On a new machne this will happen when the computer has:
A: no antivirus running, you can't properly install that or even update windows defender until you have a working connection.
B: a windows operating system which is months behind on updates until you have the connection so can start downloading them.
C: one browser, an insecure one called internet explorer which is moths behind on it's updates.
The login page sometimes displays adverts from bleep knows where.
I have an exe file for installing firefox, but it's only 200-300 kilobytes and i know all it does is go online and then download the material it really needs for the install, so this won't be able to work until after i have the connection set up.
Does anyone know of an offline installer for firefox which i can download on another machine, transfer across by USB or cd-rw and then use to install firefox on the new machine. That way i would atleast have one up to date and safe browser at the moment the new machine first goes online, and i would have a secure browser with which to get the connection working so i can then start updating everything else including windows and installing my antivirus (which is another program with an online installer of the type firefox has, so although you might have it's installer exe file on USB you need to be connected for that exe file to actually perform the installation.).
Also: anyone know of a way to really LOCK DOWN internet explorer (as in prevent all flash and other plugin content) for extra safety at this stage? It's easy to disable plugins or make them "ask to activate" and "click to play" in firefox or chrome but i can't find how with internet explorer.
Edited by rp88, 30 March 2015 - 07:29 PM.