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Are Passwords an Effective Security Mechanism

Q: Are Passwords an Effective Security Mechanism

Good morning.
 
I'm a third year university student and for one of my assignments, I am to write a research report based on the question 'Are Passwords an Effective Security Mechanism'. I have focused the research on biometric and traditional (alphanumeric combination) passwords. Also, I am required to obtain some primary research which can be argued against my secondary research to form some sort of conclusion, and to do this, I have decided that a questionnaire is the perfect solution.
 
I would appreciate it if some of you would take the opportunity to complete my questionnaire as you will be helping me out a lot. It will take no more than 2 minutes to complete. Also, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions on biometric and traditional passwords, regarding their security.
 
The survey can be found here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VMS7XPD
 
I apologise if this is in the wrong section or breaks a rule. I have checked the rules out and I believe it doesn't break the advertising rule, but it might to you guys.
 
Thanks in advance.

A: Are Passwords an Effective Security Mechanism

The user is the first and last line of defense. Strong passwords can be effective security measure. Unfortunately, it has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software. Security is all about layers, and not depending on any one technology or approach to detect or save you from the latest threats. The most important layer in that security defense? You! Most threats succeed because they take advantage of human weaknesses (laziness, apathy, ignorance, etc.), and less because of their sophistication.Krebs on SecurityThese were the worst passwords of 2015, and they're only getting worseThis List Of 2014s Worst Passwords, Including 123456, Is EmbarrassingIts 2014 And Our Passwords Arent Getting BetterThe 25 Worst Passwords of 2013

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My question is simple - which security suite is most efficient, namely consumes least resources?

It's clear that every anti-virus software, every real-time protection app slows down the computer.

In particular they slow down downloads - every downloaded file get scanned, this is reasonable practice, however, if you download compressed software installers, then this takes a while, and frankly, if I am downloading something from, say, Microsoft, the probability for such a file being infected is very small. At least, this has never happened to me.

They also slow down file transfers - moving and copying files - between hard drives. It takes sometimes a few extra seconds to complete a file move between different hard drives and that's annoying, especially that it's totally clear that the files are not infected - they were scanned many times already on a machine that never had any infection.

In my experience there are three sources of infection that I have ever noticed. First, one can get some trojans from dubious websites, these the anti-virus usually catches. Second, one can download something from "file-sharing" services, or torrents, or usenet, or something like that. These can be bad altogether, or they can contain bad files in a package deal. Third - never happened to me personally - one can get some infection through some removable media, i.e. from friends and colleagues.

Now suppose one does not do any of the above. Only legit sites, only legit, trusted dow... Read more

A:Most effective security suite?

Why didnt you search the forum before posting this? There are hundreds of similar threads.

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Hey guys,
 
I use MSE as my only real time anti-virus protection software. It has never found anything on my PC. Which is good, or bad. I'm assuming good because I also run MBAM ( only as a scanner not real time protection ) and that never find anything either. Plus my PC has been checked by one of the forum members and is clean.
 
So how good is MSE? I know a lot of people recommend it, and a lot of people say it isn't that good.
 
Thank you
 
Craig

A:Microsoft Security Essentials how effective is it?

MSE was a very good AV application, but has gone downhill recently. I work with a large number of AV apps,and have found the MSE has lost a step or two in there detection algorithm for the newer types of infections out there. Obviously no AV can be perfect, and I really don't have any specific issues with MSE, so having MBAM is not a bad idea at all. If you have not noticed any issues on your pc, and neither of these applications have found nothing, ( assuming they both have current definitions and at least one full scan has been run with each) I would not be too concerned with any infections on the pc. If you are looking for a replacement, there are tons out there, I would suggest to try out a few, and see what you like and what fits you best. ( snapfiles.com has a large variety of free downloads available, as does this site.) If you are realy looking for top of the line protection, a paid Av app may be the way to go.

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I have Webroot, Malewarebytes and System Mechanic on my pc. All are latest versions. Are these programs effective and are they more effective in safe mode?

A:Are these programs effective and are they more effective in safe mode?

I can only speak to Malwarebytes, it is a good program, I have two other programs from Malwarebytes, both free editions, their anti exploit protection, download here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-exploit/ and their anti Ransomeware (Beta version) download here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-ransomware/
 
I also have Windows Defender, SUPERAntiSpyware (Free edition) http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html and SpywareBlaster (Free edition) https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html
 
These are IMO very good items to have for somewhat layered protection, however the most important protection is between the keyboard and the back of the chair, we as users are the last protection to stop the nasties from getting into our computer.
 
The main difference as to "Safe Mode" is all services, drivers and applications aren't running yet when the boot up is limited to safe mode. As to being more effective or not I imagine if you had an infection, depending on were it was, it might be easier removed without a reboot. If it's in something that is running at the moment then it would advise that a reboot was needed to completely remove what ever it was.

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This has been kicked around here for a while and there is even a pinned topic. However, that one is 3 yrs. old. The perimeters I seek are that it must have a pro version, be user-friendly and have been used by no less than five of of the administrators, moderators and advisers here on bleeping computer. I would say more, but that number may be too high. This means that those who reply can't be selling their product. I want the 'known' experts to be able to convey their expertise without having to deal with the rhetoric that usually accompanies this topic. Also, this should be updated on a continuous basis. That is because the things we're trying to protect ourselves from are continuous and persistent.

So, that said, the forum is yours! Please discuss it amongst yourselves and share with us, the unaware, unknowing, and the one's listening, your list of software that would protect us.

I shall call you the Knights of the Software Table.

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I am interested in the answer to this question, too. Since I have my "brand new' computer up and going again, I want to know what to put on it.

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Our company is looking for a better way to secure our laptops in the event one gets stolen or lost. We are looking at using either CMOS/SYSKEY passwords to prompt for a password before getting to the logon screen and was just curious as to what other options may be out there? Are there any programs that work better than others?
 

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A:HP Client Security will not save new passwords

Hi, I had a similar problem (can't edit/remove existing information, can't add new information). This has been solved for me since I installed version 8.3.17.2042.I own a Zbook 17 G2 and you don't mention your type.I therefore don't know if that newer version is compatible with your machine.You can look for it in the compatibility list on its download page:http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=6978822&swItemId=ob_158015_1&swEnvOid=405... Beware: I now have different issues...See my new post. Best regards,Johan

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Long story short... Evil teen Computer genius who is upset with us is basically holding our computer hostage. We kicked him out of our house and before leaving he changed all of our user accounts to limited access and locked our Admin account. I called DELL and was told to restart the computer in safe mode and that would bypass the need for a password but it did not help. It still asked for a pw.

I don't know how he even got past our desktop when all of the accounts were pw protected!

Found numerous password changing software, but can't download b/c we all now have limited access.
Are there any other things I could do? Does anyone know anything about "jumping pins on the system board"?
Tried this, according to Dell's instructions and did not work!
Also, is what he did illegal, b/c we definitely would like to press charges!
Any help is so appreciated.
I am a Computer novice. We have WIndows XP Home edition
Dell Dimensions 2400 . Is there anything left for us to do?
 

A:Security breach: Passwords changed

http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/586446-there-software-will-save-us.html

Please don't duplicate post.
 

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My step-daughter is trying to use MSN messenger, unfortunately, she once responded to a PC security-related prompt that bars MSN messenger from working.

My wife has tried to reset the security levels only to be prompted for passwords that none of us set at any time!

I'm a bit puzzled by all of this and not sure quite how to proceed.

Many thanks in advanceto any one who can help,

S13
 

A:Norton AntiVirus/Security asking for passwords we never set

Norton Internet Security always asks for passwords to change any security level

if you didn't give it a password when you originally set the level try just pressing return when it asks

sometimes a blank password is the default
 

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I am setting up my local security policy, I want users to use at least 5 unique passwords before they are allowed to use a password they have already used.

Any help on setting this up would be good.

I know it's in the local security policy under passwords, however I forget how to make this change.
 

A:Passwords/Local Security Policy

deeger said:

I am setting up my local security policy, I want users to use at least 5 unique passwords before they are allowed to use a password they have already used.

Any help on setting this up would be good.

I know it's in the local security policy under passwords, however I forget how to make this change.Click to expand...

If you are using XP, i think that the password policies are in the ADmin folder and...doc
 

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Recently, using FF 2.0.0.16 on my Vista Ultimate 32 bit computer, I notices popup ads from c5.zedo.com, when I visited a web page. The pop ups appeared if I left OR right clicked on a text area. The mouse pointer remained a pointer; had not changed to hand with extended index finger.

I verified that FF's popup blocker is / was on. I removed all exceptions & restarted the PC. Same problem. I viewed the page source, searched for zedo and found it related to java script.

I turned off Java, rebooted & the problem went away.

This did NOT occur using IE 7.

I stopped the popups by using the modified hosts file from mvps.org. Because the .bat procedure used by the mvps author to replace the hosts file failed in the past, I copied the contents of the modified hosts from mvps.org & pasted the contents into my hosts file, rebooted & success occurred. I had re-enabled java in FF.

I hope this information is useful to anyone else who encounters the phenomenon.

RF123
 

A:New [ to me ] Pop up mechanism with FF

rainforest123 said:


I verified that FF's popup blocker is / was on. I removed all exceptions & restarted the PC. Same problem. I viewed the page source, searched for zedo and found it related to java script.

I turned off Java, rebooted & the problem went away.Click to expand...

Firefox's popup blocker does not block all popups, although it does its best. The best way to block ads and the rest of the popups would be to use the Firefox AdBlock Plus extension.

Also, Java is not the same thing as Javascript. They are completely different, and I'm assuming you disabled JavaScript, not Java. However, you don't want to completely disable JavaScript because almost every modern website uses it in some way or another. AdBlock Plus should block the ads, but you can also use NoScript to block all JavaScript on a per-site basis.
 

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Is it possible to set up another User Account, which would allow a technician to work on my PC, yet not give them access to my User Files?

If so please could somebody tell me how to do it?

A:User Accounts, passwords and security of personal files

The only option I can imagine is to use some form of encryption on the files that you don't want the technician to read.

Presumably, if your computer needs repair, the technician will need full administrator access almost by definition. So what you're asking is a contradiction in terms. A bit like if you went to the doctor's, but refused to undress. Just my take.

But let's wait for other opinions on this.

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If you have a wireless network configured with a security password/passphrase, how often do you change that password/passphrase? Have you ever changed it after initially configuring it?

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Peace..
 

A:Question about wireless network security passwords: how often do you change yours?

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Anywho, does anyone know of any other brand of wireless router that offers this kind of functionality? I'm no longer interested in Belkin products, due to an absolutely horrendous support issue I had with them, so I'm looking for another wireless router brand to start using.

Thanks!

Peace...
 

A:Solved: Looking for wireless routers with multiple security passwords

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pci bus mechanism #2

won't boot to floppy

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A:freezes =pci bus mechanism #2 error

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I have tried to trouble shoot settings. Everything appears to be correct per my internet provider. My operating system is Vista; I have been using Windows Mail for several years with no problem. Nothing has changed with my computer re: recent updates or new programs.

What is an "authentication mechanism" and how do I set/respond to the error issue? Any available help would be greatly appreciated! (FYI I'm not a computer techie-type so simple-minded (referring to me of course!!!) direction would be especially appreciated! Thank you!!!

A:Authentication Mechanism MUST be Entered

The problem could be with your mail provider. Wait until tomorrow, if it still does not work properly report back and we will go from there.

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we have been informed by our third-party forum provider that user login details of ESET Security Forum members have been compromised...We recommend that all ESET Security Forum users change their passwords...ESET Security Forumsecurity incident on forum.eset.com

A:ESET Security Forums hacker...user info/passwords compromised

What are these hackers doing, competing for bragging rights? Surely they know that any financial details & license keys aren't stored on the forum sites.
 
Last year,  AVG was successfully hacked, during the same time there was an unsuccessful one directed towards Avast. More recently, it was Avast. Now it's ESET.
 
It's becoming a game of "Who's Next?"
 
Only I don't see the humor. Security breaches are of serious concern to the majority of us & having to swap passwords on a regular basis is already necessary, but for crap like this ticks me off, as we have to keep up with these w/out writing them on paper. I don't trust master passwords, nor apps that creates them. What if they're hacked? Unfortunately, there's a few who doesn't care, about this or much anything. These are usually the ones with the least to lose, however will be screaming bloody murder if $2 is missing, if it's noticed.
 
This is the exact reason why I don't directly access my back account online anymore. I call to get my balance & take notes of my transactions to verify accuracy & use a 3rd party provider to pay bills & merchants. And never recycle passwords used for forums & email accounts for this purpose. It's just too risky.
 
Cat

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Hi Team,
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Does any interrupt or events will cause windows time pause? such as SMI?
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it is a data structure or run time register reading or something else?
Thanks,
-Tarzan

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hey,
i just bought a new computer, and assembled it.
everything works great, except that whenever i unplug the computer and then plug it back, i cant turn it back on again for a while.
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It was very anooying when i assembled the system, and had to wait for a while between adding stuff.
It really pissed me off when i had a power failure in my house for a second, and couldn't use my computer for about 20 minutes later.
Is this a safety thing from enermax? if it is, is there a way i can get around it? or atleast minimize the wait time?
my system, if u think that it might be somthing else:
Processor: Intel core 2 duo E6400
Motherboard: Asus P5B
Mem: DDR2 512Mb 533MHz CL2 Kingston
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon X1950PRO 256MB PCIe
PSU: Enermax Noisetaker 420W

thanx ahead for any help.
 

A:Enermax annoying safety mechanism?

I've got the 475W Noisetaker and a 480W Noisetaker II, never had this problem with either of them. I did static discharge on the case of the comp that had the Noisetaker in it once and it wouldn't power on for a few minutes, but I've never had a problem like you are discribing.

I may be off on those wattages, I can't be arsed to check for sure right now. But I'm not off by more than 15, and its not even relavent to your case.
 

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Thanks!
 

A:Broken eject mechanism on laptop

Though I didn't do research on the particular model, I would assume you would have to send it in to HP for it to be replaced.
 

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Hi Gang,

When I try to search my computer, any part of my computer, the search module seems to stall. That is, it doesn't appear to be doing anything for anywhere between 10-30 seconds. After this time the meter starts working and the word "searching" comes up on the search box.

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What can I do to eliminate this delay?

I have WinXP Pro SP2
 

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Thanks.

A:Built in mechanism to check files during installation?

you might try
cmd sfc /scannow it checks for any corrupt system files.

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Thank you.

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My email client, desktop program PostBox (for Win) has been slowed since I installed BD TS2016 (I'm quite sure this is the reason as it was very fast before, and slowed immediately after...)

I also run WebRoot AV (which does not scan email as per their documentation) and HitmanAlertPro (which could also be affecting my email client, but I uninstalled it to test this somewhat small chance given its just an anti-exploit, and it doesn't seem to have affected it, the client is still slow).

1. I would LIKE BD to scan my email as of course having AV w/o scanning email could in many ways be pointless given email can be a deadly vector for heavy malware.

2. But I don't want my client to be slow. It's not horrible, and I suppose I could tolerate it (basically deleting messages, loading new messages, and the program responsiveness overall, is a bit sluggish compared with its normal instantaneous response)

3. Is there a way to configure email scanning differently? Or should the program NOT be slowing my client noticeably in general, and is this behavior indicative of something being wrong?

I'm sure BD users will be able to comment on whether it slows their email or not given they use a desktop client like Outlook, Postbox, Thunderbird, etc.

Thanks!
 

A:BitDefender Email Scanning Mechanism? Performance Issues w/ email Client

In the past I used BD TS exclusively with OutLook as my e-mail client and had no such issues, have you tried, or open to try switching clients to see if it's something about Postbox that BD TS disagrees with ?
do let us know what you discover either way.
Thanks for sharing
PeAcE
 

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Hello nice people,I like people who help others, as a Boy Scout I always did my good turn for the day, and can still be found about town helping old ladies across the road, baking cakes for the latest cause and rescueing distressed puddy-tats from inside car engines. But can anyone help me??!My PC is all slow and rubbish. The webcam software locks up every time I open it and the ADSL seems a lot slower than the 512 thingies it's supposed to run at. I've scanned with Spybot, Adaware and the anti-spyware in ZoneAlarm, but there's something called Effective-i which turns up in Trend Micro's online scanner: could this be a false positive?Here's the Hijack this logMay the force be with you allHagbag69Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 10:29:06, on 11/10/05Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLLC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tskC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXEC:\ARCHIVOS DE PROGRAMA\ARCHIVOS COMUNES\SYSTEM\MOSEARCH\BIN\MOSEARCH.EXEC:\ARCHIVOS DE PROGRAMA\ARCHIVOS COMUNES\MICROSOFT SHARED\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\ARCHIVOS DE PROGRAMA\ARCHIVOS COMUNES\SYMANTEC SHARED\CCEVTMGR.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KB891711\KB89... Read more

A:Effective-i

Welcome to the bleeping computer forum. Rerun HJT,and put a checkmark beside these :-O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [autoclk] autoclk.exeO4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [MOSearch] C:\ARCHIV~1\ARCHIV~1\SYSTEM\MOSEARCH\BIN\MOSEARCH.EXEnow close all windows and browsers and click FIX CHECKEDDownload CCLEANERthen run the scan under the windows tab. then DEFRAG your C:\ drive.to help speed up your system.then let us know how the computer is running.

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I'm specifically looking at Norton Mobile Security and Emsisoft Mobile Security. How effective are they and do I really need to pay for basic protection?

A:How effective are Android A/V's?

I don't use Android, Smart Phones, Tablets, iPads, third party apps, etc...but here is a quote from my Colleague Didier Stevens, Microsoft MVP Consumer Security.Several smartphone operating systems (OS) offer no API's at all for AV applications to be able to perform.In iOS (that's the OS of the iPhone), an AV app is like any other app, it has no special privileges or access so that it can monitor the phone resources for malware.So there can not be any good anti-virus programs for the iPhone, because the OS does not provide the features required for an AV program to be able to do a good job.With that said, here is some reading material I have collected on the subject:Does your smartphone really need Anti-virus software?Do smartphones really need Anti-virus software?How effective is Anti-virus software on smartphones?Does Mobile Anti-virus Software Really Protect Smartphones?Let's dump anti-virus software and move onWhen it comes to mobile devices, viruses are not the problem they are made out to beAnalyzing Malicious Traffic in Cellular CarriersESET Mobile Security for AndroidBottom line: You really don't need an anti-virus on a smart phone.

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hi friends.i'm new to this forum :inlove: and this is my first post.combofix is not workin with KHATRA.exe. Why so?yester day one autorun.inf was detected on my pc and after two hrs of efforts to remove the virus i was made user and system was password protected.i've formated :lmao: today. the content of this inf is pasted below(remember combofix was also not able to remove the virus)[AutoRun];kkLS IJrpuu cXNWaaSsyO MgbPjlTewssgwbx;YJptaktqx oPEn=unfb.cmd;sHElL\opeN\cOmmaND=unfb.cmd;weJWitqisshELL\ExPlore\CommAnd= unfb.cmd;ShElL\oPen\DefAuLT=1;pfxjgvshelL\AuTOplaY\comMaNd = unfb.cmd;look for this linkhttp://icrontic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54508IS IT TRUE?this is pst for not a solution but for seeking limitations of combofix.thanksEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:COMBOFIX.exe not effective

That link was for a problem over a year ago, which has been resolvedIt is also a good reason why the disclaimer is present and should be read ComboFix logs should not to be posted or discussed outside the HijackThis forums. It is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.

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I usually run Spybot and Adaware together to remove spyware, however lately Spybot has been detecting the same spyware, and no matter how many times i remove it and immunize my system the same spyware keeps getting detected by Spybot. I am running Windows XP. Here is my most recent Hijack this log file. Thanks for all your help!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:39:44 AM, on 4/16/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\SolidDocuments\SolidConverterPDF\SCPDF\SolidPdfService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM95\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\LimeWire\LimeWire.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Personal\Ad-Aware.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILL~1\FIREFOX.EXE
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\Nidaal\LOCALS~1\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for hijackthis-1.zip\HijackThis.exe

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A:Spybot not effective, please help

In addition to Spybot & Ad-Aware i'd recommend also Ewido ( www.ewido.net ) and Spyware Blaster ( http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html ).

As personally i cannot see anything suspicious in your HJT log file.
 

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I read somewhere which versions of IE that the program will work with and it only mentioned v6 SP1

A:Is IE-spyad effective with IE v6.02x SP2?

Yeah, the main site didn't include anything about SP2. You might have to wait for it to be updated (if needed at all), but it might work either way (with SP1 or SP2).

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I have a new job online. Basically, I have to browse A LOT of websites and I've already picked up a virus or 2-- So I want virus protection that will tell me if the page I'm going to is fishy (rather than just trying to fix the problem post-infection). I've purchased Norton but I'm not sold on it. It seems my internet runs a lot slower.

Bleeping computer always has such knowledgeable posters, I figured this is the best place to ask! (You are my computer's heroes.

Should I just keep Norton or is there a better product out there? And I'm currently running Norton and Windows Security-- should I get rid of the Windows security feature now that I have Norton?

Thanks in advance!

A:Looking for an Effective Anitvirus

<<And I'm currently running Norton and Windows Security>>No such AV...do you mean Microsoft Security Essentials? http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic472962.html/page__p__2877793#entry2877793 reflects a current open topic in the Am I Infected forum. You should tend to that before opening any other topics or requesting information that may be discussed or where questions may be resolved in your existing AII topic.You need to bring it to the attention of your helper in AII...that you have two AV programs installed.If you still have questions after your AII topic is closed/resolved, BC has a forum where you can gain knowledge re protection methods for your system: AV, Firewall, Privacy Product, & Protection Methods.To avoid confusion, this topic is closed. If you have any questions about such, please contact me via PM.Louis

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I'd like some BOClean users,either happy or unhappy ones,to voice their opinion about it,as i was impressed by the sort of heuristic-like,continouus protection offered by this software 10" scanning method,to the point of considering paying for it.(i obviously am a fan of free ones)
At the moment i have Windows 98SE (coz i prefer it),AVG 6.0,F-Prot for DOS,Sygate 5.5,Trojan Remover,SpyBot S&D,AdAware,Spywareblaster and also ScripTrap and R-Prot.
I must say i am very happy about the good work made by the above mentioned in the last 2years,including TrojanRemover,whose only fault,in comparison to BOClean,is its got only a Scan on demand or at boot.But we try to improve,dont we? I didnt find any BOClean bad info about conflicts with other applications up to my knowledge,so i guess its rather smooth and working well with the likes of AVG,for instance.Thanks for any info or suggestion.
Anyone?
nanino
 

A:Is BOClean necessary/effective?

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I'm using McAfee, as it is a freebie with my current subscriber package.
Is it really effective in detecting malware and viruses, as well as removing them?
I'd appreciate any input from people on this forum, as well as advice on the better, or best , security downloads out there that prevent or remove computer infections.
Thanks.
 

A:Is McAfee Effective?

Here is a comparison test done by AV Comparatives for August 2014: http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php
 

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Trying to see if ComboFix got rid of some malware that my computer had.... I have the log saved

A:effective combofix??

ComboFix logs should not to be posted or discussed outside the HijackThis forums. It is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.Please create a new topic in the Am I Infected forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/Explain the nature of your problem. Describe pop-ups and system tray or desktop icons that have appeared. Explain what is "going wrong" with your computer. Note any tools you have used and their respective results.If needed, we will direct you to our HJT Preparation Guide.This topic is now closed. The BC Staff

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For several years I have been using Spybot and AdAware Personal SE and I always keep the definitions updated. When I run scans, AdAware typically will find some low risk files that need attention and on a rare occasion a medium risk file. I have yet to have Spybot identify any files on my computer that need attention. I always receive the "Congratulations" window after a scan. Do I assume that everthing is really OK when Spybot finishes a scan? Just seems strange that AdAware will at least find a low risk file while Spybot never seems to find anything. Should I just be ecstatic that there are no malicious spyware files on my computer?
 

A:Is Spybot Effective?

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I'm preparing to uninstall Norton from my father's computer and even though I've successfully uninstalled it on my computer using the Bleeepingcomputer instructions (using the symNRT tool), I've seen some other methods like the Norton_Removal_Tool.exe program found here. http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...005033108162039This might not have existed since I uninstalled Norton on my computer. Or are these methods the same?I've also noticed I could try the regular Windows Uninstall method in Control Panel.I really don't want to mess up my father's computer which is why I am posting. thanks for your experiences.EDIT: I've read some things on the Internet that the Symantac removal tool does not work. But part of my curious side wants to know hot it will work.

A:Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Norton

As far as I know the removal tools offered Here and by Symantec are the same thing.When I removed my Norton product, I chose to to use the Tool offered here as it was less complicated.Bernie70, if you've had success using the one posted here, you know it works and it's safe to use on your Father's computer.Try the normal uninstall method First. Then run the removal Tool. It will get rid of of the last bits of Norton that are left behind on the computer.

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As we know while running a 64-bit Win OS and running 32-bit applications (most of them) they'll be running through WOW64.

I've noticed Win7 x64 7600 is eating CPU for some minor 32-bit apps quite some. Didn't happen with Vista 32-bit.

Also, explorer.exe seems to be constantly eating CPU 8-11% whilst in Vista 32 it was almost always 0%.

Just some technical replies would be great here!

A:How effective is WOW64 sub-system?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sourceX


As we know while running a 64-bit Win OS and running 32-bit applications (most of them) they'll be running through WOW64.

I've noticed Win7 x64 7600 is eating CPU for some minor 32-bit apps quite some. Didn't happen with Vista 32-bit.

Also, explorer.exe seems to be constantly eating CPU 8-11% whilst in Vista 32 it was almost always 0%.

Just some technical replies would be great here!


Firsst things first could we have your system specs

Ken

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im using avast Antivirus at the moment, is there any way to actually tell which is the most effective antivirus?
 

A:What's the most effective AV paid or free?

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I'm running a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop with XP Pro 5.1.26
x86-based Intel 1.5g proc, 512 MB ram

yes, it's on old POS, lol

My problem tho is this: I bought a new optical mouse today, it's a RadioShack special Gigaware optical USB mouse.

Installation seems fine, windows picked it up as a USB HID-compliant mouse. You can click and right-click, and the mousewheel scrolls properly. But the cursor refuses to move.

I've tried both USB ports with similar results.
This laptop has a built-in trackpad, but I've been unable to actually disable that, even by going into the BIOS. (There's an option in there to switch pointing device from track pad to PS2 mouse.. it makes no mention of USB mice, but switching it didn't seem to disable the touchpad anyway?)

Halp! ty.
 

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I just purchased a Cooler Master Cosmos II, along with ten fans and a Corsair H100 liquid enclosed cooler for the processor.

My question is, would it still be an effective cooling set up if I set the 3 120mm fans on the top of my case to pull air down into my case through the radiator? Thus my intake fans would be my 3 120mm fans at the top of my case and the two fans at the front of my case.

I would than set the 4 fans on the door to be exhaust along with the 140mm fan in the rear as exhaust, my power supply has its intake fan drawing cool air from the slot on the bottom of the case so that is not an issue.

Would this work?
 

A:Is this an effective fan set/radiator set up for my CM Cosmos II?

yes it would work but having it in that configuration is less effective your gpu/cpu would run a few degrees less and your gpu would receive hot air from the rad. Hot air rises so it would definitively be better to have your door fans/front panel pulling air in and top fans pushing air out of the case.
 

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What is the most effetive place to put a case fan?

Where should you put your case fans if you had the option of putting it on the side, front or back? (and everything inbetween lol)
Were would it provide the most cooling?
 

A:What is the most effective place to put a case fan?

I say back to suck out the hot air from the CPU
 

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I've got Firefox (new version) -
email is in Excite -

I've got anti spam set on high on both

am getting absolutely indundated with spam

is there any effective spam blocker I can add
to Firefox / Excite?

Thanks!
 

A:Any effective anti spam app?

Hum.. Firefox is a web browser, all it does is display what the Excite server shows - there is no spam filtering you can do there.

Apparently Excite spam protection sucks. Maybe you should consider using something else? GMail has a pretty good spam filter..
 

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hallo!
i am trying to deworm my computer, and have read the above threads about hijack... so perhaps i ought just to download that. but first a couple of questions: will it be extraordinarily detrimental to my computer if i delete the "Temp" and "Temporary Internet Files" folders in Local Settings? and, has anyone used IParmor? if so, how effective is it? alSo, i'm curious if it's possible to guard my IP address, i've been getting these damn rogue pop-ups even if i'm not browsing.

Thanks!!
 

A:Re: most effective methods of protection

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I've got Firefox (new version) -
email is in Excite -

I've got anti spam set on high on both

am getting absolutely indundated with spam

is there any effective spam blocker I can add
to Firefox / Excite?

Thanks!
 

A:Any effective anti spam app?

Hum.. Firefox is a web browser, all it does is display what the Excite server shows - there is no spam filtering you can do there.

Apparently Excite spam protection sucks. Maybe you should consider using something else? GMail has a pretty good spam filter..
 

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After having been hit on two different computers with W8, I have done full resets and come out clean... or so it seems.

Now I learn that the full resets are not 100% effective. Is it possible that it's totally effective with some malware, but not other?

Thanks!

A:How effective is the full reset?

What do Windows 8 Refresh and Reset my PC really do? - Super User





The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).Windows RE erases and formats the hard drive partitions on which Windows and personal data reside.Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows.



So assuming your recovery partition was not infected (if you use that not install media) then it should be OK. It might be more convenient to make an image of your whole drive (with all your partitions, programs etc) before getting the virus so you can wipe (and zero) the drive and re-install that. You could use something like Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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This one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127243

quick question, I'm tired of being diconnected of my gaming, nothing helps! Laptops works great with a huge upload and download data but gaming consoles are always lagging until i get kicked out, MIMO does not help, so...

Is that router 100% effective that will help my gaming consoles get a solid consistent connection??
 

A:Is this wireless router 100% effective

Consoles won't be able to get the benefit of a Draft-N router as they do not (to my knowledge) support that protocol. You will have to run the router in B/G compatibility mode which cancels all the advantages Draft-N could bring.
 

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I am still running on ME and have the free Sygate Firewall. I know that both are now not supported. However, could someone tell me if Sygate is still effective ? should I abandon it ?
Thanks.
 

A:Is Sygate Firewall still effective ?

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Hi there!

I would like to know if you could provide me with any good/safe/effective PC Optimization programs, as some of the ones i've used, to be blunt, don't do jack S!!! and contain malware etc.

Thanks in advance

A:Safe/Effective Pc Utilities

There are plenty of tweaks that can be done to XP. No software needed really. But, in order to suggest to you a tweak, we need to know exactly what it is you are trying to accomplish.

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I have Spyblaster software (freeware) installed on my pc as per your recommendation and it seems to be working fine. I made sure that I also placed in on my son's desktop who has his own login and desktop.

When doing my routine weekly Spyware check I have noticed that I am finding minor Spyware artifacts (e.g., Data Miners) from the sites that my son has visited. Hence, the question, is the Spyblaster software really protecting my son under his login if I just copied the icon and have it running on his desktop?
 

A:SpyBlaster effective for more than one user

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Working with infected PC the past 3 weeks, it has been interesting. Malwarebytes comes up clean (yes, latest version with updates), even Combofix doesn't do much. But install something like Kaspersky ISS 2010 with updates and full scan, will usually locate a rootkit or trojan and clean the machine. This is happening more often.

I sure as heck hope that the key tools of our trade for removing this crap aren't fizzling out. Seems like we see products come on strong, peak, then fizzle.

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Hello Techspot,

First time poster on this site (yeah...ima noobie poster)

My question is simple - A good, cost effective solution for an SLI gaming rig that doesn't need an Nvidia x260 or x280, Im not rich lol. I was thinking a couple of 9600's but not entirely sure. And yes my board supports SLI, infact its x3 SLI capable. Any ideas anyone?

Just post if you have an idea, I am well aware that I would be needing a better PSU and will be upgrading my 580w accordingly. Thanks any and all who reply.

Forgot to mention (thank the CPU for editing options) I am using an 8800 GTS (le sigh, the 320mb version)
 

A:Cost Effective SLI Solution

Well, if you really must have SLI, two 9800GTX+'s is about where SLI breaks even with the top-end single card configs (GTX280, HD4870x2).

But that would cost you about as much as one of those single card solutions, with less room for expansion later. It's really not worth it to SLI 9600 series cards. SLI is really only featured on those cards as a gimmick.
 

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hello,

in your opinion, which is the most effective FREE anti-spy/malware?

i have zonealarm anti-virus/firewall.

thank you.
 

A:most effective anti-spy/malware

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I've noticed in this forum area much discussion about how or whether to use Sandboxie and similar products as part of a layered security environment. I have offered to post what I have found on the subject. I hope this posting is not over-long, as many professional analysts have weighed in over the past few years.

Please note that I am not trashing Sandboxie and similar programs out of hand. They all may play a useful role in a layered approach to computer security. But there are also limitations, so here I go with an annotated and sourced webliography on this important security topic.

If any of my links has problems, either PM me, or ask an Administrator to do so.

Zone Alarm Force Field, the browser virtualizing component of ZA Extreme Security -- Roger A. Grimes of Infoworld.com:

Roger A. Grimes tested Force Field. Read his results here: http://www.infoworld.com/d/security...eld-compromised-in-sixty-seconds-561?page=0,0

Sandboxie -- just how effective is this program as a security measure? Here's one review of several programs, including Sandboxie. It is not 100 percent favorable, but also not 100 percent unfavorable.

http://pcworld.about.com/od/securit1/Sandbox-Security-Versus-the-Ev.htm (The original source article is at PC World.com -- http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/151706/sandbox_security_versus_the_evil_web.html )

Some interesting points about what Sandboxie does NOT protect:

"Another important question is, how good is the e... Read more

A:Sandboxie and Windows -- How effective?

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Can you recommend an alternative to TrueCrypt that is easy to use and will protect my notebook @ start-up? p.s. It does not need to be Military quality, just enough to thwart my coworkers.

A:Truecrpyt alternative that is effective?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman


Can you recommend an alternative to TrueCrypt that is easy to use and will protect my notebook @ start-up? p.s. It does not need to be Military quality, just enough to thwart my coworkers.


Well, there is McAfee Endpoint, but you are going to pay a penny for it.

I don't know if Bitlocker has a preboot feature in it or not.

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Hi, I recently set up and started using a limited user account for many of my regular activities, as per the recommendation of many websites that it's better for security (do you agree that it's beneficial?).

My question is, will running system wide scans with Avast, MBAM, SAS and others on the limited account, be just as effective as if I were running it from the admin account and will it scan all the system files and admin account files like it would when running from the admin account? Also, in general, when I click "Run as administrator" on any program, does that mean it's now equivalent and as if I was actually running it from the admin account, or is it still less effective in any way? The same questions applies to all installations and program updates.

Thank you very much in advance!
 

A:Limited as effective as admin?

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My first question is can any expert please finish helping me with my original thread. I was being helped out by someone then it's seems like they forgot about me. Here's the link:

http://forums.techguy.org/t366475.html

Secondly as a result of this ongoing problem anything associated with Microsoft on my computer won't work. (Which was the main factor that triggered off the Acebot virus) Examples are Microsoft Money, the Microsoft Anti-spyware beta tool, etc.

And third, every single time I run Hijackthis, I try to fix the objects that I know are wrong and it NEVER EVER works. I even try to use the Killbox program and it also isn't able to get rid of these stubborn files. Please I could really use the help from any expert. I'm so confused... Thank you!!!
 

A:Hijackthis not effective at all on my computer

kman1000 said:

My first question is can any expert please finish helping me with my original thread. I was being helped out by someone then it's seems like they forgot about me. Here's the link:

http://forums.techguy.org/t366475.html

Thank you!!!Click to expand...

the person helping you in that thread is currently offline. have patience. you are not forgotten. creating more than one thread for the same problem confuses us all.
 

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was just wondering ...how can i increase my download speed in ..and which dowloading program is good (bit-tornado,azureus.....)
please someone advice me on maximizing torrent download speed......thanks
 

A:Effective bit-torrent downloader

I'm lucky if I can get over 100kbs most days. If you are behind a router you need to port forward to the PC with the client on it. I was only getting about 10 kbs before I did that.
 

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My computer is extremely slow, both on an offline. When online I often get the same weather site pop-up. The computer continually blacks out and freezes for periods of about one minute.

I have run Spybot Seach and Destroy and it keeps saying that some items cannot be removed because they are running. cmdservice is continually mentioned. I would be very appreciative if you could help.

I have successfully been through your recommended 5 steps and have posted the following logs below:

DSS Scan
Hijackthis Scan

I have been unable paste the Panda Scan Log as I am apparentl limited to 100,000 characters in each posting. I will attach it in a follow-up thread response.

For some reason I cannot find & attach the extra.txt file from the DSS scan.

Here are the requested logs:

DSS:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by User on 2008-01-19 15:24:12
Computer is in Normal Mode.
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-- HijackThis (run as User.exe) ------------------------------------------------

Unable to find log (file not found); running clone.
-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------


Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-01-19 15:27:16
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\smss.exe
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A:Very slow computer, pop-ups - Spybot not effective

The thread wont allow me to post the Panda Scan Log because it is 107k characters which is greater than the allowable 100k.

I have attached a text file of the Panda Scan Log.
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Hello guys, I need some serious help! My computer (according to SB S&D) in infected with coolsearch and effective toolbar, running SB isn't getting rid of it. Here's a copy of my log file. Please help me get rid of anything wrong with my PC!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:55:40 PM, on 3/31/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb09.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\AOLSPY~1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
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A:Need Help! Coolsearch and effective brand toolbar!

wow...alot of stuff to dump..better wait for a hyjack tech, i dont want to mess you up.

you have aol....download mcafee free from them and do a scan. also avg isnt bad. a nice on line scan is trend micros housecall.

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Interesting results in this test:

Most Effective Antivirus Tools Against New Malware Binaries

Top 5:

Ikarus
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avira
AVG
Dr. Web

Most noteably, ESET (Nod32) was 30th out of 30. Not a lot of information though about versions used, etc. They note v2 for Nod32 for example. If so, then obviously not a fair test as that is an old version.

A:Most Effective Antivirus Tools Against New Malware

Doesn't Microsoft Security Essentials have no zero-day protection? As in signature only? The versions tested should have been the newest though.

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As a Windows user I have antikeylogger software installed but how effective are key scrambling applications? I mean there are obviously ways around keystroke encryption. Do they at least provide some protection from spy-ware that might make its way on your system? Ive always been told they do, But how much? And what about Unix/Linux based systems is there any anti keyogger software available or features that prevent spyware from infesting them?

A:How effective is keystroke encryption/key scrambling

KeyScrambler: How keystroke encryption works to thwart keylogging threatsKeyScrambler – How Does It WorkBest Keystroke Encryption Software to Protect Against KeyloggersI see you also asked the same question at another forum

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Hi, I'm looking to add a measure of encryption protection for sensitive files on my computer. Is Windows' Encryption File System (EFS) worth messing with? Is there a better alternative?

Looking around the web, what I've found so far is:
Encrypting is easy
Decrypting is automatic for the user who created the file

But it seems that if I reinstall Windows, or copy the file to another computer, or pop the HDD into another computer, or the key gets corrupted ... etc. etc. .... the file will be inaccesible unless I previously had backed up the key. I've not been able to find clear instructions how to do that.

Everything I read seems to be talking about a special situation, like
if the computer is on a network, part of a workgroup, or a domain, etc.

I just want to back up the key on a standalone computer so I can access the file myself later in one of the above circumstances.

Can anyone make this more sensible to me, or point me in another direction?

I have XP Pro SP2 on one computer and Windows 2000 SP4 on another one. Also, no one seems to be saying this explicitly, but EFS is contingent on the file system being NTFS, is it not? Some of my partitions are FAT32.

Thanks,
Ted

A:Simple but effective file encryption?

Quote:





Originally Posted by pianoman1949


But it seems that if I reinstall Windows, or copy the file to another computer, or pop the HDD into another computer, or the key gets corrupted ... etc. etc. .... the file will be inaccesible unless I previously had backed up the key. I've not been able to find clear instructions how to do that.




Here is how you backup your key..


Quote:





Originally Posted by pianoman1949


I have XP Pro SP2 on one computer and Windows 2000 SP4 on another one. Also, no one seems to be saying this explicitly, but EFS is contingent on the file system being NTFS, is it not? Some of my partitions are FAT32.




You can only use EFS with NTFS. Period.

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I recently had a fresh copy of windows 7 reinstalled on my computer. The guy that did it backed up the entire harddrive to a .tib file using acronis and put it in the my documents folder. I reinstalled windows seven due to trojan downloaders and rogue viruses among who knows what else. He didnt try to clean it up just reinstalled. Was it smart to back up the whole harddrive and save it in my documents? Can I be attacked due to whats in it?

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Hey wats the most effective anti virus software available.....

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You can look up reviews of software such as this one. The trouble is though that all these different reviews use somewhat different methods to evaluate the various software packages, and as such their rankings will be different.If you want some suggestions from Bleeping Computer members then please let us know what you are after.Free or paid for version?Anti-virus only or a suite containing anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall?I am currently using AVG Anti-virus (free) and am happy with it.

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Hi all, I'm thinking to buy Windows 7 and after that to install programs on it. Mil Shield and Webroot Washer are one of my top 10 programs and they work great on Vista and XP.
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A:How effective are Mil Shield and Webroot Washer?

Hello uglyCharles & welcome to Vista Forums,
I would suggest that you address your question to the 'experts' in our sister forum.
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what are the most effective tweaks in windows 7 to enhance gaming performance?

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That would depend on the game, more then Windows. Your best bet is to look on the web and see what game tweaks are out there for games.

Here's a good site for some gaming tweak guides - TweakGuides.com

Also, have a look at my guide - Tips on Troubleshooting Game Issues

I personally don't do any "Windows" tweaks so I have no advice there.

Good luck.

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Hello,

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When the warning message comes up, saying to click on it to reduce it. I click on it and it does a disk clean up, but it only goes into the Recycle bin which I empty regularly and it has no effect what so ever. It is literally useless. What do I do?

Help please me and use simplistic language.

A:Re: Data (D:) is almost full, but clean up isn't effective.

We don?t know what have you saved on your partitions and how you have organized your HDD but if you need more free space on partition D move saved data from partition D to some external device like USB memory or external HDD.

For instance if you have 10GB of music on D move them to USB stick and you will get 10GB free space on this partition. It is not a big deal.

Maybe you also need system cleanup. Download and install CCleaner and use it from time to time to remove all saved temporary files.

One more thing: is maybe system back-up option enabled on your notebook (daily, weekly, monthly?

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The computer, Dell inspiron laptop is 60 days old and it did not do it int he beginning but now it does all the time.

Please help -

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It could be that a major group of updates are being downloaded in the background. When you shut down, Windows will install what it has and resume the download the next time you start up. There was a large group of updates released not too long ago. Otherwise, your change should take effect immediately.

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Modern DDR3 modules tend to sit at an upper limit of 1.7v -with many binned IC's happy to OC at 1.3-1.65v- with the requisite lower temp output. Also bear in mind that modern RAM is very tightly binned -that is to say that even with aggressive voltage and relaxed latency, modules generally wont reach the next speed bin (i.e. 1600 wont be pushed to 1866, 1866 wont go to 2000, 2000 wont go 2133 etc.) regardless of voltage -and of course with voltage limits now becoming widespread as a function of the CPU there is less voltage overhead to be used, whereas many DDR2 modules would accept out-of-spec voltage in exchange for tighter timings and/or increased bandwidth (Example being the Crucial Ballistix in my secondary rig are nominally DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12 - throwing 2.3v at them on a good board (strong northbridge) will get them to DDR2-900 @ 4-4-4-12 or -1150 @ CL5).

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Hello friends.. any solution for my problem? I face with BSOD problem.My dell laptop crash repeteadly even I,ve tried so many solution to overcome this BSOD problem n even it is still a new laptop.

-when I check the caused of the problem using bluescreen view software,its show that it is caused by tcpip.sys.Please help me.I've not install any software to be the cause of this problem,it is just happen this week without any reason.Please help me..
I also attach the crash file from minidump folder..Thanx a lot..=)

A:BSOD Problem.Any effective solution?Please help me.

Welcome to SF!

The most straightforward reading of your dmp looks like your network adapter drivers are causing the issue. I suggest uninstalling them completely in Device Manager, and installing a fresh copy. If you can find an updated version on the computer manufacturer's site, use it.

I also suggest removing Kaspersky completely in Programs and Features, and then running its removal tool: http://support.kaspersky.com/downloa...vremover10.zip

Then download and install Microsoft Security Essentials.


Code:
Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\050210-18345-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7600.16539.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Machine Name:
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Debug session time: Sun May 2 02:04:23.648 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 4:55:31.365
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Loading User Symbols
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Encrypting is easy
Decrypting is automatic for the user who created the file

But it seems that if I reinstall Windows, or copy the file to another computer, or pop the HDD into another computer, or the key gets corrupted ... etc. etc. .... the file will be inaccesible unless I previously had backed up the key. I've not been able to find clear instructions how to do that.

Everything I read seems to be talking about a special situation, like
if the computer is on a network, part of a workgroup, or a domain, etc.

I just want to back up the key on a standalone computer so I can access the file myself later in one of the above circumstances.

Can anyone make this more sensible to me, or point me in another direction?

I have XP Pro SP2 on one computer and Windows 2000 SP4 on another one. Also, no one seems to be saying this explicitly, but EFS is contingent on the file system being NTFS, is it not? Some of my partitions are FAT32.

Thanks,
Ted
 

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Hi everyone,

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A:Low cost but effective antivirus and firewall recommendations?

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You'll be pleased with both.

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Hello,

Can you copy data (pictures or messages or videos) from a virus (ie. key logger or any other malware or virus)
computer before formatting and reinstalling the OS?

Win 98 computer - virus type unknown for now.

Thanks

A:Copy data on virus effective computer

Hello milehigh28,

It depends on what infection was on the machine. If it is a file infector such as Virut or Ramnit, then no - those pics or music files may be infected as well and will reinfect a new install withina matter of minutes.

What you could do is copy those files to a CD - not a flash drive. Insert the CD and scan that drive at Eset...

Please go to here to run the online scannner from ESET. Turn off the real time scanner of any existing antivirus program while performing the online scan
Tick the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
Click Start
When asked, allow the activex control to install
Click Start
Make sure that the option Remove found threats is unticked

Click on Advanced Settings and ensure these options are ticked:Scan for potentially unwanted applications
Scan for potentially unsafe applications
Enable Anti-Stealth Technology

Current Scan Targets click CHANGE and select the CD Rom drive letter that contains the CD
Click Scan
Wait for the scan to finish
If any threats were found, click the 'List of found threats' , then click Export to text file....
Save it to your desktop, then please copy and paste that log as a reply to this topic.

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Curious about this . Are there more accurate or in depth error checking tools?


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A:Is chkdsk the most effective way to make sure your SSD is error free

As far as I know, chkdsk is OK to run on an SSD if you just use the "Automatically fix file system errors" choice.

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