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 viper1j
Joined: 11/30/2005
Msg: 176
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I am using Google Chrome and Avast AV software. Only this evening any page on POF is being picked up by Avast as a threat and disconnecting. Has the server been attacked?


No, the updated Avast is a PITA to configure in the firewall settings. The easiest way is to set everything to "custom" or "Ask Me" and then approve every place you go manually.
 Unfergetable
Joined: 3/16/2011
Msg: 177
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Posted: 6/28/2011 1:18:14 PM
The only thing I have noticed is something called "datepage" which seems to make it thru my pop up blocker for some reason.Dunno why.

I really like this utility that was reccommended in an older post (2005)

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

Anywho..peace everyone...Have a happy day!

 afitnessmodel
Joined: 6/14/2011
Msg: 178
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Posted: 6/30/2011 7:00:39 AM
whats up with that little strip popup saying chat settings closed all...all my settings are already set to close all popups but this little one comes on your page and goes down to the bottom too fast to catch it...why do we have this now? just wondering...
 kropes
Joined: 5/24/2006
Msg: 179
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Posted: 7/24/2011 4:08:50 AM
Aloha All !

I was reading over this forum and wanted to share some info with all of you.

Most of the conversations where i read (here and other sites) about viruses and such (all general junk spyware, etc, grouped in this statement) are talking about how to remove them or about how to keep your AV software updated and what combo of software to use to scan for viruses. Sorry, but all of that will run all of you in circles for the next 10 years. Most AV software is fundamentally useless. New viruses and scams are created by the thousands every day.

I have been in the IT Industry for 30 years now. “Back in the day”... we did things a little differently, and in many instances, it was better.
What about this concept : don't worry about removing it, how about preventing it from ever happening to begin with ? I know, i know... some of you are thinking “That is what anti virus products are supposed to do” No. Actually they are not. What Antivirus products are designed to do is to make the companies that produce them as much money as possible. They are just another software product that gives no real warranty to its effectiveness.

I run a technology non profit org : HawaiianHope.org you can read about our projects. One of our projects is we run an internet cafe. In our Internet Cafe, we had over 15,000 people through the front door in 5 months. that is a WHOLE LOT of web browsing. Because of the way we configured the computers, NEVER ONCE did we have to send one of our techs out to remove a virus, spyware or other junk off of the computers. For that fact, the computers software stayed fully functional for that entire 5 month period. we NEVER had to do a system restore or other type of software fix. So that means that all of our down time was reduced to and attributed only to hardware failure. 4 dead motherboards and 2 dead power supplies. 4 machines went offline in 5 months for less than 10 hours total, with more than 15,000 people using and abusing the place. Not bad i don’t think.

Some of you work with large companies. All of you are individual users. My question is, if you could absolutely prevent viruses, spyware and other stupidity from ever getting on your computers, how much time would that save you or your company ? how much money would that save you ? How many deadlines did you miss because of this ?

As stated above, i have been in the IT industry for 30 years, and i will be damned if i am going to spend the next 30 years of my career playing janitor to clean up the mess that someone else makes. If you would like to enjoy this same security and piece of mind, then read on.

2 Products we use to accomplish this are :
1) MS Windows Steady State. a FREE product from Microsoft. It was originally designed to be used in public access computers like libraries. SteadyState will work with Windows XP and Vista. it will NOT work with 7 and MS has announced they have no plans to upgrade it. Steady state is cool because it is good for self standing machines and you can schedule and script updates to security software.

2) Faronics : “Deep Freeze.” Deep Freeze has been around i believe since the early 90's. It was most popular in schools and keeping the computers in a working state. Other variations of it were "Full Armour (now gone).” Deep Freeze will work with Win 7 (and everything else) but its base price is $45 a copy. Bulk pricing is available. Deep Freeze has integration for large scale networks and remote management, you can mass push an update to a network but can not schedule self standing computers to do updates.

These 2 products will “lock down” your computer. When locked, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a virus or have other accidental changes take place on your computers. If you are cruising the web and get some nasty pop up, with just antivirus software, its already too late, your infected. With these 2 products, if something does make it on to your computer, all you do is shut the computer down and restart. as soon as it restarts your back up fully functional and can continue on. (no it does not use system restore)

These products prevent ALL changes from happening to the locked drives, So it is important to have a separate data drive or data partition on your drive that is not locked down where you will save all of your data files (another old school concept.) You keep the OS separate from the data files. You keep the OS locked, and the data files unlocked. After all, once you get your computer completely configured how you want it, icons in place, background set, programs installed.... after it is “just the way you want it” make sure it stays that way ! If you need to make configuration changes, you can by telling these products to save those changes, but accidental and unauthorized changes are impossible.

When you install these products, it is important to make sure the computers are running as fast and clean as they can be. Remove all of your extra cookies, clear your cache, clear the windows temp files that windows never deletes automatically, set your cache settings to only 50 meg. uninstall software that your never going to use and run defrag about a dozen times.... get all of the completely unnecessary junk off of your computers, and then install one of these products. Once you do, you will be amazed at the simplicity of a real “solution” to dealing with junk software.

An added bonus : Now that your computers are locked down, you can feel free to experiment a little. Did you download something and try out the software... and did not get the result you wanted ? not an issue, restart your computer and its all gone. No need to un install it as you never told your new favorite software to save it. If you did like it though, just tell your new programs to save those changes.

Got a 3 year old that likes the delete key ??? computer is now safe as they can not delete any software or programs, or mess up the icons and desktop. (make sure you have a backup of your data files though !! hehe)

Another project of our org is to refurbish donations and give away free computers. Over the past 5 years we have given away over 800 computers to other non profit orgs, clean and sober and prisoner re-entry houses, schools, low income people and the homeless. How many of these people are savvy enough to avoid all of the scams and junkware on the internet ? Because of this, every computer we have given away has had one of these programs installed on it, and those receiving the computers are taught about REAL virus protection --- > PREVENTION. With over 800 computer given away, the only ones that come back in for repairs are hardware failures (about 2 a week), and the occasional one of a person that refuses to use the lock down software.

If you want to learn more, drop me a line and i can post more info about this process and to answer questions.

Have a great day !
 andrea31859
Joined: 9/13/2011
Msg: 180
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Posted: 11/1/2011 3:30:53 PM
hi, I just downloaded the Ad-Aware and I love it, It did not take long to download but it took over 3 hrs to scan my computer in Full mode and i have no pop ups or Ads anywhere on my computer sites i was having them Pop up here continually and on my Facebook. Yahooo!!!!!
 _TALL_IQ2_
Joined: 2/10/2010
Msg: 181
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Posted: 1/14/2012 3:24:35 PM
ALERT! New email attachment virus pretends to be a ticket from American Airlines!
Do NOT download and open any unexpected tickets from any airlines.
It looks almost legitimate, and may fool lots of people into opening it. Spoofed return address says it's from manager-no442@aa.com
More info about this current one at the following url:


http://www.mcbsys.com/blog/2011/11/new-airline-ticket-virus-email/

Stay safe with updated AV, especially MS Security Essentials, it is free with all current MS Windows versions.
 MikeVA68
Joined: 11/23/2011
Msg: 182
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Posted: 1/25/2012 9:58:07 AM
No matter the attack, people haven't been able to get out of Chrome's sandbox design.

After pwn2own (best to worst): Chrome > Firefox/IE (tie) > Safari

That being said, malicious attempts can be mitigated by disabling features, not clicking on unknown links and pop-ups, and not going to questionable sites.
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
Joined: 12/8/2011
Msg: 183
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Posted: 1/27/2012 10:13:33 AM

Someone is definitely hacking into my computer. How can I stop them?

Turn off your computer.




How are they doing this?

Internet Skills.
 R00T
Joined: 3/13/2012
Msg: 184
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Posted: 4/4/2012 1:01:21 AM
Why not just use a linux live cd? I use it a lot when I"m surfing. Any infection is gone once i reboot. I can't mount onto any devices so there is no chance of spreading the infection if that ever happens. No need for virus scanners.

I recommend lightweight portable linux.


http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm
http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi/products/linux/lps/lightweight-portable-security-132-live-cd-pc.html
 R00T
Joined: 3/13/2012
Msg: 185
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Posted: 4/4/2012 1:05:14 AM
i, I just downloaded the Ad-Aware and I love it, It did not take long to download but it took over 3 hrs to scan my computer in Full mode and i have no pop ups or Ads anywhere on my computer sites i was having them Pop up here continually and on .

Only 3 hours? I worked on a friend's chance it and it took over 7 hours. lol
Personally it's faster to reinstall windows.
 boomtiki
Joined: 9/1/2011
Msg: 186
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Posted: 6/14/2012 9:23:40 PM
By far the best fast running real-time security suite I have found is ESET Security. Get it I recommened it over any of them. Im a hardcore gamer and it runs fast and doesnt slow me down. I also download lots of movies and music and it philses out all the garbage. Another thing I like about it is that it doesnt save your passwords for every damn site you visit which makes it easy access for hackers for when they break into your computer. Another thing I like about it the program itself has a password so make a big ass password with some symbols and numbers in the middle to end of the word you use and its better not to use a word. but letters.
 Rythmn
Joined: 1/21/2006
Msg: 187
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Posted: 6/29/2012 2:52:24 AM
i use avg, zone alarm, spybot, adaware and hijack this. am adding firefox add on called noscript and adblocker. no script allows temporary cookies at your discretion site specific. in beginning a pain but then you get the hang of it. also important to set your security features and log off each site. as well as do not let them remember you. if someone must log onto your computer, i suggest team viewer where the passcodes can be changed each time. these suggestions have come from a variety of computer geek buddies. i am logical but not personally tech saavy. my current concern as per another thread is safety with online email keeping your inbox in trash and uploading sent mail from outlook express. that is driving me nuts!!!
 JustLilAnna
Joined: 8/1/2012
Msg: 188
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Posted: 11/11/2012 11:11:29 AM
Oh geez...What about our phones??? Can spyware be used if we access our sites via our phones???
 NymbusZeroKenny
Joined: 11/6/2012
Msg: 189
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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:08:36 PM
I don't know about phones getting infected but they do make anti-virus for them so maybe also Avira isn't bad anti-virus and is free i also recommend using the Web Of Trust WOT plugin and maybe siteadvisor too they both block bad websites and will warn you if a download is potentially spyware,adware etc.
 FishOwl
Joined: 12/13/2008
Msg: 190
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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:36:00 AM
Haven't taken the time to read all the suggestions but what I have read are good.
Some points to ponder:
1. Something you might want to try out is Malware Bytes. I downloaded it (free), installed it and ran it. In spite of having Microsoft's offering and AVG this found 44 other problems including registry problems.

2. Even though Linux, all flavours, is more difficult to infect it has been done and there are anti-virus as well as clean up programs to use.

3. I am a network engineer.

To repeat, all the suggestions I read were good. Also, be careful of rootkits. Not terribly common but can be a real pain.
 needtogetout1
Joined: 1/13/2013
Msg: 191
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Posted: 2/16/2013 6:35:26 PM
I have found that there are two other programs that are free and do a really great job as well. They are SuperAnitSpyware, http://www.superantispyware.com/, and also Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, http://www.malwarebytes.org/lp/malware_lp/?gclid=CI_Dk9ymvLUCFZG6zAodlXAABw. Malwarebytes has both a free and a paid version. I find that both of these work better than Spybot and Ad-Aware as both of there give many false positives. Personally the Microsoft one I would not even bother with, some reports show that it misses a lot of things.
For a web browser I would use Google Chrome. Reports show that it is the most secure web browser right now, with IE being the most insecure. If you want you can get Ad Block Plus as an ad in for Chrome which works really well.
 Albvs
Joined: 2/14/2013
Msg: 192
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Posted: 3/1/2013 3:31:07 PM
My advice?

If on a PC:
Run the standard Internet Explorer browser. Download and install the Microsoft Security Essentials software and do a full scan. Make sure that the software firewall feature of Windows is turned on. The only free software that you should download from the Internet: Adobe Reader (but make sure to disable any options to install other things like the Google Toolbar, for example), Macromedia Flash plug-in, Skype. Twice a month run Windows Update.

If on a Mac:
Run the standard Safari browser. The only free software that you should download from the Internet: Adobe Reader, Macromedia Flash plug-in, Skype. Once every six months check for software updates.

Never install a toolbar for your browser. Don't download free programs other than the ones I've listed above. If you surf porn never ever download anything so that you can webcam anyone.
 Paul9473
Joined: 2/12/2013
Msg: 193
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Posted: 3/19/2013 2:32:26 PM
IE is well known to be the worst browser for security. You should also steer clear of it because of a lack of standards compliance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers#Security_and_vulnerabilities
Safari has also had some fairly major security issues uncovered in the past but got patched up before it was known.
The rule of thumb is that the more mainstream a product is, the more people are going to be working on making viruses for it. On the other hand you want something that is well supported. Anything Linux/BSD unless you are doing something that makes you a target, you will likely never need antivirus protection. Mac is not too bad, but Windows you're going to have to accept that you're going to need to routinely disinfect the thing. Android being a growing market (Yes you can get viruses/adware/spyware on your phone) can be expected to have problems in the future despite its Linux origins; though it is inherently rife with adds anyway.
 jimintoronto2
Joined: 11/8/2011
Msg: 194
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Posted: 3/20/2013 10:47:03 AM
IE 10 seems to have fixed a lot of issues, including conforming to standards. I was using IE 9 for a long time and it had big issues with POF. It often would show empty boxes where there should be an image plus POF would hang up and have to be restarted after being logged on for a while. I installed IE 10 about a week ago and haven't had a single issue with it. The performance is also much better than IE 9, plus text and graphics have a nicer look. You need to have Win 7 as a minimum for IE 10. It won't work on older systems like XP.
 sureicanhelp
Joined: 3/27/2013
Msg: 195
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Posted: 4/1/2013 5:12:39 AM
First he means well, but

Spybot was out in an age when well 14 years ago there wasnt much good free stuff.
2, frankly the rest suck and never andI repeat never rust anything Microsoft and that stuff is spyware and sucks even spybot search and destroy will find spyware and malware in windows itself and remove it.
Bitdefender is the best period has been for 14 years straight
yes free online scan and a free version and if u want to buy it it very cheap.
Rated so by outside judges - outside of the usa.

online scan: http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html
Free Download:
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

Good Luck
 2rich2thin
Joined: 9/18/2010
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Posted: 5/18/2014 11:16:23 AM
The latest is being directed to POF.com/fr which sends me (and others) to the French version. the only way I've been able to get to the local site is to copy and paste and older link or respond to a message sent by a match. frustrating!
 reverseskydiver
Joined: 4/29/2014
Msg: 197
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Posted: 7/16/2014 1:43:59 PM
Hi I really need help someone is using my photo on there profile I know this had nothing to do with your post but really need your help to stop this guy
 Peas_
Joined: 5/2/2015
Msg: 198
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Posted: 6/26/2015 3:39:38 PM

Hi I really need help someone is using my photo on there profile I know this had nothing to do with your post but really need your help to stop this guy


http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts141520.aspx
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 Peas_
Joined: 5/2/2015
Msg: 199
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Posted: 7/11/2015 10:19:16 PM

The latest is being directed to POF.com/fr which sends me (and others) to the French version. the only way I've been able to get to the local site is to copy and paste and older link or respond to a message sent by a match. frustrating!


Prolly cuz you're using Tor browser, and your IP shows you're in Europe. Derp.
 ElectricFish67
Joined: 7/21/2015
Msg: 200
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Posted: 8/16/2015 6:57:32 PM
When they block you (or you get booted off), it sends you to the .fr site.
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