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#1 gbsk

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:15 AM

My wife tried Chrome as a browser and she could access both Hotmail and Craigslist so I guess it is just Opera that will not work properly as she cannot log into either. I presume it is just Opera because she can log into both using Firefox on my son's computer also. Does anyone know why and how to fix it? Before an infection, it worked fine. According to this forum's expert, the infection is now gone. Thanks

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:19 AM

I cannot access some sites especially nbc sports. I have downloaded the flashplayer multiple times but the site will not go on. How can I fix this? I use Opera as a browser and XP as a OS. Thanks

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:05 AM

Are you getting any Error Messages from the site? NBC "requires" that viewers accept their advertisement. Therefore if you have a Hosts File or Ad-Blocker active, that might be preventing your viewing.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:09 AM

Most likely the problem relates to security settings, ad-blockers, or Hosts File. similar to your inquiry about NBC sports. I'll merge your two posts so that folks may respond to the issue here.
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 12:21 AM

I have Opera so I'm very familiar with it.

Flash Player will not install from within Opera while you are on any site (and nor can you install Shockwave player from within Opera).

Go to Adode flashplayer to download flashplayer: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Do not press the 'run' tab. Press the 'save' tab. Save to Desktop.

Close Opera.

Double click on the Flashplayer download on your Desktop and let it install.

Return to your sports site. You should have no further problems.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 09:50 PM

The download of the Flashplayer where I have to turn off Opera worked well. Thanks a lot. However, changing Opera settings did not work. Right now my settings do not seem to work well. I clicked a link for "submit" on a site and it did not go thnrough. The only way I can get any links to open is to right click and then click open in another tab. If I just click a link on it will not open. However, it seems like we can now log into hotmail and Craigslist so we are making some progress. I guess we just need to take care of settings or something like that for Opera popups. Thanks a lot. GB

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 02:33 AM

Hi there Gbsk, If you would like to continue here with any Opera problems you are having. Please let me know. Are you using the latest version and if not, do you know what version you are useing? Opera can be a bit tricky to set up, but is well worth the effort. I could guide you through some basic setting that will produce a pleasent experience with this browser (getting rid of the annoying 'Speed Dial' page for starters and how to set ' page to width' etc.}. Cheers, Lee.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:50 PM

Lee That would be great if you would help me set up Opera. I am using version 10.10. I have had 3 bad malware infections on 2 diferent computer since mid December.I was not on any questionable sites like porn sites, etc. whe they happened. They were all "drive-by" infections. One was from a link on Yahoo's main page for mail.Another was ffrom a site while preparing for a Toastmasters speech. I was also interested in a virtual sandbox for Opera so I do not get those types of infections anymore. If I do get something, then the memory will just dump after I turn off Opera. Thanks GB

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

Lee

That would be great if you would help me set up Opera. I am using version 10.10. I have had 3 bad malware infections on 2 diferent computer since mid December.I was not on any questionable sites like porn sites, etc. whe they happened. They were all "drive-by" infections. One was from a link on Yahoo's main page for mail.Another was ffrom a site while preparing for a Toastmasters speech. I was also interested in a virtual sandbox for Opera so I do not get those types of infections anymore. If I do get something, then the memory will just dump after I turn off Opera.

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GB, you mentioned earlier about Malware infection and that you had them removed here.

The problems you are still having after sorting out the Flashplayer issue, does not sound like any problem with Opera I have ever encountered or heard of. Unable to directly open links should have nothing to do with any possible Opera settings, unless you have really been going wild in the Preference Editor.. You might possibly have another Malware infection. A 'Sandbox' won't fix the problem and you don't need a sandbox unless visiting some really dodgy sites, which you have mentioned you don't do.

Firstly though, lets see if we can sort out your Opera.
If you still have problems after this it's off to the Melware section again I think.

I would suggest you save your Opera 'Bookmarks', then un-install Opera and reboot. Download Opera 10.60 from this link to your desktop: http://www.opera.com/download/ .

Ok, we are going to slick down Opera here so nothing confusing is going on.

Open Opera.
Right click on an empty blue section, above the address bar. Click on Customize / Appearance.
Within the box that opens, click on the 'Toolbars' tab and then untick all except Tab bar and Address bar (you can experiment and add any extra preferred bars later). Close.

Right click on the small Bing or Google search bar in the address bar, far right. Click disable (or it might be delete) and it will disappear.

Now click on Tools in the Menu bar, and click on Appearances.

In the Home Page box that opens do not at any time click 'use current', delete what is in the box and then copy and paste:

http://google.com/custom (your new home page until you decide to change it) It's a Google search page that provides advert. free results. Now close and re-open Opera and you should be on your new home page. My personal home page of choice.

Now we are off to the Opera Reference Editor, to get rid of that annoying 'Speed Dial' page. Paste this into the Address bar and press enter: opera:config

Scroll down the page and click on 'User Prefs'. Scroll down the new page that opens to 'Speed Dial File' Below the Tab that says 'Choose' you will see another box with the number 1 in it. Change that to 3.
Make no other changes on this page.
Scroll right down to the bottom of this page and click on the 'Save' Tab. Close the page. No more Speed Dial page. Reverse the order of instructions if you ever really want this feature back.

Right now you should have a fairly slick Opera.

Try to avoid adding Google, Yahoo or Ask etc. toolbars. They have security issues and only slow Opera down.
Also, be very careful of any add-ons (including the add-on toolbars) you might add at some stage. All Browser add-ons have security issues, mostly because they are poorly written software.
Opera add-ons are pretty good, but choose them carefully. Many PC users blame poor Browser Security on this or that browser they have tried. Almost all Browsers now have fairly decent security Including Explorer, but it's the add-on's that are the security problem, not the Browser. A Browser is an incredibly complex piece of software to write and an amazing amount of work goes into creating them. Not so add-ons.

The reason you couldn't run Flash Player from within Opera is because Opera security is one of the best around. I don't use add-ons.

Now, see if you are having any of the page opening problems in the Opera we have now set up.

By the way, what security are you running on your PC?

Edited by Lee, 20 July 2010 - 12:22 AM.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:10 PM

Lee Sorry this is so late. My wife is taking a course and has been dominating the computer. As far as Opera goes, I just loaded the new Opera version as you suggested. I guess I did not communicate my previous experiences with drive-by downloads. Around Christmas, I was looking something up on Google. The link looked good so I clicked it and the antivirus said I had a virus. It could not take it off. AI spent a few days talking with Microsoft and they helped me get it off. I was using someone else's computer in Jan. I was doing research for a Toastmaster speech. I clicked on a link and got malware. The mcAfee suite would not take it off and neither would a download I tried. I restarted it and it would not reboot. The malware changed the BIOS so I could not reinstall Vista. The computer company said we needed a new computer. About 3 months ago, I clicked a link on Yanhoo's main page and got another malware. This site helped me get it off. My experience tells me that almost no site is 100% safe. AI thought I was on good sites all 3 times and got malware. This is why I am considering a virtual sandbox so I can just dump the memory if I get malware. After I downloaded Opera new version I had no trouble with links. I have a question about opening Appearance. The part that came up was "skin". Should I delete both Opera default and Windows Native? I could not figure this out. I just went back to the NBAC site and it still says AI need to download a flash player but I have the player and the site will not open. I guess it is not the biggest deal though. I have avast, Winpatrol, Superantispyware, malwarebytes and Spyware Blaster. I appreciate you helping out. GB

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:14 AM

Sorry to hear about all your PC problems there GB.

Leave the Opera 'Skin" feature alone. It should be on 'Default'. Just follow my initial initial set-up instructions only at this time.

When downloading any software, even flash player or Shockwave player using Opera, always click on 'SAVE', and save to desktop. Opera security will not let you choose 'RUN' with any software that has active X in it.

You have good security there. But Spyware blaster is of dubious use. I used to have it for years ana it never did a thing. More serious though, is the vary rare Malware definition downloads, When there should be plenty.

As far as a Sandbox goes, I've never used one. I've also never been infected with anything serious, well except in my first year of computing :lol:

I've heard that 'GeSWal Light' is a good sandbox and it's freeware to: http://www.softplatz...eeware/sandbox/

Cheers,
Lee

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:24 AM

gbsk,

You are correct that any website "can" serve up malware.
This is increasingly true if the website is "monetized" with clickable advertisements.

Websites and hosting companies can defend and keep their own first-party content malware-free to the best of their ability, but have little control over the revolving schedule of animated, flash, and clickable advertisement that may be placed on their website as third-party sources and third-party cookies.

I "highly recommend" that you consider MVPS Hosts File, which will prevent any browser from loading the vast majority of malicious content that can be served up by unwanted adware, foistware, banner ads, spyware purveyors.

The linked site above will explain use of Hosts File and provides other complimentary utilities to to use with Hosts File.

If you use MSVP Hosts File, your browser will not load the tons of ordinary advertisement, some of which can be infected.
You may even find that your browsing speeds up, because the browser doesn't have to wait to load third-party advertisement before displaying the first-party content of any given website.
None of the "first-party" website content is lost, unless it has been corrupted with malicious content.

One "down-side" of using Hosts File is that there will be "empty spots" on the website, where advertising and potentially malicious content might have been displayed.
I've grown used to not seeing so much "glitter" when I browse with MVPS Hosts File.
As entertaining as all that flash and banner and clickable media can be, I don't browse to a source website to see someone else's advertisement, I just want the targeted content.
Consider also using "Homer" which will allow you to select your own home-based image to display in place of unwanted advertisement.

The only "difficulty" that I've ever had because of MVPS Host File is that a few sites "require" the visitor to accept their commercial advertisement before allowing the display of "media" content.
For instance.... cbs video requires the visitor to not block advertisement, in exchange for having access to streaming media of various favorite TV episodes.

OK, you got me. I admit that I do occasionally watch an episode of NCIS. :blush:
But when I want to do that, I simply turn-off my MVPS Hosts file and then turn it back on for my usual browsing and work.

As much as you seem to "explore" for content when browsing, MVPS Hosts File will be a good addition to your layered security.

As an additional note, I very much recommend the "paid" version of Malwarebytes which very effectively detects and blocks attempts by malicious content links from loading.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:32 AM

Rather than the utility recommended by Lee above, which may be very good indeed, I like Sandboxie.
Or the FREE version of Sandboxie 3.46

And if you really want to lock down the management of your machine when connecting from public networks and/or networks that are not your own, consider MS SteadyState. (XP only, so far)

Note about Sandbox technology.
You may include your email client and your browser in the same Sandbox to improve security while conducting online activities.
However, keep in mind, that you will have given permissions to email client and browser to allow persistence of downloaded materials that "can" in some circumstances still infect your "real" machine.

That's why other security, and specifically MVPS Hosts File is a good idea to include in your security armor.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 12:16 PM

I'll go with Doug regarding the paid for version of Malwarebytes GB. I have several utilities I have paid for, but If I could only ever afford one piece of software and everything else had to be freeware, Malwarebytes would be the one I'd buy. My Sandbox recommendation was only on the advice of a couple of my friends whom I trust as being well versed in PC usage, as personally as stated in my previous post, I have never used a sanddbox. It seems Dough has had personal experience with Sandbox software, so I would follow his recommendation and even though I never used MVPS Hosts File, it sounds just about right to clean up those sites with potentially dangerous pop-ups, and all sorts of other possible nasties :pullhair: Now Doug, about your personal Web Surfing habits .... :woot: :rofl:

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 12:54 PM

I'll go with Doug regarding the paid for version of Malwarebytes GB.
I have several utilities I have paid for, but If I could only ever afford one piece of software and everything else had to be freeware, Malwarebytes would be the one I'd buy.

My Sandbox recommendation was only on the advice of a couple of my friends whom I trust as being well versed in PC usage, as personally as stated in my previous post, I have never used a sanddbox.
It seems Dough has had personal experience with Sandbox software, so I would follow his recommendation and even though I never used MVPS Hosts File, it sounds just about right to clean up those sites with potentially dangerous pop-ups, and all sorts of other possible nasties :pullhair:


Now Doug, about your personal Web Surfing habits .... :woot: :rofl:



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