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#1 Aug 05 2012 at 1:34 AM Rating: Default
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Allah, please screen your adds.

Once again, your adds are nailing folks with a virus.

I had Alla minimized last night (great resource, btw) and switched back to a "this site tried to download to your computer".

I realize you folks are trying to make money. That said, I refuse to pay money to a site that supports hackers.

If this was fixed, I can see paying for it.

#2 Aug 05 2012 at 1:42 AM Rating: Default
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Last time I made a post about this, folks said we should run ad blocker.

My point is how do we send the newer folks here, knowing that a rogue ad can have a virus? I realize those answering this ad have limeted power, but my **** remains the same. Rogue ads here are carrying viruses.
#3 Aug 05 2012 at 5:10 AM Rating: Good
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http://everquest.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=3&mid=1207324744284516508 stickied in the feedback forum ( http://eq.zam.com/forum.html?forum=3 ) explains how to report bad ads, and although not specifically in the list, I'm sure they'd want to know about virus or malware infected ads, since it does mentions spyware infected ads in the post.

Hope this helps some,

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#4 Aug 05 2012 at 8:45 PM Rating: Good
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I'm a blocker. Not because I don't want to support the sites I visit, but because allowing ads in is risky. Blocking ads has nothing to do with Alla, it's just good, safe internet practice.

I'm certain that Alla would want to know about any unsafe ad coming in on their stream.

In my opinion, anyone not blocking ads is either lazy or genuinely doesn't care about ads. I don't actually mean that to sound as judgemental as it comes across. I'm fairly certain there are lots of people out there that don't care about ads on their screen. What I would hope is that these folks get a real time antivirus/protection program that can protect them from these invasions.

I'm a fairly security conscious guy and I have tried lots and lots of anti-vir programs. I even web browse inside a linux virtual machine. Only one program has ever detected a potential real-time threat while I was browsing and that was Symantec/Norton Security. I don't like them as a company, but I respect their programming.
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#5 Aug 06 2012 at 1:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Samatman wrote:
I'm a blocker. Not because I don't want to support the sites I visit, but because allowing ads in is risky. Blocking ads has nothing to do with Alla, it's just good, safe internet practice.

I'm certain that Alla would want to know about any unsafe ad coming in on their stream.

In my opinion, anyone not blocking ads is either lazy or genuinely doesn't care about ads. I don't actually mean that to sound as judgemental as it comes across. I'm fairly certain there are lots of people out there that don't care about ads on their screen. What I would hope is that these folks get a real time antivirus/protection program that can protect them from these invasions.

I'm a fairly security conscious guy and I have tried lots and lots of anti-vir programs. I even web browse inside a linux virtual machine. Only one program has ever detected a potential real-time threat while I was browsing and that was Symantec/Norton Security. I don't like them as a company, but I respect their programming.


This is where I am at now after getting hit with a bad ad that got my e-mail/wow account hacked back during the wow 3.2 update. I know alot of sites depend on ad money to keep running it happens all to often that a malicious ad comes through and apparently nobody can give us a 100% guarantee it won't happen again because it still happens.

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I don't mean to be argumentative, but I have learned anti-virus programs are a very personal thing. It basically boils down to what you know and/or are comfortable with. I say this because I have had nothing but terrible experiences with Symantec/Norton. I know recent versions aren't necessarily the memory hogging system cloggers they were for several years, but I have never seen them be effective and think their programming is atrocious. I personally prefer Kaspersky products, although admittedly I have a degree in the field so the fact that they are not as "easy" to use a Norton products does not affect me. There are a few outstanding FREE products out there, too.

And, it is very unfair and inaccurate to accuse the site of "supporting hackers." Sites like this live off of and can stay around because of ads, and it is not their fault bad ads get through. It happens everywhere. The best thing to do is be as safe and responsible as possible, always have your preferred anti virus program running, and report bad ads when you find them so the site can fix the problem. Again, I'm not posting to attack or be argumentative, but throwing out the baseless accusation that they support hackers is untrue and irresponsible. New people still come to the site and we want to encourage them to support the site we all use, not scare them off.
#7 Aug 22 2012 at 8:05 PM Rating: Good
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I have learned anti-virus programs are a very personal thing.


I almost hate to bring this thread back up to the top since it is slightly off topic. But, I agree, AV programs can be very personal. I have tried lots and lots. I have installed many on other people's machines saying "This will work". I hope they do. But honestly, we go from program to program just hoping it works: Kaspersky, Adaware, Spybot, Malwarebytes, Security Essentials, McAfee, and Symantec.

I used to routinely run Adaware, SpybotS&D, and Avira (free). All updated, My brother used my machine downloading movies and got me infected and hacked. So much for those three? Not so fast. When I was disinfecting another virus laden machine I went through AV after AV trying to clear it. What worked? Security Essentials. Who would have thought.

I got a free offer from my cable provider for Symantec. I loaded it up and went into my VM sandbox, browsing risky places because I thought I was "safe" in my sandbox. Then out of the blue Symantec comes up with "Virtualbox.exe has tried to execute this.malicious.program...". I was impressed. I have never seen a host OS program catch a virtual guest incursion via web browser. I hate Symantec. I bought Norton Utilities (including AV)years ago from them with the 1 yr AV subscription. Once that year was up do you think there was 1 day they didn't try to remind me I needed to resubscribe? I uninstalled the entire thing, vowing to never return. But their new program was much better.

Each one of these AV programs excells at certain things. When I am confronted with an infected machine I pull all of them out and work through them 1 by 1. By far the best practices is block ads, browse safely, keep a backup.



TL:DR, Symantec picked up a threat from a web browser inside a sandboxed virtual machine. Being consciously safe when you browse the web trumps any AV program.
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