paul at clubi.ie wrote:
>> It takes at least ten minutes, if not a lot longer, to update a fresh
> XP install.
>> Judging by the iptables logs of dropped packets which I used to gather
> /years/ ago (i stopped bothering, there was too much crud), you're
> pretty certain to be infected within a minute of connecting to the
>> I.e. there's no way to avoid an XP box getting infected, if it isn't
Untrue. If you disable various services and only bind TCP/IP. I leave
the network cable disconnected till everything is configured unless I'm
on a known firewalled LAN.
Strangely all the XP boxes I've seen with infections had AV software and
the default configuration.
Of course all ADSL modems have firewalls these days. I always recommend
those with Cable or Wireless or Satellite to add a cheap router/Firewall
(From 46 Euro, extra for WiFi).
>> If that isn't Microsofts' fault...
A victim of their own popularity... and adding the kitchen sink by
default to the Network card.
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