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Old 12th July 2006, 03:24 PM   #11
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Good grief, I didn't expect to unleash this amount of vitriol!

To give them their due, Comet refunded the money to my credit card without any major quibble. Having seen how much of my resources are squandered by Norton, I'll be uninstalling it tout de suite and installing some freeware instead.

As for the Unusable Power Supply, let's hope John Hope Engineer's Red Mist doesn't ever meet one.
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Old 12th July 2006, 03:41 PM   #12
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Guy, Guys

John Hope made my day. John Hope is now included in my private little toast late each night, when I drink a glass of good port, toasting the previous owners of my vinyl, for looking after the stuff and allowing me to play them and enjoy them again.

As for the suppliers of duff equipment, may they have interesting times...

@EC8010 Nice to hear from you! A long time ago, I had AVG stuff which worked well. For some reason or other, my computer technician uninstalled that and replaced it with NIS. Come to think about it, he probably needed a turnover boost.

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Old 12th July 2006, 10:30 PM   #13
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I gave up on Norton loooong ago...in the DOS era it was good stuff...always did more harm than good in the Windows era.
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Old 12th July 2006, 11:18 PM   #14
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Seems to me that every thing Symantec get their hands on turns into disaster.

Take for example Norton Ghost and Veritas Backup Exec they are not any longer what they used to be.
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Old 12th July 2006, 11:31 PM   #15
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Norton Antivirus is still the only antivirus program worth the name. People have always complained about it consuming computer power. But the other antivirus programs consume no computer power because they do nothing at all.

I stopped using Ghost years ago and have never used the other Symantec products.

Having that said, I run my desktop and laptop without antivirus programs. I let the licences laps. I do use ZoneAlarm, a program I couldn't be without. How else would I know what goes on inside the PC? And I have free versions of Ad-Aware and Spybot (mostly because they are free), though I rarely use them. Nowadays I never visit sites that can do any harm. No file sharing, no nothing.
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Old 12th July 2006, 11:46 PM   #16
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Norton Antivirus is still the only antivirus program worth the name. People have always complained about it consuming computer power. But the other antivirus programs consume no computer power because they do nothing at all.
Which antivirus progam is best changes from test to test and from week to week. Last time I checked a test, Kaspersky and Antivir were in the top in number of detected viruses, but that was a while ago.


For those of you who want to check if your firewall at least passes minimum security requirements, this is the place to check it:
http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2

Any decent firewall should run in stealth mode, so a foreign computer can't even know if there is a computer at the IP address it is trying to contact.
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Old 12th July 2006, 11:48 PM   #17
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Seems to me that every thing Symantec get their hands on turns into disaster.

Take for example Norton Ghost and Veritas Backup Exec they are not any longer what they used to be.
There was a rather good competing program from Powerquest, that did basically the same thing as Ghost. Symantec bought them, and the Powerquest program is no more. As far as I am told, also Ghost no longer does what these two programs were useful for, making a perfect image of a partition.
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There was a rather good competing program from Powerquest, that did basically the same thing as Ghost. Symantec bought them, and the Powerquest program is no more. As far as I am told, also Ghost no longer does what these two programs were useful for, making a perfect image of a partition.

So true!
Today Acronis has quite good reputation as partition restorer and more i hope they not get swallowed by Symantec to.
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There was a rather good competing program from Powerquest, that did basically the same thing as Ghost. Symantec bought them, and the Powerquest program is no more. As far as I am told, also Ghost no longer does what these two programs were useful for, making a perfect image of a partition.
Drive Image that was. Great program under win98.
On winXP machines it worked very, very slowly and you had to repair windows afterwards. On a XP machine ALLWAYS run the program from a repair diskette and not the dos mode. The program then wants to reboot in DOS mode, but somehow it locks up. Everytime I restarted it tried start Drive Image. After trying several things I was fed up with it and formatted c and reinstalled everything.

I till use Powerquest Partition Magic alot. Works great on an XP machine.
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For those of you who want to check if your firewall at least passes minimum security requirements, this is the place to check it:
http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2
Yes, very nice. Now which is the bit we're interested in?
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