Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2
How to use Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 to secure your PC?
Locking your PC against viruses and browser hijacking is not difficult if you download updates of the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system (OS) that you are using. Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 has been launched with major security enhancements and features to make Windows® OS more secure. The Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or SP2 is bundled with features to beef up Internet security with its antivirus, firewall and antispyware functions. The SP2 renders security from malicious e-mail attachments, browser plug-ins, worms, spam and other attacks that manipulate flaws of the Internet Explorer® browser. Major improvements and additional features of SP2 start with a Windows® Security Center Control Panel applet, Automatic Update feature of Windows® Firewall and other antivirus programs. Here are tips and methods by which you can take advantage of the security features of SP2:
- Security Center Control Panel Applet
- Blocks pop-up browser
Security Center Control Panel Applet
The most noticeable change brought by Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 is the addition of this new feature viz. Security Center Control Panel Applet. This Security Center provides with a single location to enable users view the status of the Windows® Firewall and the status of Windows® Automatic Updates service. At the same time, this utility keeps track of the status of the antivirus program that you have installed, you are running and you update from time to time. Whenever any of these three targeted security tools gets disabled or is not fully functional, the corresponding status light of the Security Center keeps changing from green to red or amber. Alongside, the utility also gives a warning icon in the system tray. When the SP2 turns green, it indicates that the firewall is enabled and you do not need a third-party firewall program.
The Windows® Firewall that comes by default with Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 is able to block all forms of incoming virus and worms that enter the computer through Internet connections. However, it cannot act upon the malicious applications that are already in your PC and prevent it from making outgoing connection through network connection. Hence, users are recommended to use a bidirectional third-party firewall utility along with this Windows® Firewall program to get protection from virus, spyware or Trojans that sneak through web browser, instant messaging program or an e-mail.
The Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 has the ability to block disturbing pop-up windows. Besides providing convenience of browsing, blocking pop-up windows safeguards your PC from browser hijacking that occurs when a website installs itself as a homepage or by running an ActiveX® programs. The SP2 provides pop-up blockers for popular browsers such as Mozilla®, Netscape®, Opera™ and Internet Explorer®. It also disables Windows® Messenger that allows entries of spammers to send pop-up messages on your PC when it is connected to Internet.