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Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:08 pm 
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OK boys and girls. Over the past month or so I've been getting a lot of help requests because people are picking up trojans, viruses, spoofs, key-loggers, etc. When I ask what kind of firewall, anti-virus, spyware checker, etc - I generally get greeted with the same befuddled answer, "Huh? I dunno."

So here we go. The following links are to "FREE" & "REPUTABLE" people who make software to keep you from getting most any of the nasties. Sure, most everyone has Norton or McAfee or something on their computer when the bought it 3/6/12 months ago, but the subscription expired, couldn't afford it, they didn't really like it, etc. Well, better to have something than nothing and free is affordable. Is it the best - no, but again, the price is right.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition Anti Virus only if you have something in the way of a spyware remover and firewall.

Comodo Firewall Pro Fee w/ Antivirus & Antimalware Don't have anything or have everything except a firewall. Install as complete or enterprise with or without spyware remover or anti-virus. Note: Pro Install does require you to allow everything initially, which will take a while at first, but once entered it never asks you again on that site. Enterprise is a firewall only - and I mean only.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free Need to check for spyware or get rid of some? Free concurrent updates as needed by the week or day.

Spybot - Search & Destroy Checked with everything else and still have a pest - Spybot search & destroy may handle what other missed. Free concurrent updates as needed by the week or day.

Hey Doc - I think I got something now - is there a free on-line checker?

Yes - go to: Trend Micro House Call it will scan your computer and check your root, registry, and files. Works with ie & FF only. It will find stuff that installed software may not because it's not stored and infected.

Now, suppose you have the money and want to get the real deal - which is the best to get? McAfee, Norton, AVG, Panda, PCTools, etc? Keep in mind, nothing is perfect but for a general category listing, this is the breakdown.

Bit Defender or Kaspersky are probably the best
AVG is a Close Second
McAfee, Norton, Trend Micro are probably the most popular but I find McAfee damn intrusive. Norton & Trend are a bit kinder.

Yep, there are others out there but ...

Hope it helps,


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OK, here is where I need to chime in and say that all of us need to stop looking at internet porn. :twisted:

HEY*- at least do it at a fairly reputable souce fellas...............



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Greetings all,

Internet Porn is not the only place to find or get these viral parasites. They can hide in shareware, ads, torrents, emails, or just common old html files.

I believe DrMoreau posted this as a general need to know for any and all visitors that may grace our site without any moral judgments on their web surfing habits.

I have made this into a sticky post for the sake of everyone; members and guests alike.

Have Fun & Happy Posting,

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Windows Update Resolve:

I get an email about once a month for this one. I just got off a phone call about this which made me think to add this here.

You are running XP or Win2K. You go to Windows or Microsoft Updates, download the files, but they fail to install - Why? Microsoft has no answers in their Knowledge Base.

Usually this happens when you remove software, devices - or - update software drivers. Depending upon how the code was written, it may remove files used by that software or device - but also used by Windows or other programs. Some remove drivers not even installed by said device/software - or unregister needed DLL's thinking they are no longer required. Most often, it is an unregistered driver.

Here's how to fix this problem.

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Click Start > Run and type regsvr32 wuapi.dll


When you receive the message that the DLL has been registered, click OK.

Repeat the Start>Run and enter the following individually - again - wait for the acknowledge message before you move on. {Note - the one that takes the longest to complete is the one that got corrupt.}

Code:
regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 wups2.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wuweb.dll


Please do them in this order. If you accidently skip one and have to go back, reregister the one you skipped to again after correcting order. Sometimes it matters.

Upon individual completion, you will now be able to install the downloaded Microsoft/Windows updates.

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Recently, Both Mr. Z and Woodrow have mentioned Pop-Up ads now appearing here. Unfortunately, we have no control over them - they are added and controlled by our hosting provider. But, this being said, doesn't mean you have to live with them. I use Opera and they have always allowed you to block ads and FireFox has a seamless add-on to block ads. Even IE7 can have this capability. Being that I can not see any ad on this site, let alone any other, I can only rely on other people to mention them and try to resolve their/your plight.

Ad Blocking Links for your Browsers

If you are using Firefox, install ad-blocker plus by following this link: Mozilla/Firefox Ad Blocker plus Page

If you are using Opera, go to the linked page and follow the instructions: Tamil's Ad Blocking Walk-thru

If you are using IE, go to the linked page: ie7pro ad blocking and more


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Ok boyz and girlz:

For those of us using IE7 as their primary browser, in case you hadn't heard, there was a security flaw that was exploited again on Monday. I spent most of yesterday from the wee early hours bailing out many of my clients. Around 2:00PM PST today, they wrote a 2.4 MB patch to resolve this flaw.

So, for those of you using IE7, make sure you get the latest IE7 Security Patch: Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP (KB960714) Even if IE7 isn't your main browser, get the update because XP & Vista still use this process for Office and other Windows tasks.

Again, any and all IE7 users, please make the switch to FireFox or Opera. Since IE7 ripped off the look of FireFox, there is no real learning curve. If you are like me and prefer a customizable browser that you can control every aspect of its look and feel - go Opera. Since a majority of all malware and spyware seem to take advantage of Microsux flaws - live above the paranoia and make the change to Mozilla. ;)


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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:57 pm 
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What about IE 8 or 9? Haven't had any problems here with it yet. Just got Windows 8, after I got sick of Vista. Word of advice, make sure to keep all your program discs and product keys (codes) that come with your programs, so you don't have to pay for a new disc or download when you upgrade your operating system. Man, did I learn THAT one the hard way.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:18 am 
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Yeppers - upgrading is a bitch. Win7 was nice enough to retain that information for you but Win8 isn't that kind. Let us know how you like win8, Anthony, after you've had it running a while.


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It's okay, but it slows down just like the rest do eventually. Is there any simple way to make sure your computer is always fast?


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A) Defrag during off hours - schedule it when you know you won't be on it but the computer is running.

B) Add More RAM. If you are running Win 8 64 bit - why use less then 8 Gig - you will never get the addition benefit from the 64 at 4 Gig or even 6.


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And how do I do those things?


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Anthony wrote:
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Adding RAM:

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Installing is a bit much for me, but will attempt defragging. Used to do that years ago, glad to know how to do it on Windows 8.


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Is there a way to upload pics from your PC to this forum???

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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:53 pm 
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Shatners Grim Reaper wrote:
Is there a way to upload pics from your PC to this forum???


Not for members I'm afraid. PJ restricted file uploading years ago due to size, bandwidth restrictions, etc for all but admins and founders. You can use photobucket or imageshake.

Or

Start a voting topic and see if other members what this ability too and well let the member consensus decide.


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I use free versions of the ff. with Win 7 64-bit HP:

AVG (mentioned earlier) - because of low ratings for MS Security Essentials given at

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-us ... vdec-2012/

Spam-Combat

http://www.glocksoft.com/spamcombat/

Puran for defragmenting:

http://www.puransoftware.com/Puran-Defrag.html

Spybot (mentioned earlier)

Spywareblaster

http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html

Malwarebytes

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

Windows Firewall Control:

http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/order.html

For Chrome, the ff. extensions:

Adblock

Better Popup Blocker

DoNotTrackMe

Referer Control

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