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Questions about possible virus and firewalls


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Irishredlr

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I have two questions. Recently my computer would not let me get to the Windows welcome screen I kept receiving the following error:

Isass.exe system error
Indicates a revision number not known by the service.
It may be a more recent revision than the service is aware of.

And my computer was stuck in a reboot cycle. I read through some past posts here of people who had similar errors, but I did not see one the same as this so I am not sure if this was a real error or a virus. To make a long story short, I ended up reinstalling a XP. So my first question is was this a virus and if so should it be gone with the new installation or could it still be around and cause a new problem? I have had clean virus scans but also did the day before the problem occured.

The second part of my question is about firewall's, I had my firewall turned off as it did not allow Aol 9.0SE to function properly and I was told that since I had dial-up I really didn't need one. So should I be using a firewall and if so does anyone know if any of the free firewall's are compatible with Aol 9.0?
Thanks!
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yeah you deffinitly had a virus...a bad one...it should be taken care of by the reinstall. as far as the firewall, even on dialup it's a good idea to have one.
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Fore firewalls I recommend Zone Alarm..... cause from reading what I have read it also helps stop trojans accessing your computer and since i have had this firewall, I have had no problems.

For AV's - AVG Free, it updates its drivers and diffenitions for FREE and its is really good and detecxting anything.
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Thanks for your responses. I will look into Zone Alarm. Right now I am using the McAfee VirusScan provided by Aol and also run Housecall once a month. I tried loading AVG before and ran into a problem, but maybe I will try again. Thanks again!
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Totally welcome.
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