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ESET Smart Security 2015 - 1 PC - Download
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Almost perfect 01/02/2015

This review is from: ESET Smart Security 2015 - 1 PC - Download

Pros: Super light resource footprint. Visually pleasing interface. Does everything, and most of those are done pretty well.

I've tried almost all security products including Kaspersky, Avast, AVG, Comodo. Some are unnecessarily complex, and most use resources heavily. Almost all hook so deeply into system calls that is totally unnecessary. For example, Kaspersky changes the security context of normal processes as a method of security hardening. This creates headaches any time you need to do simple things like force-close a process.

ESET does not do any of these things and I hope it stays lightweight, unintrusive and powerful.

Cons: Firewall rules editor is deep in several dialogs of advanced options when most products have it easily accessible. In addition over 50 default filters have preset Allow/Block values which can't be edited at all, only disabled and enabled. This forces having to manually re-create any filters you want to control (for services, for example.)

Real time scanning exemption creation is buggy. After creating the first few exemptions the program stops recognizing the meaning of checking the box to Remember this rule and the only way to add it is digging several dialogs deep (again, to another commonly used feature) to manually type in the full path of the file. Which, if you're unzipping, also forces you to disable protection so the file can be created, leaving the system at risk.

Other Thoughts: I don't use Web and Email (including protocol filtering and anti-phishing protection) or Parental control. They're not needed with real time protection and a typical router with a built in firewall for basic malformed packet filtering. OpenDNS is a better alternative for Parental Control and anti-phising, if you need that.

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ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Stay away if running Windows Server 11/23/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Ultra fast boot.
Pretty BIOS.
Internet BIOS flash.
MOSFET heatskins.
Many more, however...

Cons: Intel intentionally crippled the driver component of the network interface on this motherboard. They have an exclusion in the WHQL drivers to prevent their installation on Server, for no valid technial reason. It's a pure money grab, or "value add" for their ISV's that they can enforce thanks to locking down the bootloader with UEFI Secure Boot.

Well, Intel, you won't ever succeed trying to "license" my hardware on a "per-OS" basis. There's always a way to hack it, and as painful as it can be to with UEFI it still is possible. I'm write this from another computer with an Atheros interface. Perhaps ASRock should have done their testing selected an interface which works with at least all modern versions of Windows.

I'm vastly disappointed by the poor quality assurance from ASRock here and despite the great chips, Intel is shooting itself in the foot with this kind of nonsense.

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Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Easily beats out the fastest USB 3.0 adapters I've found by nearly 2x on download (RX)
- Tops out near theoretical maximum of 433mbps in each direction
- Better range than USB adapter since it uses the entire antenna on your laptop which usually wraps around the screen

Cons: - Caps out on RX around 370-380mbps for me according to LAN Speed Test, slightly short of theoretical 433mbps
- Slower upload (TX) speeds around 280mbps, maybe owing to the antenna configuration on my particular laptop

Other Thoughts: - Same 2x2 as the fastest USB adapters but my laptop only has 2 antennas anyway
- Haven't tried simultaneous RX/TX since I don't see an option for that in LAN Speed Test but I don't doubt the 650-750mbps others are reporting
- My laptop (Acer Aspire V5) is supposed to be a difficult "complete teardown" for any kind of replacement. It's a breeze as long as you open it from the bottom. The casing pops right off without any cables or ribbons to unhook, making for an easy <15 minute install
- I have far more experience with desktops and I've only swapped an SSD into a laptop before. Don't let this scare you, it's not at all difficult
- The router I'm using is an Asus RT-AC68U, it's one of the newest as of Nov. '13 but still "draft" AC. 80mhz is needed on the 5ghz band to get these speeds

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Rod B.'s Profile

Display Name: Rod B.

Date Joined: 06/19/06

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 10/03/07
  • Last Review: 01/02/15
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