stigweard wrote: »
One of the largest vectors of attack for IE is activex. MS did right by enhancing the control and usage of it to make the browser more secure. Things like per site activex and preventing controls from getting admin access go a long way to making ie more secure. I haven't checked into what other things they have accomplished because I am no longer really interested in it as an application. It took too long for them to get their act together so I limit my knowledge on it to what I need for work.
Greenish wrote: »
Id also like it if Smitfraudfix were on the list. This little prog is a dynamo when it comes to getting rid of browser hijacks and those fake anti-virus programs. But like Combofix, do your homework and know exactly what you are getting rid of before you use these tools.
Starfuck wrote: »
I'm not as tinfoil-hatish as I used to be, but one place I would frequent quite a bit was Wilders Security Forum. I used to use a lot of DiamondCS software as well. These days, I just run MSE and use webmail so I don't download something I don't want.
Dark Shroud wrote: »
10 Most Vulnerable Software Apps of 2009
Even though it will take a little time check out the comments. Some of them are truely great.
David Harley on ESET's Blog wrote:
If you're using Adobe Reader and/or Acrobat, you need to ensure that this patch (and other patches) are applied as soon as possible after they become available.
Note that Adobe's patching practice is not yet as timely or as transparent as it ought to be: if you don't have administrative privileges (which is good practice in terms of the "principle of least privilege", you may not even receive notice of the availability of a patch, let alone be able to install it.
In view of Adobe's habit of making it as difficult as possible to use the product with reasonable security, are you sure you need to use Reader? (I understand that you might find it less than convenient to dispense with full-blow Acrobat for business use.) While I wouldn't care to recommend any particular alternative product without doing some comparative research, it has to be worth considering alternatives such as Foxit and Sumatra, or one of the cheaper PDF generation programs.
stigweard wrote: »
I'm not sure Kamkar's hack is all that impressive. The default behavior of all upnp enabled routers is to allow and open ports if they were requested by the local machine. All he's done is exploit it by using the browser. I'm not even sure it is a new idea. Of course, I could be reading it wrong.
Sos wrote: »
Just wanted to let you fellas know. I had some computer trouble the past few days where system restore was not an option. I happened to find this thread and overcame my problem.
The OP was very helpful along with the pages of comments for semi-computer literate shmucks like me.
In short: Thank y'all.
Fats wrote: »
I've been happy with Sumatra for PDF purposes. I'm not sure what drove the Foxit folks to shit all over their software but the last version I tried was really bad.
Sumatra is written by Krzysztof Kowalczyk
Ender wrote: »
So, I had a trojan (2 actually, fuckers) on my system, and am reasonably certain I have cleaned them off my system. However, it seems that after finally wresting my system back from them, they somehow locked my internet access.
Now, no program I have can access the internet. Firefox just comes up with the "cannot connect" message, or just a blank page. Nothing else can connect either.
Now, I'm no networking guru, but I've checked out what I can on my network, and there doesn't appear to be any reason why it's not working. I'm stumped.
As an aside, I also can't reach my router from this computer. Just a blank page in Firefox when I try 192.168.1.1.
I'm going to try the Safe Mode scans and such to see if there's anything else causing problems, do you think this will work? Does anyone else have an idea as to how they might have disabled my internet and how I can fix it?
Lord Jezo wrote: »
I am currently using W764bit with Avira 32 bit 9 free.
Should I stick with it or switch to MSE?
DrIanMalcolm wrote: »
So I can't click on the task manager icon at all (not through ctrl+alt+del or by right-clicking the time in the corner) and I'm fairly certain that I didn't cause this. Anybody know how I can fix this? I'm ran an AVG scan and I'm running MSE right now to see if it'll help. I'd appreciate any advice!
LoneIgadzra wrote: »
What kind of slowdown can I expect from MS Security Essentials or Antimalware? I use my PC primarily as a gaming machine, and don't run an antivirus because they have all burned me with their massive slowdown. (With the exception of the malicious software scanner that comes with Windows 7, who knows if that's good for anything though.) If I need to scan anything for viruses, I use trend micro house call.
AVG especially needs a note in the OP: "Adds 30 seconds to the boot time of the average PC, installs a really shitty firefox extension without asking and, when uninstalled, will make your PC feel like new again"
LoneIgadzra wrote: »
oh yeah, and I assume microsoft got this figured out, but does MSSE conflict with windows defender? Do the two programs offer different or overlapping functionality?