I guess we're back for now


#1

We had some internet problems (starting Tuesday), and weren’t sure we’d even be able to continue. Looks like we’ve got them straightened out now. FC will be back in the morning.


#2

Are you talking about this/our forum?

No Way!

I was pounding away (albeit all alone) most of the early evening and throughout the morning?:flag:


#3

No, Mom and I were off the internet altogether this week.


#4

I guess we’re back for good now - the problem we had was a mistaken identity issue.


#5

There’s only 2 things in the world that will truly get you so upset that you rip out your hair. Your spouse or a computer. Oddly you feel much better if you throw either one of them in a lake. (wink)


#6

Well, I don’t get so upset as I used to - I’m too old and tired for that.


#7

Add one more thing to your list, Tex, and that is when your tractor runs out of diesel fuel when you are in the far out back pasture! Makes for a long walk back to the barn. Welcome to the forum, by the way. Always glad to see a fellow Texan join the forum.


#8

Well, I don’t get so upset as I used to - I’m too old and tired for that.
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I used to think that I was to old to lose it. Then I got 3 malware (one each time) within 3 months. Each time cost me about $100 to get off my computer. All 3 were gotten off of those sites that have random info on them (which I love). I was talking to the computer guy the last time & he said that there had been a real outbreak of them on the web. I finally smartened up & bought a malware program. It struck me as odd that my anti virus programs wouldn’t stop them but I was told (by the company) that it’s not a VIRUS, it’s malware. WTH? Anyway after the 3rd one I came real close to putting my computer in the driveway & running over it with my truck.


#9

[quote=“Old_Tex, post:8, topic:49031”]
Well, I don’t get so upset as I used to - I’m too old and tired for that.
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I used to think that I was to old to lose it. Then I got 3 malware (one each time) within 3 months. Each time cost me about $100 to get off my computer. All 3 were gotten off of those sites that have random info on them (which I love). I was talking to the computer guy the last time & he said that there had been a real outbreak of them on the web. I finally smartened up & bought a malware program. It struck me as odd that my anti virus programs wouldn’t stop them but I was told (by the company) that it’s not a VIRUS, it’s malware. WTH? Anyway after the 3rd one I came real close to putting my computer in the driveway & running over it with my truck.
[/quote]Malware and anti viruses are a poor solution. Just run your browser in Sandboxie and you’ll never have any risk of a problem. Browser gets infected? It’s isolated from the system, just clear the sandbox and everything is gone. Malware included. And basically nothing can get out of the sandbox.

You could go a step further and do virtualization with Shadow Defender, but it’s more involved and costs $25 or $30.


#10

one must be careful downloading programs, emails, and even pictures which can really be malware. Some sites like porn deliberately have malware on it. Be careful of free programs and even programs that tell you they will clean your computer.


#11

one must be careful downloading programs, emails, and even pictures which can really be malware. Some sites like porn deliberately have malware on it. Be careful of free programs and even programs that tell you they will clean your computer.
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Like I said, I favor the sites with strange or random facts (well, did favor). That’s where I got them. The guys that removed the malware told me that generally the safest sites to go to were porn because they made enough money to have professional protection. I do know that I’ve stopped going to random sites. Plus I now save my system every week.


#12

I am NOT believing that. Many sites use porn as bait so that they can put viruses or malware on your computer.


#13

I am NOT believing that. Many sites use porn as bait so that they can put viruses or malware on your computer.
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I have no idea if it’s true or not, just repeating what he told me but it did seem kind of logical to me. I do know that all of the malware I got was from 3 totally different non porn sites.


#14

I had a relative who loved to down load porn and every once in awhile he would come to me to fix his computer. Well I got tired of reinstalling everything from scratch so we purchased more hard drives and set up a clean system from scratch and used acronis software to clone the C drive. I would then disable the other drives so they would not be written to and every once once in awhile I would update the other drives with incremental updates from the main drive. This saved me tons of time and reinstalling everything from scratch,


#15

Well, if you don’t go to porn sites, you won’t get any viruses or malware from them.


#16

[quote=“samspade, post:10, topic:49031”]
one must be careful downloading programs, emails, and even pictures which can really be malware.
[/quote]Only executable code can be malware. A picture cannot contain executable code.

No one gets maleware from pay porn sites. Ever. Some people may get malware* from the ads* on a “free” porn site. That’s because of the screening done by the ad network. Porn sites tend to use advertisers who have poor screening for advertisers. These ads are common on many sites, but they occur more frequently on porn sites, because porn sites can’t use some of the stricter ad networks like Google ads and Tribal Fusion. The porn sites themselves almost never have anything on them.

Not that any of it matters if you’re using the correct forms of security, like anti-executables, and virtualization. Virus scanners and HIPS on a firewall are laughably terrible at deflecting malware. But there’s a lot more money to be made in bad protection, than in light, efficient protection.