Microsoft to force Windows updates?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Steve, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. Steve

    sipowtiz_00 Guest

    You have years of troll experience in the general group than no one
    can match.

    sipowtiz_00, Aug 29, 2003
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  2. Steve

    David Guest

    The questionable ballots should have just been tossed out and the
    legiable ones counted only. If people aren't smart enough to figure out how
    to use a ballot, they don't need to be voting.

    David, Aug 29, 2003
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  3. Steve

    WSZsr Guest

    And an informed user would use common sense and never have to worry about
    viruses, etc - even with a windows PC.
    WSZsr, Aug 31, 2003
  4. Steve

    fran paz Guest

    The impact of recent virus attacks on XP and Win 2K users then would confirm
    that a huge number of PC users are relatively uninformed...or, perhaps, they
    don't trust Microsoft patches after suffering through XP SP1 or Win 2K SP4.
    Either way, the time they need to spend to stay on top of these issues on
    Windows is time that Mac users spend enjoying their systems without that
    worry..and regardless of the reasons...right???
    fran paz, Aug 31, 2003
  5. Steve

    David Candy Guest

    The patch only protects misconfigured computers. If a networkor standalonne computer is correctly configured it was immune from Blaster and stupidity caused the others. NetBIOS shouldn't be exposed to the internet..
    David Candy, Aug 31, 2003
  6. Steve Guest

    the bottom line: macintosh's cost more than intel/amd based machines.
    mac virus's are less painful than m$ viruses. a hacked unix/linux box is
    more severe. (simply put)
, Aug 31, 2003
  7. Steve

    David Candy Guest

    This is a NetBIOS thing. Because NT based systems are corporate computers they default to Networking for any connection, as they will be used in a company LAN. If using it for purpoes lika home computer requires it to be reconfigured.

    So the blaster only affects computers set up for networking. XP, as a corporate OS, defaults to networking for all connections. One needs to disable NETBIOS over the internet connection.

    Most firewalls also block NetBIOS by default. But this in not necessararly enough.

    The only place where the patch would be required is computers connected to corporate networks. While the network should protect the computers from attacks, if one computer gets infected it will infect all others without a patch.

    However it should be a non issue on a standalone computer that has been coorrectly manually configured.

    9x computers default to being correctly configured for Interneting.
    David Candy, Sep 1, 2003
  8. By disabling NETBIOS over TCP/IP.


    Jack D. Russell, Sr., Sep 1, 2003
  9. Steve

    kurttrail Guest

    Just in case you want to know how to do it on your own computer, Greg.

    Self-anointed Moderator
    "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
    "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
    kurttrail, Sep 1, 2003
  10. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Well, maybe. According to the NY Times: "In July, Roelof Temmingh,
    technical director at SensePost Information Security, presented a
    paper at a security conference describing an experiment in which a
    test virus was sent anonymously via e-mail to 13 members of a bank's
    computer security team. Five recipients ran the infected attachment.
    "Five members of an IT security team in the financial sector executed
    an in-your-face" virus, Mr. Temmingh pointed out..."
    Steve, Sep 9, 2003
  11. Steve

    kurttrail Guest

    Who said that everyone in IT is "an informed user" & has "common sense?"

    Hell, I'm a sucker for the Nigerian scam. Every time I know what it is
    before I open it, but I open it up anyway because I just cannot stop
    myself from reading the new twists they come up with in their formal
    broken English. Somebody adds a new virus onto one of those and even
    I'd get it. LOL!

    Self-anointed Moderator
    "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
    "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
    kurttrail, Sep 9, 2003
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