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  1. The EMSI Newsletter for march 11 reported the results of downloading popular programs from the ten most popular download portals, checking for PUPs, toolbars, and other assorted crapware. Disheartening. Only one, SourceForge, came up clean in all the test downloads. The worst offenders were tied between Download.com and Tucows. The portals either passed through the crap, or, in some cases, added their own. The recommendations were just what you would imagine: direct vendor downloads, and beware of the big, shiny red, candy-like buttons. They're often bad news.
  2. Well, my "common sense" tells me that a nicely layered set-up as suggested by Juliet is a very good thing to have (I have them all, boast, boast, except the CryptoPrevent) -- and, through a moment of carelessness, I STILL managed to pick up a PUP; my own fault, WOT had the site tagged. Stupid reflexes....
  3. You might want to try adwcleaner, a lightweight program that worked well for me in cleaning out some Babylon remnants I was unaware I had. Find it at several download sites. when you "run" it scans and give you a report (in my case, via Notepad). "Delete" will immediately reboot (save or close any work beforehand, of course), doing it's thing. You get a further report after the dust settles. If memory serves me, this tool was suggested by Jacee (I can't find the thread, sorry). [ed.] Found it: April 23. Check it out for a detailed run-through.
  4. Sorry for the delay -- I wanted to make sure. Everything seems normal; just the regular old spam (Outlook's filter just doesn't seem as good as the old Hotmail). I did change the password as you suggested. Thanks for the help!
  5. Good enough. I'll give it a try. Thanks!
  6. I have recently recieved a spam from myself. At least my address is in the "from" field. A header search (Hotmail/Outlook) showed that the origin was a Russian pharmacy (disturbingly, the Google search page entry showed an all-green WOT score; going to WOT's site showed uniform "very poor" ratings. WOT is spoofed?). A search indicates this self-spamming is not unknown; it is evidently a form of spoofing. The problem is, of course, that if I block the site, I am also blocking myself (Am I right?). Sort of a paradoxical, standing between mirrors sort of thing. Most of the online comments ess
  7. Firefox considers even the update 11 too vulnerable, and is blocking it. I think that Java is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
  8. Will it be necessary to re-activate Java in order to apply the patch? My control program window shows that I still have Java on hand, simply disabled in my browsers.
  9. ' "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in a posting on its website late on Thursday'. Sounds like just updating might not be enough. I disabled my Java (Firefox and IE flavors) several days ago. So far, the missing Java has caused me no problems. After disabling my Firefox Jave plug-in I got a note on their "plug-in Update" page saying that my 'out of date' Java had been blocked for security reasons. Not quite the case. but it is nice to know that FF is watch-dogging me.
  10. If you're talking about active, real-time blocking, then multiple anti-malware is nothing but grief. It's the reason why there is only one security guy checking back-stage passes. Two guys would just get in each others' way, with no increase in security. So you really need to pick one; there are plenty of suggestions/opinions around. Check out this site for an excellent discussion of the virtues and drawbacks of a variety of programs. Now if you are thinking about passive scanning, multiple programs make sense. I run Panda, MalwarebytesAntimalware, and Superantispyware.as scanners. Used like
  11. Like Granny's chicken soup, it can't hurt.
  12. I had a similar problem a couple of years age, and wound up having to totally remove Malwarebytes (as in REVO Uninstall). I then re-installed whatever software I was adding, THEN re-installing MBAM. A quick look at other forums indicates that the Trend Micro Max is very picky about this. I don't know if you'll be able to simply uninstall/reinstall MBAM; or if you will have to remove the Trend micro and start over (with MBAM uninstalled). I haven't used Spybot for several years, so I can't give much advice on that one. As Mammoth says, run both those guys as on-demand scanners.
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