New Computer and the Internet

  albu 21:00 19 Sep 2004

My sister bought a new pc approx. 3 weeks ago with xp home and is now getting broadband. She's not sure of a few things?

How can she tell if service pack 2 has been installed?

If sp2 is not installed how can she turn on xp home's firewall to get some protection when first connecting to the internet?

How much will she have to spend on anti-virus software and other internet protection software?

Any advice please.

  stalion 21:05 19 Sep 2004

1.service pack 2 should be listed in add remove programs or this will tell you
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2.most broadband packages come with a firewall or you can get one free on here
3.any protection software you need you can get on here for free.Let us know what you need.

  citadel 23:27 19 Sep 2004

I would get retail boxed anti-virus and firewall for a new pc. These will have automatic updates when you connect to the internet. You can get norton av and firewall for about £50.

  SANTOS7 23:42 19 Sep 2004

The firewall built in to SP2 is adequite and you can click here download this for free

  stalion 23:48 19 Sep 2004

you also need these all free adaware se personal
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  SANTOS7 23:48 19 Sep 2004

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