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Automatic Updates - recommended?


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#1 Homer Sims

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

I found over years that automatic updates CLOG my C-Drive on my servers till the c-drive has almost no room on it.

On Client Machines (user machines) XP - they gradually make the machine slower....

Are Microsoft Updates still recommended?

I have heard from colleagues that they just turn them off and then PLAY SAFE... and don't get into issues and have faster easier to manage systems as a result

Any answers appreciated

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#2 Didier Stevens

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

No, it's a bad idea to stop patching your machine. Especially Internet Explorer and Office updates.

If you don't, you will leave vulnerabilities in your browser that can be exploited just by visiting a site.

And I've not experienced slow downs because of patching machines. For your servers: you can cleanup those files.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

This is just an opinion.

I always install all the Microsoft security updates. I am set to Notify just in case I'm doing something and I install them once I see them before shutting down.
I always update my AntiVirus to the latest version once it is released too.

The way I look at it, Any minimal slowdown is nothing compared to the headache and slowdown caused by Malware.

I knew someone like your colleagues. He was bragging he'd been computing for many years and never ran a Antivirus because he was careful where he went on the internet and what he opened.

Two weeks later he was asking what Antivirus I used since he had just caught one.

These days with all the drive by malware installers out there are you sure you have the vulnerabilities fixed?

With a new windows the first thing I do is Antivirus then I connect to the Internet.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

In order to "PLAY SAFE" you would need several security programs installed just to know if a site was Trusted / Safe
I never go online without WOT turned on to advise me on trusted or dangerous sites, Antivirus, and Malwarebytes Pro, Active Version.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the only Security program I have ever paid for. A once only $24 Lifetime License.

I found as above by rotor123 that you do need any Antivirus, and that introduced me to similar forums as this one (the hard way) -

Updates / Antivirus / Antimalware are all part of todays internet, just look at the Malware Removal area here, and most thought they were protected ! ! !

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

I definitely should have mention WOT (Web of Trust) I have it installed in IE and Firefox. I won't go on the Internet without it.

Safe Browsing Tool | WOT (Web of Trust)

As noknojon suggests, good ideas. They may slow things a little bit but better a little slow than taking 30 minutes to boot. I've seen that too. really bad viruses on the person computer.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:40 AM

You speak about servers and colleagues. Care to provide more info about your work and environment?

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