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Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview - PCSTATS
Abstract: Once your PC is updated with Windows XP Service Pack 2 there are a few things you'll need to know about its new features and security options.
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Aug 17 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Controlling Add-ons in IE

The second major addition to IE is the add-on manager, accessed by going to 'tools\manage add ons...' This allows you to see what software packages have been added on to the basic functionality of the browser and remove them if necessary.

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We tested this feature by deliberately picking up a couple of malicious programs from some of the shadier sites on the Internet. We enabled popups and activeX controls on these sites and answered 'yes' to questions any sane Internet user wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, and before we knew it, IE was behaving rather oddly and redirecting us to sites we didn't really want.

PCSTATS A quick trip to 'tools\manage add-ons' allowed us to disable the most obvious effect of the parasites we had picked up, the URL redirection.

Ad-Aware finished off the rest of the infestation. We came away impressed with this new feature as a quick and dirty way of restoring a hijacked browser. Note that it does not remove spyware or hijackers from your system, it only disables them. Use of Ad-aware or other spyware removers is still necessary. For more information see our anti-spyware articles here and here.

Outlook Express had one obvious new security feature added too. We'll cover that next.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Windows XP
 Pg 1.  Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 / SP2 Overview
 Pg 2.  A New Firewall for WinXP
 Pg 3.  Upgraded Outlook Express Security
 Pg 4.  Testing the Firewall Coverage
 Pg 5.  — Controlling Add-ons in IE
 Pg 6.  Email Protection Increased
 Pg 7.  WindowsXP Service Pack 2 in use - The XP Firewall
 Pg 8.  Programs and the new Firewall
 Pg 9.  Windows Security System
 Pg 10.  Windows XP Service Pack 2 in use
 Pg 11.  Adjusting to Service Pack 2

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