Ron, I'm with you. I settled for E-Trust EZ Anti-virus but still prefer Trend Micro. MrMel ----- Original Message ----- From: Ron Allen To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; 24hrsupporthelpdesk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 5:55 PM Subject: [24hoursupport] Zone Alarm Pro v. Trend Micro -- Again! To my great dismay and displeasure, I must report that the latest upgrade to Zone Alarm Pro _requires_ that Trend Micro Anti-Virus be uninstalled. I am now in the position of having to choose between whether I want the best-rated firewall or the best-rated anti-virus software. Either way, I will have to eat the cost of the package I do not choose and also have to accept an inferior and/or unproven product. Am I the only one who finds this situation to be totally unacceptable? Microsoft tried to force their customers into accepting their web browser, which they were including with Windows at no additional charge, instead of Netscape, which at the time was a free download. They were sued under the anti-trust laws and found to have broken those laws. In my opinion, this situation is even worse. At least Microsoft didn't intentionally disable Netscape or tell their users they had to uninstall it before they could install Windows. I know for a fact that Internet Explorer and Netscape co-existed peacefully on Windows systems because I myself ran Netscape for years and never had problems (until Netscape was bought by AOL and totally trashed, the way that AOL screws everything they touch up). Either way, the end users who have chosen -- chosen, mind you, and paid for the privilege as well -- both Zone Alarm Pro as the best available firewall product and Trend Micro as the best available anti-virus product are caught in the middle and end up the losers. I am writing to the FTC tonight. Does anyone know how to go about starting up a class-action lawsuit? I'm going to take a financial loss here, no matter which way I go and I don't think I should have to foot the bill for these companies deciding that they don't want to play nice with each other. I wonder how many other people are in the same boat I am... maybe enough to make these arrogant software companies sit up and take notice? Maybe... Ron For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.