MalWare, Virus Ware Scams Alert

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  1. b.c.

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    This is another alert for all of you to beware of certain scam antivirus software that is floating around out there.

    The way it works is that the unsuspecting web surfer (while exploring some site or carelessly opening what looks like legitimate email) suddenly gets pop-up messages warning of virus infections and malware detected on their computer. This is followed by messages saying click here to download (or activate) virus removal software to remove the threat.

    It's a scam to sell people virus protection software, though in many instances your computer is ACTUALLY infected with the virus. That's because the people trying to get you to buy the virus software have packaged the virus into the popup routines so that it automatically loads onto your machine (in the form of some kind of malware/trojan).

    Of course, this is nothing less than outright sabotage. It's like burning down someone's home to sell fire insurance. Luckilly we can't immediately get our hands on em. But you can potect yourself against this by using and keeping updated versions of both an antivirus program and an antispyware program.

    I happen to use MacAfee for the antivirus software, but it was the antispyware program I had (Stopzilla) that instantly detected the threat, stopped it in it tracks and deleted all of the potentially harmful programming. There are other such programs out there...choose your own, just be safe (and smart) and protect your system.
     
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    I accidentally installed some malware on my PC a few years ago. The PC ran slower and crashed alot. Very unstable. It was called Windows ME.
     
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    I thought I'd bump this message to the top, because not only can you pickup spyware from emails and pop-up delivery packages, but apparently, also by just logging on to some of you fav sites. Beware....
     
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    I thought that was all of the Windows versions.
    That's why I run Fedora Core 6. No crashes, no freezes, no problems. Like the Energizer bunny, it just keeps going, and going, and going.................
     
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    There was a rumor going around that Mac's could not get viruses. (But from what I understand) I later found that they can, but most people try to infect Windows with viruses because they want to do the most harm possible.
     
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    This happened to me. I was using Firefox and browsing a lyrics site (of all places!)

    So now I use this:

    Avant Browser::Download

    Which is better than Firefox since you can completely disable Scripts and Active X controls (Tools > Disable...) so I use that when going on porn sites. Well anything that isn't Youporn or Redtube.

    Be careful! Its effective to use Firefox for regular browsing and Avant with scripts and as much as you can disabled for 'adult' browsing.

    PS I've had the popup messages 'Your computer is infected with malware! Click here to download software'! on Firefox. So it isn't 100% reliable.

    Avant completely stops all popups, even the ones that interrupt the page and say 'Click here to skip this ad'...Its cool ^_^
     
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    I've used a Firefox add-on called NoScript for many months, which behaves similarly. It lets you dynamically enable/disable just about anything outside a pure HTML stream, including JavaScript, Java applets, ActiveX controls, popup windows, Flash content, and other stuff.

    Most sites function fine without scripts running, others don't. When one barfs, I just click the icon and allow scripts on that server only to run...and I can choose to allow it for the current session only, or add it to a "whitelist" so that it's always allowed.

    It's amazing what you see with this little add-on. I've hit websites where the menu shows scripts being blocked from over a dozen third-party servers (google-analytics.com is a frequent culprit)!
     
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