows Updates

None of those updates stick out as being problematic.

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The following optional updates were encountered this morning waiting to be downloaded and installed. I went ahead and installed the one's I thought applied to my configuration.

Any thoughts?

KB3083800 (installed)
KB7099834 (installed)
KB3100919 (installed)
KB3100956 (no installed)
KB3101183 (installed)
KB3102429 (not installed)
KB3103696 (not installed)

A:New Windows Optional Updates

Installed them all, as most seemed helpful and the others innocuous. Mind you, the only issue was that when Windows was restarting and in the shutting down phase, the busy round dots moved onto the far left of the screen, when they're usually central. Starting up, the dots and all were in their normal place and everything seemed fine. Probably some minor blip. I have backups if things don't go well, so not worrying.

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Which ones of these below listed updates are safe to update from and avoid the imbeded windows 10 upgrade popups?

A:Windows 7 optional updates

WINDOWS 1O links are dead and buried, install them all.
They were only UP until the free offer ended.


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What's the best way to check the contents of optional Windows 7 updates?
Too many to check one at a time IMO, I see 67 optional updates (attachment 1). 
Is there a program for this purpose? Trying also to copy and paste them in this message.
South Texas

A:Windows 7 Optional Updates

- Try to find out what the update is about on the Microsoft website. Each update has a separate webpage.
E.g. info about update KB 2830477 is found at https:
Or try to GOOGLE it.
- If you don't want to upgrade to Win 10 (yet) the don't install KB 3035583 & KB 3123862.
- But one update you must install is KB 2852386. It allows you to reduce the size of the infamous "C:\Windows\winsxs" folder with the "Disk Clean Up" tool. A word of WARNING: If you have reduced the size of the "Winsxs" folder with that tool you won't be able to remove (previous) updates.

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I suspect this will have been asked before but is there a way to actually delete Win 7 optional updates e.g. for IE9 or anything else for that matter that you do not use.
OK, you can un-tick the box and don't install the update but when you reboot the reminder to update pops back up again and the box is ticked asking you to do the same update that you don't need - most annoying !!!

A:Windows optional updates

Ah, I've just seen a reply from Brink to another poster about how to set your Windows Update settings so that it does not automatically try to update so I guess that will answer my question, thanks Brink.

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Seem to be getting lots of regular optional updates in the number of teens, Just looked today and I have 19 optional updates for Win 8.1 Update. Anyone know what these updates are because Windows Update certainly dont tell you?

A:19 Optional Windows Updates available

If you click on the "More Information" link next to the update, a window to Microsoft will open (assuming you have internet connection) with the details/reason for the update.

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I'm interested in getting Windows Update to install the Optional Updates - such as Windows Defender Definition Updates - without having to manually select all of the updates.

I've attempted to research the methods, to no avail, although I've concluded that it is probably possible through RegEdit, or through GPEdit, although I'm not sure how to find the specific settings, if they're available.

A:Windows Updates: Install Optional?

The following link might help you with Windows Defender automatic updates. It involves adding a task using Task Scheduler. The poster gives instructions on how to do this. Hope it helps.

Updating Defender automatically without automatic downloads | Windows Secrets Lounge

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I've done everything to stop this from appearing and today received the dreaded update for Windows 10 in File Explorer. Could one of last week's updates had it hidden????????????

Also, does anyone know if yesterdays updates have anything to do with Windows 10?

Thank you.

A:8.1 Optional Updates (9/15/15) and the Windows 10 icon-FE

Originally Posted by Juliet68

Also, does anyone know if yesterdays updates have anything to do with Windows 10?

I got 9 optional updates; I believe one of them mentioned something w.r.t. Windows 10 (like compatibility or something(*)). I didn't find any of the updates controversial (like, say, "added telemetry points") so installed them all.

Whenever these come across I'm irritated that uSoft says the equivalent of "Here's an optional update" as the TOTAL explanation, requiring personally tracking down the Knowledge Base articles about each one. But it's pretty easy to Google Search for the KBNNNNNNN string so not a total problem.

[64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro]
(*) The Windows 10-related update is:

Apparently uSoft broke their multi-OS-version development environment with some Windows 10 stuff so this unbreaks it.

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Windows 8.1 Optional Updates - how to uninstall them since i think make in my PC crash so-so, I refer for error:KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE I got 7 times this screen and required shut down PC Losing my detail i got:
We're just collecting some error info and then we' ll restart for you.(!00%).

how learn last 45 days optional updates released or prior month's? to uninstall them?

A:Windows 8.1 Optional Updates - how to uninstall them since

kernel security check failure
By the time installed my first - not other from that point - optional update getting this error.
you know Any update number of the cause??? can you give so uninstall it in win 8.1 pro - fresh installed May 2015 - i think this optional update installed start of June 2015...well?

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Things are acting slow on the system. Hangs when starting programs, some never start, I ran MBAW and saw this in the log. below is the DDS txt:
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Install Date: 5/8/2014 7:40:49 PM
System Uptime: 9/27/2014 9:26:03 AM (0 hours ago)
Motherboard: Dell Inc. |  | 0Y958C
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU     E8400  @ 3.00GHz | CPU | 2992/1333mhz
==== Disk Partitions =========================
C: is FIXED (NTFS) - 233 GiB total, 160.264 GiB free.
D: is CDROM ()
==== Disabled Device Manager Items =============
==== System Restore Points ===================
RP78: 9/10/2014 6:17:46 PM - Windows Update
RP79: 9/12/2014 3:00:56 AM - Windows Update
RP80: 9/14/2014 7:46:21 PM - Windows Backup
RP81: 9/16/2014 6:24:38 AM - Windows Update
RP82: 9/19/2014 6:28:10 AM - Windows Update
RP83: 9/20/2014 9:34:17 AM - Device Driver Package Install: Synology Universal Serial Bus controllers
RP84: 9/21/2014 8:16:15 PM - Windows Backup
RP85: 9/27/2014 9:12:01 AM - Windows Update
==== Installed Programs ======================
Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
Adobe Flash Player 14 Plugin
Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Apple Software Update
Brother MFL-Pro Suite MFC-J5910DW
Brother Product Research and Support Program
Citrix online plug-in - web
Citrix online plug-in (DV)
Citrix... Read more

A:Dell with Windows 7 has PUP.Optional.DVDVideoSoftTB.A

Shoot. I made a mistake. I am working on two systems at once, and ran this on the other one. Let me run it on the right one

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What are Nvidia nForce networking controller and Nvidia nForce Serial ATA controller?

Should I download optional updates? How does one decide when to download an optional update or not? I know that I need to know what there function is first, but then is it always best to download the optional update.

I really appreciate the help.

A:Vista Windows Updates -Optional?

Those are driver updates. Never download driver updates from windows update unless the driver is for a microsoft product. Even then???

I have had the updates fail and leave me without sound once and an internet connection once. If you want to update a driver, go to the manufacturer's site to do it.

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been searching for an answer to this with no luck:
in Windows Updates, under Optional, some of the updates are in italics, and some are not. i've seen several conflicting statements across the internets, but no official Microsoft site with the answer. just what are these italic updates? someone from Microsoft,
can you clear this up???

A:Optional Windows Updates in Italics

Can you please post a screenshot ? Arnav Sharma | Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading
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I've been facing this issue lately on this new OS.
Previously on W7 & W8 the updates categorized into 2 column (Important & Optional) where we can select the updates individually and download/install. This way I can get some optional drivers for memory card, printers & etc.

I couldn't find this option in W10. I choose to ignore it but my antivirus keep notifying me that optional downloads are available. I did click the "Run System Updates" but it navigates to System > Update & Security > Message and shows "System is up to date".

Sometimes it only updates the critical updates. The rest (Recommended & Optional) ignored/not notified on windows updates.
Anyone facing this issue? Able to solve? Please help.

A:Windows 10 Optional Updates not downloading/showing

Having this same concern. I too am using ESET Smart Sec. I just wish the Windows update was the same back then in windows 7 where you can see recommended/optional updates for drivers.

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Hi All..

I was reviewing my windows updates and saw two optional updates that were pending. First one was for MS office and it went through fine. Second one was some update to AMD vision control center. During that update screen flashed couple of times and went for re-start. After that I am unable to get into the system. I tried safe mode/debugging/low resolution mode etc.. But all resulted in the same blue screen with the 0xc000021a error message.

I am able to go only to command prompt. Nothing else (fortunately I am able to backup my photos by connecting external hard drive and using command prompt). I checked the SRT log file but it doesn't say any issue. All passed.

I tried refresh PC but it came back and said "There was a problem refreshing your PC. No changes made".

I tried using win ISO image bootable flash drive. It couldn't get through me in (I just tried with PC repair option when I booted with ISO image).

Is there a way I can get over it without re-installing?

Thanks in advance...

Krishnan V

A:Windows 8.1 - Error 0XC000021A after optional updates

STEP 1: Enter cmd
STEP 2: Now in the Command prompt just type System Root\System32\Drwtsn32.exe -I?. This process will register the Dr.Watson as the default system debugger which has to be -> Press Enter.
STEP 3: Again type System Root\System32\Drwtsn32.exe and then in the window choose the option which are Append to existing log file, Create crash dump and Visual Notification.
STEP 4: After setting it up restart the computer by pressing F8 in the startup and select Last known good configuration.
STEP 5: Once it got booted up, again restart the system in the normal and now try to look at your optional updates to make sure not to install whatever may have broken it before.

If this does not work then you may have to reinstall.

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I use Microsoft Security Essentials and I have the Update Settings set to install Requiremended updates but it's not installing Optional updates for this application, how can I get it to install optional updates?

A:How to have Windows 7 Home automatically install optional updates

See if this helps you.

Windows Update Settings - Change

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Hello, I need help cleaning my laptop. It is infected with pup.optional.spigot. The user environment has been changed, firefox and internet explorer are being redirected continuously. I've run Adw Cleaner, Malwarebytes, etc. Laptop is still infected. ANy help is greatly appreciated. (edit: should have posted in security forum, sorry!)

A:pup.optional.spigot took over user environment on Windows XP compuer

Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scroll down.Double-click ... Read more

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I recently recovered from my hdd crashing but soon after it crashed again this time it wont boot ...the recovery options require my OS but refuses to locate one for me to select... also I tried booting it with windows 7 CD gets as far as the starting windows Logo and then stalls until it Restarts

A:Windows 7 Fails To Boot After Crashing recovery Options Not Optional

Unless the DVD is damaged, the system should not reboot when booting from the DVD.

Are you sure this is where you're booting from?

Have you changed the boot priority in your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD?

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the main thing is each and every install  windows update just searches forever and nothing happens after diagnostic tool it says Datastore.edb is corrupted and cant be repaired and each time it download the corrupted Datastore.edb
can they at leats give a proper service pack 2 for windows 7  64 bit ultimate that is then uptodate with working windows update that works after a direct standalone install of sp1 i use windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and i reinstalled the system allready
 5 times each and every time the same problame that Datastore.edb is corrupted and windows update just gets stuck!
i how you can either releasse a service pack 2 so that windows update works again after a direct install of service pack 1
or a windows update that doesnt use data store cause its yepp Not working,
i use a amd 6 core with a amd hd 6700 readon and 8 gb ram
both asus motherboard and grafic
as it is now windows update is with windows 7 service pack 1= not useable !!!!
sincierly Christian Madjari

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I purchased a new notebook with Windows 7 in October. During the first weeks I uninstalled McAfee and replaced the harddrive. Since November Windows Update fails with error messages and defender does not start anymore. I made several virus scans (complete) with multiple antivirus programs but nothing showed up.Since it took my days to install various software, I do not want to re-install W7. I also have no good backup that I could restore. I am really surprised that there is not even a single entry regarding the error code in the Microsoft Knowledge base or elsewhere.I really would appreciate help. 

A:Windows Update does not work, Windows Standalone Update Installer stops with error 0xc8000247 (Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Aspire 1810TZ notebook)

Got it !!!!
If You are using notebooks with with hard drive larger than 700 GB you probably should update Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver.
Here is solution :
Download and install it.

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Hello all.
Running windows 10 pro 64 bit.
I've updated from Version 1511 to the anniversary update, 1607.
Or at least, I thought I did.
The update went well, no hiccups, no errors. Used windows update, let it downloaded and install and rebooted. Alas, system still shows OS Version 1511.
Used update again, same thing, rebooted, 1511.
Went to the windows site, downloaded the windows10upgrade9252.exe, ran it, same exact issue, rebooted, still showing version 1511.
Error logs show no issues. Disabled all external drives, turned off anti-virus, etc, repeated, rinsed, rebooted, still version 1511.
Only think I've not done is burned an ISO to DVD and updated from that.
Any clues as to what's going on?
Nelson Davis

A:windows 10 update from version 1511 to 1607 anniversary update - does not update

Can you check to see what OS version you have? Check in settings > system > OS build. It should show something like 14393.5 or 14393.10

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When I try to install KB3182373, a "Security Update for Microsoft Silverlight", Windows Update reports failure with the message "Code 643 Windows Update encountered an unknown error".
I ran WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab. It reported that "Troubleshooting couldn't identify the problem".
What can I do to fix this? I'm running Windows 7 Professional.

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hello friend..

I cannot update windows 10 to anniversary update. Every time I check for update, this came out

"We couldn't connect to the update service. We'll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make sure you're connected to the Internet."

I am connected to internet, Mozilla firefox is ok, utorrent is ok, everything is fine except windows update.
I have try disable the firewall, turn off windows defender, disable antivirus, none of it work.
I downloaded windows10 update assistant, did not work.
I don't know what is blocking windows update form connecting to internet.

Any suggestion? or perhaps solution.

Thank You.

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I am using Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1.
Windows Update has lost my update history and hangs when I tell it to check for updates. Windows Update Troubleshooter reports "Windows Update error 0x80070057(2016-07-15-T-12_59_34P) Not Fixed". How can I get Windows Update working again?

Here is a detailed account of the problem:
Earlier today, I ran Windows Update and told it to install 15 important updates. It said it was downloading them, but stalled for 30 minutes at 0% done.
I rebooted my computer and re-ran Windows Update. It reported that there were no pending important updates. I clicked "View update history" and saw that the most recent 15 important updates had failed. I clicked "Check for Updates" and,
when it finished checking, Windows Update continued to report that there were no pending important updates.
At that point, I concluded that something was wrong with Windows Update. In an attempt to fix it, I downloaded and ran the Windows Update Troubleshooter (WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab). It reported one problem found: "Windows Update error 0x80070057(2016-07-15-T-12_59_34P)
Not Fixed".
After running Windows Update Troubleshooter, I re-ran Windows Update. It reported that my most recent check for updates was "Never", and that updates were installed "Never". When I clicked "View update history" I saw an empty
list. When I clicked "Check for updates", the applicat... Read more

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Tried the following:
1. Update works if I bypass the router, ie. connect the PC directly to modem.
2. It also works from different ISP, through router (at work).
3. Format disk & Reinstall windows 7

From windowsupdate.log:
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc WARNING: WinHttp: SendRequestUsingProxy failed for <>. error 0x80072efd
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc WARNING: WinHttp: SendRequestToServerForFileInformation MakeRequest failed. error 0x80072efd
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc WARNING: WinHttp: SendRequestToServerForFileInformation failed with 0x80072efd
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc WARNING: WinHttp: ShouldFileBeDownloaded failed with 0x80072efd
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc WARNING: DownloadFileInternal failed for error 0x80072efd
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc Validating signature for C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\WuRedir\9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77\
2011-12-01 00:03:54:771
968 99c
Misc Microsoft signed: Yes
2011-12-01 00:03:55:863
968 99c
Misc WARNING: SendRequest failed with hr = 80072efd. Proxy List used: <> Bypass List used : <(null)> Auth Schemes used : <>
2011-12-01 00:03:55:863
968 99c
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A:Can't update Windows 7 - Windows Update Client failed to detect with error 0x80072efd

Try to remove the proxy server entry from the WinHTTP proxy configuration for Windows 7:
Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start programs and files box.
Right-click cmd.exe in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.
Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or click Continue.
Type the following command and then press Enter:
netsh winhttp show proxy
Note The proxy setting is listed next to Proxy Server. If there is no proxy server, Direct Access <no proxy server> is shown in the Command Prompt window.
To remove the listed proxy setting, type the following command and then press Enter:

netsh winhttp reset proxy
Click Start, click All Programs, click Windows Update, and then try to download and install updates again.Alex Zhaozx
TechNet Community Support

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I was doing a prep for installing Windows 10, now, I got message that I could not go any further because of

Windows 7 update failed on "Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3102429), the error code is 80200011.
Please help me resolve this problem, so I can upgrade to Windows 10

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Hello, I just ran a  Malwarebytes scan as I ocasionally do.  This time, for the first time,  I did a full system scan and it found the PUP.Optional.1.9.1 malware. It located it in a programme on my desktop, Unlocker.1.9.1.exe. Other scans with AVG and House Call don't pick anything up. The Unlocker programme is important to me because without it my photshop  files are consistantly locked by Explorer and I can't progress my work. For this reason I didn't want to be too hasty in removing the 'infection'. My PC works just fine and I think PUP stands for potentially unwanted programme.  Potentially? Am I safe to leave it? Please can you advise me? Many thanks in anticipation - Ian.


I've used Unlocker quite extensively in the past. It can be of great use. From what I remember, it will install some extra "junk" during the setup if you're not carefully reading and forget to uncheck a couple of boxes. That aside, I believe the program to be safe and have never had an issue with it.

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Hi just did a Malware scan and found these PUP,S ,,,PUP Optional Binkiland and also PUP Optional Gameo please any help greatfully recieved thanks 

A:PUP Optional

Hello harty and Welcome to the BleepingComputer.   
My name is Yılmaz and I'll help you with the cleanup of malware from your computer.
Before we move on, please read the following points carefully.
Please complete all steps in the specified order.
Even if tools don't find malware, I want you to post the logfiles anyway.
Please copy and paste the logfiles directly into your posts. Please do not attach them unless you are instructed to do so.
Read the instructions carefully. If you have problems, stop what you  were doing and describe the problems you encountered as precisely as  you can.
Don't install or uninstall software during the cleanup unless you are told to do so.
If you can't answer for the next few days, please let me know. If  you haven't answered within 5 days, I am assuming that you don't need  help anymore and your topic will be closed.
I can not guarantee that we will find and be able to remove all  malware. The cleaning process is not instant. Please continue to review  my answers until I tell you that your computer is clean
Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic
As my first language is not English, please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to understand.
Please open as administrator  the computer. How is open as administrator  the computer?
Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, as they will  interfere with our tools and the removal. If you are unsu... Read more

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Hi everyone.. new here, I've been using MSE 12mths no problems, my ? is why is MSE optional on updates?

A:MSE Optional

Welcome to the Seven forums!

Are you sure that it is MSE that you are seeing or could it be MSE updates?

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Hello to all the good people at bleeping.
I have been runing malwarebytes scans and super anti spyware scans and adwcleaner and so on and everytime I run the malware bytes scans there is a pup optional.findwide.A
Technically I understand that is not a virus per say but can lead into other malicious threats.
I looked up in the C folder and I can't find anything there I do know the pup.optional.findwide.aC:\users\regina\appdata\local\google\chrome\userdata\default\preferences.
this is what the malwarebytes is scanning.
I have reset the browser in google chrome and
done what all I think to do.
I know this kind of thing is browser hijack.
Can anyone give me a opinion on what other methods to do?
Thankyou for reading,
From Gina

A:Can't get rid of pup.optional

Hello GinaLets also do these and see what we get.Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Vista/Windows 7/8 us... Read more

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I was trying to get a game to play on Voobly working properly which required port forwarding and so, I had to set a static IP and use this tool from to test if the ports were opened or not. I was on the phone while installing the software which resulted in me accepting what I thought was a window for going forward with the installation. Two more accept/decline windows followed it and I knew I messed up (I hit decline on those).
I ran a full scan using Malwarebytes and it found 9 infections on my computer by the name in the title.  I use firefox and have no toolbar on my windows or in my add-ons. I looked in my "Add or Remove programs" and found nothing new. Should I remove that tool? I ask because they seem to be pretty trusted, the optional downloads are what seem to be malicious.
I use windows XP and am planning on upgrading soon.
I ran Malwarebytes.


Hello -
Please run these few programs and Copy / Paste the logs generated. Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus if needed
Download Screen317 Security Check and save it to your Desktop.
* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt
* Please post the contents of that document.
Note:: If a security program requests permission to access the Internet, allow it to do so.
Please download MiniToolBox to desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following boxes:
* List content of Hosts
* Flush DNS
* Report IE Proxy Settings
* Reset IE Proxy Settings
* Report FF Proxy Settings
* Reset FF Proxy Settings
* List last 10 Event Viewer log
* List Installed Programs
* List Users, Partitions and Memory size
Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.
Click Go and Copy / Paste the result. (result.txt)
Please download and run RKill by Grinler. A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear.
This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
At most the tool will run for about 2 minutes
Copt and Paste the log it produces.
Important: Do not reboot your computer until you complete the next step.
* Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.
* Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
* Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
* Clic... Read more

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My first post here at this site. Sorry if I make mistakes with any of your rules.
I have this nasty little problem that I can't seem to get rid of. I am told it isn't a virus but rather just a program that steals information and finds it's way deep into my labtop. I am not really experienced with getting rid of such things but I have tried a few things to no avail. All it is really doing is making videos run slow and studdering, and making everything else slower. I have an older labtop so it is already slow enough. 
I run the free version of avast, and the free version of malwarebytes. When I run an avast scan nothing shows up, and when I run the malwarebytes one line comes up (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A). I hit the quantine button and seems to go away, but as soon as I run another scan it is right back on there. 
I uninstalled Chrome, and reinstalled it and ran another scan and it wasn't there. But as soon as I watched a video on youtube it was back. I tried googling PUP.Optional.Conduit.A and there was a 4 step removal guide that I tried. First step was to use start menu to open "remove programs" find it and remove anything with Conduit in the program. I tried that and found none. I searched all programs and still couldn't find it. But I know it is there, because every time I run a malwarebytes scan it shows up. 
I went ahead and did the other 3 steps of the 4 step plan which included adding AdwCleaner and running a scan, Then add Malw... Read more


Conduit probably installed a start-up item.  It may also be listed in Programs and features as a program that's installed. I would check your start-up items and programs and features list to see, but first need to know what version of Windows your running.

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Hi cryptodan
I am following your advice given to glynch8030. As I have no idea just what I can and can not safely delete I was looking for assistance 
Below is the log for the first step (I deleted as many as I felt comfortable with. running Windows 7 with eScan and Malwarebytes uusing Google-Chrome browser.
# AdwCleaner v3.012 - Report created 18/11/2013 at 14:11:20
# Updated 11/11/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (64 bits)
# Username : Wild Kitteh - WILDKITTEH-PC
# Running from : C:\Users\Wild Kitteh\Favorites\Desktop\AdwCleaner.exe
# Option : Clean
***** [ Services ] *****
***** [ Files / Folders ] *****
[x] Not Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Ask
[x] Not Deleted : C:\ProgramData\boost_interprocess
[x] Not Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Partner
[x] Not Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows iLivid Toolbar
[x] Not Deleted : C:\Users\Wild Kitteh\AppData\Local\PackageAware
[x] Not Deleted : C:\Users\Wild Kitteh\AppData\LocalLow\searchquband
[x] Not Deleted : C:\Users\Wild Kitteh\AppData\LocalLow\Searchqutoolbar
File Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\Extensions\ ipb.topic.inSection = 'topicview';
ipb.topic.topic_id = 514581;
ipb.topic.forum_id = 103;
ipb.topic.redirectPost = 1;
ipb.topic.start_id = 0;
ipb.topic.page_id = 0;
ipb.topic.topPid = 0;
ipb.topic.counts = { postTotal: 8,
curStart: ipb.topic.start_id,
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GO ahead and rerun adwcleaner and clean what it finds.Then do the following:Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malwareand save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Full Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin a... Read more

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My OS is Windows 8. For my security I have the free Malwarebytes installed and Windows Defender. Last week I ran a scan with Malwarebytes and it found 11 pieces of malware. All of them were pup.optional. This morning I did another scan and it found 811 of them. This is not a typo. It found eight hundred and eleven! How could this have happened? I do not get on any obscene web sites or any that may be questionable. Also what are the pup.optional? I would appreciate some thoughts on this. Thanks, Fran

A:Infested with pup.optional

MBAM recently made a change to a more aggressive PUP policy.
Malwarebytes Adopts Aggressive PUP Policy - Malwarebytes News - Malwarebytes Forum

In the past, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected only PUPs, or Potentially Unwanted Programs, that were mostly harmful and deceiving. Our users expected more and so we?ve revised our policy to include PUPs in our database that most of our users find annoying or misleading. Within the next few days, detection for many new variants will be added. Malwarebytes feels most of our users have no knowledge that these PUPs were installed and would like them removed. Several thousand forum posts and support tickets confirm our standpoint. Ranging from difficult to uninstall applications to software that makes you opt-out, we?ve had enough of it all!

Source: Malwarebytes Adopts Aggressive PUP Policy | Malwarebytes Unpacked

This won't answer why you have them or where they came from, but it might explain why you are seeing them now.

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