July 30, 2003

Software Sort-out

Thanks, all, for your advice recently. Per your suggestions and recommendations I have...

  • decided to revert back to Ecco for my PIM, avoiding Outlook for yet a few more years. Seems like this is another case where MS tried and missed. I'll go back to good ol' trusty Ecco Pro and hope the new OS can get along with it. Just in case, I do have my contacts exported to Outlook in case I ever needed another copy... although I was thinking about uninstalling Outlook at the same time I dump MS Money that came installed and I will never use.
  • installed the trial version of Zone Alarm, and been appalled at how many visitations one gets these days from all sorts of hidden intruders. I think my version said I had a 30 day trial; some of you seem to be talking about a "free" (and presumably untimed?) version. Is this right?
  • not persued the "internet speedup software" but instead managed to tweak a few safe things and have what I think is about as good a dialup speed as I'm likely to get. I've tested the connection with a few of the online "speed tests" and get "GOOD" results.
  • considered using an email program other than the hacker-prone Outlook Express, but it's simple interface is one that doesn't put off the Luddite wife. My needs are simple and pockets empty. Any good, simple, FREE email programs out there worth looking at?

Posted by fred1st at July 30, 2003 07:49 AM | TrackBack

Incredimail isn't bad. It has alot of backgrounds and stuff you can add to your emails. It's free (unless you don't want the single line incredimail ad at the bottom).

It works with hotmail and most other email addresses.


Posted by: Pegasong at July 30, 2003 07:54 AM

I use Pocomail, but its shareware and will cost you $35. If you want to stay with free, I suggest moving to Mozilla for both browsing and email.

Posted by: Chris at July 30, 2003 07:57 AM

Will Zone Alarm plus Norton Antivirus make Outlook Express (relatively) free of security breaches? If so, I'll be content to stick with OE for a while.

Posted by: fredf at July 30, 2003 08:16 AM

I think the Mozilla browser is wonderful. For one thing it blocks those ads that pop up in separate windows. I also like the "tabs" feature that allows you to have multiple sites open in the same window. At first glance that may not sound special but once you have used it for awhile you can't do without it. It looks sufficiently like IE that you can switch back and forth without confusion.

I have never used the Mozilla e-mail client though. I installed Pegasus, but I only use it when I click on a "mail to" link. Mostly I use Yahoo.

Posted by: bill at July 30, 2003 09:22 AM

As long as you keep Norton up to date you should be ok. Not as as secure as on a non Microsoft product - but probably ok. Reason being that most viri target weaknesses in Microsoft products. The big problem is that Outlook and Outlook Express both store your mail in a proprietary format that creates huge files that will corrupt some day. Mozilla, and my favorite, Pocomail, store your email as text - so the files are much lighter and readable by anything.

Posted by: Chris at July 30, 2003 10:32 AM

Oh, I thought you were talking about Microsoft Outlook, as in the version of Outlook that comes with Microsoft Office, not the crappy thing that comes with windows... avoid at any cost!

How about Eudora? The free version is fully featured "adware" and has the reputation of being the best...

Posted by: Another Dave at July 30, 2003 02:07 PM

I strongly second Eudora as a good free email climate. Much better than outlook, IMHO.

Posted by: Jonathan at July 30, 2003 02:40 PM

Another program which catches those nasties Adaware by . Recommended by many people. Quite free and easy to configure and update from the net. You can set it to run when you boot the computer or you can choose to run it. Over here, it's often recommended by the experts.

Posted by: Jan at July 30, 2003 05:15 PM

What happened there? Chopped my comment in half! See http://www.lavasoftusa.com Adaware is highly recommended in many technical magazines over here and also in the general computer pages. Free, easy to configure and regularly updated on the net.
Shalom, Jan

Posted by: Jan at July 30, 2003 05:21 PM

Sorry no HTML in that link. I had trouble posting it, so thought I'd let you do a cut and paste.

Posted by: Jan at July 30, 2003 05:22 PM

As an alternative to ZoneAlarm (which I used to use), you could try the free version of Sygate Personal Firewall (which I use now), to be found at
right at the bottom of the page. It's free for personal/home use.
An alternative anti-virus prog is AVG from Grisoft, again free for personal/home use, to be found at

Hope you find these useful, and I hope you're not missing Buster too much. Remember the good times :-)

Posted by: Woody at July 31, 2003 03:01 PM

As Anne suggested try Fred Langa's site...here's a link to an excellent article on how to fine tune a new XP system.

Posted by: feste at August 1, 2003 01:49 AM

Did you get a package yet?

I use Zone Alarm (free version), Lavasoft popup stopper (also free), and a wondrous free program called Spybot: Search and Destroy. That'll take care of all the crap that slips by and installs itself on to your system in a jiffy.

Between the three, I've never had a virus and I've managed to seek out any spyware trying to reside on my system.

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Posted by: vioxx at January 14, 2004 05:51 PM

Incredimail lost ability to cut and paste... any suggestions? I've copied my data to a .cab file for saving my info, then uninstalled incredimail, cleaned-up computer, re-started and then re-installed incredimail. It still isn't working.

Any suggestions...please...I'm flippin' out...

Posted by: K.Wolf at August 18, 2004 11:16 AM

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