Sunday, May 08, 2016

Unsigned Microsoft Updates for Windows 7

Unsigned Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable
Unsigned KB971033
Unsigned KB958488
Unsigned Microsoft Windows English Spelling Package
Unsigned Microsoft Windows English Hyphenation Package

Unsigned Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable
To my recollection, Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable was primarily a tool for non-Microsoft programs, which my 64-bit version of Windows 7 would automatically download into a "Program Files (x86)" folder, and install from there. Microsoft programs were born in the newer 64-bit "Program Files" folder, where I presume they benefit by twice the memory power. This created a definite Jim Crow software caste system---which never seemed to bother Google very much, but clearly was compromising to Kaspersky, AVG and Malwarebytes, who could be seen airing their dirty app data in third-person roaming profiles. I could feel their functionality diminish.

No matter how much I tried to take control of the situation---by customizing installations, deleting profiles, or taking over ownership of files and folders, it was always a game I was repeatedly to lose--with instability, deprecated abilities, and ultimately, to getting locked out by some mysterious boot failure. The house--Microsoft--always won, but if the competition was being fed an altered or compromised Redistributable, it's no wonder.

After I did yet another factory reinstall a week ago, I checked the program folders and found that eight out of nine Microsoft programs had installed themselves in both the x86 and in the x64-bit folders. Only Windows Journal still existed in its single installation spot. Since I don't use any of these programs, I can't tell how well they're functioning, or if each really does have two separate realities, but my 64-bit Windows 7 system is finally integrated.

Instead of 240+ updates found on a healthy system, as of today I've only had 18 updates install themselves after my "factory fresh" out-of-the-box re-installation of the operating system--and of those 18, three Microsoft updates appear to be unsigned:
Microsoft Windows English Spelling Package
Microsoft Windows English Hyphenation Package

KB958488 has no publisher name when viewing "installed updates",

KB958488 has no publisher name when viewing "installed updates". Is it a genuine update
KB958488 is a genuine Microsoft update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 on Windows 7.Method 1: I would suggest you to reset the Windows update components. Refer the following link to reset the Windows update components.‘How do I reset Windows Update components?’ article also applies to Windows 7)Method 2: Uninstall the update and then manually download and install the update.Refer the following link to remove the update.‘Remove an update’ You may manually download and install the update from the following article. You may provide your feedback to Microsoft regarding the issue.

A Microsoft answer forum declares that KB958488 is a genuine Microsoft update, even though its unsigned appearance has concerned others before.

Calling it an update for "Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 on Windows 7,"  I question both its genuineness and its germanness, since I only have Microsoft's .NET Framework 4 Client Profile installed at present. Wouldn't it make more sense for Microsoft to wait and install the Service Pack before it updated it?

Besides, KB958488 has installed itself unsigned on my machine at least a dozen times before.

Also, on the following list of Installed Programs, is an "Internet Explorer 11 (DEP)" listed without a publisher's signature. I'd considered myself lucky to have an advanced browser successfully installed so early in the process, since so much of reestablishing an operating system depends on a connection to the internet. It would be just like Microsoft though, to pretend they're doing a favor when really they're putting the blocks to me.

Microsoft Windows English Spelling Package and Microsoft Windows English Hyphenation Package

It's odd that English spelling would require a 21st-century, user-level computer "update," but not so strange to me about a hypothetical "Hyphenation Package." If you've ever come across old, archived counter-cultural texts online that have weathered years of digital onslaughts from alphabet agency hirelings (I'm thinking of postings of Gary Webb's original series about CIA cocaine trafficking, for instance,) you note the textual artifacts that remain from the battles. Commonly, the quotation marks and dashes (double-hyphens, really) have been degenerated into percentage symbols. In early Yahoo news articles, the opening quotation marks look like flying buttresses, while two single quotation marks close quotes. Whenever I copied a text, I'd laboriously replace every single one of these suspicious marks.

Given miniaturization, and the power of steganography, "the practice of concealing messages or information within other non-secret text or data," I'd bet you could get an old-fashioned microfilm's worth of information into just one of today's hyphens.

The most egregious of all of Microsoft's unsigned updates is KB971033, the "Windows Activation" technology download, which supposedly verifies the genuineness of running Microsoft software, while it hunts down and kills pirated editions of Windows. In reality, this corporate necessity gives Microsoft a chance to rifle through each personal computer every 15 minutes or so. I have a 2010 Student edition of Microsoft Word that cost $150, which I haven't been able to utilize because of troubles with so-called "hacking." Doesn't Microsoft have a technology to help me with that?

Even if these updates turned out to be "non-malicious," the arrogance on display in the relative prioritizing shows Microsoft is no friend to the consumer. I need a working firewall, not a sophisticated ability to hyphenate. Americans have to be insane to turn their computing abilities over to a "free" upgraded version of Windows 10, just as Microsoft, by any business metric, was insane to have made the offer. No matter what the cost, my next computer won't be running on Windows software.

Description of the update for Windows Activation Technologies,
WAT (KB971033) now silently installed regardless of your Windows › SemiAccurate Forums › Main Category › OSes
May 1, 2010
[WIN7] Hidden KB971033 disappears - Microsoft | DSLReports › ... › Microsoft

I have screenshots of KB971033 stored away somewhere. I just have to find them to make the point.

The out-of-date Microsoft driver certificate in the DriverStore:


What is a Windows driver certificate six-years out-of-date doing in a temporary folder?

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