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How secure is a fresh XP install


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#1 BadBeat

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:35 PM

I'm going to be formatting my hdd and re-installing XP Home (32bit). The cd comes with service pack 2 and I've got a service pack 3 installer on a usb stick. But I'm just wondering how safe it would be to have my computer connected to dl all the security updates that have come after SP3. Is my computer basically going to be open and unsecure for the 20 mins or so it'll take to dl and install whatever xp security updates there may be?
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:39 PM

Yes it will be unsecure. I'd suggest downloading a good antivirus program and the definitions for it. Install that prior to going on the web and you should be OK for the time it takes to download the remaining updated.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:50 PM

Well...it won't exactly be unsecure, IMO.

You'll be lacking the critical updates, but you will still have firewall protection.

Depending on what SP level you install...you won't be any more "unsecure" than many of our posters seem to hold desireable (since so many seem to think that SP3 is not truly critical).

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:53 PM

Thanks muchly for the fast reply. I think I'm going to err on the side of caution. I tend to have the worst luck when it comes to computer security. :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

Understood :thumbsup:.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

Well...it won't exactly be unsecure, IMO.

You'll be lacking the critical updates, but you will still have firewall protection.

Depending on what SP level you install...you won't be any more "unsecure" than many of our posters seem to hold desireable (since so many seem to think that SP3 is not truly critical).

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Well, not all of us who do not intall SP3 don't install it because we think it isn't critical, some of us are just wimps and are afraid of it. I do not think my puter has been updated past SP2. In the past I have had bad things happen after installing updates causing me to become too afraid to update. I just rely on my firewall and anti-virus program to keep me safe and on my anti-malware programs to take care of anything the other protection misses. Btw, I am also too afraid to update my Active X and Java. Yes, I know it is stupid to not update them, but my fear outweighs that. Also, I firmly subscribe to the policies of, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "leave well enough alone". :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:42 PM

Well...it's your system and you have the right to install/uninstall whatever.

I guess that the idea that Microsoft might produce updates which are detrimental to my system...rather than enhancing security of same...is just not something that's popped into my head.

I could be unique in that respect...but I think that the evidence will show that there are large numbers of human beings with PCs who also haven't experienced that line of thought yet.

As they say in Spanish...asi es la vida (such is life).

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:17 PM

Well...it won't exactly be unsecure, IMO.

You'll be lacking the critical updates, but you will still have firewall protection.

Depending on what SP level you install...you won't be any more "unsecure" than many of our posters seem to hold desireable (since so many seem to think that SP3 is not truly critical).

Louis


Well, not all of us who do not intall SP3 don't install it because we think it isn't critical, some of us are just wimps and are afraid of it. I do not think my puter has been updated past SP2. In the past I have had bad things happen after installing updates causing me to become too afraid to update. I just rely on my firewall and anti-virus program to keep me safe and on my anti-malware programs to take care of anything the other protection misses. Btw, I am also too afraid to update my Active X and Java. Yes, I know it is stupid to not update them, but my fear outweighs that. Also, I firmly subscribe to the policies of, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "leave well enough alone". :thumbsup:




If it ain't broke, don't fix it applies to some things but not to Windows updates. There is plenty of malware out there just waiting to take advantage of anyone who doesn't do Windows updates. Depending on your anti virus or firewall to protect you from everything is very dangerous.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:45 PM

Back on topic; It won't be as secure as you would like it to be. It's going to be prone to attacks during the time you visit websites... I'd suggest DLing a AV and getting the definitions for it.. then dl the SP3.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 09:29 AM

Fresh XP install is secure, until you connect it to internet or local network... imho




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