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First off, I'm on Dial-up and this Automatic Update feature is killing me.
I have turned it off, but its still downloading stuff.



I've even tried blocking it (Generic Host Process for Win 32 Services) access to the internet in Zone Alarm, but if I do that, I can't even access the web. I don't think its a virus, because I scanned multiple times with an updated AVG.

Can I just disable it from starting up to begin with?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. :wink:
 
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seems like you are experiencing a file corruption there.

first run : sfc /scannow

if doesnt work do a repair install.

Did you ever use norton in that system ?
 

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I just got the Computer on Wednesday and the first thing I did was remove Norton.
I'm running AVG.

I do that code by going to Start: Run--- right?

And I don't have a Windows install CD. Mine came from Dell and they didn't send one. :|
 
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ok.

First lets make sure norton is gone. Norton might be causing your problems. Please downlad and run this

Then go to start - run - sfc /scannow ( dont forget there is a space between sfc and / )

Then if it is a dell there might be a recovery partition. You can do a recovery install there. There will be 2 choices tho. One might wipe all data off. So make sure you read everything in there very carefully.
 

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I ran that sfc/ scannow thing.
It finished running and nothing happened after that. :4-dontkno

I was looking around the forum and I found this.

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C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
* This is Windows Automatic Update utility. 
It is unnecessary and uses internet, memory, and hd resources. 
I recommend manual updates and to disable this.
To disable Windows Automatic Update (wuauclt.exe)
Start | Run | type "services.msc" | <Enter>,
highlight and rightclick Automatic Updates, Select Stop, 
then select Properties | set Startup Type to Disabled!
Reboot.
Delete C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
or from c:/WINNT/system32 on WinXP Pro v2002. //
*****ONLY DELETE THE FILE, NOT THE FOLDER*****

You should periodically (every other month or so) go to
http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp
and manually install all the latest security patches and fixes 
for your Operating System. 
You will no longer be reminded or sent to do it, because it is disabled.
Do you think that this might help out since it disables Windows Update???


I downloaded and ran that program. I restarted after it ran.
Now for some reason my computer is at 50% usage and nothing was even running.
Do you think that it could have done that?
It never ever did that before.
 

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Dude, I have no idea what the heck that program you gave me to run did to my computer.
One thing is for sure, windows does not shutdown or restart anymore!

Never had that problem before I ran that program.
Computer is brand spanking new and is now full of problems.
I guess running a system restore can fix the problem?
I've also noticed that I have no Scan Disk on my computer.
Is the feature not supported by XP?
 

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I just did system restore, everything seems to be fine now.
I still don't know if that program caused my problem or not though.

I did do the "services.msc" thing and that seems to have stopped it from downloading. But after I deleted wuauclt.exe, it just popped right back up. If it tries to download again, I'll guess I'll try and delete it in Safe Mode.

Everything seems to be fine now though, so thanks for your help.
 

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This is from the Help and Support built into Windows XP

Detecting and repairing disk errors
You can use the Error-checking tool to check for file system errors and bad sectors on your hard disk.

Open My Computer, and then select the local disk you want to check.
On the File menu, click Properties.
On the Tools tab, under Error-checking, click Check Now.
Under Check disk options, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.
 

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I just did system restore, everything seems to be fine now.
I still don't know if that program caused my problem or not though.

I did do the "services.msc" thing and that seems to have stopped it from downloading. But after I deleted wuauclt.exe, it just popped right back up. If it tries to download again, I'll guess I'll try and delete it in Safe Mode.

Everything seems to be fine now though, so thanks for your help.
Great, you do not need to delete any files as you have seen. If it is disabled it will not run anymore so your all set.
 

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This is from the Help and Support built into Windows XP

Detecting and repairing disk errors
You can use the Error-checking tool to check for file system errors and bad sectors on your hard disk.

Open My Computer, and then select the local disk you want to check.
On the File menu, click Properties.
On the Tools tab, under Error-checking, click Check Now.
Under Check disk options, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.
Thanks for that. I just saved it to Notepad.
It will come in handy. :grin:

Everything seems to be ok now since I ran system restore.
 
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