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"Why trust MS - source of most bugs - for a security solution?
I bought Zone Alarm Scurity Suite, rather than the free download. I figure you get what you pay for <unfortunately>."


I avoid the security suites (ZA's or anyone else's), because I refuse to run virus software (because of the "sludge" they introduce and the performance hit they impose). I've never been tagged with a virus, worm etc., due to always using a firewall and always practicing safe computing. Removing spyware/adware is mainly a matter of removing cookies and deleting internet files which can be done within Windows, rather than using a dedicated program. So I don't use any of the features a security suite provides except the firewall, and because I'm running a firewall on multiple computers, it makes sense to use the free version rather than buy multiple licenses.

But ZA will stop updating the their firewall for Win9x/Me in any version, so I'm going to have to migrate to another product and/or another OS, etc.

I loved DOS and a command line OS. So Linux is attractive to me. But too many of my key, financial programs only run under Windows. Yeah, I could explore running them under WINE, etc. But the easier default solution is to concede to MS the OS and desktop and just deal with its known problems. But the days on my depending entirely on MS are coming to an end, because I'm not willing to buy multiple linceses of XP, and then the next "upgrade" (Longhorn/Vista), and then the next. These days the Open Source movement has apps for nearly any need or purpose, so much so, that MS could be bypassed. It's mainly laziness that would keep one from doing the mitgation, not a lack of apps.


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