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  1.    21 Aug 2015 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by eLPuSHeR View Post
    I disagree. You don't have to visit "pr0n" sites to get infected these days. Any other seemingly innocuous sites can be more dangerous.
    Very true. In the past couple of years, even "legit" or "safe" sites such as Fox News & The New York Times have been infected by malicious banners.

    Which is another good reason to be on guard & run an AV as well as other malware scanners. A layered approach to security is always a good choice.
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  2.    21 Aug 2015 #12
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    Indeed.
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  3.    21 Aug 2015 #13

    Quote Originally Posted by eLPuSHeR View Post
    I disagree. You don't have to visit "pr0n" sites to get infected these days. Any other seemingly innocuous sites can be more dangerous.


    You can get infected anywhere , nothings safe imo . Fact is that a HUGE number of youngsters (and non youngsters) surf "free porn sites" and those are jam packed with the worst types of malware because of their popularity.

    Anything that generates massive amounts of traffic is a malware target so it's no secret those types of sites are loaded with it .

    Doesn't mean other types of sites aren't loaded with it either but "porn" sites are especially bad .
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  4.    21 Aug 2015 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredc View Post
    Got to take a breather from the hardcore porn bud , i know how unbearable that must sound but contrary to popular belief humans can survive ( up to five minutes, although have not verified myself) without hardcore porn .

    Porn sites are malwares home base .

    this is so true, I dont visit these places on my computer at all, that's what T-Mobile is for
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  5.    21 Aug 2015 #15
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    Unfortunately, most malware laden sites have adjusted to the younger market. Free video downloaders & apps to convert vids to music rank pretty high in malware distribution also. Add to movies sites claiming you need to download their "special player" in order to view the movie & you have quite a large distribution for malware to unsuspecting users. This isn't even factoring in the sites where you can get a "drive by" virus just by visiting the site due to a hidden macro command.

    I read an interesting article a while back concerning porn sites & the percentage of malware they dish up. In a strange twist of what you would expect from perusing sites such as that, it turns out, the high profile porn sites actually work hard to keep their sites malware free since they don't want to risk chasing people away. Not to say you're any safer going there, as the infiltration of malware onto popular sites considered "safe" has proven.
    Last edited by Borg 386; 21 Aug 2015 at 16:08.
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  6.    21 Aug 2015 #16

    Quote Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
    Unfortunately, most malware laden sites have adjusted to the younger market. Free video downloaders & apps to convert vids to music rank pretty high in malware distribution also. Add to movies sites claiming you need to download their "special player" in order to view the movie & you have quite a large distribution for malware to unsuspecting users. This isn't even factoring in the sites where you can get a "drive by" virus just by visiting the site due to a hidden macro commands.

    I read an interesting article a while back concerning porn sites & the percentage of malware they dish up. In a strange twist of what you would expect from perusing sites such as that, it turns out, the high profile porn sites actually work hard to keep their sites malware free since they don't want to risk chasing people away. Not to say you're any safer going there, as the infiltration of malware onto popular sites considered "safe" has proven.

    Hi Borg, fellow ADDer here , senior also lol. Your exactly right about the popular pay porn sites , they do make an effort to keep malware at bay , i was mostly referring to the mass amounts of free stuff with constant flashing banners , those are scary .
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  7.    21 Aug 2015 #17

    Quote Originally Posted by Contra View Post
    this is so true, I dont visit these places on my computer at all, that's what T-Mobile is for
    LOL, at least there is no denial , all males must have some porn to survive or death is assured.
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  8.    22 Aug 2015 #18
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    LOL. That's why is very useful to have an adblocker installer in your favourite browser.
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  9.    22 Aug 2015 #19
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    The back up is a killer...
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  10.    22 Aug 2015 #20

    Hi there

    If you download Music / video from Torrents ONLY EVER download the .AVI /.MP3 / .MKV / .FLAC / .MP4 etc. or the NATIVE file formats that can be played DIRECTLY by your player application.

    NEVER download .EXE /.RAR /.ZIP /.MSI or other "Installer" files simply to download and play Audio / video.

    Native format music and video can't realistically contain MALWARE if you use standard players to play them - so in this regard Torrent sites sometimes can actually be SAFER than conventional or "legit" web sites.

    In general though - some RANSOMEWARE is hard to guard against these days by simple A/V software - so it's better to surf say separately on a VM so if it gets infected just ditch that VM and power on another one.

    With good hardware these days the overhead of using a Virtual Machine is minimal -- just have a small VM with only the browser installed for Internet browsing. If you don't want to use a 2nd Windows licence just fire up say VMWARE PLAYER or VBOX and run a small LINUX VM with CHROME or FIREFOX or even OPERA as your browser.

    IMO that's the best way - so it doesn't matter if the VM becomes infected with malware - just DELETE that VM and start another one.

    Easy.

    Web sites these days can all be compromised --even the BBC could get attacked --it hasn't successfully (as far as we know) been attacked yet but it's not impossible.

    Bear in mind also that anything you want to keep PRIVATE - keep it OFF THE WEB -- as users of that well known "Sex Cheaters" site have found out to their cost (and probable horror) as well.

    DO NOT RELY 100% on your A/V software -- most of them are fairly USELESS with the latest breed of "Rootkit" type infections.

    I prefer the VM approach but if you DO get seriously infected my advice would be to simply install again CLEAN or after formatting the HDD restore from a known clean backup.

    NO A/V software is ever 100% - and do not always believe the logs when it says successfully cleansed -- all it means is that particular A/V scan hasn't been able to find anything --which is totally different to saying that it doesn't exist.

    Cheers
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