Mobile devices, Planets and the Human Condition


The best software for your Mum, Dad, Uncle, Mate or sister.

, posted: 5-Mar-2007 11:41

We all have them,
Those members of your family or your "Friends", and they will call you up and ask you around for dinner, or maybe for a drink, and while you are there you will get the

"Seeing as you are here, could you take a look at my computer there is something wrong with it..."


Apparently doctors get the same thing, except its questions about the people themselves, some of them are quite gross, so there is a definite benefit to being a Geek....

(Exception is when there are a number of virus' and trojans on the pc your looking at due to a member of the household clicking banners to dodgy sites, this can be gross or great depending on your perspective)

All of us "computer people" have to deal with them from time to time.

What I have been doing recently is reviewing different software products, and seeing how useful they are,

Most of them are probably occurring to you already, the categories are,

Firewall (single pc / Multiple PC)

Anti - Spyware / Malware

Antivirus

Browser


FIREWALL

For the firewall there are two categories, Single PC and multiple PC.

Ideally a Hardware firewall is the best solution without a doubt.

Reviewed:

Sunbelt Kerio Firewall

PC Tools Firewall

OutPost Pro Firewall

Checkpoint ZoneAlarm

Single PC recommended is:
ZoneAlarm
Cost: $0 (your time)
To put it simply, Zonealarm is definitely my personal favourite, its proactive, intuitive, user friendly and plain and simple its just the best option for a single pc installation.
it has a variable "computer knowledge" setting so its ideal from absolute
"computer as an appliance, you push the button and it goes"
through to
"I really should configure up a standalone firewall machine running linux, or go buy one, but I'm too busy building the next youtube / coding / playing WoW / reading GZ blogs"


All the others that I tried were not good - all that I looked at either tried to clone Zonealarm and did a bad job of it, - especially one in particular, that was just incredibly annoying - it had no idea what the hell anything was, if I was a n00b computer user, I would not have been able to do anything because it was warning me about absolutely everything - eg,
"Application "Firefox.exe" is trying to access the internet, this could be a virus, trojan or malicious action, if you are not sure click "DENY" "

And it did that with huge flashing lights and warning bells, on the n00by setting with standard config - and its not a MS Tactic - it happened with IE, Outlook, Thunderbird, etc. etc.

constantly - I had that one outta here in minutes.

the others (a couple I haven't even listed) I don't really know what they were like as they were causing system crashes.


Multiple PC Recommendation is: Zonealarm PRO
Cost:$39.95 USD
(Download free edition, click "Trial PRO" and you get a discount)

Zonealarm Pro is great, its got all the good things about the Free edition, and then some,
most importantly, its totally happy and easy to configure for Windows ICS (Internet Connection Sharing)

It Also Has an "Anti-Spyware" component which is great.


Anti - Spyware / Anti-Malware

These days, spyware is in a majority of cases, more of a problem than viruses.

lets face it, especially when the user of the computer might be downloading those smilies, or clicking on the banner as they have won because they are the 1,000,000 visitor to the website.

In this category I haven't said a winner or loser - just purely what I recommend:

Windows Defender. great. ms product. totally seamless. install it. Free!

Spybot S&D, another great Anti spyware tool.

AdAware yet another great Anti Spyware tool.


Antivirus

My personal favourite, for a free great antivirus, its got to be Grisoft AVG Free-Edition.

Browser
There are a lot of different Browser offerings out there today,
but you still can't go past good old Firefox for stability, compatibility and user-friendliness - I prefer the Google version.

IE7 is pretty, and works well when its working, but they have a long way to go yet!




so there you have a quick overview of recommended installs to make your unpaid maintenance of your "Friends" computers.



Other related posts:
Internet Blackout - Support it.
Kiwicon '08
Mobile Advertising, Youtube tests adverts on its mobile portal






Add a comment

Please note: comments that are inappropriate or promotional in nature will be deleted. E-mail addresses are not displayed, but you must enter a valid e-mail address to confirm your comments.

Are you a registered Geekzone user? Login to have the fields below automatically filled in for you and to enable links in comments. If you have (or qualify to have) a Geekzone Blog then your comment will be automatically confirmed and placed in the moderation queue for the blog owner's approval.

Your name:

Your e-mail:

Your webpage:

inane's profile

 
Wellington
New Zealand


I'm a professional Geek, and also in my own time, I am likely to write about all manner of things on this blog.
Of late I haven't updated this place much, but I need to do some revamping and dust off the cobwebs a bit. so thats what I'll do. going to aim for a minimum of three times a week updated here to begin, then perhaps head towards every day!


Who knows! 


but for now I hope you enjoy what you read, and that I aid the constant novelty and stimulus to your brain that the internet provides us all, in a way nothing else can!


I am likely to comment on everything here, but my current topics of choice are

*Privacy
*Mobile Devices
*Pluto
*technology
*general and specific ramblings
*ergonomics
*Dvorak Keyboard


BlogBurst.com

Mobile devices and more


Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape



^^ lol don't know what that is!



Recommended Reading

- Thought Powered Game Controller - Braingate - Technology to read your mind! - Bugatti Veyron top speed (Video) - Top Secret Classified Study - Colossal Squid Caught - How to Dump an HTC Apache ROM - how to dump an HTC Harrier Rom - Unlocking Apache Extended Rom part 1 - Unlocking Apache Extended Rom Part 2

My most active entries

How to Dump an HTC Apache ROM ...
(20-Aug-2006 17:38, 33114 views)
iGoogle? new look to googles ...
(2-May-2007 11:04, 30537 views)
How to easily obtain a list of...
(21-Feb-2007 11:35, 27261 views)
Gamo PT-80 Pistol....
(12-Jun-2007 22:10, 24499 views)
Velociraptor was a Turkey!?...
(24-Sep-2007 12:46, 24418 views)
Google Chrome; download and ch...
(3-Sep-2008 08:25, 22488 views)
Unlocking your Extended Rom PA...
(4-Jul-2006 09:29, 22039 views)
Guide to unlocking the Apache ...
(29-Jun-2006 12:24, 21444 views)
High powered rifles, no licenc...
(13-Oct-2008 20:24, 20840 views)
Pyramids at Giza vs. Pyramids ...
(28-Dec-2006 12:30, 18244 views)




You Tube !




Site Meter