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Qwik-Fix -- Recommended for Windows 95 and/or for Windows 2000?

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Does anyone have experience (positive or negative) with Pivx's Qwik-Fix?  It has been "reviewed" only once that I can find -- by Larry Seltzer in Security Watch,  PC Magazine, Oct.5, 2004.  I have a Windows 2000 SP4 system that is kept up to date with Microsoft patches and is currently protected with Norton AV 2003 and ZoneAlarm Pro 5.1.  Of more concern, however, is an old Windows 95a system, since Microsoft, NAV, and ZAP no longer support that OS.  The latter is currently protected by NOD32 (anti-virus) and by a very old version of ZoneAlarm (2.6.362).  Both systems are connected to a cable modem through a Linksys router (NAT only).  Any advice on Qwik-Fix (or other recommended security for Windows 95a) would be greatly appreciated.  I apologize in advance if this is not an appropriate question for EE.
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It's an appropriate question, but I'll be honest. I've been looking at security/antivirus software almost every day for seven or eight years now, and I've never heard of Pivx or Qwik-Fix, and the fact that you've only found one review of it should tell you something; after all, cream rises to the top.

On the one hand, I don't think you need to be terribly concerned about the vulnerability of a Win95 system; my reading of the trades is that it's WinXP (and to a certain extent Win98) that is vulnerable. That's not to say that Win95 isn't -- but it's more to say that it's a "small market" -- not unlike Linux -- so the virus writing scumbags don't really bother with it. There's a reason I haven't gone to WinXP (I'm running Win98SE) -- and that's that the bad guys are after the holes that are in Microsoft's most recent operating systems (i.e., it's like shooting fish in a barrel).

If you can find (eBay, perhaps?) a copy of Norton AV, or McAfee for Win95, then the software will work just fine -- the issue will be whether your Win95 system is vulnerable to the stuff that's out there. But if those vulnerabilities aren't there, then you shouldn't have much to worry about, I would think.

On the other hand, I'm rather surprised that you haven't upgraded. Not that I'm encouraging unregistered copies, but the process of upgrading Win95 to Win98 (which makes it possible for you to use any of a number of pretty good AV programs) isn't exactly rocket science. It's not quite as easy to use an unregistered version of Win98 as it is to use one of Win 3.1 or DOS 5, but it's pretty close in terms of securing your computer.

I'm going to assume that your Linksys router has some kind of built in security to it (my Netgear does). As long as you take the normal, prudent steps (lock down ports and don't open anything from anyone you don't know), then I think you'll be okay.

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