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Forum Thread: [b] OFF-TOPIC. General tech talk – August 2010. [/b]

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taffy078 [b] OFF-TOPIC. General tech talk – August 2010. [/b]
Contributor 28th Jul, 2010 10:00
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Hello – and welcome to the August thread. (It's started early for technical reasons!)

The aim of this thread is simple: this is where you can post hints and tips that have helped you or that you have posted in specific threads elsewhere in this forum. That way, many more will benefit too. Or you can post general queries if you’re not sure whether or not to create a specific thread.

IMPORTANT: Please remember that software that others find suitable may not be what you want/need. It is always your responsibility to take care.

Please feel free to post your ideas, views & constructive criticism. But a tip: when you post, please delete the name of this thread in the reply heading & in its place put the subject about which you are posting. This will make it easier for others to spot it.



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taffy078 Getting Started - for new members.
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Last edited on 28th Jul, 2010 10:02
There are informative links throughout the forum & it is highly recommended that new members read these to get a better understanding. Here are a few of those links:

(1) How Secunia works: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal...

(2) Compare Secunia products: http://secunia.com/products/consumer/compare/

(3) Getting started: Many members use Secunia PSI v1.9x which has an Auto-update facility for some programs with a past history of vulnerabilities. If you go to this link

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/444...

you will see what this (TP) version does. It will also show you where/how to download the latest version of PSI v1.9x
When you’ve installed it, you’ll see a new tab “Auto-Updates” on the main Secunia page, between "Overview" and "Insecure". This has a list of programs that will be auto up-dated when you "tick the box".

Then ‘scan’!

If you want more information, or you’re having problems, post a new thread – there’s always someone here to help you.


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taffy078 Formatting
Contributor 28th Jul, 2010 10:03
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I now realise that formatting doesn't work in headings!

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taffy078 New thread - MOGS
Contributor 28th Jul, 2010 10:09
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Mogs will shortly be posting details of a new monthly thread. Look out for it!

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taffy078 MOUSE PROBLEM
Contributor 28th Jul, 2010 10:19
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I have a Saitek notebook optical mouse. It's about six months old & pretty standard - with wheel.

I have used it with my desktop with no problems until yesterday.

Now, when I highlight text in anything on the internet (to copy & paste it) and right-click to get the 'copy' command, it opens a new internet page (my home page).

It wasn't expensive so should I just replace it? Or have I discovered some shortcut commands?

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taffy078 Fraudulent adverts.
Contributor 28th Jul, 2010 10:23
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There have been many new threads here recently which are adverts. The Secunia Support team usually lock them & remove them.

All of these threads contain links to other web-sites.

I'm sure that everyone here is aware of the danger of some websites containing viruses etc likely to infect your PC.

But I suggest that you should also consider another danger - that although the website is 'safe', the product offered might not be - it could be a scam/fraud. There was one such thread recently (that Secunia removed) where the link was to a company providing an essay/thesis-writing service. This company was alleged to be part of an international fraud ring.

I'm sure most of us take care in such matters but I do hope that this gentle reminder may be helpful.


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taffy078 ADOBE FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Contributor 28th Jul, 2010 21:15
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I bet everyone here agreed with wolfgang glagla's (very gentle) comments about Adobe Flash. (http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/487...)

How do Adobe get away with it?

If M$ can be "punished" by the European Community, why can't Adobe?

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taffy078 MOUSE PROBLEM
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I guess that we have no hardware experts here who can help me with my mouse problem - see my post dated 28th Jul, 2010 10:19.

I'll buy another at the weekend. Not expensive but I just hate throwing anything away that ain't broken or can be fixed! ;0)


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mogs RE: [b] OFF-TOPIC. General tech talk – August 2010. [/b]
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After that hitch/glitch I experienced on Friday with the TP scan....the fact that it would halt and I'd have to abort.....after having rectified the matter; without changing versions/reverting; by defragmentation.....I've found myself wondering if it also may be true using other than Vista Home Premium.
Since it's happened I've been watching it more closely....there does seem to be correlation between how fragmented the disc is and scan speed. I could imagine that very bad fragmentation might cause to repeatedly abort. And how many assure of CHKDSK having found nothing before "blaming" psi ?
Just a couple of thoughts.

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taffy078 CRITICAL WINDOWS UPDATE.
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Microsoft has issued a "critical" security update to fix a flaw in the way Windows handles shortcuts.

The bug allowed attackers to craft booby-trapped shortcuts that allow them to take over a target computer. (Many users set up shortcuts to get to programs and places in Windows that they use regularly.)

Have you installed it yet?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10837232




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taffy078 UK problem - Zeus - Trusteer.
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It was in an earlier edition of this thread that the anti-key-logging software from Trusteer/Rapport was first publicised. This followed advice from a senior Secunia member (not an employee) in another thread in the PSI forum about the software.

Hopefully lots of you will have installed it - as I did - and so won't have been amongst the 100,000 UK people caught out by the latest scam. See here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10865568



Sadly, this thread hasn't worked out as I had intended, despite my good intentions and will probably close at the end of August. Not enough of you share your hints & tips here and not enough of the more experienced here feel it works - they may be right. Indeed, one has suggested that I am legally liable for everything posted here & can be sued! This is nonsense - imho - but it is something that I would not wish to expose myself to.

And, of course, Mogs now keeps us all up-to-date in his Cyberclips thread.

So do please keep up to date by reading Cyberclips and help that thread develop -

that way, we may avoid another 100, 000 in the UK becoming victims of scams!!

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