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  1. Cudos to TCH again. I had to do a complete system recovery with the disks on my pc. And I lost my passwords. Which I ironically where backed up on a private folder on my server. I contacted TCH verified I was who I said I was and wallah I had access to my server so I could retrieve all my passwords. :)


  2. Everyone is wrong... This is old.

     

    My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs

    and spread mayo on the same cutting board ... with the same knife and no

    bleach ... but we didn't seem to get food poisoning. My Mom used to

    defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes too,

    but I can't remember getting E-coli.

     

    Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of

    a pristine pool. (Talk about boring!)

     

     

    The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a

    pager was the school PA system.

     

     

    We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of

    high top Ked's. (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training

    athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I

    can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell

    us how much safer we are now.

    Flunking gym was not an option ... even for stupid kids! I guess PE

    must be much harder than gym. Every year someone taught the whole school

    a lesson by running in the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile and

    hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be today if we only

    knew we could have sued the school system?

     

     

    Speaking of school ....

    we all said prayers and the pledge and staying in detention after school

    caught all sorts of negative attention.

    We must have had horribly damaged psyches. I can't understand it.

    Schools didn't offer 14 year olds

    an abortion or condoms (we wouldn't have known what either was anyway)

    but they did give us a couple of baby aspirin and cough syrup if we

    started getting the sniffles. What an archaic health system we had then.

    Remember school nurses? Some wore a hat and everything.

     

    I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was

    allowed to be proud of myself. I just can't recall how bored we were

    without .... computers, PlayStation, Nintendo, X-box

    or 270 digital cable stations.

     

    ..I must be repressing that memory as I try to rationalize through the

    denial of the dangers could have befallen us as we trekked off each day

    about a mile down the ..road to some guy's vacant 20, built forts out of

    branches and pieces of plywood, made trails, and fought over .who got to

    be the Lone Ranger.

     

    What was that property owner thinking ... letting us play on that lot??

    He should have been locked up

    for not putting up a fence around the property, complete with a

    self-closing gate and an infrared intruder alarm.

    Oh yeah...

     

    and where was the Benadryl and

    sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

    We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on vacant

    construction sites and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent

    bottle of mercurochrome and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a

    trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of

    antibiotics and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for

    leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

    We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we

    got our butt spanked here too ... (physical abuse) and then we got butt

    spanked again when we got home.

     

    Mom invited the door to door salesman inside for coffee, kids choked

    down the dust from the gravel driveway while playing with Tonka trucks

    (Remember why Tonka trucks were made tough? It wasn't so that they could

    take the rough Berber in the family room!), and Dad drove a car with

    leaded gas.

     

    Our music had to be left inside when we went out to play and I am sure

    that I nearly exhausted my imagination a couple of times when we went on

    two week vacations. I should probably sue the folks now for the danger

    they put us in when we all slept in campgrounds in the family tent.

    Summers were spent behind the push

    lawnmower and I didn't even know that mowers came with motors until I

    was 13 and we got one without an automatic blade-stop or an auto-drive.

    How sick were my parents?

     

    Of course my parents weren't the only psychos.

    I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks

    on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that

    he could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him

    for being such a goof.

     

    It was a neighborhood run amuck.

    To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they

    were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

    We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes!

    We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even

    notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

    How did we ever survive??


  3. Yes, an application requirement. One of the programs that I use will not run on Vista. To upgrade the Vista compatible version, it would cost about $2500. As for cheap, If I can get the job done without spending money, then that is a good thing. I hate to spend money -- I AM cheap. :)

     

     

    Then maybe a dual boot system. Plus can you even buy a new name brand computer either laptop or desktop with XP on it now days????


  4. Thanks for the suggestion, JTD. I'm sure that the HP DV7 is a nice machine, but if I configure it with XP Pro, which I must do because of an application requirement, it would put me over budget. BTW, I didn't see an option for an XP downgrade on the HP site or on newegg.com, but I presume that the option is listed somewhere in the fine print.

     

    I'm leaning toward the Latitude, but have several more days before this special offer expires. Any one else have a suggestion?

     

     

    Application requirement ????? Just my personal opinion if you buy cheap that is what you get, CHEAP and Dells are cheap JMO though. Here are a few of the specs from my hp.

     

    Slot 'SODIMM 0' has 2048 MB (serial number CE00000000000000020835636E8C82)

    Slot 'SODIMM 1' has 2048 MB (serial number CE00000000000000020835636E8B04)

     

    Upgradable to 8 mb of ram.

     

    Processor

    2.00 gigahertz AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core

    256 kilobyte primary memory cache

    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

     

    250 gig hard drive

     

     

    My only problem was finding a good firewall that would work with a 64 bit machine and operating system. I finally settled on outpost firewall pro version.


  5. Some info on that. And someone needs to kill that link ASAP!!!

     

     

     

    Content

    JS/Obfuscated.b

     

    Type

    Trojan

    SubType

    Script

    Discovery Date

    04/23/2008

    Length

    varies

    Minimum DAT

    5280 (04/23/2008)

    Updated DAT

    5280 (04/23/2008)

    Minimum Engine

    5.2.00

    Description Added

    04/23/2008

    Description Modified

    12/04/2008 4:48 AM (PT)

     

    Type

     

    Type of threat.

    SubType

     

    Additional type information.

    Discovery Date

     

    Date that AVERT discovered this threat.

    Length

     

    File size, in bytes, of the threat.

    Minimum DAT

     

    McAfee DAT files contain detection and repair information for threats. The Minimum DAT field specifies the lowest/oldest DAT version that is capable of detecting the first incarnation of a threat, and the release date. The highest/newest DAT version should always be used for the most complete protection and are available on the Anti-Virus Updates page.

     

    Each description displays the minimum, fully tested, DAT version that includes regular detection for a particular threat. These fully tested DATs are released on a daily basis. If necessary, they are also released when a Medium, Medium On Watch, or High risk threat is discovered. An EXTRA.DAT will also be posted for these more prevalent threats, if necessary.

     

    For each description listed, detection is always available. In the event that the DAT version specified is not yet available, an EXTRA.DAT file may be downloaded via the McAfee AVERT Extra.dat Request Page. Alternatively, minimally tested HOURLY BETA DAT files are available for downloading.

    Updated DAT

     

    McAfee DAT files are constantly being updated to enhance detection capabilities. The Updated DAT field specifies the released DAT version that contains the most up to date detection.

    Minimum Engine

     

    The scan engine uses the DAT files to detect threats. The Minimum Engine field specifies the lowest/oldest engine version that is capable of detecting this threat. The highest/newest engine version should always be used for the most complete protection and are available on the Anti-Virus Updates page.

    Description Added

     

    Date/time this description was published using Pacific Time.

    Description Modified

     

    Date/time this description was last modified using Pacific Time.

    Risk Assessment

     

    Corporate User

    Low

    Home User

    Low

     

    Tab Navigation

     

    * Overview

    * Characteristics

    * Symptoms

    * Method of Infection

    * Removal

    * Variants

    * All Information

     

    Overview

    JS/Obfuscated.b is a generic detection for obfuscated malicious script files which attempts to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities in the system.

    Characteristics

     

    JS/Obfuscated.b is a generic detection for obfuscated malicious script files which attempts to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities in the system.

     

    This specially crafted javascript uses various obfuscation techniques to hide the real nature of attacks.

    Symptoms

     

    This detection is sufficiently generic, such that it can cover a number of threats that contain the exploit code. Therefore, it is not possible to describe specific symptoms or details about system changes that can occur from this threat. However, simply seeing this detection does not mean that any exploit code was run at all as such exploit code could only run on a vulnerable system.

     

    Additionally some exploits simply cause Internet Explorer to crash and nothing more.

    Method of Infection

     

    This threat could be delivered via an email message, IM or an infectious web page.

    Removal

     

    A combination of the latest DATs and the Engine will be able to detect and remove this threat. AVERT recommends users not to trust seemingly familiar or safe file icons, particularly when received via P2P clients, IRC, email or other media where users can share files.

     

    Additional Windows ME/XP removal considerations

    Variants

    Variants

     

    N/A

     

    All Information

    Overview -

     

    JS/Obfuscated.b is a generic detection for obfuscated malicious script files which attempts to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities in the system.

    Characteristics

    Characteristics -

     

    JS/Obfuscated.b is a generic detection for obfuscated malicious script files which attempts to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities in the system.

     

    This specially crafted javascript uses various obfuscation techniques to hide the real nature of attacks.

    Symptoms

    Symptoms -

     

    This detection is sufficiently generic, such that it can cover a number of threats that contain the exploit code. Therefore, it is not possible to describe specific symptoms or details about system changes that can occur from this threat. However, simply seeing this detection does not mean that any exploit code was run at all as such exploit code could only run on a vulnerable system.

     

    Additionally some exploits simply cause Internet Explorer to crash and nothing more.

    Method of Infection

    Method of Infection -

     

    This threat could be delivered via an email message, IM or an infectious web page.

    Removal -

    Removal -

     

    A combination of the latest DATs and the Engine will be able to detect and remove this threat. AVERT recommends users not to trust seemingly familiar or safe file icons, particularly when received via P2P clients, IRC, email or other media where users can share files.

     

    Additional Windows ME/XP removal considerations

    Variants

    Variants -

     

    N/A


  6. The best advice is ALWAYS SCAN ALL downloads before you install them and only go to the site that puts out the software, IE. Adobe,Java etc etc. Second I personally use Avast,and Spybot search and destroy ALL FREE. The only paid program I have is outpost firewall and that is because good FREE programs are limited for a 64 bit vista system. And may I add that with what I run i have not had a case of a virus or spyware in so long I cannot even remember when the last one was. Now on a personal note I would not use Norton if they gave it to me for free and paid ME to use it.

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