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    Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall

    Do you use Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall on any of your systems?

    Are they worth having, or is Norton Auntie Virus enough for a desktop, for a notebook?

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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewal

    You should run a personal firewall. Which one you choose is up to you. See <post#=407306>post 407306</post#> for additional comments.

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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall

    I could get by without pop-up blockers and Spam filters, but not without a good firewall. The AV is, of course, a MUST, and the firewall is right up there on the "must have" list. These days you really can't get along without Adaware se, Spybot, SpywareBlaster and SpySweeper to keep all the nasties from gumming up the works. They seem to get in no matter how diligent one is. <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

    To answer your question, "Are they worth having?", in a word........... yes.
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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall

    Howard,
    I use Norton SystemWorks 2004 and find it a very useful utility in addition to the AV feature. Have used it for a number of years now.
    I tried NPF but took it out after I just found it's setup rather "clunky" and just didn't like it's GUI. Went back to Sygate freebie firewall and it seems to work fine.
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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall

    I know folkes recommending using a router as a firewall, but I would need a router that handled dial-up modem, not just broadband.
    Any recommendations?

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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewal

    Bill_Bright recently posted that "If you are not using a NAT router, you should. There are several offerings for under $50.00USD. Some offer dial-up support.." (<post#=411316>post 411316</post#>) Maybe you could contact him and let us know what you find out.

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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall

    Howard,
    I don't know of any routers that are just for dial up, but there are some that are for DSLCable and also have a dial up capability for a backup line.
    The one that I can think of is made by SMC ( formerly US Robotics ) and is one that is at least reasonably priced at about $76.00 US.
    An advantage here is that if you ever DO go to DSL or Cable, you won't have to get another router.

    You can check it out at ROUTER
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    Re: Norton System Works or Norton Personal Firewall

    Thanx, that looks like an interesting option. In addition, I would need a wireless AP.
    Interestingly, SMC did not tell me about that choice.

    I called SMC and they sent me a bunch of data sheets on other approaches.
    As I asked for a wireless access point, I guess that's why they did not mention the product you mentioned.

    However, I'm now not sure it's worth paying more for the dial-up modem support.

    1. I never would use the modem on the Win 95 system, which is powered down nearly all the time, unless the modems on my other systems went kaput.

    2. Whilst at home, the modem on the notebook would be used only when I needed to run, say, Windows/Office/Live Update, or when modem on Win 2000 system goes kaput. Actually, the Win 95 has the same modem as the Win 2000 system, so I could use that modem on the Win 2000 system. And, the modems on the Win 2000 and Win 95 systems have lifetime warranties.

    3. Once I add another desktop next year, I would only use the modem on the Win 2000 system to run, say, Windows/Office/Live Update. My main system would be the new desktop, which would have Win XP.

    So, I guess worrying about the dial-up modem ain't so important.

    Ditto for the print server. The printer can be shared without having a printer router.

    Comp USA is having a special until 13 Nov 2004, after rebates:

    Linksys WRT54G is $59.99
    Linksys WRT54GS is $79.99.

    So, unless I get further confused (real easy to do as I am in the midst of critical negotiations), I guess I'll run out tomorrow and buy the GS (Linksys stated it is 30% faster for networking, I guess that's worth $20?).

    I'll also need 2 CAT 5 cables.

    I was told that the Win 95 system will work with this setup, if it does'nt, c'est la vie!

    Also, Comp USA is selling NAV 2005, 3-user package, AFTER rebates, for $19.99.

    Note that Linksys stated that their products come with a site license for a downloadable Norton Internet Security. I'm not interested in other than NAV with a dial-up modem. If were to online constantly with DSL, then maybe.

    I rreally don't like Linksys' tech support in INdia, but most folkes are recommending the WRT54G and there are active Linksys forums, so I guess it's a safe choice.

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