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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2005, 11:21:10 PM »
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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2005, 07:55:24 PM »
Hi bob3160,

What is according to you the best cookie policy?  I leave my cookies on, as far as they are  necessary to come to certain sites. All cookies that ad-aware shows are deleted. In FF I have chosen not to accept third party cookies. Some anti-ad experts say that is bad, but then you don't know what's on your system. Persistent cookies and tracking cookies are some kind of risk. Can you give a rule of fist? After a while I take all sorts of crap from my machine using System Security Suite 1.04 (IE files. temporary files, history files, cookies the lot)  Works great for me.

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2005, 08:22:27 PM »
Hello Polonus, how's it going?

If you use SpywareBlaster, there's an option to block all spy/tracking cookies (both IE and Firefox). Ad-Aware will remove any that get through, as you said.

If you use a program like IE Privacy Keeper, you can create a list of cookies you want to keep- say from sites you visit regularly, especially when you want the site to recognise you we you come back. When you do an internet cleanup, all the rest will be deleted. (Despite the name, it does the same with Firefox.)

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2005, 09:57:51 PM »
Hi forum members,

This is an interesting link to check, good info:
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm

But malware is a growing problem, not so much for the malware aware user, but the man and woman, who are not aware of the modern threats on the internet, are endangered. They start to complain, when their machines have some 20 or more nasties on it. These "Jack and Jills"  have a strange policy, you click yes, and if that is giving the unwanted result, you can always click  no., or can't ye? These are the potential zombie owners, the spam spreaders, the virus goggler's. Is there still hope?

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2005, 07:59:37 PM »
Hello forum members,

To avoid malware these tips may help.
1. Keep a patched system and programs. Once an advisory has been released apply available patches, else stay informed.
2. Be informed. Find out the severity, impact and where it is exploitable (network/local etc.). If no available work-around, use an alternative product until the problem is fixed.
Receive last security advisories from:
- Secunia http://secunia.com/secunia_security_advisories
- SecuriTeam http://www.securiteam.com/
Last but not least keep your security software updates with
Calendar of Updates at: http://dozleng.com/updates/index.php?act=calendar
In this way you have not missed a thing ;).
For the ones who want to filter internet networks and server, used for malware servers and find blocking scripts or check a certain address for these activities check The Malware Filter List at: http://www.spylist.org/

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2005, 10:13:29 PM »
Hi fellow malware hunters,

Your malware to be removed could be unwanted toolbands, toolbar icons, unwanted browser helper objects or so-called BHO's, context menu extensions, download managers, protocol handlers, side-search-bars, start-up appl. originating from RUN registry keys.
A tool here if you know what you are doing is ToolbarCop v.3.3 at
You must know what you do manually with the registry.
Else you have to ask help from someone who knows how to go about with registry keys. Always back-up registry first.
Mind you ToolbarCop comes without manual and guarantee.
It is recommended by the big anti-spyware forums though.
Manual procedure:
>1. Click [Start] [Run] type [REGEDIT]
>2. navigate to the key.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt.
>Each subkey of this key represents one menu item. Many will include an ampersand (&) to define the underlined key associated with the command.
> Highlight the key, you want to delete,
Choose Export from the Registry Menu and export that branch to a file.
Now delete the key.

BHODemon is the quick and easy. ToolbarCop is kind of an expert tool.

Enjoy,

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2005, 11:56:20 PM »
Hello forum members,

A good link to visit in case of malware: 8)
http://www.bluemedicine.be/start_eng.htm
Check it out.

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2005, 12:05:18 AM »
For those of us that might forget the basics. Here is a good place to go to get reminded of what we need to start out doing. If you want to read something basic but informative please go HERE to read about it.  :)
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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2005, 12:15:18 AM »
Hi neal63,

Now that I have gone over it again, I agree with you that for us here in general this is very basic stuff. But there are lots of Jacks and Jills on the net, the people that click first and think later, that lack  this information bitterly. Else the malware makers would not  propsper that easily, and there would not be thousands and thousands of zombie machines on the Internet, whole armies of them actualy serving third parties.

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2005, 12:45:16 AM »
Polonus,

Greetz, the basics are WHERE everyone HAS to start when learning the Internet and their computer. The post I made before this one about the basics does describe to anyone reading about not clicking with their mouse on anything they see. Please read this THAT is part of the basic link that I gave in my other post. You will see that it DOES instruct anyone reading it what to do and not to do. That is why I listed it as basics as some of the folks I believe tend to forget that good surfing habits along with all of this other information help make a safe and secure experience while surfing the interent.  :) Greetz
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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2005, 01:05:00 AM »
This topic is very interesting and full of good links, compliments guys!  :)
If I can submit my opinion, a great unsolved problem is the tunneling. When the packets are encrypted into an encrypted communication (packet into packet!), and when the firewall softwares (like ZA) are based in filtering of the packet type and not the packed size (and viceversa for other firewalls)... well, is impossible to be in peace of mind. Persons don't know that is possible to be infected even when the pc is off! The best way is disconnect from the phone-line the machine after the logoff. The proxies are another problem: they use the caching system to increase the speed and share the contents between hundred of users. Is this safe? There are more and more of dangers and I can understand why many persons (also experienced persons) they have a fatal day in which they say "F..k off the paranoia! Let me surf!"  ;D

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2005, 01:11:10 AM »
Very good points. Especially about tunneling. If I may I found a site where viewers can go take a look and read some more upon which you mentioned about tunneling. If anyone wants to please go HERE and read and view what it's all about and settings that can be made.  :)
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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2005, 01:15:00 AM »
Hello, my friend Kamulko,

You are addressing something very interesting here. I have heard  even that it is possible for the technically apt to enter your machine on ADSL even when the computer and the monitor are off. I do not know if this is the case as the modem has a password installed, what a lot of people do not by default.
Do you have more information on this. I have read the advice that whenever you are going away for the day, you'd better unplug from the Net. Is this true?

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Re: How to stay clear of malware.
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2005, 01:18:19 AM »
Yes, Friend. This is the presentation of the GOOD use of the tunneling... we know how the SECURE (?) sending can be used even to send DANGEROUS contents. Every golden medal has the dark side, we says in Italy.  :-\ 
« Last Edit: June 27, 2005, 02:45:36 AM by Kamulko! »