Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

can't do aim

by saurabhs / March 28, 2006 9:15 AM PST

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?

Thanks

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: can't do aim
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: can't do aim
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Nothing happens?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 6:57 PM PST
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).

Mark

Collapse -
Unprotected?
by strickjh2005 / March 28, 2006 10:26 PM PST
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.

Collapse -
Cable is just as bad actually
by SIRKGM14vg / March 28, 2006 11:54 PM PST
In reply to: Unprotected?

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.

Collapse -
So what are you saying?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 29, 2006 2:55 AM PST

People on cable broadband do not need firewalls?

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

Mark

Collapse -
Cable with router,
by strickjh2005 / March 30, 2006 6:06 AM PST

Router has amazing hardware firewalls.

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) What if he doesn't use a router?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 30, 2006 6:33 PM PST
In reply to: Cable with router,
Collapse -
Then you are correct.
by strickjh2005 / April 1, 2006 10:00 AM PST

I bow to your infinite wisdom. *bow*

ooo superior tech guru, please tech me!

: P

Collapse -
Reinstalling
by SIRKGM14vg / March 28, 2006 11:55 PM PST
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.

Collapse -
Hardware/Software Firewalls.
by SIRKGM14vg / March 31, 2006 3:58 AM PST
In reply to: can't do aim

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. http://reviews.cnet.com/5224-6142-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=166395&messageID=1838209#
Preview

Collapse -
Router and Zone Alarm
by 1101doc / November 12, 2006 12:45 PM PST

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.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?