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  • bare4 bare4 Mar 25, 2006 1:32 PM Flag

    OT- Renew Anti Virus

    my norton anti virus 2005 will expire next month and I generally renew my subscription. I thought I would check if you have any other ideas, special discounts etc.

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    • Computer Associates has a suite of products that is cheaper than Norton or McAfee over the long run.

      I have a large software client and it is the software they install on clients' system.

      I've used Norton and McAfee, but I now prefer CA.

    • In non-technical language, Norton sucks.

      Try AVG -- free for home use, works very well, doesn't put a big drag on your system like Norton.

      You can bypass many security exploits simply by switching from IE to Firefox and from Outlook Express to something (anything) else, e.g. Thunderbird.

    • Microsoft has a beta test version of a new software product called "OneCare", which includes antivirus, firewall, backup, and system cleaning software.

      If you register for it and download the software *IN APRIL*, you will get it for free for one year.

      For more info, go to www dot onecare dot com.

      If I recall correctly, the renewal fee for it is going to be $40 or $50.

      Since Microsoft wrote that big sack of rusty hammers called Windows, one could speculate that they have a leg up on competitors with respect to its security holes.


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      • "Since Microsoft wrote that big sack of rusty hammers called Windows, one could speculate that they have a leg up on competitors with respect to its security holes."

        No offense meant, but this is kind of like endorsing the Mafia brand of "insurance" against "accidents" and other unforseen events. Talk about a license to steal: just create "problems" that you can fix pronto. Of course, this gives you an indication of the esteem I have for the mavens at MSFT.

        Microsoft is, however, an absolute paragon of efficiency compared with the brutal mess that Norton will make of your machine. But really - unless one is a total computer nincompoop - why run AV at all? Unless you sport around a lot of really bizarre places like Cornhole Central or Nigerian banks, or have people who hate you sending you a lot of infected e-mails, you probably can get by without it as long as you have another form of protection. Like...

        Zone Alarm. It does offer a free firewall that catches a lot of stuff. Their upgrade - Zone Alarm Pro, $40 - offers a REALLY good firewall, heavily programmable, but in a way that most anyone with on ounce of brains and savvy can figure out pretty quick. This program catches suspect e-mail, weird mobile code, spyware, has a super logging feature, and allows individual program access and privacy controls for everything that comes in and out of your computer. I cannot praise this program too much. Never have had a problem with it for the five years I've used it. (I used the free version for two years before that) Virtually every AV program I've ever used had a level of regret attached after the fact, usually in the form of corrupted files and programs that never ran right once Macafee or Avast or Norton got through "tweaking" everything.

        As for system cleaning - just get rid of crap you don't need - uninstall the proper way - run scan disk and defrag periodically. I am pretty damn particular about my machine as I use it for business and banking. I know this is a very serious issue for most of us, which I assume includes anyone who thinks enough to ask for input. Good luck.

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