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Windows 2000 Security

Hi Forum,

I have a PC running Windows 2000. It was in a dedicated application and has never been on line. Could someone recommend what firewall and malware programs (and which revisions / versions) that will run on and protect Windows 2K on line?

Thanks in advance for your help


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Why not migrate to XP or higher?

Windows 2K must be full of holes that have been patched in later OS'es. That's more secure. And there are more security programs available for those OS'es. That's more secure also.


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Windows 2000

Hi Kees,

You are correct. I am looking to avoid buying another OS. If anyone besides me is still running 2K, what firewall and "malware" programs they were running and the versions that would let them get on line with relative security.



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Avast & Outpost Free
Avast antivirus supports Windows 2000.

"System Requirements:
requirementsProcessor Pentium 3, 128 MB RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space
Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64 bit)"

For firewall software:

Agnitum Outpost Firewall Free
"System Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
500 MHz or faster
30 Mb HardDisk
256 Mb RAM"

Note: Microsoft has ended its' support for Windows 2000 since July 13th, 2010
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Windows 2000 Security

Hi Donna,

Thanks for the help and suggestions. That should be enough for the limited on-line activities I want to do.



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Due to just one unpatched issue with Windows 2000 it is never a sure thing this OS (and Windows NT) can be used online anymore.

And looking further at it, there is another unpatched bug in the Animated Cursors in IE in Windows 2000.

This means that about all I can write is OK would be TEXT EMAILS.

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Windows 2000 Security

Thanks All,

This is sounding less and less like a good idea.


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