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Public Service Announcement to Windows Users from Pcad

Old 05-02-07, 05:14 AM
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Public Service Announcement to Windows Users from Pcad

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/co...-malware_N.htm

Hackers are setting traps for PC users running Explorer exploiting security holes in the browser. If I were running Windows I might consider a switch to a less popular browser (Firefox?).

Very disturbing article.

Mac users don't appear to be impacted according to this article (Explorer is no longer supported for Mac, now most Mac users use Apple's Safari) but keep your ears to the tracks. That could change tomorrow.

Moderators: you might be tempted to move this to foo, but do everyone a favor and leave it here where more BF members will see it. It might save some people a world of grief. Here's the cycling content: if they hack your credit cards you won't have enough money to buy BIKE SCHWAG, plus you'll be too upset to post on BF.
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I fixed that link. Thanks for the info.
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I fixed that link. Thanks for the info.
Thanks for letting me know it wasn't functioning and for fixing it, I edited the post, it should work now...
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Thanks for the info! I use Firefox on a Mac myself but my wife uses a PC and sometimes uses IE.
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I believe that could have been what made my computer pretty much useless. It just kept getting slower and slower. I was constantly getting "virus" or "insecure connection" warnings popping up. I closed them as quick as I could but I might have accidentally clicked on one of them in the process.
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I mostly use firefox unless a site im logging into can't support it.
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avant browser has been a good alternative for me
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Firefox for me.
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I might be helpful if somebody would post links to alternative browsers - sites where Windows users can download other programs...
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http://www.getfirefox.com/ - Firefox
http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/ - Netscape Navigator
http://www.opera.com/ - Opera web browser

Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers
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Originally Posted by patentcad
I might be helpful if somebody would post links to alternative browsers - sites where Windows users can download other programs...
or how about a link to the APPLE COMPUTER STORE where you WORK.


Is business that bad?
 
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"Hackers are setting traps for PC users running Explorer exploiting security holes in the browser. If I were running Windows I might consider a switch to a less popular browser (Firefox?)."

Less popular browser, i think not...
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Less popular with hackers, perhaps.
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Thanks for the info, PC. Might explain the really weird problems my son has with his laptop at school.

I stopped using IE almost 3 years ago and switched to Firefox. The only time I use IE is when I have to log on to Norton, which only accepts IE. That is about to change today, as I'm canceling Norton for good.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
Less popular with hackers, perhaps.
(Profoundly) correct.
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Originally Posted by djbowen1
"Hackers are setting traps for PC users running Explorer exploiting security holes in the browser. If I were running Windows I might consider a switch to a less popular browser (Firefox?)."

Less popular browser, i think not...
Incorrect.

From Computerworld.com

>>In January, Firefox accounted for 13.7% of the browser usage market, Aliso Viejo, Ca.-based Net Applications said, down slightly from 14% the month before. Microsoft's Internet Explorer accounted for 79.8% of the browser market in January.<<
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Originally Posted by DocRay
or how about a link to the APPLE COMPUTER STORE where you WORK.


Is business that bad?
Your avatar suits you.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
I believe that could have been what made my computer pretty much useless. It just kept getting slower and slower. I was constantly getting "virus" or "insecure connection" warnings popping up. I closed them as quick as I could but I might have accidentally clicked on one of them in the process.
You need some good anti-virus software. Also, the free version of software such as "Ad-Aware" is good at cleaning up some of that malicious junk . http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

I'm sure others have more suggestions
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
You need some good anti-virus software. Also, the free version of software such as "Ad-Aware" is good at cleaning up some of that malicious junk . http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

I'm sure others have more suggestions
Thanks. New computer has Norton's hopefully that will work for the time being. I could have reinstalled everything on my old computer but it was going on four years old anyway, time for an upgrade. Now if I could just get rid of dialup!!!
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It would seem that UNIX would be full of hacker-geek types. I'm surprised that Macs are still less of a target.

Firefox FTW, anyway...
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Originally Posted by DocRay
or how about a link to the APPLE COMPUTER STORE where you WORK.


Is business that bad?
I'm trying to help Windows users avoid problems. Apparently this community service has flown right over your head, but that's not hard.

What are you the BF Village Idiot?



What makes you think I work for Apple? Don't be paranoid. Windows may suck, but to each his own.

I have been gainfully self-employed since 1991. Where do you think the dough for all this bike crap comes from?
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Originally Posted by seriouslysilly
avant browser has been a good alternative for me
based on the ie engine. doesn't that make it vulnerable as well?
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Thanks pcad.....

That's far more relevant and helpful to my cycling then most of the self obsessed post's I have seen recently...

Not trying to be sarcastic but it's all become a little irrelevant clique around here.


Now - Shimano or Campagno..... never mind
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