I thought I had my auto-updater turned off,too bad for me,I didn't...Turned on my PC Thursday night and have had nothing but aggravation since.Feel like my PC has been hijacked by my formerly trusted ZA.Since the update was shoved down my throat,I had to turn off my Norton incoming mail scan to even receive email-this only after the past several days of fiddling with settings,and seeking out research that this would be OK to do,because my AV program will nab anything nasty if I open an evil email(I hope!).
I originally started with ZA4.All I wanted was a nice easy firewall-I'm somewhat computer savvy,but my roomate(sorry)is a dolt.They have consistently added more stuff,it's really not just a firewall anymore,now is it?And the new alerts popping up constantly are a nightmare-what if my roomate okays malware?!Or I have to hunt down a program component I need working because she disallowed it?!Why should I have to spend a good portion of my time fiddling with settings that were perfectly usable before?And yes,the new anti-spyware works very nicely,but I don't need it-I got some that ZA sold cheap with my last license renewal!
So a good portion of last night was spent looking at new firewalls which I will need in about 180 days when my ZA runs out.Too annoyed to renew,and ZA is so bloated,I'm liking the looks of Agnitum Outpost Personal FW-which is still JUST a firewall,has low sys reqs and it's FREE to boot.I'm so tired of bloatware,I've decided to dump Norton too!Probably going to get Avast personal instead...
As users,we need to start getting ugly with these companies-they need a reminder of WHO put them where they are,and we can just as easily knock them off their pedestals!GO CONSUMERS!
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