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please, somebody help me with this!

by hermandic / June 28, 2006 3:33 PM PDT

ok, my friends dad is being too stubborn to buy DSL/Cable, and my friend is struggling with his computer, constantly getting viruses, btw hes on a windows xp, no big surprise. Anyways, can u please tell me a way to finally convince his dad that he just needs to get DSL/Cable!

Also i have another friend whose dad is paying 75 bucks a month for some ethernet cable run internet that runs just a bit faster than dial up, he says its because he cant get it where he his, but my brother lives just a few blocks away from him and has consolidated dsl, how can i tell him that he can get DSL?!

Please help me!

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For DSL, I can't tell you but ....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2006 10:18 PM PDT

The DSL provider tells you. You call them, tell them the address and they say yes or no.

As to the machine issues, it's all self inflicted. With free antivirus, free firewalls all that's left is the owner doing bad things...

Bob

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Notes...
by John.Wilkinson / June 29, 2006 9:36 AM PDT

1.) What is your friend struggling with? Is it just malware or is it internet speed too? If he doesn't have a problem with the connection then there's no reason to upgrade.

2.) Having dial-up has nothing to do with getting malware...that's associated with the random e-mails you open, websites you visit, and software you download. In fact having a broadband connection in some ways makes you more vulnerable. First, you're connected 24/7, so there's a bigger window for hackers to attack and a faster connection to do it at. Also, you're more apt to download files from the internet, which increases the chances of contracting something.

3.) Interesting that you are the one convincing his dad...shouldn't it be your friend, since he's the one that is supposed to benefit?

4.) As to your other friend's father, "ethernet cable run internet" means little...it could be an ISDN, DSL, Cable, or satellite connection at any speed possible from any service provider known or unknown. All it tells us is he's not using an internal or USB modem, nothing about the service.

5.) Are you sure he can get DSL? Availability is limited, so you may be able to get it while it is not available to the person living right next door. That's something you have to check with the provider for. (Usually you can check the company's website and enter your phone number for DSL service.)

John

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