Do you use Windows Update
Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:05 AM
Is it enough to just update other stuff like anti-virus, anti-malware, firewalls etc?
Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:33 AM
Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:43 AM
Windows Vista/7 do store updates but they use the winsxs folder and cannot be deleted to save space unless uninstalled
This post has been edited by ricktendo64: 14 January 2011 - 11:45 AM
Posted 14 January 2011 - 12:10 PM
Not necessarily. If it installs malware then that also has to get through the firewalls. Btw, I mentioned common sense as a major part of my setup. Most exploits are shipped by three means: infected ads, emails and shady websites. I have an excellent ad-blocker which eliminates the first problem. Emails are effectively scanned and filtered before they even reach me and even then I don't open them mindlessly. I also don't visit shady websites, so there's no way to get infected. Never had a virus, a worm, a backdoor app and I also never suffered from an exploit. Never happened in the past 17 years and I doubt it will in the future. Btw, most exploits are executed through IE and ActiveX, so not using that is a major step to not suffering from exploits.
Posted 15 January 2011 - 06:16 AM
You don't have to visit shady websites to get infected. You could get infected here at msfn,org. Most exploits use compromised sites and load an invisible iframe with the attack code. Since you are not using IE you are probably safe from most exploits. I'm just putting that out there for those that do.
Not all attack vectors are through IE though. See MS10-026 as an example.
Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:07 AM
Right. Wasn't there something in the news awhile back where people were getting malware from msnbc and other big sites? Something about how someone hacked the ad service that multiple sites were using at the time.
Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:17 AM
Everyone is aware allowing Update to download and install keeps both the "downloaded" and the "uninstall" portions, right? (approx. 2x the space occupied per Update). Maybe I'm missing the boat and am wrong...
Not updating is just begging for trouble. If a burglar has a way to get into your house by bypassing your alarm system, better see if there is a fix to prevent it... Firewalls don't always stop attackers and good A-V software helps (but not always). I have both (and within the router inbound) in addition to the occasional "patching". Better safe than sorry...
P.S. (ever hear of "drive-by's"?)
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