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SpeedSecure Pro: 2-in-1 PC security & tuning solution

July 17 2012: We live in dangerous times – online. The unmatched advantages of having the Internet -- literally – at one’s fingertips extracts a price: the lurking threat from cyber baddies.


Which is why most of us who don’t choose to live dangerously, opt to install on or other of the many Net security products on offer. It is difficult to stand apart from the crowd of offerings in this niche, but PC Visor Pte Ltd, a Singapore based player with an Indian operation ( PCV Infotech) might have succeeded in doing just that.

They have cannily combined two items on the must-have list of lay users -- Net Security and System tune-up or optimization – and combined them into a single product: Speed Secure Pro. And they have gone to market leaders in both cases: McAfee for the anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall features – and the best selling US PC tune-up tool, System Mechanic.

McAfee’s AV tools are fairly well known in India – it was a respected brand even before it was acquired by Intel and continues to be available as stand alone Net Security and anti virus tools

System Mechanic includes useful functions like drive corruption test, Internet speed test and memory manager. It proved quite efficient in our test, in addressing registry issues – cleaning out the junk that remains on the PC after numerous install and uninstall operations. As we know from bitter experience, the uninstall operation rarely removes all traces of a programme. 



At Rs 799 the combo is what we in India would rate ‘paisa vasool’ or money’s worth -- the System Mechanic basic tool itself would cost more. The software works on versions of Windows, XP and later. The makers have another solution called PC Visor for enterprises.

We are a mite unhappy that buyers of the package do not get the software they paid for, on a disk or pen drive, but are asked to go to a site, www.UnBugMe.com  to both download and activate it. This may be fine for if you bought the software online, but not customer-friendly to those who buy a shrink wrapped product and expect to get the software on medium they can use at their will and pleasure – albeit for just one year. A minor quibble about an otherwise robust product.




    



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SpeedSecure Pro: 2-in-1 PC security & tuning solution
by Della on   30,  2012
  "This is a typical Linksys prudcot where the hardware design is excellent, software design is mediocre and documentation is lacking. This router is perfect for home, SOHO or (very) small office use. The router is an extremely fast device and the firewall very capable. It also does a very good job of IPSEC and PPTP VPN access and has no problem supporting multiple connections (which is something my DD-WRT enabled WRT54GL could not handle). The Linksys QuickVPN software is frustrating to get working. If will renumber your internal network whenever someone uses the software. So be aware that you must number your network in the 10.x.x.x address range even though the router comes out of the box numbered as 192.168.1.1. There is only one place I found this little bit of information and without it, I would have never figured out why QuickVPN doesn't work. QuickVPN only permits you to usurp the default gateway of the machine to your remote network. However, once it is working, it's very fast. The router does not support DNSMASQ. For larger businesses, this isn't a problem because ostensibly they would have the resources to run their own name servers. But for home or SOHO users, this represents a problem because you have to manually enter the target nameservers. This may not sound like much of a problem until your ISP changes nameservers and then your connectivity will start to fail on name lookups. As anyone who has been faced with such a situation, the symptoms can point to any number of issues. Configuring IPSEC is not a trivial matter for the uninitiated. If you purchase this router with the intention of using it for IPSEC and this is your first time doing it, buy yourself a book that covers IPSEC. While the Linksys web interface is adequate, it doesn't help you figure out what is wrong. If you understand how it works, then you'll be able to troubleshoot problems and get this feature to work. It *does work*, and it works very well with my Macbook and my Windows machines. Router supports syslog support or emailing of logs and alerts. Works great with PPPoE, and connects quickly. I gave this prudcot 3 stars because the shortcomings are noticeable. It's a great little firewall and router; it's very fast, quiet, small and does a great job. But it lacks because of documentation, the glaring omission of no DNSMASQ and a web interface that is tricky to maneuver. If you do not need client-to-gateway IPSEC tunnels and want a much quicker client solution, look at the Linksys RVL200 SSL VPN. That box was my first choice, but only supports gateway-to-gateway VPNs (which won't work on the Mac)."
     
SpeedSecure Pro: 2-in-1 PC security & tuning solution
by Della on   30,  2012
  "This is a typical Linksys prudcot where the hardware design is excellent, software design is mediocre and documentation is lacking. This router is perfect for home, SOHO or (very) small office use. The router is an extremely fast device and the firewall very capable. It also does a very good job of IPSEC and PPTP VPN access and has no problem supporting multiple connections (which is something my DD-WRT enabled WRT54GL could not handle). The Linksys QuickVPN software is frustrating to get working. If will renumber your internal network whenever someone uses the software. So be aware that you must number your network in the 10.x.x.x address range even though the router comes out of the box numbered as 192.168.1.1. There is only one place I found this little bit of information and without it, I would have never figured out why QuickVPN doesn''t work. QuickVPN only permits you to usurp the default gateway of the machine to your remote network. However, once it is working, it''s very fast. The router does not support DNSMASQ. For larger businesses, this isn''t a problem because ostensibly they would have the resources to run their own name servers. But for home or SOHO users, this represents a problem because you have to manually enter the target nameservers. This may not sound like much of a problem until your ISP changes nameservers and then your connectivity will start to fail on name lookups. As anyone who has been faced with such a situation, the symptoms can point to any number of issues. Configuring IPSEC is not a trivial matter for the uninitiated. If you purchase this router with the intention of using it for IPSEC and this is your first time doing it, buy yourself a book that covers IPSEC. While the Linksys web interface is adequate, it doesn''t help you figure out what is wrong. If you understand how it works, then you''ll be able to troubleshoot problems and get this feature to work. It *does work*, and it works very well with my Macbook and my Windows machines. Router supports syslog support or emailing of logs and alerts. Works great with PPPoE, and connects quickly. I gave this prudcot 3 stars because the shortcomings are noticeable. It''s a great little firewall and router; it''s very fast, quiet, small and does a great job. But it lacks because of documentation, the glaring omission of no DNSMASQ and a web interface that is tricky to maneuver. If you do not need client-to-gateway IPSEC tunnels and want a much quicker client solution, look at the Linksys RVL200 SSL VPN. That box was my first choice, but only supports gateway-to-gateway VPNs (which won''t work on the Mac)."
     
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