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Are service packs/security updates needed when good AV software installed?

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#1 skymaster191


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Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:02 AM

I have Windows XP Pro with only service pack 1 installed. And I use Panda anti-virus Pro 2010. I don't really believe in turning on Windows update for automatic updates. The service pack might contain programs that could cause other problems. In the past, I downoaded service pack security updates. But my PC is old and underpowered with dial-up connection. So it takes too long.

I went to use the public library computers to cherry pick just the security patches/updates I need for Windows vulnerabilities, since library has more powerful PC's with faster Internet connections. Then I planned to download these to a CD or mini USB drive to take home. But the webiste says to just turn on automatic updates on PC

My Panda AV application has disinfected well over 200 adware programs in just a matter of days. It makes me wonder if a suspicious file or virus might eventually get through. This is why I am inquiring about security patches/updates.

Is there a website that I can just download the security updates I need without loading the entire service pack?

Since I have a full-featured anti-virus/firewall application that is very effective, should I just forget about service packs and security updates altogether?

I tried to post this question on the security forum. But it wouldn't let me post a new topic.

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#2 boopme


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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:26 PM

It is advised to keep every application fully updated.. Most updates are for security loop holes that are found.

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) is an important, free update for the Windows XP operating system. SP2 includes all security and critical updates that were previously released and provides better protection against viruses, worms, and other unwanted software.


From that link I belive you would want to note How to Use Automatic Updates

You should also update any Java, Adobe,Media player applications from their web sites.
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