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Offline -midnight

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2014, 04:54:45 PM »
@Paul_D,

I have to disagree with you.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2014, 05:36:37 PM »
Asyn's link works if used in Firefox 27:

It does not work if pasted into another browser. :)
Not for me, it doesn't (in FF27)

It's obviously hit or miss, so not a solution for everyone.

I got it to work once in Chrome, but no longer.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2014, 05:41:30 PM »
@Paul_D,

I have to disagree with you.
Disagree all you like.

Web Of Trust (WOT) does everything AOS does, does it better, has a much larger user base (so many more ratings) and doesn't cause the heartburn AOS is clearly causing so many people.

I'm sick of pussyfooting around this. I didn't want to post an alternative in an avast! forum, but this is ridiculous.

I actually ran the two in parallel at one stage, and WOT red or yellow flagged many more sites than AOS.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2014, 05:51:21 PM by Paul_D »

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2014, 07:35:49 PM »
@Paul_D,

I have to disagree with you.
Disagree all you like.

Web Of Trust (WOT) does everything AOS does, does it better, has a much larger user base (so many more ratings) and doesn't cause the heartburn AOS is clearly causing so many people.

I'm sick of pussyfooting around this. I didn't want to post an alternative in an avast! forum, but this is ridiculous.

I actually ran the two in parallel at one stage, and WOT red or yellow flagged many more sites than AOS.
Since the ratings are totally user based, that doesn't necessarily mean those ratings are totally correct.
I use it strictly for the added phishing protection since I have almost everything else unchecked.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2014, 09:56:36 PM »
Since the ratings are totally user based, that doesn't necessarily mean those ratings are totally correct.
Agreed. But statistically the broader the data collection the more accurate the data.
I use it strictly for the added phishing protection since I have almost everything else unchecked.
So you can still get at the settings button? That makes you one of the lucky ones.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2014, 10:31:17 PM »
Bottom line. AOS is more trouble than it's worth.

I finally agreed.

I have been using AdBlock Plus (years, using both "EasyList" and "Malware Domains" filter subscriptions) and Web Of Trust (about a year), and in Firefox security settings (Tools -> Options -> "Security" tab) I have Firefox block reported web forgeries and block reported attack sites.

While Web Of Trust is based on voting by other users and that skews results for political, religious and controversial sites, it does tend to be fairly accurate for technical sites.

When something is blocked by AdBlock Plus, I can see what rules were applied to the current page, add an exception rule, or quickly tell AdBlock Plus to not process the current page or the current site.

On the other hand, AOS has been awkward. I have had to disable various features to see certain content (e.g., weather.com videos, some of which are preceded by an unskippable short commercial, and there was another site that doesn't come to mind that wouldn't load videos until I turned off some options in AOS). Also, if one ventures into Google image search, the images load very slowly.

I finally disabled AOS.

Are there any protections offered by AOS that I am not already getting via the Avast!, Firefox security settings, and the Firefox add-ons (AdBlock Plus & Web Of Trust)?

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2014, 10:44:57 PM »
Mark. Without having delved too deeply into AOS, I think WOT and AdBlock Plus cover it pretty well. I also use Ghostery.

The other thing to consider is cookie settings. I allow first party and block third party.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2014, 10:57:14 PM »
Since the ratings are totally user based, that doesn't necessarily mean those ratings are totally correct.
Agreed. But statistically the broader the data collection the more accurate the data.
I use it strictly for the added phishing protection since I have almost everything else unchecked.
So you can still get at the settings button? That makes you one of the lucky ones.
I get to the settings button by following Asyn's instructions as clearly shown in the screenshot:)


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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2014, 11:01:58 PM »
The other thing to consider is cookie settings. I allow first party and block third party.

Unfortunately, I'm stuck with having to allow third-party cookies because of the way my former employer has implemented the way I pay my medical premiums and the handoff my credit union uses to allow me to pay my credit union credit card online.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2014, 11:10:13 PM »
I get to the settings button by following Asyn's instructions as clearly shown in the screenshot:)
And I and many others don't, as has been clearly set out in this thread.


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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2014, 11:19:05 PM »
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Agreed. But statistically the broader the data collection the more accurate the data.
Not if they come from users. Fact is that over 99% of pc users have almost no clue on how to use a pc properly. And even more don't have any clue at all when it comes to security.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2014, 11:24:23 PM »
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Agreed. But statistically the broader the data collection the more accurate the data.
Not if they come from users. Fact is that over 99% of pc users have almost no clue on how to use a pc properly. And even more don't have any clue at all when it comes to security.
And of course you're in the other 1%!

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2014, 11:34:18 PM »
IMHO the AOS add-on is, as previously stated, virtually useless and has been nothing less than a pita from its inception.
I figured out the best thing to do is either disable it or not even install the blasted thing.
I have found the resident shields, a solid firewall, and PrivDog give me plenty of protection.
I also use Adblock Plus and Bitdefender Traffic Light. As for WOT it's basically based on
opinions and popularity and does not offer any "real" protection.

Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that avast provides superior protection.
That's all I ask of avast...is protection.
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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2014, 11:35:21 PM »
After 33 years using computers...
I never had any malware on any of the ones I had.
I never had a problem that I couldn't solve myself.
There was never a problem on someone else system that I haven't been able to solve.

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Re: avast! extension for Firefox, settings button not working
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2014, 11:36:11 PM »
I get to the settings button by following Asyn's instructions as clearly shown in the screenshot:)
And I and many others don't, as has been clearly set out in this thread.
It actually has not since many of them aren't trying that link in the proper browser. :)
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