Just inherited a 6 month old HP Pavillion desktop running Vista Premium, which never been connected to internet and OEM installed antivirus has now expired, as have the windows updates. Can I be infected before I can download & install a free av / firewall? What should I do?
Turn on Windows Firewall.Anti-Virus out of date.You should still be able to use it.But will not get any updates.[Hope I got that right]You may have to go to.All Programs.Accessories.System tools.Activate Windows.And put the OEM Keycode in to activate it.
Thanks for the replies. Tried Rossgolf and Marg7's suggestions of downloading free antivirus to old machine, transferring to new via memory stick. Elected to use Avast av and everything fine until install on new machine. Avast made its initial scan as expected but when finished, screen went blank with pc humming away but no other sign of life. Eventually switched off at mains as nothing else worked. On restart Windows went through the diagonostics, did a system restore and then fired up as normal having deleted Avast AV.
I agree with FE. Just go online, d/l and install a decent Firewall first, then the AV of your choice and run it afterwards. I suggest ZoneAlarm first then AVG8. This should protect you until you get sorted permanently. Do not d/l anything else - or - go surfing meanwhile ;-)