Automatic Updates Resetting

Feb 10, 2016 3:57PM PST

I have a desktop running Windows XP Pro SP3. Using the Control Panel option I have set Automatic Updates to"Notify me but don't automatically download or install them". Obviously with Windows XP I don't get too many updates, however, periodically I get the message in the system tray that there are downloads waiting to be installed. When I check the Automatic Updates window in the Control Panel I find that the setting has been changed to Automatic Updates.
As I like to know what is being downloaded, I ask why is this happening and how do I fix it?

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There's so much malware today
Feb 10, 2016 4:11PM PST
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Thanks for suggestions
Feb 10, 2016 4:23PM PST

I not sure why malware would want to play around with Automatic Updates, never the less I will follow Grif's suggestions. I do run Malware Bytes regularly.
With regard to backups, using Acronis I do a full clone backup of all my drives every 2 weeks alternating between two different external hard drives. At the close of activity every day, using Syncback I backup every data file that has been changed during the day to multiple flash drives knowing that they can fail.
By the way, the reason I am hanging on to Windows XP is that I have numerous key software programs and pieces of hardware that I know won't work with later versions of Windows.

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(NT) Hope the priors work out for you.
Feb 10, 2016 4:29PM PST

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