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Kaspersky Anti-Virus

Version:6.0.299

Drastically reduces bandwidth speed

Pros: Easy to use and feature rich. Seems to protect the users machine well.

Cons: I almost paid for a license, but, stopped dead in my tracks when I could tell my bandwidth was substantial reduced on the download side.

My normal bandwidth is as follows without Kaspersky Loaded

Download Speed: 7219 kbps (902.4 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 716 kbps (89.5 KB/sec transfer rate)

With Kaspersky loaded:

Download Speed: 4146 kbps (518.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 682 kbps (85.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

Disabling the Web protection option brings my connection speed closer to normal, but, still not acceptable:

Download Speed: 6079 kbps (759.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 688 kbps (86 KB/sec transfer rate)

I was hoping to use this as I need an anti virus product that I can customize. I have one directory that I can not allow any anti-virus product to scan as it would corrupt the files since they are FTP`d files that are compressed and encrypted.

This is a shame as I really liked it`s design and functionallity.

This is definately not a keeper on my machine until they correct the drastic bandwidth reduction issue.

macromike

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Posted:20-May-2006 09:14:14 AM

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Second Copy

Version:7.16

Unable to recommend this Software

Pros: Seemed to work well in general use and as long as the user never had to restore the operating system - nice looking interface.

Cons: The software failed in many areas - To name:

On most open files, is was unable to backup. Most newer backup programs can backup open files.

You have to have Admin rights to your machine to use the program. Hmmm not good!!

The developer writes all the user profiles to your registry - this is very bad. For example: let`s suppose your system crashed and you then install a new OS - big problem here with the software. Since all your user profiles were written to the old machines`s registry, you will have to manually enter all the profiles again - very poor. User profiles should be stored locally in an .ini file so the user can backup this file then quickly restore all the user profiles in the event of a system crash. Writing directly to the registry frequently is just poor programming style.

Not only is writing to the registry bad, but it`s done sloppy. For example: I changed one of my profiles to backup a sub folder instead, however the old and new entry are in the registry - old one should have been removed.

Here we have a backup program that can`t even restore it`s own settings. I`m quite surprised gave it a high rating.

Why not write locally the user profiles and also to the registry. Have the App first check locally and if the file got accidently deleted then go to the registry to load the profiles in the GUI?

Definately not a keeper on my system!!!

Posted:07-May-2006 10:29:36 PM

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VirusKeeper 2006

Version:6.2.2

Spikes CPU usage to 100 percent every 2 to 3 minutes.

Pros: Nice looking interface and easy install.

Cons: Viruskeeper seemed to perform as claimed during the trial period. It wasn???t until after I had purchased the Pro version that I noticed Viruskeeper every 2 to 3 minutes would spike the CPU usage of my PC to 100 percent.

During the several second spike in CPU usage, Viruskeeper affected other programs running and in some cases caused them unusable until it finished it???s processes. For example: during the use of MS Word, I was typing a sentence then the keyboard seemed to not react to my typing. I always run Windows Task Manager minimized on the system tray and could see CPU usage was at 100 percent and MS Word was not responding to my typing during the spike in CPU. Having this happen every 2 to 3 minutes became quite annoying.

To be sure it was Viruskeeper, I closed word then just monitored Windows Task Manager and sure enough after every 2 minutes CPU usage spiked to 100 percent and Task Manager showed that Viruskeeper was running process causing the spike. Viruskeeper was initially installed on my Windows XP Pro PC. I then tried the software on my Windows 2003 Server and got the same results ??? spiking CPU. This system has more memory and ram and Viruskeeper although it did not spike CPU to 100 percent, it still every 2 minutes increased CPU usage over 50 percent.

I email support and they responded by asking me to send a screen shot showing them how Windows Task Manager was showing the 100 percent CPU usage which I did. I sent 3 additional email???s to support asking them when they will be fixing the bug and all 3 email???s I sent were unanswered.

Folks, I would stay clear of this software for two reason???s. One ??? consistently maxing out CPU usage and negatively affecting other running programs. Two ??? no support not even a returned email saying they would look into it. I would not recommend installing the software until the company cleans up their code in Viruskeeper and they do a much better job at customer service!

Posted:18-Nov-2006 03:46:43 PM

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VirusKeeper 2006 Professional

Version:6.6

Spikes CPU to 100 percent every 2 minutes

Pros: Nice looking interface and easy to install.

Cons: Viruskeeper seemed to perform as claimed during the trial period. It wasn???t until after I had purchased the Pro version that I noticed Viruskeeper every 2 to 3 minutes would spike the CPU usage of my PC to 100 percent.

During the several second spike in CPU usage, Viruskeeper affected other programs running and in some cases caused them unusable until it finished it???s processes. For example: during the use of MS Word, I was typing a sentence then the keyboard seemed to not react to my typing. I always run Windows Task Manager minimized on the system tray and could see CPU usage was at 100 percent and MS Word was not responding to my typing during the spike in CPU. Having this happen every 2 to 3 minutes became quite annoying.

To be sure it was Viruskeeper, I closed word then just monitored Windows Task Manager and sure enough after every 2 minutes CPU usage spiked to 100 percent and Task Manager showed that Viruskeeper was running process causing the spike. Viruskeeper was initially installed on my Windows XP Pro PC. I then tried the software on my Windows 2003 Server and got the same results ??? spiking CPU. This system has more memory and ram and Viruskeeper although it did not spike CPU to 100 percent, it still every 2 minutes increased CPU usage over 50 percent.

I email support and they responded by asking me to send a screen shot showing them how Windows Task Manager was showing the 100 percent CPU usage which I did. I sent 3 additional email???s to support asking them when they will be fixing the bug and all 3 email???s I sent were unanswered.

Folks, I would stay clear of this software for two reason???s. One ??? consistently maxing out CPU usage and negatively affecting other running programs. Two ??? no support not even a returned email saying they would look into it. I would not recommend installing the software until the company cleans up their code in Viruskeeper and they do a much better job at customer service!

Posted:18-Nov-2006 03:45:14 PM

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Handy Backup

Version:5.3

A backup program that "Phones Home"

Pros: Nice interface and basically did most backup sessions although some backup funtions had to be run more than once to complete so the files locally and the files on the server were "Identical"

Cons: This is one of the worst applications I have found to date to reinstall after a system crash, the program has to "phone home" (log into there server) to validate. The validation ALWAYS fails and you have to send them an email to reinstall.

Who want`s to wait for an email response when you are trying to get your computer up and running again after a system crash or you got a new computer? Having to register against their server to reinstall is simply very poor programming etiquette - not even Microsoft does this.

Here we have a backup program that you can`t even reinstall to restore your critical personal or business files.

I agree with several other comments made about the product by other reviewers. I occasionally reinstall the OS and applications as one other reviewer does

Stay away from this one folks!!!

I go out of my way to write a review on this type of programming style.

Also see my review of another backup program "Second Copy"

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Posted:22-May-2006 08:46:25 PM

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Crush Sites - Something else to prepare your teens for - by Colin Gabriel Hatcher

 

"Someone has a crush on you"

Have you or your teens ever received an email that begins like that? Hugely popular with teens, these emails are from websites that are known as "Crush sites".

Presenting themselves as websites about dating, Crush sites are basically services that collect email addresses which can then be used as commercially valuable mailing lists. The way they work is very simple. They send out an email to a target group which announces that "Someone has a crush on you", but they don`t tell you who it is. The recipient is then invited to visit the Crush site and guess the email address of the person who has the crush on them, by typing the email addresses of their friends. The website tells them that the idea of the game is that if they guess correctly, the secret crush will be revealed to them.

Of course when your teen types in 10 email addresses as guesses as to who might have a crush on them, they are basically giving the website 10 new emails to add to its rapidly growing list. Now the website sends an email to all 10 of the new emails telling them that "Someone has a crush on you!" After all, they argue, your teen just revealed 10 people that he or she has a crush on, so they are telling the truth!

Can you see how fast this method works for collecting email addresses for commercial purposes? Instead of the website owners having to do anything, teens all over the world are feeding thousands of other people`s email addresses into the system, building a huge database of email addresses free of charge for them. And you can be sure that anyone whose email address is given out to one of these sites will shortly be receiving large quantities of unsolicited commercial email (UCE), also known as Spam.

So what advice can you give your teen about Crush sites? Firstly, before they get all excited thinking that someone at their school has a secret crush on them, and that romance is in the air if they can only guess the right email address, let them know that the whole thing is a self-perpetuating hoax, designed to fool them into sharing all their private friends` email addresses.

Secondly, advise them that not only should they think twice before giving their own email address to a website that asks them for it, when they have no idea what is going to be done with their information, but that it is basically not OK to give out other people`s emails without those people`s permission.

There is nothing wrong with some light-hearted fun about crushes. But be sure that your teens understand the reality of crush sites before they play on them.


Englishman Colin Gabriel Hatcher, a Silicon Valley California attorney and lifelong volunteer youth worker, is the innovative mastermind behind SafetyEd International With 21 years experience in education, 12 years experience as a Martial Arts Instructor (he holds 5 black belts), 11 years of computer experience, and over 7 years working in internet related safety, child protection and child advocacy, Colin is an accomplished expert researcher and writer in the internet field, as well as being an expert in internet and cyberspace law.

Safety Ed International http://www.safetyed.org You can contact Colin by email at colinhatcher@safetyed.org


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