After re-formatting

June 9, 2009 at 02:34:35
Specs: Windows XP
I have just re-formatted my hard drive and up loaded windows xp from the disk that came with my computer which is about 4 years old, i need to install up dates and add my anti virus software, but does anybody know which updates to add first, if i go to the microsoft update site it slows up and stops, do i have a problem with IE, at the moment it is running IE6, can someone point me in the right direction.

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June 9, 2009 at 04:14:59
To make sure you are clean.

Download, install, update & run these.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
Perform a quick scan or a full system scan on your computer to detect and quarantine/remove the malware found on your PC.


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When you are sure it is clean, try again & if needed repair IE6. Here is my list of possible problems & fixes.

It's not always malware: How to fix the top 10 Internet Explorer issues
Troubleshooting IE6
Unable to Install Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP
How to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP
Windows XP comes with Internet Explorer 6. Microsoft has made IE part of the core operating system. If you think IE is screwed up, and want to repair it, you must use the sfc command:
Start > Run, copy & paste > sfc /scannow & press Enter.
This will scan and restore protected system files ( which IE is )
How to reset Internet Explorer 6 to its default settings
Another Fix For Broken Internet Connections
5) Another Fix For Broken Internet Connections
Fred, I had a client with a XP home PC with weird TCP/IP problems. All the usual TCP/IP fixes failed. Then I tried this program that fixes damaged Winsock entries. Worked like a charm! ---Alan M. Kaplan
Thanks, Alan. "WinSockFix" works to rebuild/repair part of the Internet connection plumbing that can be damaged if Internet-enabled software is incorrectly or incompletely removed. These days, the damage seems to happen most often when people use various spyware-remover tools to rip out malware such as NewDotNet, WebHancer and CommonName. More info:
BTW, if the "WinSockFix" site is busied out, a similar tool is available at

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June 9, 2009 at 05:01:07
Hi Dave,

Your problem is you; you are trying to manage the updates yourself. The system can do it better than you can.

Set XP to "automatic updates", and likewise for your anti-virus program. At the beginning they are bound to stumble over each other to some extent. Wait for a week and see how they are going. Alternatively, if you insist on having some personal control, set Windows to update at a particular time of day, and the antivirus program to update at a different time of day. Make sure your computer is switched on at those times (and for at least two hours after).

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June 9, 2009 at 07:26:28
I would rather suggest custom install than the automatic. SP3 and IE8 are not my favorite updates as they are so dodgey and cause more harm than good, so they can be excluded using the custom install.

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June 9, 2009 at 07:26:51
Are you using the express setup?
When it gets to the service packs it may look like it stalled but sp2 and especially sp3 take for ever.

Also look at the bottom of your screen as when ie8 is ready to download you need to confirm the download. You can sit there for ever if you don't click on the confirmation.

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June 9, 2009 at 11:04:51
If you're going to install SP3, download it directly from Microsoft, not from Windows Update. Get the Network Installation Package (300MB +) & save a copy for future installations or to slipstream to your XP CD.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package

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June 9, 2009 at 12:16:38
As regards anti-nasties utils to install...
M$ windows defender does a good job (and is free..); SpyBot S&D ( is a useful addition; likewise AdAware (

I find Avast home/freebie version an excellent anti-virus util (

Once you have the OS installed afresh - get the utils and disconnect from web. Make a restore-point then install avast first; then go on-line and get the latest definitions; run a full scan... Then maybe create a fresh restore point and install Windows Defender - and update its defintions... and run a scan; The another restore point and install SpyBot and AdAware; get their updates and run scans. Make another restore point - and you're done...

Why all the restore points? If anything goes amiss with any of the installations..., you can get back to before it happened?

May seem a bit cumbersome but can sometimes be blessing doing it that way?

And the last one is your main starting point once system is fully checked etc.?

And I tend to echo XpUser and jam re' sp-3 installation; and also "word..." re IE8. I'm inclined to leave that latter beastie be for now; stay with IE6x - or "if you must..." IE7... Personally I'm on IE6; and also the current Firefox 3x...

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