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Old 10 July 2008, 16:47   #1
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Microsoft Updates

If you have the PC set to automatically receive updates from Microsoft and also use Zone Alarm then the latest update from MS stops Zone Alarm and probably your internet access too.

Suggest you have a read of this if it affects you.

http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/fr...2008/pr_6.html

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I always turn auto updates off - it is amazing how often it screws up your machine!!!
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I fell victim to that one for about 10 minutes yesterday. Cheers Pete, good to know it wasn't just me.
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Suggest you have a read of this if it affects you.
Ta. That's just saved the laptop from going out of the window

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I always turn auto updates off - it is amazing how often it screws up your machine!!!
That's OK if you're going to check out each update in detail before installing it manually! I think that on the whole auto update is a better option than no updates, which would be the default option for most people . . .

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Ta. That's just saved the laptop from going out of the window

That's OK if you're going to check out each update in detail before installing it manually! I think that on the whole auto update is a better option than no updates, which would be the default option for most people . . .

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It is browser updates that are the most vital. If you use Firefox it always gets you to install the latest version and it's very simple to do.

A good firewall and AVG will keep you safe.
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ShieldsUp is a decent online application that will test how vulnerable your pc is to external threats.

It's totally secure/safe to use and it's also completely free from spam etc.

Most people using a router with a hardware firewall built in will find they're surprisingly secure - saying that I'd still recommend using extra protection like Avast(firewall) and AVG(anti virus) for example - both freeware
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just get rid of zone alarm, chuck on an antivirus and ur sorted.

There is a MS service pack 3 out for those that didnt know but you have to go to the ms website (or in ie go to tools then to windows updates)
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if you are using a broadband router it will have a built in firewall - no point in using others as well - more is NOT better!!!
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That's OK if you're going to check out each update in detail before installing it manually! I think that on the whole auto update is a better option than no updates, which would be the default option for most people . . .

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Having had two mega screw ups (total system rebuild from scratch) and no viruses ever let in, I'm happy to take the risk of no updates
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