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can't do aim

When I try to log on to AIM, nothing happens. I have Norton Internet Security, but I disabled that and Windows Firewall is off? What should I do?


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Nothing happens?

In reply to: can't do aim

No error messages, no windows, nothing at all?

Has it worked in the past? If so, what has changed since the last time it worked? What have you installed, uninstalled, changed/amended etc?

I strongly advise you to re-apply Norton's firewall. Your computer is very unprotected without it.

What do you use to protect yourself from viruses and spyware?

Have you tried to Restore your syste to a time/date when AIM did work? (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore).


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In reply to: Nothing happens?

If he is on dial up yeah, but if he has a cable modem he doesnt really need a software firewall.

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Cable is just as bad actually

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Since Cable networks normally are networks of multiple users, he as just as vulnerable. If you ever monitored network activity on a SNMP manager on a cable network, you would know that there is more then expect coming through your connection.

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So what are you saying?

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People on cable broadband do not need firewalls?

I am on cable, no router, and I wouldn't be seen without my firewall.


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Cable with router,

In reply to: So what are you saying?

Router has amazing hardware firewalls.

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(NT) (NT) What if he doesn't use a router?

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Then you are correct.

In reply to: (NT) What if he doesn't use a router?

I bow to your infinite wisdom. *bow*

ooo superior tech guru, please tech me!

: P

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In reply to: can't do aim

Your first step is to uninstall all instances of AIM and reinstall it. Your buddy list will be saved on the AIM servers.

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Hardware/Software Firewalls.

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I always though myself that Hardware Firewalls were better. For most users, software firewalls are sometimes better since they are easily manageable and upgradeable. I was speaking with a security analyst at my workplace and he suggested removing hardware firewalls, unless you are using very high-end firewalls. Router firewalls that are in Linksys Routers etc, only provide limited protection. by having a software firewall, you basically are protecting the actual machine from malicious activity.

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Router and Zone Alarm

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I have both. When I first got my cable I did not have a router. Thank God for Zone Alarm! It blocked over 10k intrusions-68 red flagged. Since installing my Linksys WRT54G Zone Alarm has not had
to stop anything. That doesn't mean I don't need it-it's nice to have that double layer of security.

This was my second attempt at a router. I somehow screwed up the installation of the D-Link and rendered it inaccessable to my computer. Linksys came with a CD that took me through the process step by step and automated the configuration. Very nice-very easy.
I was back on line in about 10 min.

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