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    QwikFix Pro

    QwikFix Pro is an application which claims to provide proactive protection for Windows. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> for personal use until October 31st. Don't know much about it. I'm about to install it.

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    Joe

    On reading the front blurb, it seems to be fairly non-specific about how it actually achieves its objective, and I wonder how different it is from things which monitor/prevent ActiveX controls, like SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard, or which trap changes to the "Run"-type registry entries, like TeaTimer and StartupMonitor. Does it prevent downloads via browser, of adware/malware like Gator and CoolWebSearch? And how does it prevent the so-called zero-day exploits, where someone exploits a vulnerability that nobody thought of before?

    I'd be interested in your results, but, as ever, how do you test something like this?

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    Reading through the Qwick-Fix Pro site and various reviews the program works by changing Windows configuration settings and stopping some services that can be used by virus/malware to exploit a computer. A couple of reviews of the product are available from PC Magazine and InfoWorld

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    Thanks, Joe.
    I just DL it and will give it a try.
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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    Tony

    The reviews look good -- but does it keep a log of what it has done to options, services, registry settings, and so on, on installation?

    Would be interested to hear how you get on, before 31 October!!

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

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    I have no plans to install it though I have downloaded it just in case...

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    John,

    I just uninstalled it. It did not seem to add much that I hadn't already done. Mostly was disabling services - such as Windows Messenger, DCOM, - the usual suspects in the vast majority of XP installations. Not really much of a test I know but I just don't like keeping stuff around that I don't feel adds to my computer experience.

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    I downloaded and installed the program to see just what it was, since it sounded so good in the Lockergnome review. Here's an excerpt from the EULA that makes me think the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> offer is more than a little dubious:<blockquote><hr>Upon acceptance of the terms of this Agreement, You will be able to download the Software by following the installation instructions. The Software will be fully operational, and will be updated with Content Updates, for a free trial period that expires at the end of the day (midnight PST) on October 31, 2004 (

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    Re: QwikFix Pro

    David,
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    it becomes little more than diskspace-wasting junk.
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    This isn't TOO unusual for some trialware to just become inoperable after the trial period.
    But, no purchase price or instructions doesn't lend itself to confidence, that's for sure.

    I also DL it and used for about a day, then got rid of it. Just didn't like what it came up with as a "fix".
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