You wrote, "What do I do to guarantee that I can get my security programs running before updating everything else for security?". Unless I've misunderstood your intentions, is there any reason you can't download AVG (with a manaul update file) to a flash drive or CD, using another computer? Then transfer it your laptop and install them while offline?
I presume you're referring to Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Pro version, which runs in real-time. It can also be installed in the above manner, if you wish to have both installed before attempting to go online.
I would also suggest downloading and using the Norton Removal Tool, before before installing AVG.
Best of luck..
My laptop had to be wiped clean due to an insidious Trojan that snuck past AVG, Malbytes Anti-Malware, etc. The laptop is an HP 9200 series and is between two and three years old, Vista 32bit, Windows Service Pack 1 3MG memory. Offline I've customized some settings. But the computer is now at factory settings with horribly oudated OS, drivers, Java (6!), MS Office Suite, etc. with all kinds of security risks that need patching.
Here's my question: When I first go online (broadband but not the fastest), I want to download AVG, Malbytes and Secunia. But I know from past experience the laptop will fight me and download updates to the OS, MS Office Suite, Java, etc. What do I do to guarantee that I can get my security programs running before updating everything else for security?
Or should I just give up since there's so much to update and Windows and other updates will be first in line...and just go with the awful Norton Security that came with the laptop - of course, that is outdated by 2+ years and I hate Norton because it slows everything down.
Any suggestions on how to proceed? I'd like to make this HP laptop secure and get everything updated starting later today.
Thanks in advance for advice!