Since things are a little slow garden-wise, allow me to ask the NG if anyone uses Avast AV. I do -- or think I do!
But I notice that emails coming in to me from Avast users have a thingie at the end that says something like "Protected by Avast".
However I checked with some of my regular correspondents who say that my mail to them does NOT have that statement at the end.
Does that mean I'm NOT protected? Or that only the paid versions have the note?
Avast is almost impossible to reach. They are a German company, I believe, and their US support is not well developed.
Any info appreciated re: do your outgoing Avast emails have that note at the end.
That sort of thing is less than useless.
Every virus email I've seen sent by a bot included something assuring
me that the mail was scanned and certified as virus free.
That tag line does nothing more than advertise for the company.
Drew Lawson | I'd like to find your inner child
| and kick its little ass
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:19:06 PM UTC-7, Frank wrote:
Todd, you kept asking a personal question which is not appropriate. But you were always helpful and friendly -- in your own way.
However, you were NEVER vicious, crazy, malicious, violent, etc. like the "bad guys" you describe.
You don't want to get involved with that situation, which has been turned over to an experienced PI investigator. Believe me, you don't! The "bad guys" will be getting theirs in time, so keep your good name out of it.
I would prefer to call you by your real name,
but if you prefer Peter Higgs, then whatever floats
your boat. Being strangely charming works too.
(That was a physics joke for the rest of you.)
Now for that rumor that you are a penguin,
someone made that up? Right? (Just teasing.)
Sometimes she is up, sometimes she is down, sometimes
she top, sometimes she is bottom, sometimes she
is strange, sometimes she is charming. Mostly,
she just has a nice spin.
Did you gag on all the physics puns yet? Hopefully yes,
because I am getting close to empty on this one!
Drew describes it perfectly.
Also, to add to Drew's advice, be very careful of these
declarations. The bad guys also add them to their virus
infected eMail to throw you off guard. (That is usually
what I think when I see them.)
If you want to do an evaluation on whether or not your
antivirus is doing okay, go to
And look at their monthly results across several months.
(Hint: Avast does not do too badly, but is also not at the
top of the pack.)
Also, remember, no Anti Virus will protect you from a
Zero Day attack. They need time to find the virus and
download data on it to you. So, you have to use your
own common sense as the best defense.
And, consider dropping Windows in favor of a security
hardened operating system, such as Fedora Linux. You
can try before you buy with Live CD's:
Even if you decide not to, the Live CD is a great
troubleshooting tool. And since you can't actually
write to a CD (you publish to it), you can go
to your banking sites with relative safety. (I do not
recommend on-line banking, but the Live CD is
the safest way if you are going to do it anyway.)
Computers are like air conditioners.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:09:48 AM UTC-7, Todd wrote:
My neighbor tried to get me on Linux a few years ago, but I wasn't savvy enough, and he has moved away since.
My computer is so badly infected now, I have no choice but to do a System Restore to before the Avast whoever got their hand on my computer.
I would actually like to switch to MAC, but don't think I can afford it. Sigh!
It is time for you to wipe and reinstall. Your
consultant should do a full disk wipe with "dd" (he'll
know what that means, if not, get someone else) to
remove any hidden root kits, otherwise you will still
Linux has changed a lot in the past few years. Give it
another look. If you are going to have to wipe, ask your
consultant to install Fedora Linux (the best security) and
give you icons for the stuff you typically use (Firefox,
Libre Office, Thunderbird, etc.) If it turns out
to be too hard for you, you can always reinstall Windows.
Also, I do not know how much content creation you do,
but if you are mainly only reading content, consider an iPad.
They are wonderful for receiving information but a nightmare for
content creation. Think of an iPad as a toy MAC. You can get
a toyish rubberized keyboard for the thing
MAC's and Linux are about the same level of difficulty to
operate. Since Apple tightly controls the hardware on
MAC's, you should not see hardware failures, as you do with
PC's. Although, surprise, most of that is caused by
Windows, which is really poor quality. I have had flaky
PCs under Windows run boiler plate solid under Linux.
Kind of an eye opener.
I was only asking you for your gender as I find it rude as
all hell to address someone by the wrong gender. And, Higgs
Bosen is a dude. I meant nothing inappropriate. Also,
I thought that maybe other were addressing you in the feminine
to insult you and I did not want to add to it if that was the
When conservatives get angry at Liberal men for not acting
like men (abandoning their children, not taking responsibility
for the protection and/or support of their families, etc.),
they will often refer to them as "worthless, feminized, liberal
men". Not that you did any of this, I just did not want to be
part of any name calling. And things were/are getting a little
out of hand, especially with publishing your estate.
Okay, back to the original subject,
1) save any documents, etc.
2) "dd" wipe your hard drive (seriously, this is a must step)
3) reinstall something (Linux or Windows)
4) If Windows, "pay" for one of the top two Anti Viruses:
Kaspersky or Bit Defender. Kaspersky has "better" Tech Support.
(Note the "weasel" word. Their home support drives me nuts;
their business support is pretty good.)
5) do no on-line banking or other private stuff with an
Internet connected computer. (Use that Live CD I recommended,
if you must)
And remember, no Anti Virus can protect you the day a new
threat comes out (zero day virus). You have to use
own common sense.
By the way, I charge out the ass for the free advice I just
gave you. Be nice to have some feedback.
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