Hi Everyone, Todays new malware can kill an unpatched (unprotected) Windows computer in 20 minutes when connected to the internet. It has been commonly advised here when performing a new Windows XP install to first physically disconnect (unplug) from the internet. And then set up the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) so your ports are stealthed. Only then, reconnect and quickly get all the Critical Windows Updates and a better firewall. But I have also read that many of the newer worms don't even care about stealthed ports, they try to attack vulnerabilities anyway. Knowing this, is the ICF still enough protection when doing a new install? Are certain versions of Windows XP no longer safe for the initial install? (assuming no other hardware/software firewall and just the ICF was activated) What about: The original Windows XP Pro CD(with no SP)? Windows XP Pro (SP1)? Windows XP Pro (SP2)? (considering new flaws) Windows XP Home? Is a new initial install procedure needed? Like requiring a hardware firewall before connecting. Or installing a better software firewall first? With these new malware that don't care about stealth, is it enough?