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Absolutely - Every week on Tues, and high priority as needed. Leave automatic updates on !

You should make sure ALL software on your computer is updated, not just Windows. Give Secunia PSI a try. It scans and provides links to update outdated software.

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Hi ksiemb: very much appreciate your answer, and am doing as you advise (will check out that updating program too). Just one more thing though - when XP3 Auto-Update is switched on, it keeps wanting to download IE8. I have no use for IE8 (am a Firefox fanatic)and so all it would be if downloaded, would be presumably pointless deadweight on my puny PC. Or would installing IE8 be of some other use, such as making the OS more secure? Cheers ksiemb.

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Even if you are not going to use IE8, you should still update it. Some components of windows uses files from IE in order to download for example Microsoft Updates. Some of the dll files are also shared with other apps or functions of windows. Leaving the outdated IE6 leaves security holes open. Your system would be more secure if it was fully patched and updated.

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Absolutely - Every week on Tues, and high priority as needed. Leave automatic updates on !

You should make sure ALL software on your computer is updated, not just Windows. Give Secunia PSI a try. It scans and provides links to update outdated software.

Actually it's the second tuesday of every month or patch tuesday. Unless it's an out of band update which isn't often.

You might also try Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer which checks for updates and weak passwords/policy settings.

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Even if you are not going to use IE8, you should still update it. Some components of windows uses files from IE in order to download for example Microsoft Updates. Some of the dll files are also shared with other apps or functions of windows. Leaving the outdated IE6 leaves security holes open. Your system would be more secure if it was fully patched and updated.

Agreed ChuckNorrisThumbsUp.png

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