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Should i be worried

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by zxspectrum, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Well folks recently ive installed someting in my mozzilla toolbar called stumble upon .com. I like it, you get allsorts on it , but when i say alsorts i maen spyware too. say ill have an hour flicking through random sites, later ill come todo a virus scan , and ill get loads of spyware notices, last count was 2858, all in the form of cookies.

    Now is this just my anti virus (panda titanium) being over protective, and should i get rid of stumbleupon etc , or is there something else i have missed??? :eek:
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Loose it.

    Personally I think that any of those 'helper' bars are nothing but security holes. 8)
     
  3. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    I'd tend to agree with Simon here. I don't install any toolbars from anyone, no matter what the promises are. As for your cookie problem, most cookies are used to track where and what you look at.
     
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  4. d-Faktor
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    d-Faktor R.I.P - gone but never forgotten.

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    there is nothing wrong with the stumble upon extention. the problem is that sometimes a bad link gets posted. does that make the extention a vulnerability? no, i don't think so. someone can post a bad link here on the board as well. does that make cf a vulnerability? cf is moderated so bad links can be removed. stumble upon is also moderated.
     
  5. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    yes i agree, but over 2800 reports cant be good can they , surely if they can do all that then a virus or trojan , could also be on the way in future ????
     
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  6. d-Faktor
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    d-Faktor R.I.P - gone but never forgotten.

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    then you might as well cancel your internet connection. there are bad sites and bad people out there. so what? if you can't deal with that, then it's probably not such a good idea to install a browser extention that will take you to random sites, submitted by complete strangers. stick to the sites you know and trust if you want to remain relatively safe, but don't blame stumble upon, or de.licio.us, or digg, or whatever portal you use, if you get infected by some random site.
     
  7. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

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    Why not get an antispyware package that has a real-time cookie scanner/deleter. I use Spyware Doctor which does a pretty thorough job.
     
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  8. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Im hardly going to cancle my intyernet now am i d faktor. The thing that struck me when i on only viewed say about 30 sites, was the fact that id over 2800 probklems etc , so chill chill its the weekend after all
     
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  9. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    use lavasoft ad-aware, update the defz. what browser you using? IE? Firefox? if IE, grab google toolbar or use mozilla. what o/s u using? if its xp, enable pop up blocking with sp2.
    try using AVG, firstly there is a free edition, and although some people prefer "named brands" like trend micro etc, AVG is good, and it is highly rated...
     
  10. d-Faktor
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    d-Faktor R.I.P - gone but never forgotten.

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    oh, i'm chillin', baby, i'm chillin'. anyone seen han solo?

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  11. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    I'd recommend using Adaware SE personal (which has already been suggested above) in tandem with Spybot Search and Destroy.

    One catches stuff that the other doesn't.

    And I find AVG free works fine for me.

    Cheers,

    J. :thumbleft
     
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  12. unemployedstudent

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