Did anyone else experience problems with their PC after installing MSFT's latest round of Security Updates?
My wife's Acer laptop is running Windows XP SP2 and after installing the latest batch of 8 updates last week (Feb 18) she noticed her computer was running slow and doing all sorts of weird things.
This morning IE7 completely stopped working and she could no longer browse the internet, however Outlook Express still worked.
Being a born sceptic I put it all down to finger trouble (you know how it is with non-technical people and their PCs)...
So, I quickly confirmed that IE7 was not even loading, just a brief flash of the hourglass icon and then nothing further happened. Other weird stuff was going on like:
1) Could not open "Add/Remove Programs" list -- it just sat there forever "populating list".
2) Could not restart via the Start Menu (had to use brute force approach hold the power button for 4 secs).
3) The whole system was running at glacial (or even slower) speed.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I have got the system going normally by uninstalling ALL the Feb 18 updates. I don't like doing this, but there seems no alternative, short of a complete reinstall of Windows.
IE7 now loads as normal, and the system is its usual speedy self...
I might add that I have installed these exact same batch of Feb 18 updates on my Desktop PC and my Acer Laptop PC without any problems whatsoever. Go figure...
Does anyone have any ideas as to what went on here?
Any and all comments appreciated.