Sunday, July 23, 2006

McAffee vs Foxfire (part 3 of 4)

A fresh faced 22 year old teckky at church said that my problem isn't a Foxfire bug. It seems that McAffee virus software (the package came with my email program) and Foxfire do not "play nice" together and one or the other of them will constantly be throwing fits. So, Teckky suggested I download Msn instant messanger and contact him -- he could fix my system from his home. I downloaded MSN IM, tried to activate it, and it says I am not connected to the internet! Well obviously I am! I am not Teckky -- I am just a little idiot sitting in my home crying -- ENOUGH! Blogging was supposed to de-stress me, not distress me!


Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

This is just another suggestion, you will have to decide if you want to do this. Only do it if you feel comfortable doing it.

You can get rid of your McAfee and use AVG. It is a free antivirus that is way ahead of McAfee or Norton and is constantly updating the anti-virus definitions. It is a "Free" download. I have been using it on all my computers, I have 3 desktops and a laptop and have had no problems with it. You will also notice that AVG doesn't use as much resources as McAfee uses, your computer will run better and load faster. Here's the link

To install AVG, you will have to uninstall McAfee first so make sure you download the AVG file first to install and then uninstall the McAfee. Another good bit of advice is don't have an internet connection when you are uninstalling the McAfee as when you do, you won't have any antivirus protection on your computer until AVG is installed.

7/23/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Thanx -- lol -- can't thank you by name, it sounds less than polite. Anyway, I have AVG and we erased 228 items of spyware McAffee didn't think were important enough to mention.

7/23/2006 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Hi Quilldancer

Glad that AVG is working and cleaning up your computer. I swear by it. I also have a good firewall on my computers as well. You want to keep the hackers out. I use Zone Alarm and it works fine. I have been using it since I have been using computers. I feel a lot safer with it.

If you decide to use it you want to use the free version. You can configure it to allow all traffic, or to alert you when a program is wanting internet access. I use this setting. One thing you will want to let have access is your spooler. If not you wont' be able to use your printer. If you use zone alarm when you use firefox for the first time and Internet explorer for the first time, you will be asked to allow internet access or deny. Of course you will want to allow, but check the box remember this setting and you will only have to allow once.

Good luck with installing your firewall if you so desire. Oh, if you are running Windows XP, it already comes with a firewall. Also if you install a firewall, make sure you let it allow your email client, I use Thunderbird, or your email won't work.

PS, My my name is Bill, pls feel free to call me it if you wish

7/23/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMFAO. AVG? Not likely, that piece of shit will make your life a livin hell. I have been a telephone techie for 10 years. Never take advice from anyone who does not know any better than you. Because you are a friend of Pixies, I will help you as best I can. 1. Please read this:
That site right off is more qualified than even I am to tell you AVG is a joke. Add to that AVG was written by hackers, I would not load that software on my worst enemy. REMOVE IT NOW.
Second I posted a better option on my site a while back... Here>>>>

When I tell you that this is the best anti-virus software in the world, don't just take my word for it, go to their site and see they have been in the top 10 for over 6 years, AVG, Nortons, McAfee, all have not been in the top ten in over ten. Plus added bonus THIS IS FREE. Thats right you heard me, FREE. I have a link right on my post that goes right to it, BONUS BONUS, it has a built in firewall. I run Linux so I don't have the issues you do, but I have to watch over Pixies machine, and my Brothers, and dam near everyone else who knows what I do for a living, so when I say it's good, I don't just endorse it, I use it. As for your Firefox, I was wondering if you had a current version, if you go to the top of the browser, there is a "HELP" then go down to "About Firefox", if you see numbers that look like Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060508 Firefox/, course your will not say Linux like mine, But it is the last one that concerns me, if it says 1.0. whatever, you have a way outdated version and should upgrade RIGHT NOW, you need to get version 1.5, it will resolve most issues right off, and it does not care about other software on the machine. If you need more info, contact me.

7/24/2006 10:03:00 PM  

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