Hello! Today I installed the latest Microsoft update, for Windows XP, from Sept. 14, 2010.
Before the installation everything was working fine. After it, I could not get anything to work - It even would not recognize my thumb drive in Windows Explorer, although it would allow me to safely remove it. Firefox froze up during opening, literally everything stopped working.
I rebooted in safe mode, and restored the computer to before when I installed the updates, and I am able to use Firefox again, and my thumb drive shows up, just as two examples.
For fun and grins, I booted my laptop, that had not been up for a while, and first installed the Microsoft updates. Firefox worked fine on it. Then I upgraded Zonealarm, which was out of date and it gave me the most bizarre message, when I tried to open Firefox - a small box saying the the value of some number was not between the established limits. Wha??
I am now restoring the laptop to an earlier time.
I note that there seem to be no other reports of problems. Can anyone help me? I don't like not having updated Microsoft stuff, but I do need to be able to read my email...