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I now have the laptop set up with my full keyboard and scrolling mouse which is making things somewhat easier but I'm being driven nuts by some of the things my hubby has on this computer that are either demanding that I do an update to a new version (dell support center) which then proceeds to tell me that no update is available right now... try later. O_o

He's using the Microsoft Security Essentials for his security software which has it's own little quirks. I have the computer set up to do a daily quick scan... no problem so far. Set it up for noon and it starts scanning at 11:55am. Reset it for 1pm and it was after 1:30 pm before it started scanning. Well, it does say "about 1pm"... again O_o. Driving me slightly nuts. I think I'm just going to go with a weekly full scan and hope that it doesn't start up at a time other than the one that I've set leaving me with a computer that is totally unresponsive because I'm right in the middle of doing something that uses most of the memory available!!!

Then there was the fun bit when I did a restart because the silly thing didn't want to let me get back online... "Your computer is at risk!" quickly followed by "Your computer is protected" followed in turn by "Your firewall is turned off!!!" which when I checked it showed "Your firewall is on." ARGH! Flaky, flaky security software but not really any worse than McAfee, which is my only other option!

Not to sound like a commercial, but...

Date: 2011-06-19 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sulien
The next time you need to pay for anit-virus and firewall software, check into GData before renewing either McAfee (which is barely better than no protection) or Microsoft (which is even worse). It works really well and does a good job of staying mostly in the background, though it does scan downloads when you open a web page and won't allow a file with a virus to load in the first place. It's sometimes annoying, but it has stopped at least a half-dozen viruses on various sites I would never have suspected of carrying viruses, and that's just in the week since I put it on my computer. They charge $70 ($69 and change) for a license that covers 3 computers, or $40 for just one computer, which is about average for security software these days, and it includes firewall protection as well as anit-virus and such.

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