Regarding Virus prevention and system invasion, personally I swear by McAfee. Pay the money, enable the firewall, get the automatic upgrades, and rest easy. You shouldn't have any more problems with being an unsuspecting porn host...
Regarding SPAM, I have had endless problems with SPAM and finally took the plunge and broke my addiction to Microsoft Explorer and Microsoft Outlook; the two single greatest security holes in internet security abuse.
I use the free-software organization's Mozilla browser now and the Mozilla email host. For what it is worth, here are a set of instructions I wrote myself in the process of setting them up on my system...
· Temporarily disable McAfee Virus Scan during the install, then re-enable it.
· Load from www.Mozilla.org (or copy in D:Web Downloads\mozilla-win32-1.5-installer)
· Set default web browser to Mozilla
· From edit->preferences… set all the defaults you need. In particular
§ Appearance: When Mozilla starts up, open Mail & Newsgroups
Navigator: set homepage to www.yourpreferredwebsite
§ Mail & Newsgroups->send format: send the message in both plain text & html
· Help available from http://www.mozilla.org/start/1.5/
o Use in mode “search for all terms”
Allows faster performance and installs a Mozilla icon on the desktop taskbar.
From the Mozilla Browser
1. Open the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
2. Choose Advanced category.
3. Select Keep Mozilla in memory to improve startup performance to enable Quick Launch.
4. Click OK.
(If not using the Mozilla Standalone Email Client [6.1.17]
Right click on the Mozilla icon and select Mail and Newsgroups or if the Mozilla browser is already open, Window->Mail&Newsgroups, or use execute Ctrl+2
In each account you need to enable SPAM management.
· Tools->Junk Mail Controls. Enable
o Enable junk mail controls
o Do not mark messages as junk mail if the sender is in my address book
o Move incoming messages determined to be junk mail to: “Junk” folder on: markus at dot dot dot (or ‘Local Folders’ for all other accounts)
o When I manually mark junk messages as Junk: Move them to the “Junk” folder
See Using Templates
Template files can be created for each of the email accounts. HTML-linked signature files can be created and stored here.
everything in Mozilla email
folders. Hopefully you can make
These are the accounts I have in
1.1.1. Mozilla Thunderbird Standalone Email Client [NOT INSTALLED since at version 0.4 it is not yet ready for prime time for various reasons]
Open your zip program, unzip the Thunderbird file into a new directory, for most of you this will be C:\Program Files\Mozilla.org\Mozilla. In the Mozilla folder you should now have a new folder named Thunderbird, open the Thunderbird folder and you should see a Thunderbird icon, press it.
Create first user account [See 184.108.40.206 Configuration, part 1]
The first time you try to access each new account you will be prompted for the associated account password.
Create a SPAM folder under Local Folders
Set Enable Adaptive Junk Mail Detection (Tools->Junk Mail Controls…->Adaptive Filters-> Enable Adaptive Junk Mail Detection)
Set (Tools->Junk Mail Controls…->Settings)
Keep default settings but enable the following
o Move incoming messages determined to be junk mail to: Other: SPAM on Local folders
o Junk Mail Log->Enable the Junk Mail Log
state-of-the art in SPAM filtering technology is covered here:
Luckily, Bayesian Filtering as described by Paul Graham is well integrated with Thunderbird now.
Here are some other reviews I picked up.
Besides, Mark Shuttleworth recommends Thunderbird: "Bayesian filtering of junk mail has worked really well for me in Mozilla"
client has a great
SPAM elimination technology, and I will definitely keep using it. (Much
than I Hate Spam) and with the bundled Pop up window killer, a great
improvement. And of course because it is free, it is far better than
things like I Hate Spam which cost $10K a year in fees and run off
all their inherent security risks.
Now, for the downsides: The stand-alone email client Thunderbird is NOT ready for prime time, at least given my needs. (Note that it is in version 0.4 and Mozilla.org specifically states that pre 1.0 versions are caveat emptor : buyer beware.) So, after originally setting up the Mozilla email client in the browser, I set up Thunderbird, and then migrated back to the browser version. There are at least two main reasons why.
I have to manage 9 email account with Icosa. Under the Mozilla browser, Get Msgs has a pull down tab that allows you to "Get All New Messages" from all accounts at the same time. Thunderbird has not yet implemented this feature. That is a HUGE drag as you have to go through each account separately to get mail under Thunderbird. (unless I'm missing something here).
Fixed but not integrated in an extension to Thunderbird, called "Get All Messages." http://texturizer.net/thunderbird/extensions/
The account window of the Mozilla Browser version of the email client has programmable fields that give you info about the contents of the various folders.. I use all available (Name / Unread / Total / Size.) At a glance I know how many new emails I have in each email account. The Thunderbird version has not yet implemented this feature (unless I'm missing something) and as a result I have to individually click on the Inbox of each account to see if there is new email in them. That is a huge waste of time.
Each account has default sub folders (Inbox, Drafts, Templates, Sent, and Trash) which cannot be deleted and which are all on the same level so you can't hide the ones you use much less frequently. So, to see your Inbox, you have to see all this other crap, even though for most of your email accounts you may never use most of them. For most of my accounts, I need only Inbox, and Sent. Now the problem with this is that with multiple accounts, as is my case, there are too many accounts to be seen without scrolling (unless I close the sub folders which hides the stats for the Inbox.) In closed mode, I'd still want to see the stats for the InBox. Mozilla has a little work to do on this UI in my humble opinion.
If you are NOT connected to the web and you compose and then send an email, under outlook, the email will automatically go into your OutBox pending future connection to the web for sending at which point it is automatically sent. Under Mozilla, (unless I'm missing something) you need either to specifically put the email in your DRAFTS folder, and specifically SEND it at a later date, otherwise is sits there forever, or you need to explicitly use the Send Later feature when “sending” the email without being connected to the web which puts the unsent email into an unsent messages folder and then later, you need to explicitly open the “Local Folders->Unsent Messages directory and use the File->Send Unsent Messages command.
The inability to "drag and drop" email into folders elsewhere in the computer. One must individually save as->file (name, yada, yada, yada) or Ctrl-S (name, yada, yada, yada) each email you want to keep. Outlook simply allows you to drag-and-drop into another folder window.
The inability to rename an email in the subject line to be able to easily identify content from the subject line. This is another feature that Outlook has.
Unkaducky at aol dot com wrote:
hello, a while back there was something about free virus cleaners in the post and now i have found out that i need them.
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