Microsoft Security Patches advice, please!

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by gary, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. gary

    gary Guest

    Hi all
    I'm a real Computer novice & need advice on Microsoft security
    patches. I went to their update page & it scanned for updates that i need.
    It came up with a list & that it would take 52 minutes to complete & then
    the list of patches. My pc has small storage, as i use only for internet &
    am concerned that if i download the whole lot, it will slow my pc down, here
    are a list of some of the patches, i've no idea of what they are:-

    1. Security update for windows virtual machine
    2. Security update for activeX
    3. " " " data access component.
    4. Windows share level password
    5. Windows 98 unchecked buffering html that leads to code execution
    6. IP fragment reassembly May 2000
    7. 2002 comulative patch for WMP 6.4 (is my bog standard WMP the 6.4
    8. 1999, file access URL
    9.Eroneous versign digital certificate, spoof hazzard
    10. Wliminates DOS device in path name
    11. Eliminate spoof route & fragmented IGM pocket

    All these i know jack shit about & don't know wether to download them all,
    as there is an option to remove them, but they cannot be erased once
    downloaded! How do i lower my storage space & do i need old programmes like
    "hijack this" & "cwshredder" that i used to get rid of old problems! I have
    AVG & Adaware & run these regularly.
    Any help grateful
    gary, Jun 2, 2004
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  2. gary

    one_red_eye Guest

    You should be able to get away with just the "Critical Updates"
    one_red_eye, Jun 2, 2004
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  3. gary

    Unknown Guest

    Why don't you merely select one or two at a time?
    Unknown, Jun 2, 2004
  4. gary

    °Mike° Guest

    The only security patch (that you list) that's
    likely to increase the space used on your disk,
    is the Security Update for Windows Virtual
    Machine, that is, if you don't have Java
    Virtual Machine already installed. If you do,
    it won't make any difference. All of the others
    just REPLACE files that are already on your
    system, with more secure ones.
    °Mike°, Jun 2, 2004
  5. gary

    gary Guest

    Critical updates, i saw no mention of this!
    I could do 2 at a time, if i knew what they were!
    So am i corect in saying that updates just replace & not add on!
    gary, Jun 2, 2004
  6. gary

    °Mike° Guest

    Read my reply again....

    °Mike°, Jun 2, 2004
  7. gary

    Kenny Guest

    Get the free CD with all security updates till February, saves downloading
    them and arrives in about 5 days.
    CD also includes SP1, WMP9, DX9b and there's a separate CD with EZ Armor
    free for a year.



    Kenny, Jun 2, 2004
  8. gary

    gary Guest

    When you say "critical" updates, there is no mention of this on the
    website, which are these if i don't know of any of them!
    gary, Jun 3, 2004
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