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I ran Microsoft Windows XP Critical Update this p.m.. However I have something you could help me with.

After all was done I had a screen which indicated that "Firewall,Auto Updates" and Virus Protection should be turned on. Now after this was finished I tried to open up Yahoo Instant Messenger and I received dialogue box asking me if I should unblock this program. Is this normal and do I have to go through this all the time with other prorams, or is there a way I can turn off the Firewall and Virus Protection as I have independent anti-virus program and anti-spy programs.

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that is normal for the windows firewall....you can turn it off by going to start > settings > control pannel.....then there should be a thing about the firewall in there....if you don't see it....you m ay need to switch your control panel to classic view
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Indeed I have icons on Control Panel for Firewall, Automatic Updates and Anti-Virus. They were not there until I did the update. However is this update Services Pak 2 a good thing to remove? Also when the installation was finished I was advised that there would be performance problems with this update. I noticed that in "Add/Remove" section of Conrol Panel there is a method of removing the update. So do I keep it or do I remove it. What is advisable?

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service pack two is very important for windows security... the performance issues that it warned about involved some older software that didn't like service pack 2...but most software now is compatible with the service pack..i would suggest not removing the service pack.
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Thanks for info regarding Microsoft Update Service Pak 2. One more thing. When I turn on computer now, the Windows logo and advetisement reads "Windows XP". It used to read "Windows XP Professional. Is this a problem? Is this an indication that I have the wrong update. If I go Control Panel>System it under General heading it reads Windows XP Professional. Do I need to do a System File Checker now.

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you can if you would like to do so...but it's not an issue for it to just say windows xp during boot...as long as inside the os it knows what version it is
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