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Web News / Re: Are downloads safe!?!?!?!
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:33:25 PM »
Just another ref about download wrappers;

Jokes / Re: Man does this s*ck!
« on: August 30, 2011, 07:31:16 PM »
Really OT now.

There are days when I wish I still had my Z28

Me too!!! You know, I always knew there was more to you than computing skills that I liked. :)

Jokes / Re: Man does this s*ck!
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:00:32 PM »
(OT:  Nice to see you around, NetWidow.  Its about time Mike let you out and about.  :lol: )

Still OT :)

Well I suppose it is my fault in a way. If you check the last line in my sig, you'll know why.  :wink:

Web News / Re: Internet Explorer is best against drive-by downloads
« on: August 26, 2011, 07:41:42 PM »
It always has been.

The only time any other browser was actually 'safer' to use was when it's market share was too low to be targeted by the 'jackers'.

Just like the old 'stealth' propaganda from a decade ago, the idea that another was more 'secure' was just a farce perpetuated in mass by those witthout a clue.

Web News / Sunbelt joins in sleazy practice
« on: September 26, 2010, 05:53:18 PM »
The general story;

What's new;

The current version of Vipre Antivirus from Sunbelt Software proposes uninstalling Spybot-S&D during their own installation process. But there are no known compatibility problems.

You can avoid the uninstall in their installation wizard by pressing "Next" instead of "Go to uninstall" or "Show me how". Then you will be asked "There are other Antivirus products still installed on your computer. Are you sure you want to continue?" There press "Yes", then Spybot-S&D will stay on your computer.

In case you have uninstalled Spybot with Vipre, to get Spybot - Search & Destroy back, we recommend a fresh installation of Spybot-S&D 1.6.2.

That is the same marketing behaviour that McAfee and Kaspersky uses to kick competitors out of the business. Please do also have a look at this link on our homepage.

Personally, I have no use for any of these bloated underachieving products. While I don't use it like a normal user, I do keep SSD on board a couple test beds and I still occasionally report FPs, errors in routines, and alpha/beta results. I've known Patrick since he first appeared @ Becky 00-01 where I was running application support for Lavasoft and he was talking about his brand new beta.
Unlike any other dev I've met in the industry(most of them), I've seen first hand the integrity and ethics he holds true to. It says a lot when the commercial entities feel the need to play nasty with a freeware. Ask yourself, what is it about SSD that scares them so bad?

Web News / Re: Online Armor sold to Emsisoft
« on: July 01, 2010, 01:52:09 PM »
OA has long been a great product. However, I have been disappointed in the lack of any real dev durring the past few years. Perhaps the quality will remain the same under new management and also progress in dev to finally provide 64bit compatibility.

Web News / Re: Secure Your PC or Lose the Net.
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:17:15 PM »
I've seen a couple of threads in the U.S. where people have posted they were contacted by their ISP (verified) that their computer was infected.   

Sure, using Snort or other sniffing wares(privacy issues), you can easily cfg a filter for known transfer patterns and protocols such as worm distribution for example. Informing clients of suspected infection isn't quite the same as a mandate from the gov tho IMO. I don't think I want my ISP filtering(spying) my transfer. Perhaps I just tend to overreact a bit when it comes to gov controls. :)

Web News / Re: Secure Your PC or Lose the Net.
« on: June 23, 2010, 02:55:34 AM »
Sounds like the beginnings of a national firewall.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: What browser are you all using?
« on: June 09, 2010, 11:07:34 PM »
You know me, I don't do straight fwd simple answers. :)

In windows; ie8 because it handles my dev tools, PAC files, and local proxies better/more. Also, IMO it's not any more vulnerable to exploitation than any other connectable, especially when using safe practices.

In nix at home; it's FF but I generally don't do much browsing in nix because what work I do there with the desktop is done on 802.1.1 thru WinVNC using an SSH tunnel(basically a VPN...makes all transfer encrypted...safer even when going thru a NAT box)...usually don't do much with the nix desktops anyway as I'm not really the clicker/GUI type when I have a reasonable choice.

Sorry, in addition to wanting to explain my answers, I also wanted to brag on my home rack network setup a bit. :)

It's great to see you again...everyone else too for that matter.

how long have you had your site back up and running?

Just a few days. I only recently felt able to join the world again.

...thinking you took up other interests, or something...

No, just health issues...the price we pay for living too long. :) However, the prognosis is good for the foreseeable future.

Well, you know where to find me now. I hope you find the backup solution that fits your needs.



Hey Brynn, long time no see. I hope everything's good in your world these days.

I find the native backup to be very adequate for backing up the sys and user profiles. I personally don't care for the cfgs for doing complete image backups tho.

If you're wanting to create an image of files, partitions, or an entire drive or even more than one drive, I suggest you do indeed use something like Acronis where you have more choices. However, there are lots of freeware backup solutions around. I've been using Cobian for a long time; I'm also checking out the Comodo solution; Both have forums.

Also, if I do get the Acronis, or some similar product for my XP machine, could I back them each up to the same external hard drive?

Well, yes, assuming there is enough space for the multiple images. I personally save backups from multiple boxes to a 1.5TB drive. I also keep copies from my home PCs online but I wont get into our rack and RAID services. :)


Security Software Programs / Re: lavasoft
« on: May 07, 2009, 03:13:30 AM »
I seem to vaguely remember one reason... ;)


I'd like to hear about it and other things too.

I know how they helped Ahmad rip me off for $10k on their behalf. I know how the team turned their backs on me while they did it. I know how they highjacked my own site durring the interim. I know of lots of sleazy acts performed by them and for them(them...perhaps I should say 'her'). But I've never heard anything but bits and pieces about the way they in turn screwed you guys too later on(not that I didn't expect it sooner or later).

Anyone care to actually lay it out for those of us who might be interested.

Web News / McAfee's Site Hacked
« on: May 05, 2009, 06:41:22 PM »
Quote from: suzi

McAfee, widely recognized as one of the leading providers of online security software for both home and business, appears to be struggling to secure its own Web sites, which at the time of writing this post, allow anyone with enough tech savvy to covertly do whatever they want on, and with, the site.

During tests this weekend, we discovered the company who claims to "keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams," has several cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities and provides the bad guys with a brilliant - albeit ironic - launching pad from which to unleash their attacks.

There is more in the article including screenshots.

Quote from: mikey

I always expect incompetence with everything associated with McAwful but this is surprising even for them.

As someone well versed in fuzzing, I can tell you from first hand experience that the simple examples given here are very likely to be a systemic warning of much worse probs. Generally speaking, when those of us in the sec world who find and report breaches, don't make public of the details or depth of the probs.

IOWs I expect the situation is much more profound.

Web News / Re: FireFox scam
« on: February 01, 2009, 12:31:52 AM »
wonder what else you end up getting...

Considering all the stuff we see comming from our Russian friends these days, that seems like a very good question.

I don't know if there is any significance but I find it interesting that no MX (mail server) is associated with their site server. I also noted that it wasn't as yet included in any of my block lists...perhaps too new.

Just an FYI;

What little they have posted as a privacy policy can be found @



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Security Software Programs / Re: Spybot 1.4 - 1.52 Weirdness
« on: February 16, 2008, 06:28:00 PM »
Just for future ref, if you ever have a corrupted or unfinished update or upgrade and then can't get it to update all over again, you can go to ?:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\Logs\Update downloads.log(location may vary for diff OSs) and open in any text editor and delete the entries for that date and then save and run the update process again.


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