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Windows XP (Home or Pro) 15 65.22%
Windows 2000 1 4.35%
Windows 98 & 95 0 0%
Windows ME 2 8.70%
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Mac OS 8+ 2 8.70%
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Old 03-25-2006, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had an idea today. I know a lot about computers. A lot of people I know don't, and they don't want to pay 100$ an hour to some PC Repair company to come fix their computer when it breaks. I like to help people out.

Here's my idea: Is there any software out there, or could software be created, that would help someone like me package together different programs?

For example, a lot of people have spyware or virus problems. When I go help people out, I try to install for them a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. Would there be a program to get the installers for these, and the most recent updates and virus definitions? Then I could put them on a flash drive or burn them to a CD, and then install them on the user's computers.

Yesterday I was fixing someone's computer that had dial-up internet, and I had been there before. The anti-virus database said it was out of date, and when I started downloading updated definitions, it was going to take 40 minutes. I didn't really have that kind of time to spend there.

Would there be a program that would get for me the most up to date versions of SpywareBlaster, AVG Anti-Virus, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy, etc., and then get the updated virus definitions, etc. for them, then put them on a flash drive and take them to my people?

I think that would be a cool thing. Maybe it could be established with some kind of dynamic website or possibly RSS.
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Not that I know of...

Tell me, why is this in the Linux section?
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well, the title said ''open source'' too, and i would favor software if it was open source and/or free. i use windows though.....so if the post can be moved or whatever it could go in that section. i've got suse linux installed as well.
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Since this post deals more with Windows, then I think I will move it.
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