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SP2's Windows updates & security risk

Question: SP2's Windows updates & security risk

Someone mentioned in another thread that you can use SP2 without Wdws updates. Won't their comps face security risks if they do that?

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Preferred Solution: SP2's Windows updates & security risk

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Answer: SP2's Windows updates & security risk

thats how blaster and sasser spread so fast. both had patches that would avoid these viruses from infecting machines.

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It is time to get your version of Windows updated to a version that is still supported. Read this as "Windows XP needs to go!!!!" See the below

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According to my Microsoft Security Essentials, my PC (Windows XP) is ‘Protected’, yet according to my Windows Security Alerts, in a bubble that pops up from my toolbar most of the time I switch on, ‘your computer might be at risk; your anti-virus software might be out of date’.
Should I be concerned, or do the Security Alerts not register Microsoft’s own security system?
If I needn't worry, how could I stop the bubble from delivering its alarminmg message so frequently?

Answer:Windows Security Alerts thinks my computer might be at risk

How often do you do Windows update. It may be warning you that the definitions are out of date. New definitions are usually available daily. Can't remember but is there a setting in MSSE to warn you if definitions have not been updated for "X" days

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I am brand new to the forums and have been administering IT for a couple years for a small company. I was just told by a network engineer that the free upgrade version of Windows 10 is considered a security risk because the "free version requires updates, cannot disable advertising functionality and makes a concerning amount of outbound connection for no known reason."
Is this true and should I be concerned with the computers I have on the network that were free upgrades? I thought the free only applied to where the license came from, but that Windows 10 Pro was the same otherwise.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experience,

Answer:Windows 10 Free Upgrade version- security risk?

The free upgrade version is EXACTLY the same as the full retail version. You need to be looking at setting group policies.

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So there I was, surfing around, and all of a sudden, a window popped up and suggested that I make it my homepage. After clicking "No" about a hundred times, IE eventually just disappeared off my screen. When I tried to start it again, it took me to what appeared to be a search site or something with a box in the upper right that said something about my computer being possibly being infected. Before I could see what was really going on, the browser closed and my McAfee alerted me that a file associated with a Trojan of some sort had been detected and deleted. I tried several times to reset my homepage to about:blank before the window would close, but I couldn't get it to take (each time, the alert from McAfee would show). I ran my McAfee virus scan, it found some stuff, and I deleted/cleaned it. I tried to open IE again, and the same thing happened. I finally got my start page reset to blank, and I ran McAfee again, which found more stuff, which I again cleaned/deleted. Obviously, McAfee wasn't getting at the problem, so I went to get Spybot S&D. I had a hard time using IE, because after a couple of clicks, my browser window(s) would just close. No error or alert, just close. I finally outsmarted whatever it was (it tried to send me to a weird site when I clicked a link instead of where I was going, so I opened the link in a new window and got a "Page cannot be displayed"). I downloaded S&D, which found a bunch of stuff, which I cleaned/dele... Read more

Answer:"Windows Security Center" popup and "...At risk" balloon.

Since Spybot and Ad-Aware found "a bunch of stuff" and the other virus scans haven't been helpful I suggest you generate a HiJack This Log for our team to look at. See How to submit a Hijackthis Log.

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i dont know what to do I tried to remove that 2 popups wiht norton antivirus, AVG, spybot, addware lavasoft, avast antivirus, microsoft spyware remove, sypsweeper, pestpatrol and nothing. My machine crash eventually when i connect to internet is slow and explorer sometimes give me and error message and close same opera. I donw know what to do. I have windows 2000.
sometimes when i click on the pop up request me if rdsndin.exe acces to internet in zonealarm, but when i search the file is not in my system is strange.
If someone can help i?ll aprecciate so much.
Here is my hijack text:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 08:53:01 p.m., on 03/07/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\DriveCrypt\DcrServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
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Answer:Fake pop-up your computer might be at risk and windows security center pop-up

Here we go!

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad in order to assist you when carrying out the following instructions.

Download AboutBuster and uncompress the files to a folder on your the Desktop. Run AboutBuster and click OK. Click Update button to see if there are any updates. Close the program now. DO NOT RUN IT YET

Download CWShredder at and run it. Uncompress the file. DO NOT RUN IT YET

View Hidden Files and Folders
Go to My Computer >Tools >Folder Options >View tab and make sure that Show hidden files and folders is enabled. Also make sure that the System Files and Folders are showing / visible. Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files option.

Run Downloaded Programs; Round 1
Run AboutBuster and click Begin Removal button. Once that's done, just hit the OK button. Click Exit once you are done. Click the OK button and it should exit. Open up the 'Ab LogFile.txt' (which was created in the same folder as AboutBuster) and post the log here.

Run CWShredder and Click on 'I Agree' button if you agree with it. Click on 'Fix' (it will automatically fix anything it finds for you) and OK. If it asks if you want to delete a certain random file, choose No and post that filename here. Let it finish the scan and then hit Next and Exit.

Boot Into Safe Mode
Reboot your system in Safe Mode (By repeatedly tapping the F8 key until the menu appears).

Potential Uninstallations
Click > Start > C... Read more

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There was an Office vulnerability that was fixed with the April patch Tuesday in an Office update, but we've had trouble making sure all users have the updated Office patch as N-Central(our patch management tool) doesn't always list what build/patch Office
is currently running accurately.

We do know all our PCs have the April/May security updates. Is the Office Update combined into the big monthly one?

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I got the error message when visiting the site with Firefox 3.0.8, Windows XP:

titled: Windows - Wrong Volume
saying: The wrong volume is in the drive. Please insert volume
into drive \...\DP(1)0-0+e.

I dont know why I got it but it seems strange. I dont think it has anything to do with the site or firefox, but could be wrong. I wasnt doing anything else at the time.

Could this be a virus or spyware? Or has anyone got an explanation...


Murphyed... once again
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong...

Answer:Windows - Wrong Volume... Is this a security risk.. Whats happening?

Hello and welcome to TSG, but please read the rules carefully and don't start more than one thread for any particular problem. Please post in this thread:

Closing this thread.

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This is an inconvenient delay, not anything serious. Running Windows 7, if it makes a difference.

Issue: Microsoft Security Essentials auto-updates block Microsoft Updates until MSE is finished.

Description: I have Microsoft Update (or Windows Update, whichever it's known as in 7) set to automatically check for updates but not download or install without my approval. I do this so I can review what's being updated, (I'm a little wary of Microsoft putting an anti-piracy app in as a "critical" update in the last year or two). Anyways, when I boot up the computer, it checks for updates and alerts me of them.

However, Microsoft Security Essentials also auto-checks for updates upon boot, and if it has an update it will automatically being downloading and installing it in the background. Which is all well and good, except whenever that's happening it causes MU to "fail" updates until it's done updating. Thus, I have to remember to wait until the MSE update is done, then run the MU update.

Question: MSE definition updates are included under "Optional" updates in MU, is there a way to make MSE stop updating independent of MU so I can queue all the updates together? I feel like this would be the easiest way to prevent this annoyance. I don't see an option, and I'd rather put up with this annoyance if the only solution is to put all updates back into Microsoft's hands completely.

Answer:Microsoft Security Essentials updates blocking other windows updates

My understanding of MSE is it will check several times during the to make it has the latest updates. Most GOOD VA programs will do this as there are several releases daily for AV definitions. This is the only way you and your machine will be aware of these releases.

When some of these attacks happen, a definition is released, but as the infection is refined, the the definition must also be refined and/or improved. I use F-Prot on my machines, but I install MSE on the kids and grand kids machines. I have seen as many as 12 releases in one day from F-Prot, this is what is call" being on top of things".

So I would not want to rely on ME being the one to check several times daily on all of my machines to see if a new release has been made.

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Its been doing most of these updates forever, when I go to shut it down it updates but when I wake up in the morning these updates are still not done... It's like they never finish. This happens every night for the past 6 months or so i'm getting tired of it now so i need some help. I've tried Reset Windows Update History that works for a week or so but they eventually come back.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-WJ2H8-R6B6D-7QJB7
Windows Product Key Hash: ckKNc+BBPDWmo1LUlOkraNjlQ34=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {9D9F00D6-4ACE-4595-9A2E-8B72A3B5B243}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Re... Read more

Answer:Windows wont complete updates, Security Updates KB2604121

I've deleted a environmental variable for a PATH for Java I added long ago and it downloaded and installed it for now. I will see if anything else happens

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on my norton icon i have a red cross showing your pc is in danger when opening norton it says my protection updates are at risk , i even did the the live updates and the problem still there, i saw the advice from skidzy by reinstalling the security suite , how to reinstall and or is there another solutions ? can anyone pls help me? thanks

Answer:norton protection updates on risk

i have had this tried numerous option only a complete reinstall worked.

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Hi, all, first post here, so hopefully I'll go about everything right.

Well, this started about half a week ago when I had an odd little instance of viruses come after me, unfortunately I can't remember all their names (Something about a "Hard Disk Drive crash" and XP Antivirus 2012 virus). I went to bleepingcomputer and managed to get rid of both of them. Then a day or two after, this little bugger shows up.
When I start the computer, the Windows Security icon in the toolbar (lower right) is seen, but red with a white X through it. A balloon pop up appears saying "Your Computer Might be at Risk!" or something along those lines.
I've been brave (and probably stupid) enough to click it. It says that my firewall isn't monitored, and automatic updates are off. Virus protection, however, it reads as being on. Personally, it looks pretty legit, and if this is the actual Windows Security Center flipping out and I'm still on edge from the virus attack, then I'm gonna feel pretty silly, seeing as how I've run Kaspersky, SUPERAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, AVG and SpyBot all at least twice for a scan and they've all picked at least something up, things I haven't heard of (all trojans or cookies), but not this little guy, and since none of those have prevailed, I'm coming here.
Also, I've run iExplore.exe and exeHelper.exe before running everything, and I've followed several articles on all they way through on... Read more

Answer:Windows Security Alerts "Your Computer is at Risk" Virus? HELP.

DDS Log:

DDS (Ver_2011-06-12.02) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by Owner at 22:09:12 on 2011-06-16
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2045.811 [GMT -4:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\eEBSVC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k Akamai
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn Hamachi\hamachi-2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaantmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee Online Backup\MOBKbackup.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
svchost.exe... Read more

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Question: Security Risk ?

I d/ld a Norton Security scan and ran it just to see if it pick up anything that my own AV missed. The only thing it came up with was a dll file called "urken.dll" it said this was a information stealer. I went into Windows and found it along with another Urken file, but when I looked at the date of these 2 files they were created on the 31/03/2003 and modified 13/06/2007.

I had Norton AV for the past few years but I can't remember it flagging up urken.dll as a HIGH security risk, the AV I have just now doesn't flag.

Just wondering if anyone else has heard of this urken.dll and if it is a HIGH risk that I should get rid of, as far as I can tell this file has been on my PC since I got it as it has a date of 2003.

Scan Time: 6132 sec

Complete Scan: 12/01/07 06:30:01

Resolved Threats:

Unresolved Threats:


Virus ID: 24770

Risk: High

Categories: Virus

State: Unhandled




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Answer:Security Risk ?

Click here to download HJTsetup.exe.

Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.


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Question: Security Risk?

Hello I installed a game and it tries to modify my system by adding something called "Hook ID 0000000E" to my system.

Is this a threat?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Security Risk?

Which game? And does your A/V detect it as being a threat? Which A/V?

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Question: New security Risk

The Sunbelt Software Blog has details on a new security exploit that blows by fully patched Windows XP systems: Any application that automatically displays a WMF image will cause the user?s machines to get infected. This includes older versions of Firefox, current versions of Opera, Outlook and all current version of Internet Explorer on all versions of Windows.This is a zero-day exploit, the kind that give security researchers cold chills. It works by exploiting a weakness in the Windows engine that views graphics in the Windows Metafile (WMF) format. You can get infected by simply viewing an infected WMF image.Another report from F-Secure says so far it?s being exploited by a handful of sites in Russia, but it will spread. You?re most likely to get directed to one of these sites via a spam message offering dirty pictures, free software, and other forms of bait.I expect that all major antivirus companies will have detection and prevention for this by the end of the day. I don?t know of any workarounds, but will update this post if I hear any more. For now, use the most recent version of Firefox rather than any other browser and steer well clear of unknown/untrusted sites. I copied this from click here dated 28/12/05. Thought it would be of some interest. J.B.

Answer:New security Risk

This is the same risk I reported earlier. See my post (click here) for further details. Can never have too many warnings though!

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I use Secunia PSI to check the security status of software on my systems. It finds that Rescue and Recovery installs several pieces of software with known security problems. 1) An old version of Flash for the pre-boot Opera,2) Opera for pre-boot itself. 3) An old version of 7zip for pre-boot,4) Old versions of zlib.dll, one for pre-boot, and one for regular R&R. All of these are well over a year old, in some case several years old. I'm not impressed with this at all. 

Answer:R&R a security risk

Graham - interesting findings, I never knew that. But the first thing that comes to mind is this: if you're using the pre-boot partition to recover your system or download drivers, are you worried about the security status as dictated by a third-party piece of software? I would personally be worried about recovering my system, but that is just my humble opinion. 

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Question: IE Security Risk

I am getting the following message each time IE starts up:-

This page is accessing information that is not under its control. This poses a security risk. Do you want to continue? Yes/No.

Does anyone know how to get rid of this message!

Answer:IE Security Risk

Thikko said:

I am getting the following message each time IE starts up:-

This page is accessing information that is not under its control. This poses a security risk. Do you want to continue? Yes/No.

Does anyone know how to get rid of this message!Click to expand...

Try this

To work around this problem, change the Security settings in your Internet Options. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Start Internet Explorer 6.
2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
3. On the Security tab, click Internet, and then click Custom Level.
4. In the Security Settings list, change Access data sources across domains (under Miscellaneous) to Enable.
5. Click OK to close the Security Settings dialog box.
6. Click Yes when you receive the following message:
Are you sure you want to change the security settings for this zone?
7. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

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I found a worm (W32 [email protected]) that was detected by Norton and was quarantined. I opened the email that contained the infection but did not run the attachment. It was detected in the temporary internet files folder in Windows 7. My question is whether this is a security risk and should I reformat the computer. There were no logs for MG tools and TDSS killer. I received this error while running TDSS killer "Error: Can't load driver" but the scan completed successfully.

Answer:Is this a security risk?

For MGTools, you should run it again, this time ensuring that protection software is disabled, that you do indeed run it as admin if using Vista or above, and that UAC is disabled. Try again. It's one of the most important logs.

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Question: Security Risk

My antivirus has found a suspicious file on my external drive, but I don't know how to clear it, as I can't find it. It says 'F:\FOUND.000\FILE0417.CHK->MMF/kcdialog.cox is a security risk named W32/Agent.TI'. I can't find a directory called FOUND.000 or a FILE0417. On checking using Google, MMF/kcdialog.cox is a Windows object which creates pop up windows. I don't know how it's got on my external drive, or how to get rid of it. Can anyone help?


Answer:Security Risk

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Question: security risk?

I want to run an internet bank account which will necessitate downloading XL worksheets of the account situation on a regular basis. Is this safe? What are the security risks? anybody have advice? Anybody been there?advance thanks for any help here.starsky

Answer:security risk?

Keep your AV up to date and there will be no problem. I do this all the time. You can use a firewall if you want to although if you use a router you should have one built in. It is not as bad on the net as some like to believe.G

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I have a whole ton of security updates for windows XP going back over 2 years in my Add/Remove programs list and I want to know if it is safe to delete those older than the most recent ones. Its taking up too much space on my computer and because of that I have stopped any current regular updates by switching off the automatic updates settings. Could someone please advise me if it is safe to do this?

Answer:Security Updates and general Updates for Windows XP

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For all you NETWORKING guru's out there...

I need some help, when it comes to this topic I'm a little basic, nothing special...

I have a sonicwall router pro 2040. I have read a few places that it is possible to set the NAT to open when certain IP addresses on the network access the internet. I don't know if this is true, but am wondering if it is possible. Something, it opens the NAT for the ports that the 360 require to play online games.

I could really really use some help on this as I can not play all my games, because my father, the network freak that he is, apparently wants me to learn all this stuff. So this is my source for knowledge

Answer:360, nat setup without security risk ?

Afaik a 360 doesnt require a open'd network port to play games online anyway.

Something not working sounds like something being blocked, not needing a port.

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I found this A fix is reported soon. Good read.

Answer:Found a new security risk

I saw that article too several weeks ago Layback, good posting.

Users should also know that the Windows 7 x64 OS is just as vulnerable to Rootkit infections as the x86 (32 bit version also) despite Microsoft's claims. I've had at least 3 instances of different Rootkits that were discovered using HijackThis that showed up in the 023 area displaying a start of %SystemRoot% and ending with "file missing". Gmer also found them but was unable to remove them and ComboFix doesn't even touch them in x64 mode.

I even tried Sophos and A2 and neither would touch them either. I like the idea of x64 because of better memory capabilities but little to almost no support in the security arena doesn't bode well! The best fix so far seems to be a complete system wipe and reformat.

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Whilst playing around with Dreamweaver MX on one of our virtual servers I was able to get a list of other peoples DSN's on that server.

Is that a security risk? Should I have access to other people's DSN's?

Thanks for your help


Answer:DSN List, Security Risk???

Yes that is a security risk and most people do not know about it. If it is a virtual server it should be fine since there is nothing pointing directly to a server. The only problem might be is a weak password or no password and anyone would be able to download the databases they are referencing.

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got my broadbamd with wanadoo and got a livebox, because the livebox is always on when my pc is off is this a major security risk if it is any ideas? i've got a firewall installed.

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I'm trying to fix a virus on my computer (changed my screen wallpaper, controls my browser, tries to sell anti-spyware at

The only thing that I have seen on searches is using Hijackthis.
Is there a security risk in using HJT?
Does posting the info from HJT provide info that someone can use to access or damage my computer?

Answer:Is HJT Info a Security Risk

Is this the right forum for this question or should I post this somewhere else?

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I was browsing around and I spotted Fasterfox:

The part that worries me is.

"unique prefetching mechanism, which recycles idle bandwidth by silently loading and caching all of the links on the page you are browsing"

To me this sounds like a potential security risk, so I was wondering what everyone else thought.


Answer:Fasterfox. Is it a security risk?

No security risk, although I wouldn't count on it helping all that much.

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Url Grabber, Screen Capture, Keyboardlogger Coronel Type, and Snipper.All of the above are said "USED"by some hackers.Can you educate me exactly if such sayings are true?If so,how are they utilized?How will i "Protect"myself from such "computer bandits?" Respectfully, A.EddingtonMod Edit: Post cleaned up by closing BB Code tags.

Answer:"computer Security Risk."

These can be used by hackers to obtain information - but they can also be used by legitimate users.

You protect yourself by following the standard security practices:
1) Keep everything updated - especially Windows
2) Have a router with a hardware firewall between your computer and the web
3) Have a software firewall to catch what the hardware one doesn't catch (typically outgoing stuff)
4) Have antivirus software and use it.
5) Have antispyware software and use it.
6) Surf responsibly and don't just merrily click away on anything that you see. If you need to close something suspicious - go to Task Manager and close your browser from there.

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CNN reported on the DEFCON meetup in Vegas, which was described as the most dangerous place on the planet if you are worried about getting hacked. If anyone has read my older posts, you will know that I am a tad paranoid about security, but before you scream 'where's the tinfoil hat', I think my fears are justified. Every day I see more horror stories about cybercrime, etc. Anyway, the person who penned CNN's DEFCON story (I assume it was a reporter) was given a 'list' of things he/she needed to do prior to attending the convention, to protect their data from hackers. One of the items on that list was 'disable Bluetooth'.

Of course I immediately looked up 'Bluetooth'. I have a lit-up blue icon on my laptop, which means it's on. I did not know having that presented any kind of security risk. When I look at the device manager, I see TEN connections labeled as follows: "Toshiba BT Port (COMM10)", and next is (COMM11), etc. etc. The BT stands for BlueTooth. I do not have any wireless devices other than a keyboard, and the keyboard came with a USB dealie as a 'plug n play'. I found a legend with the different meanings of the blue tooth symbols, and see the one that is showing on my laptop means nothing is connected via BlueTooth. That symbol is miniscule and VERY hard to even see, btw. But whatever.

So, nothing will happen when I disable all these BlueTooth ports that are "connected", right? A... Read more

Answer:Bluetooth Security Risk?

So, nothing will happen when I disable all these BlueTooth ports that are "connected", right? Any reason why I should not disable them all?Unless you use devices that connect by Bluetooth, you're free to disable them. Would appreciate anyone weighing in on just what kind of risk having had all these ports enabled (and unused) for YEARS really is. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.Bluetooth only has a theoretical connection distance of up to ~100 meters. In practical situations, it's more like a few feet.There's a million different theoretical ways that your security could be breached if someone really wanted to -- look at the news and how teenagers are hacking into government agencies, etc. I guarantee you that you have nothing to worry about with these ports being enabled or disabled.The reason they had to turn their Bluetooth connections off was because of their surroundings. Bluetooth is a connection to a PC, just like a network adapter, USB connection, etc. In normal circumstances (I assume like yours), you have nothing to worry about. If you plan on going to the DEFCON meeting in Vegas, make sure those ports are turned off.

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In the past few days I have received two notices from two reliable sources that Gadgets are a security risk.

Fixing the issue they say is very easy and found on the following link:

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution

I have never used gadgets and was curious if anyone had ever experienced security problems using them. I was also curious if anyone had ever used these fixes.

Answer:Gadgets Security Risk

I've only used the gadgets a few times, and that was when i had my gaming machine. Just to keep track of its temperature, the date, and hdd space. Never had security risk.

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Video Here .. After the commercial you may get

I can’t help wondering why they would include in the initial cost of the copier for the hardware and software to store all this info.

Was it because they could charge an extra $500 per copier for the security software ...
to remove what shouldn’t have been stored in the first place ..
After the security risk was discovered ??

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My aunt asked me to come over and look at their computer as it was wanting to "renew". It ended up being antivirus 7. I got to looking at their computer and they were running online with no security. I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes and found 126 infections that MB got rid of. I then ran the MB scan again and came back clean. However, I also ran Pandas' ActiveScan and it found some objects that it won't disinfect without the full product. Can someone please help me as to how to get rid of these without buying as they don't have the money to purchase a full av? I also put Avast free software on there so they have something. Thanks for your time. Here are the most recent reports from Panda and MB.

Active Scan:

ANALYSIS: 2010-05-10 16:21:52
Description Version Active Updated
avast! Antivirus 5.0.83886625 Yes Yes
Id Description Type Active Severity Disinfectable Disinfected Location
00139060 Cookie/Casalemedia TrackingCookie No 0 Yes No c:\documents and settings\hp_owner\cookies\hp_... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] How do I get rid of possible security risk

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MBAM pretty much took care of your problem. I need to see more logs before you are given the 'all clear'.

I'll address the rest of the Panda finds once I get a better look at the state of your machine.


We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post/attach the logs in your next reply.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.


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Is enabling Java in my browser a security risk? How about Javascript?

Answer:Java a security risk?

As long as your antivirus is running and up to date it isn't a huge risk. I've always had java enabled and never been infected by a Java exploit.

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I'm looking for a good web site that would give some kind of list of security flaws in certain programs. Right now I'm looking for security flaws or risks in the newest version of quick time. Anyone know any good sites for that kind of informations?

Answer:Security risk information

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Please let me know.


Answer:Is Incredimail a security risk?

No, I haven't seen any reason to say its a security risk.

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Can anyone advise on a recently identified security risk with KeePass password safe. Apparently the risk is associated with professional versions below the latest version of 2.34. Versions 1.xx are free versions, the latest being 1.31. Can anyone advise on the recent reports of security problems.

Answer:Security Risk with KeePass 2.xx

Just what you have already read. Update problem it seems.
Click here

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My mother in law has just had her new laptop installed with sky broadband she had a guy help her from work to install and get her set up. He has also setup a system where by he can log on at the same time as she is online if she has any problems. She is wondering if he can log on to her banking details when she is line or will they be secure?



Answer:computer security risk?

Theoretically yes, but it depends on how much of her system he has access to. Some programs which allow remote logging has to have the user approval before he can have complete rights to her system. If she has passwords stored on her computer or automatic login to her credit or bank card sites, I would advise her to turn them off, That way if someone compromises her computer they won't have automatic access to her accounts. Keep the passwords in a safe place (not a file on the computer).
If you use a tech support service that uses remote access to assist you in repairs ask them what type of program they are using, get the name of the program and research it yourself, disable automatic remote login and only enable it when you are ready to use it. Some companies tell you to disable certain programs before they connect to your computer just as a liability protection for themselves so their customers can't come back and allege their bank account have been compromised.
Sorry I went around the world with an answer that that could have been yes or no, but these days of computer breaches sometimes yes and no are more gray instead of just black and white...

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HelloAnyone in the forum with a good knowledge of risky programes, then read on :- My Sisters computer got bad infections which I managed to remove things like Rogue, Trojans infecting the memory, Registry & Files all in WinXP Home. Luckily removed with SuperAnti Spyware.I also made a note of programmes on her machine as follows. Can someone tell me if there are any security risks with them. Any maybe dodgy ?Note, these are default programs which havent' been updated as far as she is aware. I say defualt, she said they have always been thereAgeia PhysxPhoto Tags ExpressGamespy ArcadePower Reg ShedulerNorton Security Scan (She has AVG, not sure where this came from. It to me looks fake)Spyware DoctorMusic MatchPinnicle Instant Copy.

Answer:Which of these programes are a security risk

The first one is connected with nVidia graphics:click herethe second is involved with gaming and the Norton Security Scan an on-line scan facility.Spyware Doctoris a paid for anti-malware offering - SUPERAntispyware is freeware and probably equal if not superior.The rest appear OK at first glance, but try Googling them.

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work friend mentioned they are thinking about using a programe called Runscape online site that is. Does anyone know if their is any security risk involved with using Runescape please. As he asked me what I know about. Which is Zilch. i thought it was a game but anyone with more info on it please.thanks

Answer:Runescape and is their any security risk ?

Hi Audio--Chip.I've been playing RuneScape for 3 years now and I can tell you, I have not encountered a security risk. It is a game and is the world's most popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game).click here to go to RuneScape.puddylump

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New Security Holes Put PC Users at Risk

iSEC security researcher David Thiel told Black Hat attendees that the lack of control over video content on sites like YouTube and MySpace can put users at risk.

The media streaming security issues highlighted at the Black Hat conference point to the need for media player vendors to keep up to date on their patches, said Gartner's Paul Proctor. "If you can find a vulnerability in a codec -- one that can pass executable code through to the media player -- then anybody can insert that into a Web site."

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Hello everyone. I am looking for some security advice for my home network. Today I discovered a strange computer had been discovered by Windows 7. I wasn't able to connect to it, nor could I resolve it's IP address. The only evidence of the connection was the name "Joshua-PC" was discovered by Windows 7. "Joshua-PC" is not a member of my LAN.

Here is what I discovered trying to track this down. My son admins a linux server on a RaspberryPI microPC. This box has Hamachi installed, and resides on a Hamachi VPN. He had allowed remote SSH access by members of his Hamachi VPN. One of his buddies on Hamachi owns a PC named "Joshua-PC", and had at some point connected to RaspberryPI via SSL. His computer appears to be the mystery computer discovered by my PC. However, my PC does not have Hamachi installed!

When we shutdown the RasberryPI machine, I could no longer discover "Joshua-PC". With RaspberryPI running, and Joshua-PC logged in by Hamachi/SSH, his machine becomes visible again. I spent some time on Skype with Joshua, and he claims that my machine is not discoverable to him. He can only see machines that are Hamachi VPN members.

I have asked my son to uninstall Hamachi from the RaspberryPI machine, and to disallow SSH outside our LAN. I have two questions:

1. How is it possible that a remote PC connected via VPN/SSH to RaspberryPI can become discoverable by non-VPN machines on the same LAN?
2. ... Read more

Answer:Home network security risk?

Once Joshua-PC connects to VPN, he becomes part of your network. You need to setup access lists between your LAN pool and the VPN pool

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Preview Pane. No matter how many times I disable it, it opens itself back up again. You'd think that Mozilla and MS, being pretty familiar with computers, would understand the security risk of automatically opening strange emails for the end user.

Either way, is there some sort of dll that I can rip out of either program to permanently disable their preview panes or a really good alternate mail client that doesn't have a preview pane?

Answer:Thunderbird/Outlook Security Risk

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After having done the complete Malware removal process with the help of Kestrel13. Looking at the security event log i still see this anonymous logon each time i turn on the computer. According to the log its been on there for a long time. Should i be concerned with this, or is it some type of standard procedure. I'm running WinXP SP3 Here is the info it shows for the logon.
Successful Network Logon
User Name:
Logon ID: (0x0,0x1245E)
Logon Type: 3
Logon Process: NtLmSsp
Authentication Package: NTLM
Workstation Name:
Logon GUID:

Answer:Anonymous Logon. Is This A Security Risk?

KiD6160 said:

After having done the complete Malware removal process with the help of Kestrel13. Looking at the security event log i still see this anonymous logon each time i turn on the computer. According to the log its been on there for a long time. Should i be concerned with this, or is it some type of standard procedure. I'm running WinXP SP3 Here is the info it shows for the logon.
Successful Network Logon
User Name:
Logon ID: (0x0,0x1245E)
Logon Type: 3
Logon Process: NtLmSsp
Authentication Package: NTLM
Workstation Name:
Logon GUID:Click to expand...

It might be fine...
From what little info you gave, it seems to me that it might be a local service or process that is running. Was there an IP address or anything listed? Is there an event ID number? Post more details if you can.

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Dominions 3 is not, by any stretch of the word, a user-friendly game. In fact, if one is to host a game, it would require one to configure the router to open up a new port. I've been told this wouldn't present any security risk, and am just checking if it's true or not. Do you know?



Answer:Security risk in hosting games

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ok brother just called gave me heads up on this one ..

in vista do a search on everywhere
then include hiden files and folders

there ya go check that file out
it will show everywhere you been but do not delete it it will hose your system



Answer:Possible Major Security Risk Vista

It's just an alias to, you know, everywhere on your system for search purposes. I fail to see how this is a security risk or a problem.

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Just picked up the Apple Airport Extreme to replace my DIR-655 and happened to run the ShieldsUP test at Results were fine for all the service ports, but it responds to WAN pings, and that cannot be turned off on the router. Are there any security risks of that I should be concerned about?

Answer:Security risk of WAN ping respond?


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I have the subject file listed in the processes section of the Task Manager. I could not locate any info on the file at Answers That or at

What is the purpose of this file and is it a security risk?

Answer:Solved: Is mssysmgr.exe a Security Risk?

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i am runnng windows xp home edition. i have been getting many pop ups looking like they re coming from internet explorer saying my system is at risk. my pop up blocker is on. how can i stop getting these? It happens when i am searching on the web, but seems to have no partiular time when they appear. My son had recently downloaded some games. One was from Starware, Grimms hatchery which i am having trouble removing and this may be when the problem started.

Thank you

Answer:Internet Explorer Security Risk Pop Ups

Hello and welcome to BC. A better place to post would be the malware section. Go to the main forum page and scroll down a little furtherMark

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Both Symantec Anti Virus and Malwarebytes have been ran in order to remove the Trojan.Zefarch risk. Malwarebytes does not find anything. In Symantec, it finds the file and I select to delete it as well as go into the registry and delete it as well. However it seems to keep coming back into the registry? Here is a my log and thanks for any help:DDS (Ver_10-12-12.02) - NTFSx86 Run by Administrator at 10:26:34.46 on Wed 01/19/2011Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2010.1199 [GMT -5:00]AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *Enabled/Updated* {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\DTS.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ibmpmsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\AtService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exesvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe... Read more

Answer:Trojan.Zefarch security risk

Please download ComboFix by sUBs from HERE or HERE and save it to your Desktop.During the download, rename Combofix to Combo-Fix as follows:It is important you rename Combofix during the download, but not after.**NOTE: If you are using Firefox, make sure that your download settings are as follows:Tools->Options->Main tabSet to "Always ask me where to Save the files".After that, double-click and run Combo-Fix. Let it finish its job and post the log hereIf ComboFix asked you to install Recovery Console, please do so.. It will be your best interest..Note: DON'T do anything with your computer while ComboFix is running.. Let ComboFix finishes its job..

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It's come to my attention that I have a very high security risk on my web site. I will not go into any detail in this message, because it would be very easy for trouble-makers to then get hold of the additional information they would need to do serious damage to many people's sites, if they are running the same application as I am.

Please, if there's a moderator out there, who has experience in Internet security... please send me a private message so we can talk some more. I really need help with this... and all your time and effort will be greatly appreciated. I will share your helpful info with the others, who are in the same boat as I am.

Thanks very much in advance.


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Hi, (I may have posted earlier in the wrong forum, this one may be more fitting)
I am running windows 8 from my dorm room, and It is hooked up to the internet through an ethernet cord that the residence provides for free.
When I open up "My Computer", I see my C: drive, but I also see something else that I don't recognize.  In this case, it's called siddhi-pc, but on another day, i noticed it was another name.  I have attached a screen shot showing the unrecognized device.
Should I be worried that I am sharing an unsecure internet source, and that others may have access to my computer?  I don't know much about security and firewalls, so I'm wondering if I need to install anything to protect my computer.

Answer:unrecognized computer - security risk?

sorry, here's the screen shot, hope you can see it

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My question is: Are there any security risk involved with booting up the OS on a wired to router wired to DSL modem setup with the router and modem live? The only conceivable risk would be an attacker slipping under the software firewall (PC) and or the hardware firewall on the router, this seems really unlikely but the question is bugging me.

I know this will strike many as a really dumb question, as my searching found more folks wanted to get there computers to actively connect during boot than worried in any way they were at any risk.

I have been trying to find a somewhat technical answer other than everybody does it so it must be ok, in other words is the software set up for this type of activity.
I can see from my security software logs, the PC is logging events on the LAN even before I get my log-on password in.

I am an extremely curious type, I am somewhat new to the networking aspects of the router, I have had it only a few months since getting my wife a lap-top that she uses wireless. This forum has been a great help in getting the router set up securely (found a lot here through searching) Booting up a wireless computer would be routine where the router/access point is live, are there any differences when it?s wired. Prior to getting the router I would turn on the DSL modem after boot up and off before shutdown.
My setup is as follows:
Hardware-Desktop running windows 7 pro x64 on board LAN Realtek PCIe GBE family controller, D-link DIR-655 router, ADSL modem... Read more

Answer:Boot up security risk question

Quote: Originally Posted by w7bill

My question is: Are there any security risk involved with booting up the OS on a wired to router wired to DSL modem setup with the router and modem live? The only conceivable risk would be an attacker slipping under the software firewall (PC) and or the hardware firewall on the router, this seems really unlikely but the question is bugging me.

I know this will strike many as a really dumb question, as my searching found more folks wanted to get there computers to actively connect during boot than worried in any way they were at any risk.

I have been trying to find a somewhat technical answer other than everybody does it so it must be ok, in other words is the software set up for this type of activity.
I can see from my security software logs, the PC is logging events on the LAN even before I get my log-on password in.

I am an extremely curious type, I am somewhat new to the networking aspects of the router, I have had it only a few months since getting my wife a lap-top that she uses wireless. This forum has been a great help in getting the router set up securely (found a lot here through searching) Booting up a wireless computer would be routine where the router/access point is live, are there any differences when it’s wired. Prior to getting the router I would turn on the DSL modem after boot up and off before shutdown.
My setup is as follows:
Hardware-Desktop running windows 7 pro x64 on... Read more

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A friend of mine earlier today contacts me on MSN messenger and says "Take a look at my space" I take a quick look, and he's got music playing there! I ask him how to do this and he sends me the link to a page which tells you how to do it. Amongst other things there it lists how to get a module that lets you use custom HTML...Now not to give you guys and ideas (I trust that nearly all of you a responsaible enough not to do this), would it be possible to call a remote file (JavaScript etc) and effectivly attack the MSN Space servers...Just wondering about that, and the potential damage that could be done...what are your thoughts?

Answer:MSN Space's - Potential Security Risk?

Oh and to add to that, I believe this would infringe some copyright laws if you were playing files that you didn't create, correct?

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Can you please help me, whenever I go on the internet, a pop up appears at least every minute, most of these are AVsystemcare and the others are about winning mobile phones and adult images. It also popped up that my computer was at a critical security risk and that my credit card details were not safe. Do you know how to fix this problem?
thanks for reading, Joanne

Answer:AVsysystemcare popups and security risk

Being help at this link

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I saw someone make a post that recommended deleting telnet.exe from \windows\system32\ and the dllcache as it is a possible security risk. I can see this being true on XP Pro as it has telnet server but on XP Home it is just a client. Is it still a possible security hole on XP Home?

Answer:Is telnet.exe a posible security risk?

It's not a security risk unless you are running a telnet server or actually using the client. The problem with telnet is that it is not encrypted. So, all commands, usernames, and passwords are sent in clear text. If you are not actually using it, you have little to worry about. If you are using it, consider using IPSec to secure the traffic. You could use SSH instead.

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help, I keep getting a pop up every 2 secs saying outbound traffic detected and no matter what I do it won't go away I have run Norton power eraser and it came up with something so I selected fix this and reset the computer once done but once the comp turned back on it was still there. I hope someone can help me with this 😒

Answer:Security risk Outbound traffic

Hello tambax33 and
Your topic reads as if the system has a persistent malware threat, and that issue is not normally dealt with in this subforum.
A forum Moderator/Administrator will move your topic to the correct subforum soon.
Thank you.

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I've heard browsing on admin accounts puts you at a lot more risk than using a less privileged user account, what are some things I can do to make it more secure? I got UAC at the highest level but I'm not sure if that makes a big difference

Answer:Is Admin account an security risk?

Hello Josh,

Being signed in to the built-in elevated "Administrator" account is more of a security risk because it's an unrestricted "elevated" account. Everything that runs (including malware) while you are signed in to this account will also be running with the same unrestricted elevated rights.

Normally, you would get an UAC prompt anytime something wants to run elevated (Run as administrator). You do not get prompted by UAC in the built-in elevated "Administrator" account since it's already elevated.

Hope this helps,

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I would like to know what to do. I am using Win 8.1, when it popped up I was on a cost basis tools website & clicked on 'get latest version' (so stupid) the pop up window won't close but I moved it aside and had AVG antivirus free scan computer with no result and Malware Bytes didn't find anything either. About a minute after I figured out what happened I unplugged the Internet cable from the computer and grabbed my iPad to get online and started trying to figure out what to do. I haven't made it very far - I haven't found a description of what popped up anywhere.
At the header of the pop up window it says Message from webpage, since disconnecting the Internet it just keeps trying to connect the address in the address bar which is I don't use google I use bing for homepage and search. I'm sure I am forgetting an important detail or two but I am a little freaked I was in the middle of doing my taxes when it popped up.
In the body of the pop up it says:
Security system detected unauthorised (misspelled like that) access on your browser.
System may be infected.
Please call 1-844-522-7881 (Toll Free) for immediate support!
Possible network damages if potential viruses are not removed immediately:
.Your credit card details and banking information
.Your email passwords and other account passwords
.Your Facebook, Skype, AIM, ICQ, and other chat logs
.Your private photos, family photos ... Read more

Answer:*Security at risk* Pop up asking to call 844-522-7881

I too got the same pop up today. I was on my blackberry searching bing for a wiring diagram.

I also used my virus scan Max mobile (most popular for blackberry) and found nothing.

Please help.

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For systems with user accounts, is it riskier to browse the web from an administrator account than it is from a restricted user account? For instance, would the use of a winxppro restricted user account to browse act as a security firewall (i.e. would a hacked restricted user account thwart the hacker since the account is blocked from downloading programs)? Thank you.

Answer:security risk for administrator accounts?

Is a guest account safer because it can not download programs or riskier because anyone without an account or password can use the guest function?

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Hello all. Earlier today while I was online, my screen flashed briefly. I've heard from someone that this could be a possible sign of tracking or hacking. Is this true or do I have a possible hardware problem? Any information would be great. Thanks!

Answer:Screen flash: Possible security risk?

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CBS News broadcaster Armen Keteyian reports that the advanced technology added to the good, old-fashioned copy machine has opened a dangerous hole in data security.

See the video report at Copy Machines, Security Risk? | threatpost

Certainly makes me appreciate having my AiO printer, scanner, copier.

Answer:Copy Machines, Security Risk?

Oh my, it doesn't matter how careful you are with your data, you have to worry about your doctors, the hospital, your bank, your lawyer, your pharmacy, the courts, your local LEO agancy, etc, etc.

I am thinking of forming a business on the side. What are the addresses of those warehouses?

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always auto insert a security risk
like when sites sign you on automatically by entering user name and password
if someone gains access to your system is it easier for them to find the passwords
if this is on?


Answer:auto insert a security risk?

If someone have access to your PC, then they can log in to sites as you. Which is bad, if you told the browser to remember your online banking password. Some browsers let you set a master password. So you have to type that master password before it auto completes the login for you. The browser supposedly encrypts the login usernames and passwords that it stores. But I don't know how good that encryption is. There is a product called RoboForm, which has been around for some time. They use the AES encryption algorithm to encrypt what it stores. AES is strong encryption, I believe it is also a government standard.

To prevent access to your PC, you need a complex and long password for your Windows login. I recommend a passphrase, ones that uses upper and lowercase, numbers and symbols.

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How Illegal Streaming is Putting Your Security at Risk;

An academic study recently found that as many as half of the streams used to watch sporting matches on the sly actually infect the user?s machine through ads and malicious software. Most sports fans would tell you that those 50/50 odds aren?t worth taking.

Lead researcher Zubair Rafique explained ?To watch the stream you have to install the extension, and once the user installs the extension, it can infect any website the user is visiting.

?So, if a person installs an extension to watch a stream, and then visits a site like, this extension can actually change the contents of as it appears in the user?s browser so that it includes malicious links and advertising.

?This is extremely dangerous.?

It?s not just football either. Trying to cheekily stream or download the latest music or film release without paying is riddled with danger.

Experts have found that there?s an almost one in five chance of stumbling into a virus, malware, phishing scam or other cyber danger when searching for high profile music artists alongside the terms ?free MP4?, ?torrent? or ?HD download?.

Hackers and criminals feed on our greed for freebies. They know we don?t want to miss the big match, top film or best new music and know that we?re too blasť when it comes to safety online. We?re prepared to take a risk because we think we?ll get away with it.

Consider, for example, the results of ... Read more

Answer:Illegal Streaming is Putting Your Security at Risk

It should be "How you watch content online puts you at risk", using a browser to watch online is always risky.

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I have one web camera that I use for remote monitoring my home. It is configured to forward out port 8081 and my router is configured to do that. I can view it remotely just fine, and I use an Android AP on my phone to few the camera with my Android phone.My ISP uses dynamic IP and changes my IP address occasionally. I am using DDNS and access my camera using a host name, and I use their DNS servers. My router supports this particular DDNS service and seems to be working just fine. The Android AP uses naming and works just fine as well.I get the typical port scans from China as just about everybody does. They focus on port 8081. My camera has a password, but it is only 7 characters. The other internal LAN PCs are all protected with Antivirus and Malware programs. I have UPnP disabled on my router. The camera is on 24/7, but my other PCs only as required. Since I have port 8081 forwarded, that ?opens? the port to the Internet for anyone to try on that port. My only protection is the DDNS naming and 7 character password on the Web camera. Given that I have port 8081 forwarded, am using DDNS, and the camera password is only 7 characters, is it possible for a persistent outsider to gain access to my camera? Should they be successful, can an exploit be used to access my other internal LAN PCs?

Answer:Is Web Cam port 8081 forwarding a security risk?

The port scans don't focus on that port because of your camera. Your camera isn't the only thing that uses that port. should be a way to move the camera to another port. Read their docs or contact their tech support.The world is full of rats, Republicans & Democrats.

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I went online and scanned with the free online Panda Scan and found 2 dialers and 1 security risk. Can someone kindly help and advise how to get rid of them? Below is the report from the Panda Scan:
Incident Status Location

Dialerialer.CUC No disinfected C:\System Volume Information\_restore{49BD6B2B-0E79-4487-9FEF-A75F902427BC}\RP20\A0004369.exe
Dialerialer.CUC No disinfected C:\System Volume Information\_restore{49BD6B2B-0E79-4487-9FEF-A75F902427BC}\RP20\A0004370.exe
Security Risk:Application/RestartNo disinfected C:\WINDOWS\system32\Tools\Restart.exe
Point of note is that the below programs were used and did not detect the above.

AD Adware SE Personal
Microsoft Anti-spyware Beta
McAfee V. 8.0

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help



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I have had problems in the past with a Customer Survey pop-up that I was unable to resolve but somehow it seems to have "gone away".   But today I got an email from "Amazon" that said it had a special offer for me.   Since I do a lot of business with I opened the email and instantly regretted doing so because it was about a SURVEY and alarm bells started going off.   It said to visit a link and there would be some kind of reward (another key word from the previous problem pop-up).   I am very careful about url's anyway but as this one seemed suspicious I hit the spam key and the email was removed to the spam folder.   But now I am wondering if merely by opening the email i may have created a problem for myself.
Can some one give me an informed opinion about any possible ramifications.
I thoroughly despise scammers they need to get a life and I am convinced that had I been so foolish as to follow their url it would have been to my later regret.  I have a few pending issues with Amazon or I probably would have deleted the email straightaway.   IT DEFINITELY was someone up to no-good because the to/from etc was  Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:16:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Thank You! AMAZON <[email protected]>
To: Great_REWARDS <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected]
Message-Id: <[email protected]>     I hope it is ok... Read more

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Hey everyone. Now instead of my friend having a problem, I'm crrently the one having a problem! I got a bit worried, because my virus scanner picked up a trojan. It was removed, but just to make sure I did a netstat -a check to look for secutiry problems... And it came up wit this:

TCP MainComputer:3001 MainComputer:0 LISTENING
TCP MainComputer:3002 MainComputer:0 LISTENING
TCP MainComputer:3003 MainComputer:0 LISTENING
TCP MainComputer:3006 MainComputer:0 LISTENING
TCP MainComputer:3006 MainComputer:3007 ESTABLISHED
TCP MainComputer:3007 MainComputer:3006 ESTABLISHED
TCP MainComputer:4044 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4047 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4050 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4143 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4146 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4191 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4194 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4197 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4200 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4206 MainComputer:31595 ESTABLISHED
TCP MainComputer:4263 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4264 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4271 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4276 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4298 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:4310 MainComputer:31595 TIME_WAIT
TCP MainComputer:5180 MainComputer:0 LISTENING
TCP MainComputer:10110 MainComputer:0 LISTENING
TCP Ma... Read more

Answer:Lots of open ports... Security risk?

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I am thinking of installing the PS3 Media Server add in for my PS3.

That said, security and stability are very impt for my WHS box. Its not like life or death, but a major security or data system failure would put a dent in my day/week.

I noticed the PS3 server requires some sort of Java install on the WHS box.

So.. anyone have any thoughts?

Answer:PS3 Media Server security/stability risk? For WHS

PS3MediaServer just runs from your computer, it uses Java, thats that.

I have had it crash, but only MediaServer when trying to fast forward through .mkv rips, but only sometimes,

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I have been getting a message about winlogon.exe since two days now. An intrusion from was blocked. The execution pad was /device/harddiskvolume2/windows/system32/winlogon.exe
The name was HTTP GoldInstall Downloader Activity

This message occurs at startup and is followed by a message regarding vrtd.tmp being removed.

I have run Ad-Aware full system scan, but it did not find anything.
Also I cannot access certain webpages, such as and and other anti-virus/spyware websites.

I dont really know what to do next

I have run HijackThis and here is my log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:19:52, on 31-3-2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Application Accelerator\iaanotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Application Accelerator\iaantmon.exe
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Answer:Norton security risk at startup: winlogon.exe


I have removed my network cable to prevent further infections.
I have run symantecs W32.Virut.CF removal tool and it detected 2 threads in winlogon.exe, which it terminated.
I also ran netstat -b and it appears that the process jqs.exe was running a connection to I closed the process and removed it from my startup list.
This website was also linked to in my etc/hosts file: Which I removed of course.

Any ideas on what to do next?
Thanks in advance

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Personal information belonging to more than 650,000 US customers of J.C. Penney and other retailers is at risk after the company hired to safeguard the data lost a backup tape.The information, which was entrusted to a company called GE Money, included social security information for about 150,000 people.... GE Money has offered to pay for 12 months of credit monitoring for anyone whose social security number was lost.Click here to read the full story.

Answer:Social Security Info For Customers At Risk

They should be required by a Federal Court to provide coverage for the life of each of the affected people.

Compromised data comes back to life over many years span.

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I’m still patiently trudging along slowly with my SSD tweaks agenda… After buying a 160GB SSD I can now only afford a really small screwdriver, so the tweaks are taking a lot longer! I’m now up to the “Get the superfluous files off the SSD” step on the Tweak List; I’m at TEMP files now.

I ran across what I believe to be a reliable source, which stated that the Internet TEMP files are intentionally placed in a more isolated and protected location on the C-drive. Supposedly are given virtual addresses (or something like that) and isolated somehow from both sys programs and registry just in case they contain viruses, horses, worms, rootkits, etc – therefore it’s harder for them to reach critical systems areas, and maybe gives the Nortons and McAfees a most likely place to find signatures. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but I thought I'd check anyway.

Do you think there is any truth to this claim? So… is it safe to move those Internet TEMP files out of the forbidden city and onto a local spin drive to free up space on the SSD? What if protector and firewalls, etc are pointed at this specially protected area, and if the TEMP files are moved, will the protection be compromised?

The last nodes of the filenames I want to relocate are: Content.IE5, index.dat, Content.IE5index.dat, Low\index.dat

Answer:Security Risk moving TEMP files off SSD???

I don't know about all of that... However, I have all of the temp files off of my SSD.

From what I understand, though, is that those temp files are tied to the user account. My user account is on another drive, thus, the temp files are on that drive too.

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When following this link (clicking on it!) I'm taken to a page which shows me a 'warning'.

Try it for yourself!
In normal course, I'd turn back, but IF I ignore the warning and proceed to the final destination, I get to a page which
LOOKS like a bona fide Microsoft Answers page. I'd like to know if it IS a genuine page or if there really is a problem, as suggested in the 'warning' given .....

There?s a problem with this website?s security certificate
This might mean that someone?s trying to fool you or steal any info you send to the server.


Better safe than sorry! Please will someone check that all is well?

David B.

Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd)

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Is there any security risk in uploading pictures from your hard drive on to the net, to a blog, for instance? Could a hacker possibly detect your IP address, or anything?
Thanks very much indeed,

Answer:Security Risk In Uploading From Hard Drive?

Not as far as I am aware.

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I thought one of the biggest rules to servers on the Internet was for their IP address not to be pingable? We have a server setup using a company that offers cloud services. The server is only used for QuickBooks and we connect to it through RDP. Shouldn't the firewall be setup so that only RDP is accessible?

The server has only been up for just over a week and there are already 45,000 failed authentications from multiple IP address with quite a few different usernames that someone is trying to use.

Answer:Pingable Cloud Server IP - Security Risk?

Most "cloud" providers barely have any firewall in front of a server if any at all.. Generally it is up to you to run a software firewall on it (which windows firewall with advanced security does well enough).

And it's generally a rule of thumb that any server online will always have failed logins if you have ssh/rdp open.

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I have a laptop with a media server installed that I use for my home theater. In order to view my media on my mobile devices when away from home I have forwarded the port to the media server through my router. I also have my modem setup in bridge mode. Does this pose any specific security risk?
I have MSE installed and have the firewalls turned on in Windows and both the router and the modem. Is there anything else I need to do or programs I need to install for security purposes?

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SEATTLE, Washington (Reuters) -- All too familiar with hackers looking to exploit security flaws in its software, Microsoft Corp. warned video game developers Monday that their PC games are now a target for criminals.

Popular massively multiplayer online games, such as "World of Warcraft," have created a market for valuable game identities loaded with gold or other hard-earned forms of in-game currency that can be used to buy new weapons, magic spells or other trappings to advance within the game.

Using malware or software designed to infiltrate a computer system, hackers steal account information for users of MMO games and then sell off virtual gold, weapons and other items for real money.

"Those of you who are working on massively multiplayer online games, organized crime is already looking at you," said Dave Weinstein, a Microsoft security development engineer at the company's Gamefest video game development conference.

In multiplayer online role-playing games, players assume a fictional character and take control of the character's actions and interact with other players in a virtual world. For World of Warcraft, a user buys the game software and then pays a monthly subscription rate to access the online world.

Online game accounts are already on sale in the black market next to stolen credit card accounts, fraudulent passports, fake work papers and other illegal items gathered by identity theft.

In fact, some game accounts can be wor... Read more

Answer:Microsoft: MMO games face security risk


Originally posted by Warez Monster
"The police are really good at understanding someone stole my credit card and ran up a lot of money. It's a lot harder to get them to buy into 'someone stole my magic sword."'


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I am using IE9 and was logged into my bank (https) but noticed after making a transaction that I had another tab open on a safe but unsecured site. Will this have compromised my https tab?

Answer:Multiple tabs open security risk?


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I'd be really grateful for some input here.
I'll try to get straight down to it, but I am a beginner here, so please bear with me.
Think I need to give a brief paragraph about my background so you know why I am doing this....
Basically, I'm a forty-something single guy who lives alone with an elderly parent who is becoming very frail (although not ill as such) and I had to give up work in order to care for my parent in many aspects of day-to-day life. Basically, I need an income (as do we all, lol), so after doing a little research, I came across an opportunity that seemed ideal and NOT a scam (as 99% of them are!) to become a WEBSITE TESTER working for a company called E4S (employment for students).
I'm sure many members here will be familiar with what this entails....basically by providing verbal input via my own speech (into my pc microphone) to provide companies with input as to how easy it is to navigate their websites efficiently and access the features of those Sites for someone who has never visited it/them before. This is basically done to let companies know that new visitors will/are enjoying their browsing experience of their sites, thus making it more likely they will purchase products from them and not be tempted to go elsewhere due to experiencing difficulties navigating their site(s). This makes a lot of sense to me, HENCE why I presume it to be a legitimate way for me to try to make an income, albeit probably only a small one. I have ... Read more

Answer:Online work 'opportunity'....Security risk, maybe?

Can you submit their voice recording software you installed to and report the VT link here? This way I can have a look at rhe software.

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Getting this message from Symantec Endpoint, I deleted the files the other day but every morning I receive this same message or something similar to it.

Security Risk Found!Trojan.Zefarch in File: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\{1CA5E96D-ADB0-47F0-872C-852AF9E2D7B2}\chrome\content\overlay.xul

Answer:Security Risk Found!Trojan.Zefarch

Any help?

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Taxpayer Data at Risk from IRS Security Flaws

As if worrying about your taxes wasn?t bad enough, now you have this to worry about. Thanks IRS, we appreciate the added stress.

The Internal Revenue Service's failure to use strong passwords, install patches quickly, and adequately control access to computer systems and information makes the system vulnerable to insider threats and attacks from outside, a new government report concludes. The IRS has failed to fix almost 70 percent of control weaknesses and program deficiencies identified a year ago, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released last week.

Answer:Taxpayer Data at Risk from IRS Security Flaws

My mom keeps getting her identity stolen.. surprise surprise.

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Facebook Tops Security Risk List

A new report says that spam and malware on social networks was way up in 2009. Now that I think about it, it does seem like there is some sort of exploit, spam or malware problem on Facebook or Twitter every week (if not more).

A report published today by IT security firm Sophos said that spam and malware on social networks sites are on the rise, with 57 percent of users reporting that they have been spammed on social networking sites, an increase of nearly 71 percent from a year ago. Likewise, 36 percent said they have been sent malware via social networking, up nearly 70 percent from the previous year.

Answer:Facebook Tops Security Risk List

That's kind of random for this thread haha.

I've been sent spam before, I just barely use Facebook or Myspace so I don't notice it anymore (don't really even know how to use FB, just use Myspace now to listen to my playlist ).

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I have been using Microsoft essentials on my OS windows 7. notifications started appearing "7threats detected" i immediately updated the anti virus. the messages persistently appear and deactivates the anti virus. computer status @risk is the message i get.update. Any1 to help. I hate such notifications

Answer:MS Security Essentials Status At Risk problem

You apparently ran into something this program could not counter. Download and install malwarebytes (free version) and run it. It will usually pick up on things most antivirus programs can miss, or not be able to remove. I use it now for back up scanning and for helping people who have been lax with updating their AV programs.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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*Ive heard that google desktop search can be acessed through other people's computers. is this true?

Answer:is google desktop searcha security risk?

click here

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Memory sticks are the latest security risk
By John Leyden
Posted: 06/08/2003 at 12:28 GMT

Memory sticks have been branded as the latest security risk by security firm SecureWave, whose intrusion prevention technology can be used to control the use of the popular devices in corporate environments.

The alleged risk here is that "many organisations run the risk of viruses and unauthorised software entering the network, as well as confidential data being removed through these small, yet powerful desktop devices."

So flash memory sticks pose similar risks to those posed by floppy disks, and then some. SecureWave's concerns echo those of Websense which earlier this year warned that online storage sites provided a route to smuggle data out of organisations.

But if people really want to smuggle data out of an organisation they'll always find a way; there's only so much technology can do. The application of technology has to be consistent with an organisation's overall security policy.

There is a risk that USB devices could be used to bring viruses into a network. However since the main risk of viruses these days stems from email-borne nasties, desktop AV protection represent the most appropriate line of defence.

In some instances, however, USB devices arguably pose their own distinctive security problem.

Read more here

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why does my pc show at risk after i renewed the security product on windows 8 ?I have been trying for days to sort to fix this with Norton

Answer:why does my pc show AT RISK after i renewed Norton security

Maybe the virus definitions are out of date - - try updating.

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This appeared yesterday try doing a malware scan and it found something and deleted it yet this stuff still appears to be on my computer and windows security now says my malware protection is off and it can't be turned on so I found this site and followed the instructions hoping to get some help and here is what I got from the DDS.txt file:
DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.19088 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_24
Run by Joshua Formeck at 6:44:04 on 2011-07-01
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3002.1621 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {108DAC43-C256-20B7-BB05-914135DA5160}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {ABEC4DA7-E46C-2F39-81B5-AA334E5D1BDD}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
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Answer:security program appears saying comp at risk

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerMy name is etavares and I will be working with you to fix your computer.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Please take note:If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about your installed Windows Operating System including the Version, Edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system.
If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information.Once we start working together, please reply back within 3 days or this thread may be closed so we can help others who are waiting. If you will be unable to respond (e.g. vacation, travel, etc.), please let me know ahead of time.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those w... Read more

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Hi all

Looking at IE8 running it seems to have some ports like 64021 open.

Is this how it should work -- I don't like the idea of open ports without knowing what they are doing.

Enc screenshot.

Any Guru out there -- Is this OK or is this a security hole that could potentially be exploited from "Outside" by any program executing from within the browser.



Answer:Is IE 8 Opening Ports (security risk ?). Screenshot enc

vsixml 2996/tcp vsixml
vsixml 2996/udp vsixml

telnetcpcd 3696/tcp Telnet Com Port Control
telnetcpcd 3696/udp Telnet Com Port Control

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I have had problems in the past with a Customer Survey pop-up that I was unable to resolve but somehow it seems to have "gone away".   But today I got an email from "Amazon" that said it had a special offer for me.   Since I do a lot of business with I opened the email and instantly regretted doing so because it was about a SURVEY and alarm bells started going off.   It said to visit a link and there would be some kind of reward (another key word from the previous problem pop-up).   I am very careful about url's anyway but as this one seemed suspicious I hit the spam key and the email was removed to the spam folder.   But now I am wondering if merely by opening the email i may have created a problem for myself.
Can some one give me an informed opinion about any possible ramifications.
I thoroughly despise scammers they need to get a life and I am convinced that had I been so foolish as to follow their url it would have been to my later regret.  I have a few pending issues with Amazon or I probably would have deleted the email straightaway.   IT DEFINITELY was someone up to no-good because the to/from etc was  Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:16:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Thank You! AMAZON <[email protected]>
To: Great_REWARDS <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected]
Message-Id: <[email protected]>     I hope it is ok... Read more

Answer:Does opening an email create a security risk?

It sounds as if you have fallen victim to a spoof/phishing email scam.  In this case, it sounds like spear phishing.
The greatest risk would be from clicking the link. 
If you did not click the link, then you are probably OK.
>>>NEVER EVER open an email you do not expect, even if it comes from a sender you think you know.
>>>When in doubt, check the mail header before opening it.
As far as your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, please click on the desktop shortcut icon.  Look at the ribbon at the top of the dashboard. It should say: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Home (Premium)  If it says "Free", then, no, you do not have real-time protection.  MBAM Free is only a manual, on-demand scanner; there is no real-time protection.
Even with MBAM Premium, however, you still need a robust, real-time anti-virus (AV).  MBAM Premium is not an anti-virus, and is not a substitute for one.
While no security application can protect 100% of computers from 100% of malware 100% of the time, you might consider adding an additional layer of real-time support. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (MBAE) protects against the "how" of malware infection.  The Free version shields browsers and certain plug-ins.  The Premium version shields many types of programs by default and can be configured to shield your email client and any other internet-facing application.
There are also spam-filtering applications, such as Mailwas... Read more

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Beyond Trust Reports that Admin Rights are a Security Risk

The Beyond Trust white paper reports on how vulnerabilities can be mitigated by configuring users to operate without administrator rights. In its study Beyond Trust examines how the latest major Microsoft product releases, including Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 fare on the vulnerability issue.

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Hello guys,

Every time I start IE 7, I get the message "Your security setting level puts your computer at risk"

I change the setting, yet I keep getting this message.

Does this mean I am infected with virus??

Answer:Ie: Your Security Setting Level Puts Your Computer At Risk

NO ,not infected. Well hopefully not as you are set too low.It's a built in nag warning from uncle MSFT. See if your settings are as this... Sorry, Welcome to Bleeping Computer...

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What's the security risk in having old applications in my computer (running Windows XP)? For example I use Paintshop Pro regularly for all my photo work, but it's no longer supported. All the serious stuff like XP, anti-virus, firewall, browsers etc is up to date. Am I at risk?

Answer:Security risk when running outdated/unsupported apps?

Malware Prevention"There is no magic involved. The majority of malware is installed by the user themselves"

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