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July 22, 2005 12:16:02 PM

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I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition on my machine because I
was complacent and did not keep up on my updates. As a result, my machine
was riddled with worms, trojans, etc. So, I used a Win 98 boot disk and
deleted the partition and installed a fresh XP. I ordered Service Pack 2 and
installed that along with Norman Antivirus. However, I still need to get up
to speed from SVC Pack2. Any suggestions on where I can find these updates
so I can download them? I won't be using my machine as I don't want to risk
it. In other words, that page where you go and your machine is scanned for
applicable updates won't work because I'll be using someone else's machine.
I was hoping someone would be able to tell me exactly where to go and I'll
download them onto my jumpdrive. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

DanB
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July 22, 2005 3:52:19 PM

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Did you ever use Windows Update???

In Internet Explorer, choose Tools and Windows Update.

JP


"DanB" <DanB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AF2F2D10-9635-4C14-A65F-1A2C1B7018E4@microsoft.com...
>I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition on my machine because I
> was complacent and did not keep up on my updates. As a result, my machine
> was riddled with worms, trojans, etc. So, I used a Win 98 boot disk and
> deleted the partition and installed a fresh XP. I ordered Service Pack 2
> and
> installed that along with Norman Antivirus. However, I still need to get
> up
> to speed from SVC Pack2. Any suggestions on where I can find these
> updates
> so I can download them? I won't be using my machine as I don't want to
> risk
> it. In other words, that page where you go and your machine is scanned
> for
> applicable updates won't work because I'll be using someone else's
> machine.
> I was hoping someone would be able to tell me exactly where to go and I'll
> download them onto my jumpdrive. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
>
> DanB
Anonymous
July 22, 2005 5:26:32 PM

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DanB wrote:
> I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition on my
> machine because I was complacent and did not keep up on my
> updates. As a result, my machine was riddled with worms,
> trojans, etc. So, I used a Win 98 boot disk and deleted the
> partition and installed a fresh XP. I ordered Service Pack
> 2 and installed that along with Norman Antivirus. However,
> I still need to get up to speed from SVC Pack2. Any
> suggestions on where I can find these updates so I can
> download them? I won't be using my machine as I don't want
> to risk it. In other words, that page where you go and your
> machine is scanned for applicable updates won't work because
> I'll be using someone else's machine. I was hoping someone
> would be able to tell me exactly where to go and I'll
> download them onto my jumpdrive. Any help would be greatly
> appreciated!!
>
> DanB

Dan,

The problem with this approach is that you won't know which
updates to download. As long as you've got your AV program and
firewall up and running you should at least make one trip to
the Windows Update site to create a list of updates that need
to be installed on your computer. There are currently 60
critical and 23 recommended post SP2 updates available for XP.
Not all of them will apply to your computer.

If you are determined to follow your approach, go to this web
site:

http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/defaul...

Click on "Find updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems"
Scroll through the list to the next to last item, Windows XP
SP2.
Hit the search button.
Click on "Critical Updates and Service Packs".
Go through the list and click the Add button for each item you
want to download.
Do the same for "Recommended Updates".
Once you're finished the selection process, click on "Go to
Download Basket".
Hit the Browse button and select the location where you want to
save the files.

If you want more info on this process, here's a MS article on
the subject:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;323166

Good luck

Nepatsfan
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Anonymous
July 23, 2005 1:22:56 AM

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DanB wrote:

> I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition on my machine because I
> was complacent and did not keep up on my updates. As a result, my machine
> was riddled with worms, trojans, etc. So, I used a Win 98 boot disk and
> deleted the partition and installed a fresh XP. I ordered Service Pack 2 and
> installed that along with Norman Antivirus. However, I still need to get up
> to speed from SVC Pack2. Any suggestions on where I can find these updates
> so I can download them? I won't be using my machine as I don't want to risk
> it. In other words, that page where you go and your machine is scanned for
> applicable updates won't work because I'll be using someone else's machine.
> I was hoping someone would be able to tell me exactly where to go and I'll
> download them onto my jumpdrive. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
>
> DanB
Hi,

Post-SP2 Critical Updates for WindowsXP
http://www.kurttrail.com/microscum/postsp2/

The "Download Now" links on this web page are downloading from
Microsoft's download center...




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July 25, 2005 12:27:15 PM

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By firewall, do you mean the firewall that came with Service Pack 2? I don't
have a firewall of my own installed. Do you think that the firewall that
came with Service Pack 2 and Norman Antivirus is sufficient enough for me to
go and do some research? I just really don't want to go through these
headaches again. I know that there's always going to be a potential threat,
but I want to be prepared. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!


"Nepatsfan" wrote:

> DanB wrote:
> > I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition on my
> > machine because I was complacent and did not keep up on my
> > updates. As a result, my machine was riddled with worms,
> > trojans, etc. So, I used a Win 98 boot disk and deleted the
> > partition and installed a fresh XP. I ordered Service Pack
> > 2 and installed that along with Norman Antivirus. However,
> > I still need to get up to speed from SVC Pack2. Any
> > suggestions on where I can find these updates so I can
> > download them? I won't be using my machine as I don't want
> > to risk it. In other words, that page where you go and your
> > machine is scanned for applicable updates won't work because
> > I'll be using someone else's machine. I was hoping someone
> > would be able to tell me exactly where to go and I'll
> > download them onto my jumpdrive. Any help would be greatly
> > appreciated!!
> >
> > DanB
>
> Dan,
>
> The problem with this approach is that you won't know which
> updates to download. As long as you've got your AV program and
> firewall up and running you should at least make one trip to
> the Windows Update site to create a list of updates that need
> to be installed on your computer. There are currently 60
> critical and 23 recommended post SP2 updates available for XP.
> Not all of them will apply to your computer.
>
> If you are determined to follow your approach, go to this web
> site:
>
> http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/defaul...
>
> Click on "Find updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems"
> Scroll through the list to the next to last item, Windows XP
> SP2.
> Hit the search button.
> Click on "Critical Updates and Service Packs".
> Go through the list and click the Add button for each item you
> want to download.
> Do the same for "Recommended Updates".
> Once you're finished the selection process, click on "Go to
> Download Basket".
> Hit the Browse button and select the location where you want to
> save the files.
>
> If you want more info on this process, here's a MS article on
> the subject:
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;323166
>
> Good luck
>
> Nepatsfan
>
>
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
July 25, 2005 6:34:26 PM

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DanB wrote:
> By firewall, do you mean the firewall that came with Service
> Pack 2? I don't have a firewall of my own installed. Do
> you think that the firewall that came with Service Pack 2
> and Norman Antivirus is sufficient enough for me to go and
> do some research? I just really don't want to go through
> these headaches again. I know that there's always going to
> be a potential threat, but I want to be prepared. Please
> let me know what you think. Thanks!

Because it only monitors inbound traffic, the built-in Windows
firewall is barely adequate. Still, it's better than nothing.
There are a number of free software firewalls available that
monitor outbound traffic as well:

Zone Alarm
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/...

Sygate Personal Firewall
http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

Kerio Personal Firewall
http://www.kerio.com/kpf_download.html

I've used Zone Alarm in the past and found it effective and
easy to configure. If you have faith in the company whose AV
software you're using you might want to consider their firewall
program.

As you point out, the simple act of connecting to the internet
puts any system at risk. That said, I've never had a problem
using Windows update on a new system. I was confident that the
installed AV and firewall apps would protect the machine. I'm
also a believer in putting all computers, even a single
machine, behind a router that's runing NAT.

Maybe if I'd experienced the problems you outlined I'd be more
cautious. The bottom line is that you've got to decide what
level of protection is enough for you.

Good luck

Nepatsfan

> "Nepatsfan" wrote:
>
>> DanB wrote:
>>> I recently had to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition on my
>>> machine because I was complacent and did not keep up on my
>>> updates. As a result, my machine was riddled with worms,
>>> trojans, etc. So, I used a Win 98 boot disk and deleted
>>> the partition and installed a fresh XP. I ordered Service
>>> Pack 2 and installed that along with Norman Antivirus.
>>> However, I still need to get up to speed from SVC Pack2.
>>> Any suggestions on where I can find these updates so I can
>>> download them? I won't be using my machine as I don't want
>>> to risk it. In other words, that page where you go and
>>> your machine is scanned for applicable updates won't work
>>> because I'll be using someone else's machine. I was hoping
>>> someone would be able to tell me exactly where to go and
>>> I'll download them onto my jumpdrive. Any help would be
>>> greatly appreciated!!
>>>
>>> DanB
>>
>> Dan,
>>
>> The problem with this approach is that you won't know which
>> updates to download. As long as you've got your AV program
>> and firewall up and running you should at least make one
>> trip to the Windows Update site to create a list of updates
>> that need to be installed on your computer. There are
>> currently 60 critical and 23 recommended post SP2 updates
>> available for XP. Not all of them will apply to your
>> computer.
>>
>> If you are determined to follow your approach, go to this
>> web site:
>>
>> http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/defaul...
>>
>> Click on "Find updates for Microsoft Windows operating
>> systems" Scroll through the list to the next to last item,
>> Windows XP SP2.
>> Hit the search button.
>> Click on "Critical Updates and Service Packs".
>> Go through the list and click the Add button for each item
>> you want to download.
>> Do the same for "Recommended Updates".
>> Once you're finished the selection process, click on "Go to
>> Download Basket".
>> Hit the Browse button and select the location where you
>> want to save the files.
>>
>> If you want more info on this process, here's a MS article
>> on the subject:
>>
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;323166
>>
>> Good luck
>>
>> Nepatsfan
!