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Worth getting WinXP SP2?

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#1 heartnet


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Posted 17 August 2005 - 09:52 AM

so isit worth the trouble getting WinXP SP2? sorry i know this came out a long time ago, but i havent dled it and staff from HJT suggested me to dl it before posting a new log

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 10:02 AM

Yes Definately Get SP2. Your system is at a much higher risk for virus infection and/or maleware than a system with SP2.
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Posted 20 August 2005 - 10:06 PM

If it doesn't cause any system problems, it does have better security. But I have know several people that it did cause problems on their computers. We just uninstalled the SP2 and the programs started working again. It is an easy install and uninstall.

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 08:54 AM

Another reason for going to SP2

Zotob worm hole also affects Windows XP
By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: August 23, 2005, 6:45 PM PT

The plug-and-play vulnerability that caused havoc for Windows 2000 users last week also holds a serious risk for some Windows XP users, Microsoft said Tuesday.

Computers running Windows XP with Service Pack 1 in a specific configuration are vulnerable to worm attacks similar to the ones that hit Windows 2000 systems, Microsoft said in a security advisory published Tuesday.

The Zotob worm and its offshoots, plus several other worms, downed Windows 2000 computers, including systems at ABC, CNN and The New York Times. All the worms exploited a security hole in the plug-and-play feature in Windows, for which Microsoft provided a fix earlier this month and rated as "critical" for Windows 2000.

It was previously thought that only Windows 2000 machines were vulnerable to remote attack using the plug-and-play flaw. However, Microsoft in its security advisory on Tuesday specified one scenario that also exposes select Windows XP users.

Also vulnerable are systems that run Windows XP with SP1 with file and printer sharing and the Windows guest user account enabled, according to Microsoft. This would likely be home users, because PCs are not vulnerable if connected to a network domain, which is common in business environments, Microsoft said.

"This is a minor and narrow attack scenario," said Debby Fry Wilson, a director at Microsoft's Security Response Center. "However, because Windows 2000 customers were attacked last week, we wanted to take the extra precaution of offering customers this clarifying information."

The probability that there are many vulnerable systems out there "is very remote," Fry Wilson said. Most consumers have upgraded their Windows XP machines to Service Pack 2, she said. In businesses, where Windows XP SP1 is more common, computers are not vulnerable because they are typically connected to a domain, she said.

Microsoft was made aware of the Windows XP attack possibility by security vendor Symantec, Fry Wilson said. Microsoft urges users to apply the security patches it provided earlier this month. Also, Microsoft is not aware of any attack exploiting the plug-and-play flaw that targets Windows XP.

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 10:12 AM

Microsoft – before you install SP2

Steps to take before installing Windows XP SP2

One of the main reasons to use a PC today is to connect to the Internet. But that's also a key reason why PC users should install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), a free upgrade that can significantly boost your system's security.

Does your PC have the system requirements?
Steps to take before installing
Major hardware manufacturers supporting SP2
Spyware can derail the upgrade
How to get rid of spyware

"If you're on the Internet, this is absolutely vital," says Greg Boyd, a business-development manager at Microsoft who has considerable experience helping small-business users install the update."

The Internet has provided a way for crooks, and other miscreants to thrive and to disrupt people's lives and businesses.

Windows XP SP2 curtails nefarious and malicious online attempts to corrupt your computer by including a Windows firewall, antivirus protection, and a more convenient way of receiving and installing ongoing Windows updates. It also eliminates numerous exploits that may allow malicious code to exploit your computer and take control of it.

Safer computing starts with Windows XP Service Pack 2, a free upgrade.
Windows XP SP2 brings users the latest security updates and innovations from Microsoft. Here's how to get it.

Microsoft is going out of its way to make Windows XP SP2 readily available. The update, free to current Windows XP users, can be downloaded online or from a CD (The CD is preferable because it seems less problems result from installation using the CD). If you have a dial-up connection, strongly consider the CD because the download is sizable.

Does your PC have the system requirements and have you prepared it to accept SP2 properly?

As convenient as SP2 is to install, some preparatory steps are required of the user to make the update fully effective.

The first question to be answered is whether your PC system is capable of accepting the download. Minimum system requirements include:

• 233 megahertz processor

• 64 megabytes of RAM

• 1.8 gigabytes of available hard disk space during installation

Necessary steps to take before installing
Once it has been determined the system passes muster, additional steps must be taken to make certain the SP2 installation goes as smoothly as possible. These chores are important to make sure you don't compromise the effectiveness of the update, or worse.

These are the steps you are advised to take:

1. Back up all your data.

2. Check out the Web site of your hardware manufacturer to see if SP2-related hardware updates are available for download.

3. Purge your system of all spyware and adware you may have accumulated.

Backing up your data is something you should do whenever you load a new piece of software, including Windows SP2.

Major hardware manufacturers supporting SP2
The other two key housekeeping items — checking for updates by hardware manufacturers and ridding your system of spyware and adware — will help prevent problems arising as a result of installing SP2.

Major PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Gateway and almost all others take pains to make certain their products are in sync with major operating system upgrades. They do this by updating their drivers to accommodate SP2 and other upgrades and hotfixes from Microsoft.

It is certainly to your advantage then, to visit your manufacturers' Web sites and check for driver updates related to Windows XP SP2. If an update is available, download it, because it has been designed to make your system function more capable of functioning in concert with SP2.

Spyware can derail the upgrade
How well a system functions is also directly related to the presence of spyware and adware on a computer.

Most of the problems encountered to date with the installation of SP2 have to do with users unknowingly infecting their systems with spyware or adware. Spyware/adware is software from companies (often triggering pop-up ads) that users inadvertently download from Web sites visited and other factors. It can dramatically degrade the performance of a machine and can also dramatically degrade the effectiveness of SP2 causing all sorts of problems. The thing is, if you do not disinfect your machine you will eventually wind up with significantly more problems than downloading SP2 can ever cause.

After spyware has gained access to your computer via the Internet, it typically malicious writes code directly to your PC's registry from which a machine's operations are directed. This isn't always as sinister as it seems. It isn't always a result of fraud, because the EULAs of what are downloaded explains that code will be written to the registry, it's the ignorance of the user that allows it! Often, the freeware knowingly downloaded by users includes a proviso in its licensing agreement claiming the right to write code to the downloading computer's registry. The more code that's dropped into the registry, the slower the computer functions. Some of the trojans downloaded open the door to grant access to even more malware, exponentially increasing the deleterious effects of malware on your computer.

If you've got 5,000 to 10,000 corrupt registry hacks and they all start at once, all of a sudden a really good computer gets bogged down and begins to malfunction.

How to get rid of spyware
A reduction of your PC's operating speed, a profusion of pop-ups, and a home page that keeps getting hijacked are evidence of spyware or adware infections.

Yes, you've probably got it. How do you get rid of it?

A number of solutions to locate and remove spyware are available, many of them free. Check out Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware. One reason the Microsoft offering is an intriguing option is the fact that it offers real-time protection. That is, it alerts users whenever unsolicited attempts are being made to write to the computer's registry. The user can then either accept or reject the offering.

Other programs to address spyware, trojans and other malware have been continually posted on this forum. Download those that are applicable and use them!

After you've purged your system of spyware and adware and followed these other steps, you're ready to download the Windows XP SP2 update. If you encounter difficulties during or after installation call 888-SP2-HELP for assistance.

Microsoft free CD for SP 2

Microsoft Security Product Support Policy

Technical support is available from Microsoft Product Support
Services at 1-866-PC SAFETY (1-866-727-2338).

There is no charge for support calls associated with security updates.

International customers can get support from their local Microsoft
subsidiaries. Phone numbers for international support can be found
at: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

On the other hand, there will be some that will refuse to install SP2 thereby becoming accomplices in the spread of malware and other noxious infection!

Those refusing to install SP 2 on their Windows XP system are acting irresponsibly - like a drunk drivers, weaving and speeding through heavy traffic on bald tires in the rain. They are allowing their computers to increase everyone else’s exposure to viruses, Trojans and other malware by operating systems on the Internet that lack Critical security updates which prevent the spread of infection. It is simply irresponsible behavior.

SP 2 is a collection of Critical Updates that primarily address security issues. Without the Critical Updates provided by SP 2 your computer lacks much of the ability to prevent the miscreants who produce malware from turning your computer into a zombie, assisting them in the spread of their malicious code. By not installing SP 2 you are eliminating your ability to access future updates from Microsoft as well.

The original problems experienced by some users upon installing SP 2 were the result of third party code that did not comply with Microsoft requirements – not a flaw in XP or SP 2. Most of the manufacturers of peripheral devices and applications have issued updates for their products, making them compliant with the Microsoft requirements and therefore will not conflict providing their updates are loaded. Most users of recent equipment had no problems with SP 2, just those using older equipment or programs.

Microsoft is offering a free CD for the installation of SP2. Those using it have far fewer problems than those who download it. Act responsibly - order it and use it!

Microsoft is also offering free support should you experience any problems after installing SP 2.

Knowledgebase: Programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

Knowledgebase: Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

Edited by Enthusiast, 24 August 2005 - 10:17 AM.

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