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    Chicken or the Egg?

    I'm one happy camper. New computer, successful clean install of Win XP Pro, and the DSL modem just came in the mail. It feels like Christmas. Now here's the indicision.

    When I go online with the DirectTV DSL modem I've got a long checklist of need to updates, registration, downloads, etc., and one of the stops I intend to make is to grc.com and install a zone alarm firewall. My question, should I first install a Norton Firewall before I go live? I don't want to get caught with my ports open and risk my joy.

    Also, I've been a big fan of Norton Systemworks on my Win 98 machine, but since Win XP Pro is supposed to be so stable and self healing, do I really need Systemworks for my new machine?
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    Re: Chicken or the Egg?

    Q1 - Firewalls: Install one if you are on a DSL or cable connection. It doesn't matter which, quite frankly, I use ZoneAlarm and am very happy with its ease of use. There are a lot of others out there, and Norton's does the job nicely was well. If you don't install it before you go live, you are not inviting disaster, but don't go for long without it. <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15> Having an always-on conncetion such as DSL increases the chances that your system could be used in a DDoS attack, but it isn't going to happen the minute you log on, and you might get away with it for six months too. Just make sure that you install a firewall. XP's built in firewall does well too, but I have been exasperated by its limited configurability.

    Q2 - SystemWorks on XP is a good thing to have. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> Virus protection, registry repair/cleaning, and CleanSweep are all nice tools to have. All schedule-able and easy to use. Regardless of all the hype, XP is not perfect and is not truly "self healing" - it's exceptionally stable, I will give it that. Take from a lifetime tinkerer, you can crash it if you beat on it enough <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>.

    Bottom line - you don't need it, but install SystemWorks if you liked it before. Only version 2002 is compatible with XP. It will extend your capabilities and enhance your user experience. I happen to really like the "One Button Checkup." It updates itself, scans my regstiry for bum entries and cleans them, and oh yeah does a virus scan too.

    SpeedDisk would be in that list if I used it but I am a lifetime member of the Diskeeper club for disk maintenance. There is a big gotcha in SpeedDisk also - if you dual boot with NT 4, it won't work. Bummer. And Symantec knows but doesn't tell you anything above and beyond that <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Chicken or the Egg?

    Thanks for your insight Mark, it all kind of points me in the right direction. I'm looking forward to going live tomorrow. <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>

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