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In Topic: Windows 7 Lag

14 June 2010 - 06:33 PM

... or you can just run a virtual machine in VMWare and roll back to a snapshot after installing anything dubious.

I used to swear by Kerio/Sunbelt firewall which has great application-level and web control functionality, but they haven't released a W7 version yet. For W7 they force you to install their full Vipre product which has the firewall bundled with an anti-virus suite. That's probably quite a good AV but I am p*d off with them because there's no excuse for not releasing just the firewall. It obviously exists within the bundle. Their salespeople have triumphed over the wishes of the user. FWIW the antivirus, like so many others, is plagued by false positives. In my line of work, there are many things on my computer which AV software doesn't like and which get quarantined or zapped if I'm not careful. Because of this I don't run AV, I rely on running stuff in virtual machines. I also use Thinstalled apps wherever possible in Windows, avoiding permanent installs.

+ to the recommendations of Malwarebytes, it's good.

In Topic: Any suggestion of parental control keylogger for Mac OS?

06 November 2009 - 02:28 PM

You are probably right, looks like spam to me too. A keylogger is not a good method of parental control ... you might see what the kids have been doing but by then it's too late. Link squashed and thread closed.

In Topic: Macdrive woes!

24 August 2009 - 07:38 PM

I tested this on a W7 installation and you are quite right. I think it's to do with the way W7 handles 'network' drives and that's how MacDrive appears to the system. Not sure if there's an answer yet; maybe if there's an incompatibility the MacDrive people will address it in an update. If I spot an answer I'll let you know.

Of course you could grab the Windows HFS+ drivers Apple is supposed to be including with 10.6 (Quote from the web: "Apple has released read-only HFS+ drivers for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 with the Mac OS X 10.6 developer preview") and see if they solve your problem.

In Topic: Copying the HD on a recent purchase

24 August 2009 - 07:28 PM

you could make an image of it using a linux live CD, then format it and use it for whatever you want, just keep the image somewhere safe and you can restore it to a HD and set it to boot and it should work IN THEORY, i can't say for sure because i've never tried it, but you could if you wanted to

That should work, I've done it myself, but nowadays I invariably take an Acronis TrueImage copy of any new installation; you boot with the Acronis CD and make a full image of the HD onto an external USB drive. With compression the image isn't very big. If you ever want to restore, you boot again with the Acronis CD and use the external image to rewrite the HD. Acronis isn't free (about $30) but it's very good and it's never let me down yet. Generally I make the image after installing Windows with the current updates and after all those little customisations I like. Saves a lot of time. The restored image boots just like it did when you took it. You can do the same with other products like Norton Ghost; I just happen to like Acronis. Incidentally a lot of manufacturer's restore discs use a product like Norton 'under the covers' to do their stuff. Just be aware that if you are using an OEM version of Windows, i.e. the one that came pre-installed, you are in for trouble if you try restoring to a different machine (wrong drivers, no longer activated etc.)!

See also the other recent post in this section for more endorsements of Acronis - it's excellent software.
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