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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Microsoft Edge Preview Builds
« Last post by Corrine on January 28, 2020, 10:06:54 PM »
Dev channel update to 81.0.403.1 is live

See the post for information about casting, Set Aside Tabs and Warn On Close as well as fixes and improvements.

Added Features:
  • Enabled the 3D viewer tool in the F12 Developer Tools.
  • Enabled localization of the F12 Dev tools so they will match the language the rest of the browser is using.
  • Enabled the link on the … menu to the Extensions management page in Application Guard windows now that extensions have been enabled.
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Web News / Re: Free Version of Avast Reportedly Marketing User Data
« Last post by Corrine on January 28, 2020, 09:39:09 PM »
Everyone has a different opinion about the security programs they run on their device.  In addition, there is more involved than what A/V and firewall are being used.  Are all security updates installed?  If using a 3rd party browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Pale Moon) is it updated?  A safe surfer?  Knows not to open email attachments from an unknown source and recognizes phishing emails.  Etc., etc.  :)
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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Pale Moon Version 28.8.2 Released
« Last post by hayc59 on January 28, 2020, 04:24:51 PM »
thank you
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Web News / Re: Free Version of Avast Reportedly Marketing User Data
« Last post by Boz on January 28, 2020, 03:22:51 PM »
Is there any real reason to use ANY other/additional antivirus besides what is included in Windows?  I'm just wondering.

I removed the free antivirus software I was using back when Microsoft started including antivirus in Windows, and have had no trouble so far.
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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Pale Moon Version 28.8.2 Released
« Last post by Corrine on January 28, 2020, 02:17:28 PM »
Pale Moon has been updated to version 28.8.2 as a small bugfix and compatibility update.

From the Release Notes:

Changes/fixes:
  • Reverted the addition of JavaScript regular expression lookarounds since the implementation caused crashes. We'll have to revisit this later.
  • Fixed an issue where FTP servers would hang the browser if they were not sending answers according to the protocol specification.
  • Added a workaround for GitHub trying to enforce more Google-isms (which we don't support at this time) to browsers that identify as "Firefox-alike".
Update: To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window. Click About Pale Moon and Check for Updates.
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The file itself is still vulnerable, but since you have turned IE off and don’t use it to surf the web it can’t be exploited.

Thanks for the replies. I have disabled IE11 on my 3 PCs running W7.

Sincere regards, Peter.


IF IT AIN'T BROKE - DON'T FIX IT!!!
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The file itself is still vulnerable, but since you have turned IE off and don’t use it to surf the web it can’t be exploited.

That was exactly my question---could it be exploited if I was not using it.  It seems not. Thanks!

*goes off to worry about something else....*
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Security Software Programs / Re: SpywareBlaster Updates
« Last post by ky331 on January 27, 2020, 10:34:57 PM »
SpywareBlaster database update 1/27/2020

8 NEW items (IE/ActiveX)

for a total of 18,202 items in database

After updating, be sure to enable all protection!

Reminder:   If you have not already updated the program to version 5.6, you will have to do that first, in order to update the database.
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I turned IE off.   It is uninstalled, but apparently the files remain so that it can be turned on again.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-remove-internet-explorer-11-windows-10

Is it still vulnerable in this state?

The file itself is still vulnerable, but since you have turned IE off and don’t use it to surf the web it can’t be exploited.

You can find something else to worry about  8)
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Web News / Re: Free Version of Avast Reportedly Marketing User Data
« Last post by Corrine on January 27, 2020, 07:44:40 PM »
As I understand it, it is based on web data so that wouldn't include the Piriform products CCleaner and Defraggler.  From the above-referenced PC Mag article:

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The data collected is so granular that clients can view the individual clicks users are making on their browsing sessions, including the time down to the millisecond. And while the collected data is never linked to a person's name, email or IP address, each user history is nevertheless assigned to an identifier called the device ID, which will persist unless the user uninstalls the Avast antivirus product.
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