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    What did McAfee do this time?

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    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post


    If you've gotten more than 1 virus and aren't running AV software someone has likely grabbed your confidential info at some point. Combofix won't stop it AFTER it happens. Nor can combofix secure a PC which has had a rootkit installed. Most PC experts won't even attempt to try to rescue a computer which has been attacked with a rootkit; they just wipe the HDD and reinstall and even then they won't trust the PC completely. And the restore feature means that the PC saves the virus onto the HDD so that when you do restore after deleting the bug you automatically reinstall it.

    And then of course the screwup by McAfee today surely didn't cost anyone any manhours to fix. [/sarcasm]

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    I just find it funny that macinsquash is becoming more and more PC... I don't mean socially acceptable either. First bootcamp then peripherals then the actual hardware of the computer... The only difference now is they run a different operating system then PC.... oh wait linux... nvm
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    What did McAfee do this time?
    Put out an update which mistakenly recognizes a legit MS file as a virus. So now the computer goes into an endless boot & reboot cycle. The average PC user has no ability to use Safe Mode so this "bad update" was catastrophic.

    Mac's & Linux derivatives are (at this time) relatively safe from virus attacks. If either one were to become dominant in the PC world that would change as follows:

    Mac's - new viri would appear which exploits the loopholes in their OS;

    Linux - Since most of the world's servers are Unix/Linux based there would be a very fast end to virus attacks after the Web crashed the 3d or 4th time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
    Put out an update which mistakenly recognizes a legit MS file as a virus. So now the computer goes into an endless boot & reboot cycle. The average PC user has no ability to use Safe Mode so this "bad update" was catastrophic.

    Mac's & Linux derivatives are (at this time) relatively safe from virus attacks. If either one were to become dominant in the PC world that would change as follows:

    Mac's - new viri would appear which exploits the loopholes in their OS;

    Linux - Since most of the world's servers are Unix/Linux based there would be a very fast end to virus attacks after the Web crashed the 3d or 4th time.
    Funny thing is I know a person at work that had that problem. It was a pain but all she did was use the recovery disk to restore the file.
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    Mac's current OS is actually Unix based.

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    I run Ubuntu at home so this sort of thing is not a big concern. Each OS has it's ups and downs.

    Apple is super easy to use, but is limited in what you can do with it (maybe I want to build weapons of mass destruction with my media player).
    MS has a lot of high quality software designed for it, but it's insecure, and tends to come prepackaged with a lot of bloat.
    Linux has issues with newer hardware (like MS has issues with old hardware, and Apple has with non-Apple hardware), but it's free, secure, as simple or hard as you want it to be.

    The point is to choose the OS that's right for you.

    MS windows can be secure, but it takes a lot more effort than other OSs. Don't run it as a superuser (admin, root, etc.), don't use IE (sorry, just a really insecure browser), block ads (consider disabling flash altogether), don't use shady software, and if something on the net is too good to be true, don't check it out.

    The virus problem with MS is not solely due to it's market share. Even in the server market where MS is not nearly as popular their machines are compromised more often.
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    I just couldn't help myself
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post




    I just couldn't help myself
    With the booming sales of the new I tab that may change real soon.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    With the booming sales of the new I tab that may change real soon.....
    Apple says they fell under their goal for the iPad. I thought they said they wanted 3/4 million and they only sold half a million... ambitious creatures they are.
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    Ubuntu 9.10 is in a way better in that it has a really strong encryption for the hard drive if you choose to use it. Without the password, it is nearly impossible to get in it. Great if someone nabs your laptop.
    MS windows can be secure, but it takes a lot more effort than other OSs. Don't run it as a superuser (admin, root, etc.), don't use IE (sorry, just a really insecure browser), block ads (consider disabling flash altogether), don't use shady software, and if something on the net is too good to be true, don't check it out.
    Precisely why I use Linux; something to put in the back of you mind for later: Application White-listing. I use it on my machine, and it is damn near bulletproof; once you baseline the machine and activate a white-list, you are protected at the kernel level, so no compromising of your machine ever takes place......
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    Quote Originally Posted by edr9x23super View Post
    Precisely why I use Linux; something to put in the back of you mind for later: Application White-listing. I use it on my machine, and it is damn near bulletproof; once you baseline the machine and activate a white-list, you are protected at the kernel level, so no compromising of your machine ever takes place......
    Good to know, I'll definitely do that!



    I think this may have to be my new avatar, just to mix it up a bit...
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    Apple says they fell under their goal for the iPad. I thought they said they wanted 3/4 million and they only sold half a million... ambitious creatures they are.
    So does that mean they will put them on sale to dump the excess.... the thing only runs one ap at a time, memory is limited as is expansion, and outputs.... nice toy but is's just that a web toy....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    So does that mean they will put them on sale to dump the excess.... the thing only runs one ap at a time, memory is limited as is expansion, and outputs.... nice toy but it's just that a web toy....
    And, it can't run Flash, which is MOST of the net. Unless you install Windows 95, then it will run Flash. I am interested if I could put Linux on one?
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

    Patrick Henry
    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    I wish I would have seen this thread two nights ago.

    I was on a Smith and Wesson forum when I click on a thread. As soon as the thread open, a PDF file tried to open but it just closed it self down. The file was called "big dog" or something to that effect. Then that’s when the "s" went down hill. I closed firefox (because I was going to bed) and then an anti virus program (which I never seen nor installed) started up and ran. I clicked stop on the program because I knew that my computer has now gotten a virus. I looked and saw the files that had the virus (I kind of know my way around a computer) but when I tried to delete the files, a pop up came up and said that it was being used by another program and can not be deleted, and then the anti virus started up again. At that point I just took a deep breath and forced my computer to shut down knowing that I may not be able to get it back working again. I started it back up hoping to put it in safe mode and work on the computer from there but the computer wouldn't start up claiming that it was missing a file (dil I believe). So I had to start fresh, dump my hard drive and do a real delete of my hard drive (meaning that even the files that I deleted was gone for good and not "hidden") and started back again. Sigh, I'm going to have a fun time putting all my stuff back onto this computer.....

    This is the 2nd time that I had ever gotten a virus. And no, my 1st time wasn’t surfing porn.
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