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Q. My father used my computer during a visit, and apparently said no when the firewall asked if a McAfee file should access the Internet. Now AOL doesn't work. I've reinstalled all the AOL files, but it only works if I disable the firewall. Also, McAfee's tryout period has expired. Should I sign up?
A. I'm not sure why saying no to a McAfee file would cause problems with AOL. But it sounds like you have a mess on your hands.
I would delete the firewall, America Online and McAfee, and start over. It sounds like you're using a third-party firewall, rather than the lame firewall in Windows XP. That's good. You want a firewall that will block outbound transmissions, which XP's will not do.
Yes, you should sign up for anti-virus protection. McAfee is fine. Other good pay versions are made by Panda and Symantec. ZoneAlarm, which makes firewalls, has a version that includes anti-virus protection. Those Web sites are: http://www.mcafee.com/us/ http://www.symantec.com/index.htm http://www.pandasoftware.com/home/default.asp http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp
There are also free anti-virus programs available. I have links to them on my site. I also have links to free firewalls. You'll find everything at: http://www.komando.com/bestshareware.asp
You can download America Online's software on the Web. That address is: http://free.aol.com/tryaolfree/cdt.adp?139331
If you do not have Web access without AOL, download all of the programs before deleting AOL. Save them to your desktop, then install them after all the old stuff is deleted.
Be sure to delete everything properly. Click Start>>Control Panel in Windows XP. In earlier Windows versions, click Start>>Settings>>Control Panel. Double-click Add/Remove Programs. Find the programs and delete them.
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