I have not tried the fix myself just yet... I am in the process of testing
it on my home machine here... I am making a batch file for each step I do...
so I can link to it so everyone will be able to benefit if I get something
working. However, what Andrew claims his fix was, was to uninstall ESET
NOD32 AntiVirus and then uninstall the update KB972260, a Windows update
fixing a vulnerability in most versions of IE... then reinstalling the
antivirus software.

So here is what I would do... restart your system in Safe Mode... you do
this by holding the F8 key when first booting the computer and choosing
"Safe Mode" in the option list. Your system should then start and allow you
to login to the computer with the administrator account "or your account if
you are an adminstrator on the system" ...

Once in the system get the Control Panel, usually by clicking Start ->
Control Panel... and then choose Add/Remove Programs option. From there
choose ESET NOD32 antivirus, click the change button and follow the prompts
to remove it. After, click the check box at the top of the Add/Remove
Programs window so all the Windows Updates appear in the list and choose
KB972260 and remove it.

Then you can go to and choose AntiVirus: ESET NOD32
and reinstall it. However, it is still too early in the game to be sure that
it is a combination of both the update and the antivirus program, right now
it seems to be the issue... but evidence does point to it.

Hope this helps a little.


On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 8:37 PM, Catharine A. Muskus <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Tyler, I'm having the same issue at home on my laptop. Can you describe the
> fix in slightly easier layman terms. Thanks, Cathy
> Quoting Tyler Whitney <[log in to unmask]>:
>  Glad to know we are not the only ones. This afternoon a few of us in
>> ResLife
>> stayed a little late to see what the heck was up with our machines. It
>> wasn't happening to everybody, but seemed to be related to Windows Updates
>> we had done during the day and we all noticed NOD32 was taking 99% of the
>> CPU usage... so explorer would not respond to anything. I tried a couple
>> of
>> tricks... ended up getting my machine to kind of work with a local account
>> and limited startup... of course safe mode works.
>> Thanks for this wealth of information... looks like tomorrow morning will
>> be
>> slightly easier knowing we have a fix for it. At the moment it was only us
>> IT guys that had the problem... luckily... we will see how the rest of our
>> department pans out tomorrow.
>> Tyler Whitney
>> IT Support Specialist
>> Residential Life Department
>> The University of Vermont
>> On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM, Andrew Hendrickson <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>   Okay, tomorrow may just be a really really bad day for everyone.  Just
>>> fair
>>> warning.
>>> I've had two reports of machines freezing up with a busy cursor, one
>>> Vista
>>> SP2, ESET NOD32 version 4 and one Windows XP SP2, ESET NOD32 version 3.
>>> On the Vista machine a "failure - security options: Login process has
>>> failed to create the security options dialog" would appear.
>>> On the XP machine, Windows Explorer simply freezes and no keystrokes get
>>> a
>>> response, including the venerable control-alt-del.
>>> On the Vista machine I discovered that KB972260 had just been installed.
>>>  When I removed that KB AND removed ESET NOD32, the problem went away.
>>>  If I
>>> tried to run the machine after just removing the KB, the problem
>>> remained.
>>> I confirmed that this was also the case on the Windows XP machine as
>>> well.
>>> KB97260 appears to be a critical out of band update released to rectify
>>> some serious security flaws in Internet Explorer and is an update for all
>>> flavors of Windows currently supported and all flavors of IE.
>>> And, just to set my evening to "extra crispy" when I returned to my
>>> office
>>> my own Vista desktop was waving it's "Failure - Security Options" freaky
>>> flag.  ;-)
>>> So far the only thing that appears to work is to either remove the KB and
>>> ESET, or remove both, block the KB in Windows Update and reinstall ESET.
>>> Perhaps we could block this particular KB at the update server until ESET
>>> gets this cleared up?
>>> I don't think that this is just a bad ESET definition file, because the
>>> machine runs fine with the KB removed and blocked but ESET installed.
>>> Andrew Hendrickson
>>> CAS, IT Administrator
>>> UVM, College of Arts & Sciences
>>> 438 College Street #402
>>> Burlington, VT
>>> 05405
>>> 802-656-7971
>>> 802-656-4529 (fax)
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> To submit a request for service please use:
> --
> Catharine Muskus, MS, APRN, FNP-BC
> Clinical Assistant Professor
> Department of Nursing
> 203 Rowell Building
> University of Vermont
> Burlington, VT 05405
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> Fax: 802-656-8306
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