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    Nice find Trashcan, but still, look at the chart on the page. Does virtually nothing, easy to remove, 0-49 computers infected... Although technically a virus, more of a nuisance. Lauderdale, congrats on getting your computer back to normal, you wouldn't believe how many hours I've sobbed at school as I watched the counter go up on adaware, I've run out space to make notches for all of the spyware I've killed. The real fun stuff was when I couldn't use Adaware -registry time!. Which brings me to another unpleasent point of windows, after a few years of use, your system files get bogged down, ie, the registry, autoexec, etc. Makes life nasty... Oh, an idea, Lauderdale, you may also consider getting "Hijack this" (just use google to find a free download). Although this one is considerably more advanced, so before you do anything, you'll want to make a backup log (you can do this from within the program), you can delete the obvious stuff yourself, and if you know anyone slightly tech savvy, they can take care of the rest. Good luck. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Est, I'm assuming you do this for a living or at least often. I do not tinker with comp.'s anymore the stress gets out of hand sometimes. Too much for me to enjoy the peaceful relaxing things. I just don't go to odd sites and no opening mail that isn't from someone I know and even then sometimes friends pass "things" that they don't know of. Oh well, such is the internet.

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    Hmmm, just a thought, but maybe we should make a new topic with a different name to more accuratley describe what's being discussed? I'm sure more people would be attracted to a board that is talking about helping them... Anyone agree? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ].... I do not tinker with comp.'s anymore the stress gets out of hand sometimes...
    You should see me around a hardware problem! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] Roar! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I know what you mean about the stress, so what I do is more to try to help other people enjoy their computer experience more, and keep machines running healthy, nothing too fancy. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] And I pray to God that I'll never need to work on another wireless network in my life (unless the whole situation improves). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
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    Is anybody familiar with Spyblocks 2.0? It shows up on my pc, at the top of the page, once a day, advertizing that it removes Spyware. Is it legit or just another bad advertizement?

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    "Spyblocks 2.0": Well, this isn't a very widely used program, don't know much about it, so if I were you I'd just stick to Adaware or Spybot S&D. I'm more concerned about what you said:
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    Quote[/b] ]...It shows up on my pc, at the top of the page, once a day..."
    . What exactly do you mean by this, does it show up as a regular ad on only a certain page, or is it adware itself? Easy soultion, download Adaware (if you don't already have it), run it, and see what pops up. Please, let me know if it does (or doesn't) end up being adware.
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    Yes, I'm aware that it wasn't a big issue, and I wasn't claiming it was. Just correcting this statement:
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    Actually, that's incorrect, there are no viruses, or spyware on Linux.
    Check out this (slightly dated) article: http://www.vnunet.com/News/1127347
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    Quote[/b] ]Clarke added that it seems ridiculous that users have any doubt about Linux being be attacked. "It's not a target at the moment because the market isn't there, but Li0n and Ramen have already proved that it's on the menu," he explained.
    http://www.cxotoday.com/cxo....yid=921
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    Quote[/b] ]Clarifying a common misconception that Linux is not vulnerable to virus attacks, Kaushik explained, “There are quite a few Linux viruses floating around in networks today. As a caution, we have included 600 signatures in the VirusWall for viruses that target Linux, and it is really surprising to know that more than 50 % of these viruses have been intercepted in the last 12 months. This clearly points to the increase in Linux virus attacks, although Microsoft still remains a hot favorite for virus coders.”
    http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2004...3-05-03-04.asp
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    Virus writers will target Linux when the system gains a high enough profile, Witteveen said. But even now, there are some vicious Linux viruses out in the wilds of cyberspace. "Some of them are even worse than Windows viruses," he said.

    The most damaging Linux virus so far, the Slapper worm, infected 20,000 systems in 100 countries in late 2002, DiDio said.
    I don't agree that it's ridiculous to think that, but I do disagree that Linux does not and cannot have viruses, worms, or spyware.

    I also agree 100% that user education is the best way go about fixing the problem (I'm pretty sure you said that earlier in the thread...) .

    Also, one more link (only because I thought the Ramen reference was funny): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1123827.stm




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    Ramen is yummy, eating hackers is too. I will not try to deny that it's possible to make a virus or write malicous code that can affect Linux, but I really don't believe that Linux will ever be as big of a target as Windows. Ok, after much revision, I've trimmed this down (maybe). I think (I'm no expert) that it's not a safe assumption to make that if Linux were as popular as Windows, then it would have just as many faults (on all levels). Isn't it logical to think that if someone was really trying to raise a lot of ####, that instead of going for numbers, they'd go for the "savvy"? It's one thing for them to have to go out and fix other computers, but if their computer got screwed with, well... Furthermore, Windows is such a popular target because it is easy to crack, there are SO many exploits, there are many cases where a virus was written not to piss people off, but to discredit Windows. For example, if Windows wasn't so easy to break in to, we wouldn't have so many script kiddies, would we?
    Bottom line, Window's vulnerabilities makes it a prime target for attack. If Linux was equally as popular as Windows is now, more attacks would directed towards Windows, for so many numbers of reasons, especially motive...
    Well, I can't remember what I've written anymore (It's HOT, and having dinner in the middle of a post doesn't help), so I hope I haven't gone full circle too many times. One last thing, to relate to the original topic, guess who just got caught. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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