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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Microsoft Safety Scanner
    Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 6:42pm
Microsoft has a new free scanner.  Not sure if it's worth the trouble, but I downloaded and ran it in Win7 64bit.  I guess any tool can help, at least for a while.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 7:16pm
Oh wow...that's a huge honker (download).  It's getting there.

I've used MS essentials anti-virus. Worked fine on the desktop. Not so good on the old laptop with Firefox. Not sure why. Anything I'd download, even comic images, would take a half a minute or more to finish closing the download box. Sometimes it would freeze.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 8:26pm
Well....after an hour of scanning...the progress bar was only at about 25-percent. But it's gone to the half-way point after an additional 15 minutes. 

No installation...I like that. It just runs from the executable.  But...being able to choose drives sure would have been nice. I dual boot XP and Win7 and generally don't run scans within one OS on the other one.
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 8:42pm
The app is only good for 10 days.  You just download and run it again after it expires.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 9:13pm
It just finished. And reported two problems. One on XP and one on Win7 drive.  Both related to "power panel" apps...though entirely different ones. I'm clear.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 5:10am
I had a few, all java. I know why I put it (java) back on but now that's over I think it's going right back in the trash.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 5:52am
Wonder if they (the Java stuff) were legit hits. I've had those and they turned out to be false positives. Same as ones dealing with power options/monitoring. 
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 5:53am
Dunno for sure but regardless I've always felt that java was a huge security hole.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 5:57am
I swear Java has updates every few days anymore. I wonder what all I'd be missing without it!
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 6:00am
Java and @#%&^ Adobe stuff. Sheesh, seems like they can't get it right.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 6:10am

BTW, I think you're right, I think they were false positives. Or maybe just a pawn in the battle between MS and Java. 

Glad to be rid of them anyway.

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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 6:37am
Adobe stuff. Grrrr. I was browsing cheap (off lease and recertified) laptops last night at Tigerdirect and Amazon. Later I was at other non-tech sites. But...I noticed ad after ad for TD and Amazon for the exact laptops I'd checked out. After a while...I thought, "Give me a break!!".  Not that I'm paranoid, but...
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 6:38am
I don't hear much about them but I think that flash cookies are a lot more intrusive than regular browser cookies.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 6:44am

BTW, AFAIK this is the only way to disable flash cookies (disable "allow third party..." option).

Still don't trust it and I'm not all that paranoid.

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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 7:02am
I keep forgetting about that.

I just installed again, on Firefox, NoScript, AdBlock and....Better Privacy.  NoScript, in particular with my comic sites, can take some configuring, but that's OK.

Usually when I'm asked in a survey if I view personalisation of content as a positive thing...I say yes.  But that doesn't mean I like to see the same ads at site after site after site.  Especially for items I've browsed elsewhere...and rejected!  At least give me some new stuff to look at! LOL
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2011 at 7:50am
The BetterPrivacy add-on is what I've seen recommended to handle the flash cookies.
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