Neworking in Windows ME query...

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 + a anti-spyware solution, 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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improveyourpcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ChetanKhurana,
First of all, congrats on getting the broadband connection!

Good Antivirus that is free:

http://www.free-av.com/index.htm

I have used Antivir successfully when other purchased antivirus software packages have failed to detect certain viruses. They also have frequent updates as well.

Free firewall:

 ZoneAlarm offers a free software firewall made by Checkpoint Software, very reliable software firewall in my opinion.
www.zonelabs.com.
Click the "Download & Buy" link
From there click on the ZoneAlarm link on the top right hand side of the page. (4th one listed, this is the free version).
"ZoneAlarm is free for individual and not-for-profit charitable entity use (excluding governmental entities and educational institutions)."

Side note: While a software firewall is a great tool, a hardware firewall would be more secure (i.e. linksys or netgear router)

The only problems I see that you would face is security issues. This is why the firewall, either hardware, software or both is a must!

As far as creating a shortcut to the connection, broadband is referred to as "always on". The only option I can see for a cable modem is to turn off the modem or unlpug the connection when you do not want to be connected. Someone else here may be able to give you another solution if you are using DSL or Satellite as I am not sure if they use logon credentials or not?

Not too sure of the WinMe login change, I will have to research that and get back to you. Haven't used that OS in a while!

There are 3rd party software applications that "tweak" your connection in order to get the best connection performance. I think this is what you are asking regarding "tweaks"
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improveyourpcCommented:
ChetanKhurana,
Try this for the Windows ME login issue:

Click Start, Settings Control Panel.
Double-click the Network applet.
On the Configuration tab, select Windows Logon as the Primary Network Logon, then close the dialog box.
Delete any file in the \Windows folder with the extension .pwl.
Reboot.
The password prompt will appear one last time. Press Enter (don't press Escape) and you'll never see it again.
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