It was IE8. You start off with IE6, even after slipstreaming. I think. I didn't bother testing. I could try another day. I already killed the VM.
From VM creation and installation from SP3 OEM ISO to fully patched in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Not a
I had done all of the above in AVG Firewall on Windows, and it was very easy to do.
That's the part I actually doubt. All firewalls configured by normal users I've seen in my lifetime were so much of a mess, that they had more holes than a swiss cheese on were so strict they became unusable
I'm also quite surprised about "ranges known to be used by malware, marketers, etc...". If those were really even halfway public knowledge, there would be no malware of "marketing" problem on the Internet.
This one should get his medication, and think his strategy over.