Security Patches for Windows

Question

Hi --

I saw the recent warning about security patches for windows. I went to the Microsoft security page you noted, searched for updates & patches, and then started to download. When I came back to the computer, it had frozen. I had to exit the download process before it was complete. When I went back to the Microsoft page, I realized that Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 98.

Three questions:

1.) Am I vulnerable to the recently discovered security problems involving the Virtual Machine;

2.) Is it likely that I created problems for myself by starting the download of the security patches; and,

3.) Why didn't Microsoft's security page tell me that my OS is no longer supported, rather than telling me to download the patches?

Thanks,

Jim Rummage

Answer

This question was answered on August 17, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

1) Yes you are vulnerable

2) No your version of windows 98 may not have been a current one and those patches are still available on the microsoft website.

3) The reason you weren't told that your OS is no longer supported is because technically it still is All hotfixes and security patches are still available for download but no new ones are being worked on and support has ceased So once you update, your left to fend for yourself if new exploits,viruses, scripts etc are discovered

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Posted by Devin of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 17, 2004