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I used to have Java on my computer. Or I thought I did. My mom plays the Pogo games and they require Java, and she plays them without problem (usually). I would also get occasional notifications of updates -- or read about critical updates at Corrine's blog -- and download/install them without trouble.

Well, recently I noticed the critical Java update mentioned at Corrine's Security Garden site. So I went to do what I normally do in such cases: I click on the (Windows 7) start button, go to Control Panel, then Programs (as I recall -- it's been a while) and would see Java listed there somewhere. I would open that and have it check for updates and proceed from there.

But this time I couldn't find Java listed. Nor is it listed in the Programs list. Nor is it listed in my RevoUninstaller program.

Also, when I go to Start > All Programs > Java (folder) I see About Java, Check for Updates, Configure Java, Get Help, Visit I click on Check for Updates and get the ol' "the item javacpl.exe shortcut that this refers to has been changed or move and won't work properly" box. ???

I don't recall ever uninstalling Java, since, as I say, my mother uses it (as far as I know) on her Pogo games. But why can't I find it anywhere in the programs list? How to I update it to keep from having a vulnerable version? How do I uninstall it -- if so desired -- in order to reinstall the most recent Windows 7 friendly version?

Any assistance would be most appreciated.  :-)


Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Windows Update Won't Open
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:08:11 PM »

Months ago I was having problems with Windows Update not working. I couldn't manually check for or receive updates. (I set it to manual because I was trying to avoid the auto-Windows 10 update.) I asked about that at a computer help site (not sure when or which one) and it was suggested that I set Windows Update to automatically get a monthly update package and that worked. It was probably after the Windows 10 update deadline had passed.

Anyway, for all I know the automatic monthly update setting may still be working. But with the Spectre/Meltdown issue I thought I'd try once again to update manually to get the out-of-band update. That's when I found out I can't even get into the Windows Update settings at this point.

I have run AV and anti-malware/spyware scans and they showed nothing. I did not do a system restore, mainly because the only restore points showing are as recent as November. I'd really hate to go through a more drastic system resetting procedure if I can avoid it.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to try to regain access to the Windows Update settings?

Thanks.   :)



I have W7 Pro and have my windows updater set to notify but not install. I just realized that I hadn't gotten info in a while (turns out since early November), so I manually set it to check for updates. It was still looking after 2 hours!

I did some online searching and found that others have been having these updater problems. It seems stuck. And everyone has a different solution, some of them very involved (beyond my knowledge and/or resources).

I did manage to download and run the updater diagnostic tool from MS. I had it check both the updater and "BITS." It found issues in both and after presumably fixing them (I got a green check-mark), I rebooted and tried the updater, but it's still s-l-o-w.

Does anyone have any suggestions? (I did do a search at this site and didn't find what I was looking for. I'll keep trying.)  :-)




I actually asked this question on another forum but got no answers. I thought I'd ask it here in case anyone has any suggestions.

Sometimes I compose an informal document and want to use a font I like (it doesn't matter which one) but let's say that that font doesn't have a lot of space between the words. I'm wondering if there's a way to increase the word spacing so that it displays that way as I type, for better readability (for me).

I think my options are:

1) find a (text or html) editor that allows for this specific feature (or possibly find some hidden combination of settings in Word 2007 that I haven't found yet that will accomplish it)


2) as a fall-back option, use Word 2007 (or a text editor like WriteMonkey with an auto-correct feature) and add an auto-correct entry to insert two spaces where I type one.

FWIW, I found nothing regarding option 1.

I tried option 2 in Word 2007 and WriteMonkey (which has an auto-correct feature called 'replacements') but couldn't get the entry to 'take.' (I tried putting a space in the "find" box and hit the space bar twice for the "replace" box, thinking that then every time I would type normally putting one space between words it would auto-correct to two spaces. But as I say, it didn't recognize this, even though it does allow for custom auto-correct entries that use spaces.  ???)

This is really not a huge deal -- just a minor annoyance with some fonts that I otherwise like. It's just kind of a challenging project for me at this point. But I'd like to know if there's a way of resolving it.    :)

And just to be clear, I'm not looking for the text to be 'expanded' (I know how to change those settings in Word). I'm just looking to increase word spacing, not character spacing.

Thanks for any suggestions!

P.S. I have Windows 7 and Office 2007 installed

Analysis and Malware Removal / Trojan: PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AL gone ?
« on: June 13, 2013, 02:17:26 PM »

Yesterday morning I received the automatic Microsoft update which included the Malicious Software Removal Tool.  Its scan had one result: PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AL, but it said it couldn't remove this.

I scanned with my free Avira and MBAM programs.  No detection.  Then I scanned with the online ESET scan.  There were 4 detections: two were variants of "Win32/Medfos.QK trojan" and two were variants of "Win32/Kryptik.BDII trojan." Three were removed immediately and one of them (I forget which) on restart.

To play it safe (i.e. to confirm removal of the infection(s)) I then manually downloaded the Microsoft MSRT and ran the quick scan AND the full scan.  No detections. 

Btw, I also just ran the free Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool.  No detections. 

Since the ESET results only said "variants" of the trojans listed, can I be sure that the Microsoft MSRT's intial detection -- and the subject of this post -- was one of those variants ?  Or could it still be hiding somewhere ?

In addition, only since yesterday at boot-up I get an error message:

The timing might suggest a relation to the trojan issue, might it not ?  If so, I'm not sure why I would be getting the error message but getting NO detections in the scans.  Unless there is a trojan hiding somewhere ?

Any suggestions appreciated !    :D

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