If you continuously receive this error message while booting into Windows or just out of nowhere, especially if you have just removed a bunch of spyware or viruses, then consider this fix.
The other symptoms is you should see this error in the Event Viewer:
Faulting application update.exe, version 188.8.131.52, faulting module update.exe, version 184.108.40.206, fault address 0x0008f0c7.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
If you see the above mentioned in the Application section of the Event Viewer, chances are that the fix I have will work.
Download this batch file. Run the batch file and reboot.
The batch file re-registers several .dll files that are crucial to Windows Update. I could find nothing in regards to this on the net nor through Google and even Experts-Exchange. I guess it was a real anomaly. However, I hope if you encounter this you can use this fix to get your computer working.
I thought I fixed it but was wrong. I ended up also having to stop the Automatic Updates service by going to Start > Run, typing in “services.msc” looking for “Automatic Updates,” double clicking on the service, first changing it from starting automatically to disabled and then stopping the service by clicking on the stop button up above.
Then I had to go into C:\Windows\System32 and I went into the SoftwareDistribution folder and deleted everything.
I went back to the services.msc and re-enabled the Automatic Updates service as well as changed the startup from disabled to automatic.