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Are we all now free of malware or is it just me that is seeing no new posts
to this group.

Using Outlook Express and Virgin Media as ISP, which has been OK for ages.

Henry



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On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:35:29 -0000 Dragon wrote:

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Doubt that we are all free of malware and I see your post just fine.

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Well OE might explain some things but if it works for you ... ;-)
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Now there is a surprise !! :-))

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Are there any others than this thread?
I'm still not seeing any.

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Has done so far and thanks for taking the trouble to respond.

Henry



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It has been very quite here.

Most newbies don't use usenet anymore.  There hasn't been much
in the way of new malware, to discuss.  Just minor variations
in old stuff.

Including this thread, there has only been 9 articles posted
here, in the last 5 days.

Regards, Dave Hodgins

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What a coincidence. I've been searching for over an hour on this anti-
malware subject to no avail and stumble upon a possible answer with
renewal of an old interest; usenet.

First, anti-malware. My newest desktop (Vista 64bit) runs Kaspersky
2011; no additional anti-malware software. I'm looking for
something ...but not sure I need it. You folks may have the answer.
I'm interesting in listening. Another desktop (home wired network)
runs Windows XP SP2 with Kaspersky 2010 and SpyBot.

Q1) If I need something for these two machines, what do you recommend?

Second, usenet. Before I retired, I was able to jump on line and find
a forum for whatever project I had on the board at any time of day and
get responses quickly. Then a number of forums went to browsers like
Google. I stayed with my Outlook Express browser exclusively to view
the usenet. Then my ISP sent a notice a few years ago they were
dropping usenet feeds or service. I struggled to rebuild the resources
I was so quickly able to find. I've failed to do so and have been
disenchanted ever since.

Oh surei've found some on Google.com/groups. Buy I can't find the
Chrysler forum I where I used to get answers so quickly... or forums
on software... or hardware. Maybe I'm looking in all the wrong places
and maybe I'm gonna' display so real ignorance here but... when you
speak of the old familiar "usenet"... the one I used to know... if
it's the same one I knew... can you please tell me what I need to do
to find the damn thing and what program do I need to view and/or take
part in it? For a geezer, I'm fairly computer literate but I'll be
damned if I've been able to get a handle on managing my sources like I
had a decade ago. PowerMarks (my old book mark program) took me where
ever I wanted at the speed of a few keystrokes. Gone! Now I fumble
with Diigo. Outlook Express displayed a tree of links arranged by
topics of interest that "jumped" me to a forum at the drop of a hat
and if I went to the root of the forums available from my ISP, I could
find thousands listed to peruse. Now ... aside from Google groups... I
don't know where to find a list of links.

If anyone one of you folks could help orient me in this new horizon,
I'd appreciate it very much.

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Welcome back to usenet.

You can create a usenet account, for free, at
http://www.eternal-september.org /
Be sure to read the faq for accessing the full group list.

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That should be fine, as long as you are careful about what software
you use, and what you download.

For a web browser, my order of preference is opera, firefox, or google
chrome.  Do not use internet exploiter (aka internet explorer), for
anything except getting updates on the xp systems.

For usenet, avoid outlook express, and windows mail.  They both have
a bug, where replies to messages with long reference headers are
not formatted properly, resulting in articles that will not post, or
allow easy deletion.

I prefer opera (integrated browser, email, usenet, etc.), although
there are several other good usenet news readers.

For periodic scans, or cleaning up an existing system,
mbam - http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
sas  - http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

For advanced cleanup,
gmer  - http://www.gmer.net /
hijackthis -
http://download.cnet.com/Trend-Micro-HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10227353.html
multiav - http://www.pctipp.ch/index.cfm?pid=1411&pk=28470

Regards, Dave Hodgins

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Marvelous! I'm finally moving forward! I do us Firefox almost
exclusively, began using Thunderbird for email on this Vista machine,
but miss Outlook (on my Windows XP desktop). I've read recently that I
can use Google calendar and sync it with Outlook so I'll be looking at
that shortly.

Just added "Reader" to my Google account (which I use principally to
collect news on selected topics). I'll look at Opera. Have it...
pulled it up a few times... read more reviews... and felt comfortable
with Firefox so I've really never left that as my browser. May change
if that Reader gets a lot of use.

I also read about "Malwarebytes" and their ASSASSIN. Cost is about
$22. Recommended for my Vista? I read a lot on the web, am careful,
but also very paranoid about viruses and malware. If Malwarebytes can
bring me added protection without conflicting with Kaspersky (they
don't list it as a program to avoid), I'll buy it. You're thoughts?

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Sorry to be so long getting back to you on this.  I'd never heard
of Malwarebytes having an Assassin program.  From what google shows,
it's just a program or feature that will delete files that are
normally locked.

I just boot a linux live cd (free), and use that to delete any
files that won't delete while windows is running.  A BartPe disk
would give the the same ability, running windows off of the cd,
rather then the hard drive.

</rant mode>

I primarily use linux, and only run windows (usually once a month)
to keep it updated, or when I need to work with people who are too
impatient to learn the minor differences in how to get their stuff
done using linux instead of windows.

I hate the fact that when I startup windows in a virtual computer,
it's at least 10 minutes before it's "usable", as it has to update
it's anti-virus and m$ updates before it will respond to user input.

Even with all of the third party "protection" software, any software
written by m$ cannot be considered to be safe.

Install secunia psi from
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal /

In the advanced settings, turn on the secure browsing feature,
and check out the various browsers.

Opera and firefox both fail because they load java and other plugins
that have known vulnerabilities, that haven't been patched, unless
you've disabled those plugins.

Internet explorer fails not only for the plugins it loads, but
because the browser itself is not secure.

Just in case the above doesn't make it clear, there are quite a few
people here who consider me to be a troll, due to my m$ bashing.

While I do bash m$, I do it for good reason, having spent many years
using their software, and working at reverse engineering viruses and
trojans, in order to figure out how to block/remove them.  I used to
be a regular participant of this group, trying to help people.  Now I
mostly just lurk here, and only post about new threats and workarounds
I find out about, or if a thread happens to catch my interest.

I eventually realized that nothing from m$ can be used safely, and
found a much better designed and maintained system with linux.  Unlike
m$, it's designed to be secure, instead of trying to add security after
the fact.

Yes there are security vulnerabilities in linux (as with any software),
but they are few and far between, compared to m$ crapware, and they
get fixed within hours or days of disclosure, instead of months or
years, or never.

I am slowly getting more people to switch to linux, usually when a
virus or trojan has made their system unbootable, and they didn't
bother burning a recovery dvd when they got their system.

<rant mode/>

Regards, Dave Hodgins

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On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:16:23 -0000 Dragon wrote:

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My reader shows 22 posts in eight threads, including this one, since
1/22/2011.
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| Are we all now free of malware or is it just me that is seeing no new posts
| to this group.

| Using Outlook Express and Virgin Media as ISP, which has been OK for ages.

| Henry

Yes...  It has been quiet.


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Thanks to all who restored my faith!
Cleary I have missed nothing
On balance the silence is better than some of the diatribe of recent times!

Henry



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| Thanks to all who restored my faith!
| Cleary I have missed nothing
| On balance the silence is better than some of the diatribe of recent times!

Most definitely!

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David H. Lipman wrote:

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What of the possibility that all -- *all* -- of the newbie Windows
computers are now so compromised and infected that none of them can post
to Usenet any longer?

It would be quiet.     ;-)

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| David H. Lipman wrote:

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| What of the possibility that all -- *all* -- of the newbie Windows
| computers are now so compromised and infected that none of them can post
| to Usenet any longer?

| It would be quiet.     ;-)

:-)
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 > Yes...  It has been quiet.

Yep...
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