I don't wish to appear to be a doom-sayer, but I would advise
you all to approach the downloading of new applications onto your system with
the utmost caution.
A couple of months ago I read a review of Firefox as an email
system, which lauded its advantages over Outlook Express (my current
system). So I downloaded it and installed it. One of the first
things the installation process did was change certain configuration values in
some (I have no idea how many) of the system files of my PC.
Unfortunately, one of the files into which it intruded was one
of the basic system files of the database that I have been using for the past 25
years, and in so doing it caused a corruption in the file header, which rendered
the whole of my database (an 25 years worth of data and hard work)
inaccessible. There is really NO WAY in which an email system should have
had any reason to change information in that file - it has nothing whatsoever to
do with email functions.
After much angst and trouble I was able to repair the file to
some extent in that the system now works BUT the automatic indexing system (on
which I rely a lot) is partly disabled - enough so to be a real
So, if new applications are going to change system files on
you (and I sure most do), please think twice.