I have run complete anti-virus and malware checks and all machines are clean.
I have tried disabling both the anti-virus (symantec) and the windows firewall, but this has no effect - still the same problem.
[UPDATE:] Late Monday we received a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson: We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers.
Those looking for Windows XP updates in 2014 are out of luck if they are searching for a new download from Microsoft.
But Win XP continues to have a diehard fanbase, and some of them are creating an unofficial Windows XP Service Pack 4 download that pulls together all the official Windows XP updates into one installation.
Windows XP lets you set Windows Update to automatically download the updates you need to keep your computer secure.
Running Windows Update ensures that your PC has the latest security patches and changes to XP, and it gives you the opportunity to install optional drivers and software.
How some ever - When checking for updates, the software discovers it cannot "display requested page" and provides three (3) options: 1) Go to FAQ - did and works just fine, but no update to SP3 3) Go to updated Newsgroups - did works just fine, but no update to SP3 2) SOLUTIONS - immediate error HTTP error 404 file not found I have just spent the better part of the last 12 hours reinstalling Windows (original copy) due to a failed hard drive (like from scratch).