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Kudos0

Protecting Windows 7 Computer, Not Using MS Updates

I have a situation where I use a Win7 computer to maintain some legacy software. I have some 3-rd party development tools that will not work with Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 8 or later - some crucial dll's are updated that cause them to not function properly. Other updated MS software may also do this, but I know for sure that IE does. It has been difficult to maintain this, as any updates to MS products may update some of these system files. Then I need to use a system image to revert back to a working environment.

I find that I need to turn off MS updates to keep this working, so any modern virus-handling capability from them is not applied to this system. I do keep Norton Internet Security updated on it and am wondering if this is enough. Is there some sort of communication between Norton and Microsoft so that Norton can provide the same occasional security/malware updates, or other Norton capabilities that provide equivalent protection? Can I depend on Norton to keep the system protected and not have to also rely on MS updates?

Of course I could just take this computer off my network and rely on sneaker-net to get things transferred back and forth.

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Kudos0

Re: Protecting Windows 7 Computer, Not Using MS Updates

Windows updates patch holes in the operating system that can allow an attacker to take control and install malware without any action on your part.  If you do not install these updates, your machine remains vulnerable to such attacks.  That being said, Norton does still block specific malware through Auto-Protect, and Norton Intrusion Prevention can recognize and block attacks that leverage the unpatched security flaws in Windows.

So Norton does provide a measure of protection.  However, it is always better to update Windows so that the underlying vulnerabilities are fixed and can no longer be used to compromise your system.  Patching a vulnerability removes all risk; relying on Norton will protect you in most cases, but it does not make you bullet-proof.

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