Terry's Computer Tips - Newsletter
February 12, 2006
Volume 1, Number 35 — Sunday, February 12, 2006
7. An Anti-Virus Question
Jennie, one of my friends and readers, wrote to say:
Terry, I want to download the NOD32 virus program and wonder if I can download it on my desktop (fast access) and put it on a CD and install it on my laptop. I have been unable to get the fast access to work on the laptop and don't want to do this on a dial-up because of the time I'll be unprotected for viruses. I got the dialup to work and am already getting notes saying I have viruses and should go to a website to run their program. They try to make it look like Microsoft but I know it's not. I would just not like to be on the internet without virus protection.
Also, how do I do it so you'll get credit for it?
Oh, good question. Download it from one of my links. Sure, you can burn it to a CD and carry it to the other machine. Then install it.
As soon as you connect to the Internet on the laptop, NOD32 will probably automatically trigger an update. Just to make sure, you can trigger it manually.
Just double-click on the NOD32 icon in the status bar, click on Update, and in the window that opens, click on Update Now. By the time you do that, it may already be updating (NOD32 checks when your computer is booted and then checks every so often for updates, too).
You get a free 30-day trial of NOD32. When you get ready to buy, go back to via one of my links to buy the license. That way, you can make sure that I get the credit for the sale.
She followed up with the question:
I also looked at the PC Cillin program and it seems that for $10 more, I can get firewall, spam, etc. Do you recommend that? I won't be on the internet a lot on this computer, especially if I can't get that wireless card to work. If that works well, I may switch over my other computer when it's time to renew the McAfee.
NOD32 is the best of the best in anti-virus, in my opinion. The "combination programs" can't be best in everything.
Trend Micro's PC-cillin is a good choice among the combination programs and a lot of friends use and like it. As you've read in my newsletters, I recommend it (or Panda Software or Kaspersky for users wanting the combination products).
Personally I prefer the best of each class of product. Since you won't use the Internet a lot on this one, PC-cillin is a good economical choice.
On your wireless problem: Keep looking at the manuals. They should step you through the process. If not clear, get the Linksys WRT54G manual from www.linksys.com. It has a very good explanation of settings and reasons for them. However, if you don't have Linksys equipment, you will have to "translate" the instructions from the Linksys model to your brand's configuration screens.
8. Starting Programs "Maximized"
This week, reader Ralph C. wrote:
What you showed us Saturday [at the Cajun Clickers Computer Club's Windows Special Interest Group meeting — Terry], looked ever so simple. Trouble is, it must be a Wxp PRO feature. I have been through just about every menu I can find, and have not seen that advanced setting change one yet!
The options to maximize programs (or minimize programs) as the start are on my wife's XP Home computer, so it must be on yours, too. It wasn't an "Advanced" button item.
To make the program maximize on startup:
- right click on the icon for the program
- pick Properties
- The Properties window has 3 tabs: General, Shortcut and Compatibility
- If the Shortcut tab is not selected, select the Shortcut tab
- The second-to-bottom box is labeled Run. It is a pull-down menu. Pick Maximized.
- Click Apply
- Click OK to close the Properties window.
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10. The Computer Keeps Dialing
Reader Harold wrote to ask:
I am have problems finding it but I just know that you have dealt with the problem of a computer dialing the internet and how to track down the program that is causing it.
Can you point me in the right direction?
I responded to Harold:
First, do you use a dialup connection normally? One of Windows settings allows you to let Windows automatically dial if a program wants to talk to the Internet. You could always set that to No. In fact, if you use dialup, I _recommend_ that you set that setting to "No."
Start / Control Panel / Network and Internet Connections / Internet Options / Connections,
and select "Never dial a connection."
It could be any program - your anti-virus, your graphics program, your email program, your anti-spyware program, Adobe Reader, anything -- many programs are written to check for updates when they are started.
Rather than fight each individual one, do both of the following:
1) select "Never dial a connection," and
2) use a firewall from ZoneAlarm, TrendMicro, Panda Software etc that will control OUTBOUND queries from your computer to the Internet. If you don't have one, get one.
See my computer security program recommendations in each email and online newsletter issue and in the Computer Tips section of my web site.
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