Bye bye to incompatibility (buhbye F Secure)

I will start this post by saying I know next to nothing about the innards of internet security clients or antivirus software. However, when a problem consistently pops up in your internet security software and there is no useful information to help you solve the problem, you are justifiably mad. In my case, here are the following reasons I have given F-Secure Client Security the boot from my 64-bit Windows Ultimate computer. I will do this in form of a “Dear John” letter. πŸ™‚

Dear F-Secure Client Security,
I loved you from the first time I installed you on my home desktop PC that ran Windows XP Home Edition. You were flawless in your merciless execution of those bits & bytes that dared to infiltrate my computer neverminding the fact that you left me hog-tied during a simple update, not to talk of a full-blow computer scan. The best part about you was that you came to me free of charge. I recently adopted another computer kid whom I have not named yet. Despite my kid’s no-name status, I decided to equip her with the accoutrements that her big sister (Windows XP Home Edition) already had i.e. your gracious self. F Secure, that was the single biggest mistake I made.

Now, I know that I am just a transplant who can hardly string sentences together without introducing typos and hideous grammatical errors. πŸ˜€ However, I know two things: the blue screen of death is NOT cool and not being able to, you know, scan my computer? That’s really evil. I mean, how painful or painless is it to just allow me to, oh, open up a Word document or chat while you are updating your definitions or simply scanning my computer for hoodlums? Because of your inability to share time, I regret to say that I have not given my computer kid half the attention her big Windows XP sister received.

It is with a tired sigh of relief that I am hitting the uninstall button and telling you that I can’t deal with you anymore. I am free of your shackles and today, I say “no more!” In fact, you thought you were irreplaceable, didn’t you? Like my girl, Beyonce, said, “… You must not know about me, you must not know about me. I can have another you in a minute …”
My former lover, F-Secure, you have been replaced. Effective immediately, you are hereby given your marching orders and this not only means removing your files from my C:\Program Files (x86) directory, this means removing your tracks from my Windows registry, thank you very much! Oh and don’t let the door hit you on the way out!


Your former BFF,

lol. I had too much fun writing this letter. “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce is definitely the song to go with this letter. I could go on and on, but I didn’t want to kill the joke. πŸ™‚ Seriously, I am sick of all the error messages F Secure has thrown up since realizing that it was no longer on Windows XP. Here is a quick screenshot of the error messages thrown up thus far. It’s unreal and a bit shocking considering that Vista is the operating system du jour and they are clearly not reading their e-mails!

Anyway, who have I jumped ship to, you ask? Enter BitDefender Internet Security 2009. The Jane of the fables and lore a.k.a. Bootleg Jane would have had her fill of freebies to essentially roll her own internet suite. Well, there comes a time when you just get tired of playin Russian roulette. lol. Much love to the free stuff, but you WILL eventually have to pony up some cash to get better protected. Anyway, I’m running an evaluation version on my computer. In the past, I’ve typically made the mistake of paying for the software before using it and finding out that I’m not too excited about it. Well, I’m testing BitDefender Internet Security 2009 for 30 days on my laptop and if I like how it plays with the other items on my computer, I’ll pony up the cash for a license.

With that mini-rant out of the way, it’s on to more important things like my weekend. πŸ™‚ I skipped church for the chance to hang with J & J at their friend’s place (K & P). It was really great and I did not mind being around babies! πŸ™‚ K & P have a 13-month old daughter who has got the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen! πŸ™‚ And Little B, Sadie and Tyler came along for the trip. As J put it, the circus came to town! LOL. Alrighty, good night, y’all.

ActiveSync 4.5 works again!!!

Oh my lord!! You guys, wonders shall never end. I bought my refurbished Palm Treo 750 back in October of 2007. I discovered wonderful ActiveSync and then, I discovered Bluetooth technology. My desktop (HP Pavilion A1110n) didn’t have in-built bluetooth connectivity so being the nosey parker that I am, I bought a bluetooth adapter from CompUSA for ~ $19.99. Now, I’d been able to use ActiveSync to (duh) sync my files with the stuff on my PC and vice versa. However, upon installation of the Belkin bluetooth software, my nightmares started. Not only did they have little to no information on troubleshooting ActiveSync issues, almighty Google failed to help me in my quest to solve the mystery of how/why ActiveSync was suddenly refusing its connection to my phone. I stubbornly refused to consider that the software was somehow responsible so I decided that I’d hang on to the Belkin bluetooth adapter and keep the software installed. I couldn’t get ActiveSync or more than 75% of the ‘special’ functions to work because my phone was just a phone. I was resigned to the novelty of being able to make calls on my phone via my pc and sending files back & forth via bluetooth. Fast forward to today, I tried to start my bluetooth device on the PC and it wouldn’t start. I instantly knew what the problem was (or I thought I did): a previous system restore renamed some possibly crucial files which was not farfetched considering the fact that I had to re-install my firewall software (F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security 7.11) and do a lot of testing because of the renaming that System Restore has to do sometimes. So, I uninstalled the program and restarted my PC twice due to issues I won’t go into. After my PC was running, I decided to start up ActiveSync on a whim and what happened? The connection was automagically restored!! I definitely will not be needing the bluetooth doohickey anymore and neither will I be needing the Microsoft Exchanger server at mail2web to store my contacts, etc anymore although it was a lifesaver when I needed to do a lot of messing around with my phone and thus needed my stuff (especially contacts) backed up. Oh well, enough of my gushing. Get to work, folks.