Mama Microsoft shouts and hollers, but doesn't abandon his expired sons... this evening I saw in my XP taskbar the familiar golden shield of the downloading updates, but a right click said "download progress 0%".

After a few minutes it disappeared and I thought "what the heck?" ...but then the system became slow and almost froze at intervals, for about five minutes. I immediately opened the task manager, and it was showing as active the file in the title... after a few seconds it disappeared though, and the PC became fast as usual again. A quick search on the web confirmed that Mama MS had dowloaded and run in my PC the last "Malicious Software Removal Tool", as it always did once per month in the past six years. Because no one wants the 25% of all PCs to become infected as lepers...