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Title: Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 01:09:35 AM
Ok, I did a search for this using "script blocker" "Which script blocker" "What script blocker" etc. Didn't find what I was looking for. My question is this. For people who are running the free home edition of Avast, what are you using for a script blocker? If I missed an already existing thread on this...please link me to it!

Thanks!

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 01:14:41 AM
http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/programs.asp?Program=Script%20Sentry

very good script blocker. I use with Home version. (I have 1 Pro version but more than 1 computer LOL)
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 01:22:53 AM
http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/programs.asp?Program=Script%20Sentry

very good script blocker. I use with Home version. (I have 1 Pro version but more than 1 computer LOL)

Thanks for the link! Does the fact that script Sentry is two years old mean it is out-dated at all?

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 01:32:22 AM
 I have had no problems out of Script Sentry. Jason updates it whenever a New Microsoft OS comes out. i.e. version 2.8.x will come out when Longhorn is released
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 01:35:18 AM
screenshots are here http://www.webattack.com/screenshots/scriptsentry.htm
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 01:40:09 AM
http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/system/sdefend.htm

Script defender. This is another one. But it was last updated on December 22, 2001 (so Script sentry is more up-to-date)
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 02:14:16 AM
Ok, thanks for the info.  I read a little bit about script defender the other day. They said that although it hasn't been updated in awhile, it is better than script sentry because you can add your own scripts for it to protect against. Have you tried script defender?

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 02:18:09 AM
yes I have, however, it has some sort of conflict with F-Secure AV. So I had to use Script Sentry. The choice is yours of course. But Script sentry is really effective. I have found no bugs or flaws. And It works Great with XP
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 02:20:59 AM
yes I have, however, it has some sort of conflict with F-Secure AV. So I had to use Script Sentry. The choice is yours of course. But Script sentry is really effective. I have found no bugs or flaws. And It works Great with XP

Let me ask you this. Shouldn't a script blocker be updated much like an AV? I mean I would think new scripts would emerge just like new virus.

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 02:23:23 AM
Yes you WOULD think. But these are the two well known ones. And as you can see Script sentry is updated only with the new OS now that Jason has included all the features.

By the way Script sectry has a Forum. I will give you the link if you want
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 02:24:55 AM
jason's Toolbox forum is at this link

http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/Forum/
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 02:27:53 AM
jason's Toolbox forum is at this link

http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/Forum/

Cool, thanks!  I will check it out.

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 03:28:40 AM
I have never had to post there. I have had no problems with any of Jason's software
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 03:45:53 AM
I have never had to post there. I have had no problems with any of Jason's software

Yeah, it doesn't look like too many people post there with problems. Thats good!

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 06:02:13 AM
Very good indeed! Give Script Sentry a try, If you dont like it then you can always uninstall it right?  ;)
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Amerk_5 on June 24, 2004, 07:04:34 AM
I prefer to run Script Defender with avast Home rather than Script Sentry because of exactly what you said Tipton, you can add your own scripts to be blocked.

Unlike Script Sentry you wont have to wait for the program to be updated to be able to block new scripts. The only downside to that is that you need to be up on any new security issues to know if there's a new script that you need to block.
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 24, 2004, 07:07:09 AM
True But Script defender has had only 2 revisions since its inital release! So it is bound to have way more bugs than Script Sentry
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Amerk_5 on June 24, 2004, 08:13:11 AM
True But Script defender has had only 2 revisions since its inital release! So it is bound to have way more bugs than Script Sentry

It's possible that there may be more bugs but I haven't found any yet.
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 04:10:51 PM
So if a person was using script defender, where would you go to find an up to date list of scripts to add to the block list?

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Cousin Dave on June 24, 2004, 04:18:25 PM
Script Sentry user here,no problems.
Ever!! ;D
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Lisandro on June 24, 2004, 04:18:58 PM
So if a person was using script defender, where would you go to find an up to date list of scripts to add to the block list?

Douglas

See the User's faq link in my signature: Suggested packers extension list on the providers. See Scan files on open.

AnalogX Script Defender happy user  8)
Besides avast Script Blocking!  ;D
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 04:30:56 PM
So if a person was using script defender, where would you go to find an up to date list of scripts to add to the block list?

Douglas

See the User's faq link in my signature: Suggested packers extension list on the providers. See Scan files on open.

AnalogX Script Defender happy user  8)
Besides avast Script Blocking!  ;D


So if I was to add all those extensions to script defender, I would basically be up to date with the program? I haven't installed script defender yet, so I am not really sure how it is set up. Can I just copy and paste from your list? Or do I need to add a . before each one?

It sounds like proxomitron as far as it not being supported software. I still use proxo, because you can add your own filters and keep it up to date to block the latest ads.

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 05:31:12 PM
I went ahead and installed script defender. I installed your block list. Noticed right away that there is a bug in the program. It does not remember the entire list later when you go back and look at it. I found a fix at Wilders for that though. The .exe in your list I think I will remove. Script defender pops up everytime I want to run a software program. Also, you have .PIF in your list twice. :)

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Lisandro on June 24, 2004, 05:53:54 PM
I went ahead and installed script defender. I installed your block list. Noticed right away that there is a bug in the program. It does not remember the entire list later when you go back and look at it. I found a fix at Wilders for that though. The .exe in your list I think I will remove. Script defender pops up everytime I want to run a software program. Also, you have .PIF in your list twice. :)

Douglas

Thanks for the corrections.
Yeah, you must take out the .EXE extension.
For me, it remembers the list after I close, reboot and so on  ::)

Maybe the list could be only:
.VBS,.VBE,.JS,.JSE,.HTA,.WSF,.WSH,.SHS,.SHB,.HTM,.PIF,.COM,.SCR,.DOC,.XLS
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 06:22:15 PM
Holy cow, did I ever have a bad experience with script defender. After adding your list, script defender would of course popup everytime I wanted to start a software program. Well, I decided to take the .exe out of the list. When I clicked on script defender, the script defender popup appeared, and all it had in the path was "C". I clicked to continue, and nothing would come up. I then tried other software programs, and I would get "the application path does not exist" popup for all my software installs. I tried going directly to the script defender folder and executing it from there with no luck. I then had no internet connection.  I re-booted, and still had the problem. Some stuff would not boot with windows.

I was forced to use my True Image boot CD, and restore from an image. Good thing I made an image before installing. Always a good practice! I am not sure what happened.

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Lisandro on June 24, 2004, 07:58:29 PM
Sorry for the inconvenience  :-[  :-[
I updated my early post... In fact, list must be very much short than the initial one  :-\
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 24, 2004, 10:34:10 PM
So how well does the script blocker work in the pro version of Avast? I notice you use script defender in conjunction with the Avast script blocker. Is the Avast script blocker not enough?

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Cousin Dave on June 24, 2004, 11:29:49 PM
This is what Script Sentry blocks by default. :)
VBS,VBE,JS,JSE,WSH,WSF,SHS,SHB,HTA,REG
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Tipton on June 25, 2004, 12:14:17 AM
This is what Script Sentry blocks by default. :)
VBS,VBE,JS,JSE,WSH,WSF,SHS,SHB,HTA,REG

Can you add to the list with script sentry? If not, that seems like a small list compared to lists I have seen that people have posted in various forums. What does the list look like that the Avast script blocker uses?

Douglas
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Cousin Dave on June 25, 2004, 02:39:21 AM
There's no way to add to Script Sentry's list that I can tell.
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Lisandro on June 25, 2004, 03:17:30 AM
So how well does the script blocker work in the pro version of Avast? I notice you use script defender in conjunction with the Avast script blocker. Is the Avast script blocker not enough?

Douglas

Oh yes, it's enough... But this is the case that there is not a conflict using more than one application for the same thing. The file extensions cannot be set into avast script blocker  :'( and could into the others. The others are free. I use two just for paranoid  ;D
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 25, 2004, 08:19:52 AM
That small list Script Sentry is enough. These big lists you see are lists of files to be added to the list of scanned extensions in avast. Get Script sentry and be happy.
Title: Re:Script blocker
Post by: Cousin Dave on June 26, 2004, 01:42:56 AM
Quote
That small list Script Sentry is enough. These big lists you see are lists of files to be added to the list of scanned extensions in avast. Get Script sentry and be happy.
Yep,sometimes less is more.
Script Sentry works nicely. 8)