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26th January 2006, 04:58 PM
Okay not strictly gps related but...

I have Norton (as installed on new system) It gave me a lot of grief on the old computer and this one is telling me I should renew my subscription. I know that it does not have a very good rep, so now I'm using adsl on wifi (I got all the technical terms!) what do users here recommend for antivirus/firewall protection or should I stick with nortons?

Also, the missus has purchased me yet another ****** printer, now with all the wireless gadgets...I'm out of usb ports. I was thinking of getting one of those hub thingos. My questions are, what type (if there are different ones) are recommended and can I use multiple objects (for want of a better word it's been a long day) at the same time through the hub?

Sorry for the simple questions!

26th January 2006, 05:36 PM
Hi Shane,

I highly recommend NOD32, and I've heard good things about Kaspersky(??) too.

NOD is great because it seems to use the smallest amount of resources, for the thoroughness of it's scanning abilities (except the http scanning!!)

Download the NOD32 trial here (http://www.nod32.com/scriptless/download/trial.htm), you can't go wrong with a fully functional trial product (lasts 30days).

ps. if you give it a go, during the install/setup, use the "intermediate" setup routine, leaving all the defaults, except "http checking"!!
This will slow down your internet browsing speed (for no real benefit).
The benefit is that it won't allow "elite code" past the browser, but if you have all the other "MONS" running (and avoid "leet haxor websites"!!) you wil be OK.

A few times I've followed Google links to haxor sites, and NOD comes up with a trojan warning :o (great stuff!!)

I recommend it to everyone, and all that have installed it, have never had virus problems!

......Now, if only my mother-in-law will do the same, and stop using Nortons!! :D

USB hubs are usually powered, don't get one that isn't(if they exist).....you should be fine!

Are your USB ports Hi-speed or Full-speed? Get a USB 2.0 version in any case!
Hi-Speed, 480Mbits/sec version!!

26th January 2006, 06:13 PM
I would recomend ditching your Bloatware (Nortons) and running AVG Free. We have been using this at work (yes I fix em for a living) for the last 12 months with not a single complaint. As for your firewall, 99% of DSL modem/routers have a built in firewall anyway now days, these are much better then a software jobbie. What modem are you using?

I would be making sure your WiFi has at least WEP encryption configured rather then looking for a firewall.

AVG Free (http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5)

Yes you can get non-powered hubs.. Not a great idea though.

26th January 2006, 06:59 PM
when you say powered usb...do you mean from the port itself or from and external source?

26th January 2006, 07:46 PM
Powered USB port/hub means that it has an external power provided (separate from the USB power available).

I think the combined current draw on all the ports powered from the computer cannot exceed 500mA (??)