Computer Maven Newsletter - May 2005
Thank you for letting me help you with your computer needs in the
past. This is my monthly customer newsletter, containing tips
that I hope you'll find helpful and interesting.
news is especially important for users of a program that I've installed
for many of you: eTrust EZ
Antivirus. Support for
versions 5.3, 5.4, 6.0, and 6.1 of that program will end on May 17,
Other topics are Recommended Antivirus Programs,
Other Recommended Software, and Fighting Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses.
Previous issues of this newsletter are
available on the newsletters
page of the Boulder Computer
Maven web site. If you don't
want to receive this newsletter, please let me know, and I'll remove
name from my mailing list.
If you change your E-mail address, please send me your new
As always, I invite you to contact me with your computer
questions. I want to help you get the most from your computer.
Steve Winograd, Boulder Computer Maven
Web Site: http://www.bcmaven.com
Helping People Use Computers in Boulder
for Over 20 Years
Required for Some Versions of eTrust EZ Antivirus
Computer Associates will end support for
versions 5.3, 5.4, 6.0, and 6.1 of eTrust
Antivirus on May 17, 2005. To see if your computer has one
of those versions:
If you have one of those versions, you must act
before May 17 to maintain up-to-date antivirus protection. I
recommend un-installing your EZ Antivirus program and replacing it with
one of the programs listed below.
- Look for an EZ-AV icon in the system tray at the bottom right
corner of the screen.
- If the icon is present, click it with the right mouse button,
then click Version with the left mouse button.
Recommended Antivirus Programs
Every computer that connects to the Internet needs protection against computer
. Antivirus programs are available from many vendors,
and new computers often come with trial versions
. While those are
the best-known antivirus programs, I don't recommend them. Here
are some others that I find equally effective, less expensive,
more efficient, and less likely to cause problems on your computer:
Other Recommended Software
I've added a section on recommended
to my web site, listing programs that I use every day to
make my computer use easier, safer, and more efficient. For
example, Whisper 32
keeps track of my user names and passwords, and Short Keys
lets me type
abbreviations for frequently used text, automatically replacing each
abbreviation with predefined replacement text of any
length. See my
for more programs.
Fighting Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
E-mail addresses can reduce the amount of undesired E-mail that you
receive. For example, let's say that you want to buy some widgets
from the WidgetsRUs web site. When you place an order, the site
requires you to give an E-mail address. Instead of giving them
your main address, you can create a disposable address, for use only by
them. After you receive the order, you might not want to get more
E-mail from WidgetsRUs, or, worse, they might sell your address to
someone who starts sending you spam. In either case, you can
cancel the disposable
address that you created for them, and you won't receive any more
messages sent to that address.
I use the AddressGuard disposable E-mail address service that's
included in Yahoo! Mail Plus.
Other services include Spamex, Emailias, and ZoEmail.