Virus Protection With EZ Armor
March 17, 2006
When I’m using my PC, I make sure my virus protection is thoroughly updated. Typically in the past I’ve always had Norton software installed and constantly updated. With all the nasty viruses and worms out there, I wouldn’t want my system to be unprotected.
Being a Road Runner customer, I recently discovered the EZ Armor security software.
If you subscribe to Road Runner for high speed Internet, did you know you are entitled to EZ Armor Security Software for free? Road Runner and Computer Associates have collaborated to bring Road Runner customers eTrust EZ Armor, a personal Internet security service that will protect your computer. Included in the software package are anti-virus protection, anti-spam, firewall protection, product upgrades/updates and web support.
EZ Firewall lets you block intruders, stops pop-up ads and will protect your crucial information such as your bank account information and credit card numbers. EZ Antivirus scans your computer for viruses and allows you to remove them easily and safely. EZ Anti-Spam will block e-mails from any senders you don’t approve of. It cleans up your inbox and stops unwanted spam. The Pest Patrol Anti-Spyware finds spyware on your computer and allows you to permanently delete it.
Although there are various anti-virus/security programs out there, I noticed that EZ Armor runs much faster than Norton or McAfee. After I downloaded EZ Armor from Road Runner, I immediately saw a difference between the Norton software I had been using to this. There is definitely less system drag when I use EZ Armor. It barely used my computer’s resources, therefore there was minimal drag while it was performing the background scans. If you’re picky about your computer’s speed you will appreciate this.
To prepare for your installation, you’ll need 35 MB of disk space and need to be running Windows 98/ME/NT (233 MHz or higher) or Windows 2000/XP (300 MHz or higher). Unfortunately EZ Armor is not available for Mac.
If you are a Road Runner subscriber, I would urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to get EZ Armor for free. For you non-Road Runner subscribers, you can purchase it from Computer Associates (www.myetrust.com/microsoft) for $29.95. If you’re just looking for anti-virus software, a free trial version (good for one year) is also being offered.
Bestseller Books. Being an avid (when-I-have-time) reader, I enjoy hanging out in bookstores such as Borders or Barnes and Noble, and sitting there for hours and hours with my computer, a book, magazines and lots of coffee. When I don’t have the luxury of time to do that, I’ll usually purchase my books online.
If you enjoy reading books and shopping online, you will have fun bargain surfing. There are more book sites out there than your already well-known Amazon (www.amazon.com). But in case you’re not in-the-know, on Amazon you can find new books along with used ones. If you’re not picky about having a used book, you can save yourself some money by clicking on the link for a used copy. It will usually list the number of available copies and a starting price. The link will also state the book’s condition and any special notes. Although you may be purchasing it from a third party through Amazon, you would purchase the used book the same way. Amazon processes the payment, and the third party seller ships your book directly. If you’re not comfortable with doing this at first, check out the review, ratings and comments that were left by previous buyers.
If you don’t want to deal with all that extra stuff that Amazon has, try Alibris (www.alibris.com). It specializes in books and hooks up independent booksellers to buyers. There is a wide selection to choose from. You can also purchase books from independent sellers at Abebooks (www.abebooks.com) or Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com). The sites do not take possession of the books; they just facilitate the transactions. I personally enjoy ordering from Barnes and Noble because if you spend more than $25, you get free shipping. In addition, I’ve often found hard-to-get books there.
The books are grouped by condition and sellers can leave special notes for buyers. People searching these notes are usually looking for the latest releases at a heavily discounted price.
If you’re a college student on a budget, these sites are also excellent to find yourself some used textbooks that may be cheaper than in the school’s bookstore. You can also make some extra money by selling your slightly used books. Amazon, Half.com and eBay make it simple to do that. Their commissions are low, so you will most likely make more money than if you sold it to a used-book store. In the “Sell Yours Here” link on Amazon, you will be charged 99 cents plus 15 percent of the sales price and a low closing fee that is usually less than $1. You will get a credit to cover shipping and pay when your book sells. If you decide to use Half.com, the percentage varies based on the selling price. For items under $50, the charge is 15 percent, but your shipping costs are reimbursed.
Enjoy your book bargain hunting!
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