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How to protect computer after factory reset
After many years, I feel it's time to reset my computer to factory defaults and reinstall my software. This will take the computer back to XP service pack 2 and Internet Explorer 6, so there will be a lot of Windows updates to download. I will also have to download Norton 360 and the latest dat files. My concern is that my computer will be on the internet fully exposed during this process. I did all this once before many years ago, and ended up with a collection of viruses by the time I had finished.
My question is, is there any way to protect my computer during this time? Can I download Norton 360 now and store it on a CD to install before going online after the reset? Can I do the same with the dat files? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Thank you for your help,