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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 09:03:40 AM
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77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 09:03:15 AM
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78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 08:39:14 AM
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79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 16, 2014, 06:44:52 AM
I'm probably way off base here, but when I saw AVAST's rather lame explanation was offered by someone named Alfred E. Newman, I wondered whether it was a joke of some sort, remembering that the mascot of MAD magazine was Alfred E. Neuman.

The persons name was Richard something.  The rest is actual.

Like most Tech Support I contact... Avast had two people address my issues.  Both sent me answers to questions I did not ask and skipped over the vulnerability.

After I stated that "NO answer is the same as YES" I got the swamp gas.   Grin

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I have gotten a strait answer only 1 time from a tech-support person.  Over the phone with McAfee.  I think I caught her off-guard.   Cool
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 15, 2014, 07:25:31 AM
*Follow-up*

This is Avast's swamp gas explaination concerning a vulnerability.

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Hello,
Thank you for contacting AVAST Software company with your concerns.

the fact that your avast was turned off may be caused by some power outage or other problems not related to a vulnerability issue...

If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to contact me again.

Best Regards


Alfred E. Newman
avast! Technical Support Specialist

Power outage?  Other problems?  Wouldn't these indicate vulnerability?   huh
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 14, 2014, 09:08:27 AM
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82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 14, 2014, 09:07:38 AM
Brain games ..

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83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fascinating story about the consequences of sharing your art in the Internet age on: July 14, 2014, 08:10:09 AM
Ignoring the idea of copyright and not being compensated by people that are making money off his work for a minute, there is another issue that exists here...that's HIS face...not a doodle, a paint splotch, a pic of a flower or a dog...his face.

How would you feel if one of the photos of yourself or your family, that you uploaded somewhere to share with friends and family, suddenly ended up everywhere...printed on t-shirts, skateboards, book covers, magazines, etc. and you have no control over the context in which it is used? How about if someone was using your face on a dating site profile, claiming it is a pic of themselves? How about using it in some sort of context you would object to on moral grounds? If you are pro-choice, a photo of your baby being used in anti-abortion propaganda? How about your face appearing in an ad for a Herpes medication, in a way that would imply you have Herpes?

How would this make you feel?

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Just kidding ..  tongue  I don't tweet.
84  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: July 14, 2014, 06:50:42 AM
FWIW:  Amazon has a wide office chair that's relatively cheap:  http://www.amazon.com/OIF...+duty+office+chair+400+lb
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•Height adjustable arms for optimal arm placement.
•Arms adjust for optimal placement or may be removed to suit your needs.
•Thickly cushioned seat and back provide complete support.
•Classic styling specifically designed for the big and tall person--supports up to 450 lbs.

Should be mostly metal construction.   smiley
85  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: July 13, 2014, 11:29:38 AM
does anyone know if there is such a thing as a high quality chair meant for people who tend to site cross-legged (ie sit with their feet up on the seat of the chair).  and if not, maybe it would be a good invention..

There appears to be a cross-legged type of chair here,  http://www.prnewswire.com...ve-posture-257659961.html, though it doesn't seem to be in production.

The last half of this video: https://www.kickstarter.c...ting-cr?ref=home_location shows how it works.

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86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 13, 2014, 06:12:16 AM
@dr_andus

FWIW: I'm no security expert either.  However... having Java pre-installed on my machine brought me this pain in the ass and I have since uninstalled Java.

Even the US Government warned about Java's vulnerabilities and no longer uses it.

Guess I missed their email.   Grin
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 12, 2014, 09:23:56 AM
In 1905 Albert Einstein stunned the scientific community when he announced that e is equal to mc squared.  Until that point, scientists had no idea what e was equal to.  Oh, sure, they had known since the days of the ancient Egyptians that e came after i, except when both letters were preceded by a c.  But nobody had ever even considered the possibility that e might have anything to do with m.  We will never know what other amazing things would have been revealed about the alphabet if Einstein had lived longer.  We do know that, just before he died, he told friends that he was working on 'something really big involving k'.   tongue
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 10, 2014, 10:33:21 AM
@ Anyone  FYI 

My renewal of Avast Internet Security was in May 2014 but: "Unfortunately, we do not issue a partial and pro-rated refund." - per Avast

Shutdowns and startups are still much, much faster than when Avast IS v9 was installed.  Windows Mail still opens w/ new mail in around 5 sec.

Does not seem like the free Kaspersky scan was a false-positive.   cheesy
89  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: July 08, 2014, 10:47:50 AM
@IainB

I'm not meaning to dis anyone here but I have to admit I don't click on every link in any post.  No posted image(s) ...no interest.

 ohmy  This newest MBAM version is totally different anyway so it's image may look out of place.
The Premium, Pro and Free all look the same with Premium having the most features and Free having the least.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 08, 2014, 09:19:45 AM
Interesting... I'll wait for a few more comments before doing anything, but I am very interested.

FWIW:  I was still in semi Panic Mode, when I started this topic and have since read about others having issues with Avast IS v9.
Some had similar issues while others saw no problems.  I didn't see any problems either.  According to Avast I was 'Protected'.  Not so.

Maybe this is version-specific and does not apply to the rest?

It wouldn't hurt to run an online scan would it?  There are many out there to choose from.

I just included the one I used so others could prove or disprove my results.
I chose Kaspersky because people here seem to like it.  And I was wondering if the paid-for scan-screen was as dorky as the free online screen.  It isn't.   Grin
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 08, 2014, 06:40:34 AM
Yesterday I ran this free Kaspersky scan  http://usa.kaspersky.com/...irus-scan?ICID=INT1676497

Can it be assumed though that these kind of "free" tools are entirely unbiased? Wouldn't it be in their interest to turn up 'false positives' about their rivals?

Trust has to start somewhere.  Where do I draw the line?  Not being an IT-geek I have to rely on my gut feeling and past experiences.  My gut told me this Kaspersky scan could be a fake but it also could be real.

My past experiences with Avast helped me deside.  I couldn't remember the last time an off-line Avast scan found anything.  Plus... a few weeks ago Avast emailed me, warning that their Avast Forum servers had been hacked, saying everyones email addresses and passwords had been compromised.
I didn't mention this because it isn't relevant. This was the ONLY non-product related email I've ever gotten from Avast during the past 4 years.
If you had not joined the Avast Forum you may not have gotten this email.

False positive or not... How can I trust Avast to protect my machine if Avast can't protect my personal info on their own or 3rd-party servers?

Besides... this Kaspersky Pure has many, many more settings, compared to Avast Internet Security, that I can tweak or rollback or play with ..  Grin

p.s.  Today I noticed my Windows Mail screen came up a lot quicker, about 4 seconds and was pre-loaded with all my new emails.  Using Avast, a blank window would open and stay blank for about 10 seconds.  Clicking the top of the window would show '(not responding)'.  Another 10 seconds and the not responding would vanish.  Another 5-10 seconds the read emails would start to appear and the new emails would begin to load.

I'm not foolish enough to think my virus, malware, issue is resolved.  It's just not in control of my current AV protection.  Not yet anyway.   smiley

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BTW:  Did your on-line Kaspersky scan find anything?   tellme
92  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: July 08, 2014, 04:24:33 AM
@crabby3:
Yes, please refer to the updated opening post and my update notes here Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review..

I guess just a one-fourth screen-shot link is okay?  Is this the Authentic IainB?   Grin smiley
93  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: July 07, 2014, 12:37:04 PM
@IainB

There is a new look for MBAM you may want to add?  Some functions are different as well.  Or gone... i.e. tabs, 3rd-party stuff, etc.

As of this posting you can scroll down and see some of the screens here:  https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 07, 2014, 11:33:31 AM
Christmas in July...  smiley

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95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Avast is vulnerable? on: July 07, 2014, 10:33:11 AM
Avast Internet Security seems to be vulnerable to attack and takeover** but also act like nothing is wrong.  I presume this problem would also be present with any version including the free one. Yesterday I ran this free Kaspersky scan  http://usa.kaspersky.com/...irus-scan?ICID=INT1676497 and found out Avast was somehow compromised. The firewall, and other protections, were disabled.

Needless to say I was alarmed and didn't finish the free scan. I now have Kaspersky Pure 3.0, their latest, with all the bells and whistles.

takeover** - When I uninstalled Avast I noticed the change during the restart.  The shutdown and restart was much faster/smoother.  The Kaspersky install/restart was fast and smooth as well.  And today, my startup was fast and smooth.  Adios Avast...   Sad

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I know faster and smoother are relative terms but I didn't time the before and after restarts.  I would guess the shutdown went from 30 seconds to 3 and the restart, (preload to desktop) from 60 seconds to 15.  Startup the same... 60 seconds to around 15.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 05, 2014, 08:09:27 AM
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97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 05, 2014, 08:06:12 AM
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98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 05, 2014, 08:04:54 AM
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99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 04, 2014, 10:47:12 AM
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100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 03, 2014, 11:49:04 AM
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