Recently if you are a Windows User and turned on your computer, you may have noticed something rather peculiar. On the start up screen, there appears to be a series of random numbers and data, that may flash by rather quickly depending on the speed of your machine. Then you get the screen that states do not shut off your computer because Windows is configuring updates.
Despite the fact that you do not recall installing any updates the previous time you shut off of the computer. As surprising as this may seem, this is no need for alarm. This installation is not a virus or malware or a bot or a worm or another nasty thing that strikes fear into the hearts of even the most hardened of computer users. Rather it is a rather essential update of the Microsoft Windows Update Agent.
Unless you have your windows update configured to the setting, "never update", which is not recommended, this update will be installed by Microsoft Windows. Naturally this has gotten many people rather upset, although if you had been following news coming from Microsoft, it is not completely unexpected. Just updated in a way that is different to how we encounter Windows Updates.
Microsoft Update Agent 7.6.7600.256 is the update in question. It has been released to all Microsoft users gradually as to not overwhelm the servers. So if you have not received this update, chances are you will before too long.
What does this update do? Well obviously, it is an essential system file that is required to download updates from the Microsoft update server. This update cannot be uninstalled. The purpose of this updated agent is to strengthen the Windows security update infrastructure and also the communication channel.
The key reason for this is the Flame Virus, which has afflicted a lot of users through XP, Vista, and 7, three of the top operating systems still in use. While this update may have blindsided users, Microsoft felt the need to install the update in such a manner, for security purposes.
Installing an update in such a manner is not entirely uncommon, given the fact that a good base of casual computer users may be uninformed about the issue and may not fully understand the need to secure their machine with regular Windows updates. It has been a long time since Microsoft has forced the install of an update on their users but given the essential nature of Microsoft Update Agent 7.6.7600.256, a more drastic measure will need to be taken.
The update has not been the smoothest ride for some users however. Some have reported others although many users appear to not have had any issues with the Update Agent, for the moment at least.
So to conclude, this update installs regardless, there is no way to uninstall it. Microsoft Update Agent 7.6.7600.256 is essential to secure the update channel after the introduction of the Flame Virus.
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