All critical updates are a MUST ! Otherwise you will be very vulnerable !
After you downloaded and installed ALL critical updates, revisit Windows Update again and have a look, if there are still critical updates you need.
You always could download the FREE AVG Anti-virus:
Hi guys. After just reformating the hard drive on my Dell Dimension 8300 due to virus problems i was trying to get on top of security by downloading all the updates from microsoft. I was under the impression these would make my computer run more smoothly and be more protected from threats.
Unfortunately after doing so my computer would not start windows and i ended up having to reformat again.
This time i'm thinking about ignoring windows updates all together and just sticking with a non-Microsoft virus protection software and hope that it does the job in terms of security.
Is this a wise move? Are there ways of gaining good security updates from microsoft that don't crash my system?