To remove windows update KB908531, do the following:
Go to Control Panel, then select "Add or Remove Programs".
Be sure the "Change or Remove Programs" is active / highlighted (at top left of window).
Then look at "Show updates" checkbox (at top). Make sure it is selected (ticked).
Once the display is populated, scroll down to "Security Update for Windows XP (KB908531)". It should be near the bottom of the list.
Click on that item. You'll see a Remove button. Click on it if you wish to have it removed.
** Before you use Add-Remove Programs, be very sure you close all your open user programs (after saving any unsaved work). After this change takes effect, and IF this does not ask for a restart, then you should do a logoff and restart of Windows.
Removing the update WILL leave your system vulnerable. Until a newer update is released, you can take some steps to mitigate the situation.
See section titled "Workaround for Windows shell vulnerability" in
Tweak your settings for Automatic Updates:
I'd advise, if you are using automatic updates, you configure it to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them". e.g. do not have it on "full auto".
To get to your settings, highlight / single click My Computer on your desktop > do a RIGHT-Click > select Properties.
Then click on the Automatic Updates tab.
Hello, I have reason to believe that Microsoft's update KB908531 prevents certain software programs from intstallation and or functioning properly.
When Norton reported 49 files infected by, what they call, a PWSteal.Bancos virus, quarantined and asked if I want to delete them I opted yes. Windows XP then asked if I want to delete shared files but doesn't say which and how they are shared with, again I opted yes. Result: Quicken and other programs didn't function anymore. After more than a month of wasted time on email and discussions with various customer support technicians I decided to utilize System Restore which didn't fix the problem. Finally I used Destructive Recovery. Then I reinstalled Windows XP updates including SP2. Thereafter Quicken worked but other programs like Webster's Dictionary and Adobe Photo Deluxe etc. could not be reinstalled or don't function. Eventually I found someone on HP's support staff who suggested to delete the KB908531 update file. The problem is that Add/Remove programs cannot remove that file even not in Safe Mode. Is there a way of removing that file without going through the Destructive Recovery ordeal again?
It appears that files which worked before the hard disk has been reformatted should be installed before Microsoft's updates are installed.