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Marcus

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  1. I've added my vote (MSE) for your cousin and I would suggest avoiding spybot; go with the paid version of MBAM instead. Do you really need SAS on demand?
  2. Just been to that site and had a good look round. cannot find a link to or an offer of an MBAM license anywhere. They don't appear to offer any other product other than their own from what I can see.
  3. A riskier but probably more real-world test would be to deliberately go to a few malicious sites of various sorts and test it in realtime. A testing in the field, so to speak. One would need to disable any running firewall and any webshield/surfshield/web-scanning anti-infection software while keeping one's updated resident AV running. As a precaution one should be using a limited user account and have a recent full disk image/backup done (preferably more than one and with copies saved on disconnected drives) with the means and ability to restore it if need be. And then jump in with your eyes closed, feet first
  4. hmm...the Delete button works just fine for me plus completely disabling the recycler on all user accounts. [One of the first things I do when I reinstall Windows - don't want my rubbish and junk (or any unwanted software for that matter) recirculated or even just hangin' aroun' thank you ]. Don't use any third-party product for that purpose. Erm...that is...with the exception of MBAM...when the system is a mess...and possibly other software too!
  5. Thanks for that, Jacktivity. That is useful background information; I didn't know about that thread. You would think that a company with a reputation for technical innovation and cleverness would've named those two "players" sufficiently clearly so as to minimize potential for confusion for us all. [Just my two cents' worth this Easter Monday ]. Pedant hard at work here
  6. hello jiraky90, have you tried updating again recently? If not can you pease try a manual update and let us know what happens.
  7. Okay. Thanks for that information, Exile, . I won't download and install it then if that's the case.
  8. Can I ask a quick question please. What do you use Shockwave player for? I understand that from Adobe's site it's used to play files created with their Director software (unless I misread that) but what else do you use it for? I don't have this on my laptop although I do have the Flashplayer active X. I'm just wondering which of the two would be used to watch, say, a company presentation, a tutorial, a product demonstration or maybe a webinar - that sort of thing. I've never come across a notification / message/dialog box that has indicated I need Adobe's Shockwave player to open a given file so I was wondering what others use it for.
  9. @AdvancedSetup - surely you mean 8.5MB, not 85MB, for an update. That's one hefty update if it is 85MB! Is that the usual size for a Symantec AV update?
  10. Thanks for that infomation, Exile. i'll give that a try on my next set of days off. Back at work tonight - first of four nights straight off-marvellous
  11. Sounds too good to be true, Exile. You don't happen to have a second job as marketing agent for these people do you? One thing though. I have RealPlayer 10.5 installed (actually the Plus ver. is what I have). Never liked the look of v.11. Would you recommend uninstalling it if I download and install that codec package given your comments on the RP codec? I'm aware, though, that it may not be necessary to do this. Do you actually have RealPlayer installed on your system? Nearly forgot...thanks, Exile, for providing that link
  12. Adela, hello and to malwarebytes.org's forums. Would you please repost your post above in the appropriate forum here where you'll get the help you need. Thank you.
  13. @noknojon: if he really can't load explorer.exe because it isn't there, ie there is no copy of that file anywhere on the drive surely he has no option left but to reinstall unless he has something like a previously-made clone or a full disk image or at the very least a system partition image and the appropriate live cd to replace it. as regards the spamming...+1...I noticed that too. Sounds like his typing is a substitution for thinking...
  14. Welcome Laurie209 to malwarebytes.org's forums. They certainly are a hive of friendly activity! I notice you say that you have Reg Cure (more usually spelt RegCure) on your system. That program is made by a company called ParetoLogic. I have had that program on my computer having paid for it and can honestly say how glad I was to remove it; I would never have it back on my system ever again. There are threads here that detail individuals' experiences with that product and more generally about the company that makes it that you might find interesting.
  15. Exile, do you have a link for that? How reliable do you find that package? Any conflicts with RealPlayer (if you use RealPlayer, that is) that you know about? How easy is it to uninstall if you don't get on with it? I'm curious, (as if you wouldn't notice, )
  16. Bit of a shock just now- A clean-looking page though, nice and bold. Will have a closer inspection of it later. Nice to see my favourites link didn't get a "404...website has disappeared off planet Google"-type message.
  17. Hello Exile, always good to hear from you, . I wasn't aware of that troubleshooting office updates section. Must have a careful read of it sometime soon. Thanks for the link, Marcus.
  18. I'd like to ask a quick question. I've done a customized install of a retail box version of Microsoft Office 2007 (just did not install Outlook as I don't like it - I'm perfectly happy with Windows Mail) but so far I've not allowed Microsoft to install Outlook-specific security updates (not that there are that many of them, although I have installed the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio ones as well). I don't think this is a security risk of any proportion really given that the relevant program is not installed but I'd like the opinions / views of others on this please.
  19. That does make sense (I think, after a fashion!). I'd wondered why my normal NIC ethernet connection icon (those two overlapping blue comp. screens with the blue orb on the top remained in the notification area whist having offline mode enabled. Normally when I disconnect from the internet I get a red cross through that icon and the electric blue orb disappears (actually it's the other way round now that I come to think of it). Didn't even occur to me that other apps, depending on how they access the internet, could do so in offline mode. That phrase must then apply only to IE and IE settings-dependent apps and progs. Presumably, then, one is still at risk from infection and malware via ports not used by IE as the internet connection is still on. Obviously one is at risk from other angles such as borrowed CDs and flash drives, magazine cover CDs and so on. Now I realize why I could update some programs in "offline mode" without a problem! Not so weird as it first sounds after all! (Although I did think it was strange at the time.
  20. Thank you, Exile, for clearing that up in my head. Fast and helpful, as always, to respond and that is acknowledged and appreciated. May I also ask the following: 1. What's the difference between working in offline mode and formally disconnecting from the internet? The best analogy I can come up with is that it's similar to the difference between a "mute" button on a telephone and ending the call. 2. What was the intended use for that mode? I'm wondering how experts and IT people in general use that mode (if indeed they do) in their work and day-to-day use of computers as opposed to working disconnected from the internet. (ie offline, as distinct from offline mode).
  21. Can I ask a quick question? I'm finding that every time I open a .mht file and I'm online the browser goes to the site from where I'd downloaded that file from without any prompting / clicking from me. It's always done this. But if I'm off line when the file is clicked on the file opens as before quite normally, without a problem. In either case the file(s) have always been perfectly usable, ie readable, copyable, deletable etc. In the address bar the file pathway is always C:\...to the correct (local) location, even when the browser has gone to the webpage where I'd downloaded the file from. And this happens with any .mht file I open - it doesn't seem to matter where the file actually is. I've always found this slightly strange; it doesn't happen at all with my .pdf files, even with the ones with hyperlinks in them. I don't think this is a malware-related issue at all. I'm wondering whether it's related to the browser settings somewhere. Is this normal? I'm sorry for asking what may be an absolutely stupid question with probably a blindingly obvious answer but it's beginning to bug me a little bit not knowing and not being able to see why this happens so please bear with me.
  22. Can I ask a quick question? I'm finding that every time I open a .mht file and I'm online the browser goes to the site without any prompting / clicking from me. It's always done this. But if I'm off line when the file is clicked on the file opens as before quite normally, without a problem. In either case the file(s) have always been perfectly usable, ie readable, copyable, deletable etc. In the address bar the file pathway is always C:\...to the correct (local) location, even when the browser has gone to the webpage where I'd downloaded the file from. And this happens with any .mht file I open - it doesn't seem to matter where the file actually is. I've always found this slightly strange; it doesn't happen at all with my .pdf files, even with the ones with hyperlinks in them. I don't think this is a malware issue at all. I'm wondering whether it's related to the browser settings somewhere. Is this normal? I'm sorry for asking what may be an absolutely stupid question witjh perhaps a blindingly obvious answer but it's beginning to bug me a little bit so please bear with me.
  23. Bernie I can access that site no problem with IP blocking on. Can you please update MBAM, retry, and post your findings here please. Thank you. EDIT: my apologies; I had IP blocking turned off and you are absolutely correct in that the site is blocked. Please ignore my post and wait for an appropriate staff member to help you. I apologize again for jumping in where I shouldn't have.
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