Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Computer Tilt

2 Apr 08

The enemy of good is better. – Anon

So, my computer keeps giving me messages that it’s not protected despite having McAfee Security Center (AOL Version), Zone Alarm (thank you SO much Kim Komando – sarcasm intended), and Windows Firewall. In researching this, it said I had to update the McAfee, but it wouldn’t let me because the Zone Alarm was there. I couldn’t uninstall the Zone Alarm, because I’m not an Administrator (on my own damn home computer) and I have no idea how to change this.

So, being the resourceful doctor I am, I went to the Zone Alarm forum to see if anyone else had this problem. Sure enough, there were dozens of similar complaints. There were detailed instructions of how to uninstall it (which interestingly included re-downloading the program from the site). The special instructions also included erasing a bunch of files and changing the Registry (right now, those of you with computer experience are probably going, “uh oh”).

The upshot of all this is that I can no longer access any http:// site through Internet Explorer 7. I can get https and even ftp, but not http. Of course, if I use AOL to get on the web, I have no problem (which is how I made this post).

Any ideas out there?

Note: Morrie bent my wheel back into alignment and it’s good as new. He’s every bit the character you’d think he is.


StB said...

Possibly download Firefox and say goodbye to Explorer forever?

SirFWALGMan said...

Hahahaha! I agree with the Firefox comment.

It sounds like some sort of security setting. Under Explorer go to Tools->Internet Options->Security. Then for Internet sets or restricted sites you probably have some custom level set. Reset to defaults may fix your issue..

Let me know if that helps.

Unknown said...

Firefox for the win.

RaisingCayne said...

Hello. I've got ZERO insight into your CPU issues, but plenty of sympathy!

Thanks for the invite to your little welcome home reception Saturday. I'll look forward to meetin' you.

DrChako said...

Well, I am now surfing with Mozilla/Firefox. I'm not entirely sure why this is better, but I feel like I'm part of the in crowd now, so that's pretty cool.

As an aside, I did notice one small improvement. When I clicked on the Comments Button, I didn't get asked if I wanted to see the icons. On IE, I got asked this twice every time I clicked to leave a comment.

The Sandman Cometh said...

I sympathize. my computer was full of trash, so I downloaded thestuff I wanted to an external hd, then reformatted my computer to factory settings. It's awesome, except iTunes doesn't recognize my screen name. But magically, this morning, it works. Wooooooooo!!!