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!

Love,

Your former BFF,
Jane

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.

Software rant

I love Firefox so when version 3.0 was released, I upgraded instantement. As anyone will tell you, newly released software will contain bugs and Firefox 3.0 is not different. In fact, 5 hrs after its release, a zero day bug (zero day means one that can bring hell & damnation to your computer. πŸ˜€ Not really, but this Wikipedia article breaks it down) With this bug, you have to click on a maliciously crafted link or visit a bad site according to the Tipping Point blog so I’ll be super-paranoid till Mozilla releases a fix for this vulnerability. Nevertheless, I am really pleased with Firefox 3.0. The biggest improvement for me is the ability to search through my bookmarks as I manually type in any url into the address bar. I love the pretty green back button and the improved management of bookmarks. There are so many improvements, but I’m just touching on those that actually will improve my browsing experience. Check out the release notes for Firefox 3.0 on Mozilla’s website.

Speaking of software upgrades, Snag It 9.0 is out. For the sum of $20, I can upgrade to this newer version. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending Ferris wheel. When are software makers going to reward users by truly giving discounts? I paid $50 for this wonderful piece of software. However, whenever a new version comes out that’s a major jump i.e. from 7 to 8 or 9 to 10, I have to shell out at least $20 to “upgrade”. Right now, I don’t see any improvements that I care for. I really could have gone with a free screen capture utility, but I bought into the SnagIt hype and I think it has paid for itself several times over. Based on my usage, is it worth me upgrading yet? I will hold off till version 10.0 comes out. To be clear, this will be my first upgrade with the SnagIt software so I’m sure I’ll end up upgrading, but I’m just being grumpy right now. My license for Ad-Aware Pro ran out, but I didn’t even bother to renew it. Heck, I even uninstalled the entire Ad-Aware utility. Right now, all I’ve got running is F Secure 7.11 which seems to do a pretty damn good job. Again, to be fair, the free Ad-Aware 2008 is pretty darn good at catching spyware so if you don’t have a dedicated spyware utility on your computer, give this a try. It served me well, but I’ve ‘outgrown’ it.

Right now, I’m blasting my favorite Tu Face CD “Grass 2 Grace“. He’s awesome and I can’t wait to get a hold of his new stuff. Hopefully, it’ll continue in this vein. FYI, Tu Face is a Nigerian musician. I can’t wait for M to get home to tell him about my exploits on the trail. πŸ˜€ I kicked my ass, but I didn’t back down. I’m looking forward to some longer rides with him. I’ve got to tweak my nutritional habits to ensure that I’m not constantly in a catabolic state. My intake is increasing, but I suspect some minor inadvertent weight loss has occurred. Not good!