Patch Watch

Norton software conflicts with Windows XP SP3

Antivirus software from Symantec Corp. may cause the installation of Service Pack 3 for XP to corrupt the Windows Registry by adding unnecessary keys.

Symantec advises users to disable the SymProtect security feature of its products before applying XP SP3.

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QuickTime, iTunes install Safari — like it or not

The auto-update routines for QuickTime and iTunes, two programs that play multimedia files, have quietly begun installing Apple’s Safari browser unless PC users are sharp enough to turn off a little-noticed option.

This week’s abomination makes me question the entire concept of trusting auto-update mechanisms as a way of seeking better security.

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