Windows XP "critical" Updates... are they really necessary?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Muse Gruppes, Sep 24, 2007.

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    Muse Gruppes Guest

    I've read posts here before that say that XP critical updates are not really
    necessary. I'm curious as to the opinions. Are they a hinderance more than a
    help? or just not really needed?

    Thanks
     
    Muse Gruppes, Sep 24, 2007
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    who'sthat Guest

    IMHO...there are those who know enough about this stuff and they use
    other programs to protect against what MS sends out for those less
    skilled. If you don't know a lot about this stuff IMHO you'd be better
    off going with what MS sends. Very rarely will they cause problems and
    I say that from experience...I install almost everything.
     
    who'sthat, Sep 24, 2007
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    Pennywise Guest

    The storm worm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Worm shows updates
    don't matter. People will continue to click on the unknown (email).

    "On 7 September 2007, estimates of the size of the Storm botnet ranged
    from 1 to 50 million computers, and is thought to surpass the world's
    largest supercomputers in overall computing power"

    I don't update but I will install the ones that matter, WMF file and
    such, but those by hand (download and install) I have the auto updates
    turned off.
     
    Pennywise, Sep 24, 2007
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    chuckcar Guest

    They're patches to fix (usually) security flaws in their software. IF
    you don't know how to manually remove a trojan or don't know how to
    recognise such without acutally installing and finding out the hard way,
    install them. WMP has been a long standing one - my guess is due to the
    fact that some "bright" person along the way allowed asx files to open
    up a web page from a media file.
     
    chuckcar, Sep 24, 2007
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    sittingduck Guest

    In theory, they could be helpful for the clueless. There are a few that are
    fairly important, especially if people plug their PCs directly into their
    modems. In practice, Those same people are screwed anyway, because they have
    no idea how to configure a browser or manage email. These two things are the
    cause of 98% of the problems people have with spyware, malware, viruses, and
    trojans.
     
    sittingduck, Sep 24, 2007
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