"Donchano" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Besides, I don't want my friend's computer protected by just a
> "decent" firewall, I want it protected by the best freeware firewall
> available (according to independent reviews) - and the best is
> definitely is not Vista's firewall.
> To put it another way, I have used Vista on my friend's laptop for the
> past week and I have to agree that it is an unmitigated disaster and
> that I am justified in not trusting Vista's firewall any more than I
> trust the operating system itself.
Even if all of your firewall effectiveness data is founded, I don't think
that computers with decent firewalls are being targeted all that much. The
malicious hackers/thieves/spammers out there are looking for NO FIREWALL or
for higher value targets. Whatever third party solution you install for your
novice friend you will from my experience end up having to support because
novices have a tendency to screw stuff up. My suggestion of using One Care
is a very effective way of providing fairly automated protection from
malicious attacks as well as basic maintenance including functional and
security updates, hard drive defragmentation and junk file removal. It's
also very good at alerting novices that there is something wrong or in need
of attention. The family and acquaintance computers that I've installed it
on have been purring along quite nicely with a minimum of "support" from me.
It's free to try for 90 days and you just might be surprised at what a
nicely integrated low overhead solution it provides. "All things Microsoft"
do not suck, and I think One Care has developed quite nicely in the two or
so years since they purchased the basic technology that it's based on (can't
remember the name of the company now?)