Boy, you are digging up an old one
"...Last I checked FF didn't have an integrated IE functionality..."
FF has IETab which works fine. Also, Netscape 9, a FF clone, has it.
"...and speaking of bloatware, both of those apps you list are imo a waste. Windows built-in firewall has been the best thing since sliced bread ever since the SP2 update several years ago, there hasn't been a need for me to depend on a 3rd party since..."
Now, with two new Vista machines and a Linksys router, I am also using the Windows Firewall. Both Norton and ZA were too restrictive when my friend the software engineer helped me set up a network.
"...Norton AV is garbage bloatware antivirus it too usually bundled with a firewall. If you want a good antivirus, download Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic it doesn't cost a dime...."
You know, I am not big on free software. I am never feeling secure about what else they are doing beyond what I can see.
I was stuck with Norton on the Vista machines. I only use the AV, it seems a lot better than the older editions I had. I still have the XP machines about which I was writing when you say my post. There I am also using the Windows firewall for the same reasonas above. I am using ZA's AV, which these days is really Kapersky. I took it because they sold it unbundled for under $20.00.
Anyway, welcome to SillyDog, the best kick-ass forum on the internet. I have gotten more help here than anywhere. Don't forget we have a Windows forum and a Mac forum. It's not just browsers.
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