XP SP2 wreaks havoc with AV

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Aug 15, 2004

XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) establishes stronger security settings that help defend against viruses, hackers and worms.

According to Microsoft, the newly released (and much anticipated) Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) "will establish stronger security settings that help defend against viruses, hackers and worms." However, the company warns that SP2 could cause loss of functionality in a number of programs as, by default, the Windows Firewall will block unsolicited connections to a user’s computer. Unfortunately the programs said to experience "loss of functionality" (despite having had the many months of SP2’s beta period to prepare) include several anti-virus and firewall programs, including versions of: CA’s eTrust Armor, Command AntiVirus, BitDefender, Kaspersky AntiVirus, Eset’s NOD32, ISS’s BlackICE, Norman Personal Firewall, Norton Antivirus 2003, Sourcenext’s VirusSecurity and ZoneLabs’ Zone Alarm. A full list of the programs affected can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/.

Posted on 15 August 2004 by Virus Bulletin

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