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BigFix

BigFix Consumer Edition - fix the security on your PC

reviewed by ClifNotes, Mar 2005, Jan 2006, Jun 2006, permalink

 

Notes

Many of us don't care much for the Windows Update website. If that's true for yourself, BigFix could be a viable alternative. The Big Question for BigFix is "Can you trust them?". My opinion is that you now have two companies to choose from when you update. Microsoft is in business to sell you more software. BigFix is in business to sell security systems for PC's. Now who would you trust more?

 

I tried out BigFix and it was easy to install and easy to use. I edited the startup entry in msconfig so that BigFix doesn't run on Windows startup. After searching my system, BigFix displayed 6 updates that I needed. I installed all the fixes and now I'm good to go until the next time I run it. So far, all the fixes that I have installed, are from Microsoft and are downloaded from their website by BigFix.

 

Conclusion: The average person should use BigFix as an additional source of fixes and should not replace going to the Windows Update website. BigFix is a great free program and doesn't seem to have too many problems. It should be a valuable source for security fixes and give you additional confidence in the security of your PC.

 

Update Jun 2006:

Since the addition of Windows Genuine Advantage to Windows Updates, many security experts are recommending that we stop using the Windows Update website. If you decide to follow that advice, then BigFix will come in very handy.

 

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BigFix is a program that can intelligently detect and correct all kinds of problems on your computer, usually before they get a chance to mess up your computer. With BigFix, you are protected from known bugs, security holes, and problems caused by outdated software, letting you do more and crash less every day.

 

BigFix usually runs in the background, monitoring your computer for problems and conflicts. You can be sure that BigFix is running if you see the blue icon near the bottom-right corner of your screen (called the system tray).

 

Every day, BigFix automatically gathers information about the latest bugs, security alerts, and updates from BigFix Sites around the Internet. This way, BigFix is always up to speed on the latest problems.

 

Whenever BigFix detects a problem, it alerts you by flashing the blue system tray. To fix the problem, click on that flashing icon to open BigFix.

 

BigFix has been designed to fully protect your privacy. No information about you or your computer will ever be sent off your computer by BigFix without your express permission.

 

BigFix Website - Download BigFix - Freeware (for non-commercial use)