03-08-2011 04:41 PM
Currently I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, Avast Free, and Thunderbird v. 22.214.171.124 (the last version of Thunderbird 2).
Avast free is giving too many false positives lately and I'm tired of chasing them down. It's new v.6 is still buggy.
I'm thinking of installing NIS 2011. I'm worried about how well it plays with Thunderbird 2. I've been reading some horror stories about Thunderbird 2 and NIS 2010, so naturally I'm worried about NIS 2011
I don't want to go to Thunderbird 3 for various reasons.
Does NIS 2011 work well with Thunderbird version 2? Any thoughts?
Thank you very much!
03-08-2011 07:09 PM
I was still Running Thunderbird 2 with NIS 2010 for a while. It ran very well. I have subsequently updated both. Thunderbird is up to 3.1.9 and runs very nicely with NIS. Because of the way Thunderbird handles individual emails, It is best to leave email scanning disabled. Auto protect will come into play should you click on something you shouldn't. I also don't use Norton Antispam, as I prefer the Thunderbird antispam component.
Once a program is far enough out of date, it becomes impossible to make any guarantees about what will work with what, or for how long. It is necessary to update your apps for decent security.
If you remove Avast, you will need to run their removal tool to clean your system before installing a Norton product.
03-08-2011 09:14 PM
What kind of horror stories? The scariest one I've ever heard is The Tale of the Quarantined Inbox. This can happen with many email clients due to the fact that the Inbox holds all the stored messages as one single file, so one infected message can cause the entire Inbox to be put into quarantine. This can be prevented by adding the Inbox to the Norton Scan exclusions. This does not lessen your security because Auto-Protect will detect any malicious file as soon as an attachment is actually opened (which takes it out of the Inbox). This issue, by the way, is not unique to Norton or to Thunderbird.
Like delphinium, I have used Thunderbird 2 and now Thunderbird 3 for some time with no issues at all. However, I have left Norton Email Scanning enabled on my system. There is an option in the Thunderbird settings to "Allow antivirus clients to quarantine individual incoming messages." This setting makes Thunderbird store incoming messages as individual temp files before actually adding them to the Inbox, thus giving your antivirus program a chance to scan and remove a single infected new message without having to quarantine the entire Inbox. However using Incoming Email Scanning is purely a matter of choice, since, as delphinium points out, from a security standpoint, it is not essential and there are plenty of legitimate reasons why you might want to disable this feature, no matter what AV program you happened to be using.
I also use Thunderbird's Antispam, rather than Norton's.
You should not have any problems using Norton along with Thunderbird 2.
03-09-2011 07:37 AM
Thanks for your comments and pointers. Yes, I was referring to NIS quarantining entire folders (such as the inbox) as some posters have described.
I have tested Thunderbird 3 on a test machine and know that I'll have to move to it but I've never liked its UI, no matter how much I tweaked it.
03-09-2011 07:47 AM
I don't care for the tabbed browsing, but I really got to like the included calendar. It very nicely takes the place of Sunbird.