For reasons beyond me, some sort of conflict has arisen between Kaspersky and Linksys (also Netgear, I guess) as well as Charter and other ISPs.
I recently did a Vlite reinstall on my PC, and when I reinstalled KIS 7, I wasn't able to re-enter the serial key - as in, I put the cursor in the box, but can't enter any characters.
All kinds of fucking around; no dice.
What's more, I can't access the Kaspersky website:
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.
I then go to the Kaspersky forum to find out wtf, and am treated to all kinds of "try this/that work-around, if that doesn't work, try this..."
On top of that, I've purchased three different licenses for NOD32 (my laptop, my father, and my daughter), and, while it works super (so does the Kaspersky, for that matter), the validation/activation process sucks donkey-dick.
This is seriously off-putting, especially since they're not pirated versions - I bought them.
I have therefore decided to toss them for free stuff, and have chosen Comodo as my new firewall (it castrates crickets, but it works, and at least I won't be paying for the pain it causes me).
I haven't doped out an AV prog yet, though I am leaning toward Avast, which, I have heard, mates nicely with Vista.
I am open to suggestions, but only until my trial license for KIS runs out.