F-Secure Optus Internet Suite – To be avoided!

Optus, my ISP, is kind enough to give subscribers a free copy of F-Secure's security suite which offers anti-virus, anti-spam and firewall. I read some half decent reviews of the product so I thought I'd install it and give it a go. Unfortunately, it was fraught with problems. First of all, after installing I got a blue screen on reboots. After uninstalling AVG (my previous anti-virus) in safe mode, my computer could boot. Next, I tried to do a full system scan, but the F-Secure automatic update kicked in at the same time and it crashed the scanner. So, I rebooted, and tried a full system scan. I tried twice, but each time, it hung on a random .class (compiled Java) from GlassFish. Not great. So I went to the F-Secure website to submit a bug report. I filled in the form, and couldn't submit it because one of the drop down lists which was mandatory was disabled in Opera. I then thought I'd try the site in IE7, but IE7 just hung, presumably thanks to F-Secure's firewall.

Overall, I would strongly suggest that you do not bother to try the F-Secure product suite, even if it is offered to you for free.



6 responses to “F-Secure Optus Internet Suite – To be avoided!”

6 07 2008
Ycros (10:55:17) :

Apparently Whirlpool are boycotting AVG as well - see the big red warning at the top of whirlpool.net.au

6 07 2008
James (17:39:42) :

Yeah, I saw the AVG link scanner that is causing the extra load and turned it off. It's not a great idea - it looks like it scans all the pages that are linked to from the page you are browsing, no matter if you visit them or not.

7 07 2008
yani (08:42:17) :

never seem to have this problem on my mac 😛

hope soosun had a good birthday!

10 07 2008
Matt (14:14:29) :

You had to anti virus solutions installed and didn't expect any problems?

10 07 2008
Matt (14:14:47) :


3 01 2009
shak (14:02:03) :

it's better than what you can make optus rulz