Is it dangerous

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wehaveitall
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Is it dangerous

Post by wehaveitall » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:41 pm

My mom got a virus AGAIN because she uninstalled wot thinking she knew what she was doing... I was looking through her history and testing it with the wot demo and found one site: Ussearch.com was red in two categories. She said she didn't download anything and is skeptical that a site such as that could be it mainly by just looking at its title. Is it what would have given her the virus, or is it another site she visited that I've overlooked?

Sami
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ussearch.com

Post by Sami » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:43 pm

I haven't used the site, but it looks safe at a quick glance. It appeared in PhishTank less than a month ago, which seems to be the main reason for the poor rating. Few of our users have had some privacy concerns about the site too.

PikadudeNo1
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Perfectly legitimate sites

Post by PikadudeNo1 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:17 am

Perfectly legitimate sites can get hacked and be made to deliver malware to outdated browsers. What's more important than having WOT installed is keeping the browser updated.

freelancer
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Re : Is it dangerous - Perfectly legitimate sites

Post by freelancer » Sat May 24, 2008 7:15 am

Hacks Come in under many different forms, They can be hidden in JPEGS, CSS ie: cascading style sheets, ect. do a little homework, you should have a firewall, spyware / malware utility and an anti virus utility at the very least.

There are many really good utilities in all three Categories and quite a few come packaged with a free version for personal use.

Do a search with the word free [example] : " free firewall " then compare the results to see what works best for you. * remember there are as many bad utilities as good. So do your homework.....

A site you can check out :
http://www.castlecops.com/

This site has a WOT rating of green across the board.
They have a downloads page with security apps
http://www.castlecops.com/downloads.html

There are others sites but as an example that one will do.

Hope it helps,
freelancer aka Ed

lordpake
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Tell your mom

Post by lordpake » Sat May 24, 2008 5:35 pm

A late reply, but here it comes anyways :)

Have your mom look at the following brief Wiki article about a thing called drive-by download.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive-by_download

This is one of the reasons to keep your OS and other applications, such as alt. browser/Java/Quictime/Flash, up-to-date and use at least an AV application.

Sami
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Re: Tell your mom

Post by Sami » Sat May 24, 2008 5:51 pm

Of course, installing [url=http://www.ubuntu.com/ t=_self]Ubuntu[/url] on mom's computer would probably solve these kinds of problems altogether.

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