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Security updates or virus definitions?

By Gunnar Klevedal ·
Security updates or virus definitions? What first?

I am connecting a Win2k PC, stand alone, to the Internet for the first time. ADSL.

I have installed SP4 and bug fixes for Win2k up to April 2005. Also MS05-39 (zotob). IE6 SP1 and MS05-052 (cumulative for IE).

I have Trend Micro Internet Security with a soft Fire Wall, but not the latest definitions.

Where do I go first, Windows Update or Trend Micro?

I would have liked a router also, but I do not have it.

Regards, Gunnar Klevedal

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by ctrservices In reply to Security updates or virus ...

You should never connect to the Internet without a software firewall.

Since you have the Trend Micro firewall already, update this first. Then update anti-virus software, then Windows updates and lastly make sure you have anti-spyware (Spybot is ok but you should purchase one of the top two currently available for better protection) and Adaware (free version is fine). Be sure to scan weekly for all of these.

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by CG IT In reply to Security updates or virus ...

yep firewall first no doubt about it. It takes only seconds now for a flash virus or trojan to get.

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by master3bs In reply to Security updates or virus ...

I doubt you'll hear any different answers. Always go with security/protection before anything else.

Do things in this order:

Firewall
AntiVirus
Router (if applicable)
Updates
Spyware/Malware protection and updates

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Security updates or virus ...

You are doing great, is my 2 cents and it is the right question.
You have correctly put firewall first imho but second should be Windows updates. If this pc never been on internet and it has firewall you are safest going and getting your windows and office patches first then the anti-virus updates.
Norton Corp will let you download and burn onto a CD the latest defs so you can take to pc without putting it on internet. kinda ****. i am just saying. i would be surprised if TrendMicro doesn't have similar.
If you pop for Technet sub from MS you can get cd's with patches after they come out. so you always need to apply the very latest using the internet but you can get most of the stuff on there without.
I applaud your paranoia and agree that ounce of prevention worth weight in gold in this weird time of wacky hacky...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

you can download all the latest patches from Ms. administrator's windows update website. but that is pretty big pita to keep up, especially these days...you went a long way with putting on sp4

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by w2ktechman In reply to Security updates or virus ...

My response is simple. Get the updates on cd from another system before connecting to the Internet. Much safer

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