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How do I get the best of my Windows Networking etc..??

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Hi All,

First the basics of my System config =

O.S.   - Windows ME (GOLD, Jun 2000 ed.)
Processor  - P4 1.6 Ghz (256 KB Cache)
Video          - GeForce 2 MX 200 (64 MB)
RAM          - 512 MB SDRAM;
HDD          - 40GB 7200 RPM. (HDD Primary Master with DMA mode enabled)
Other          - 1 CDROM & 1 CDWriter drive.
Lan card - Realtek (in built)

Now the questions -

I've just got a 24hr cable connection (broadband) for the internet. What I want to know is this-

1) Please advise me for a good Antivirus & a firewall S/w, both which are cheap, with regular updates, & do not consume too much of system resources.

2) What kind of problems i could face with this connection & what steps should I take to prevent any of these lapses on my part?

3) How could I create a shortcut to the connection, as I do not want to be connected as soon as I start the PC. &

4) Everytime I boot, the logon screen of network login appears. Mine is a single user system. How do I get rid of this.??

5) are there any tweaks to make all this faster or lighter on the system??
Do let me know the sols to above.

Thanx in advnce.

C.K.
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1) Please advise me for a good Antivirus & a firewall S/w, both which are cheap, with regular updates, & do not consume too much of system resources.
you can buy norton antivirus for system protection. but i have found that this is not effective for spyware and adware types of viruses. for spyware, u can use pestpatrol. its been great for browser hijackers and spywares.

2) What kind of problems i could face with this connection & what steps should I take to prevent any of these lapses on my part?
your machine is almost open for attack from people connected to same network as your isp. or in case u have a global ip, then internet users.
ppl may try to crash ur system, access files from ur pc, delete/modify them. they may try to gather password and other confidential information as you pass it over internet.

3) How could I create a shortcut to the connection, as I do not want to be connected as soon as I start the PC. &
this will depend on how the network is setup by ur ISP. some have a dialup application or logon application, some have local network setup, in this case, u are connected as soon as your operating system boots..

4) Everytime I boot, the logon screen of network login appears. Mine is a single user system. How do I get rid of this.??
you can search for autologon registry entries which will log a default user automatically. make sure u use a normal user account and not the admin account.

5) are there any tweaks to make all this faster or lighter on the system??
some tweaks can be made to windows networking parameters so that broadband internet connection can benefit. these are related to tcp/ip parameters such as maximum transmission unit (mtu) and receive/sending window value etc.

you are also advised to install personal firewall software such as zonealarm. its free for personal use i guess...
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Hmmm....regarding the Antivirus, I prefer McAfee but Norton is certainly a valid choice.  For a firewall, go hardware and put an address translating router in between the PC and the world :)  I'd recommend a Linksys BEFSR41 or similar product.

I'd seriously consider getting rid of WinME and upgrading to at least XP.  Since you are fairly exposed just now, you need somethng not as crash-prone as ME.

If you use a router, you can easily disconnect and reconnect it from/to the ISP with a browser, giving you the connectivity control you want.

I also basically agree with everything Kiranghag said :)
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by:rccbi
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The only thing I would add is LOSE Windows ME. The XP Home upgrade is cheap, substantially more stable and your system will perform much faster.

Plus, ME is just ugly.

Jason
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i think i answered all his queries..
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by:Chetan Khurana
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Hello all,

Hmmm, quite a lot of people after this poor question i guess...First of all kiranghag, I think you attempted to answer most of my queries. The question here is not the points, the question is that i couldn't quite get the answer or rather the exact path to approach to my problem's sol`n. No offence, but telling me about the fallacies of a system does not give the solution to the problem, or does it?? Many people hate XP more than ME, and many are exactly the opposite! Should one always go for a new thing if no one is able to advise him for the old??

For the record, I have been able to solve most of these probs myself. changing the network logon as the primary to the windows logon, helped me get rid of the logon screen. I have been using S&D & AdAware since my dial-up days, I just wanted to know about the exact nature of the attacks one can be exposed to while on an always on connection. Anyways, it is up to the admin/moderator of this forum what-ever he wishes to do with my points. For me, my current setup is holding, thank you.
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