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#34370 (In Topic #2212)
sound advise telling people to be aware of where of they download anything from.
The Mc affee package you show is a good thing to have but i do not know if it is free or not.
The latest AVG free anti virus package has the same feature built into to it and checks all sites for example if you google something the relevant sites found have a green tick next to them if you mouse over the tick a a more explanatory window opens and anything with the red cross is shown as bad with mouse over window alerting potential problems. To be fair it is a extremely small percentage of sites on the net that have a red cross. And also this does not neccesarily mean that there is actually is potentially dangerous material either as some legimate software can give indicators that it is dangerous when it isnt.
A worthwhile thing to have for extra protection.
Your postal address rule i think is rather shooting yourself in the foot many top and very good internet sites often do not have a postal address or if they have it is not easily visible and may be hard to find. And bear in mind i am talking about a casual internet user or member here perhaps looking for this postal address.
For example http://www.download.com
you would have to dig around quite a bit to find a postal address as its pure internet based . Now this is one of the most highly regarded internet download sites on the web using your no postal address rule members here would shy away from one of the top download sites on the web.
Plus you are forgetting if a person is trying to distribute unwanted software what stops anyone putting a ficticious postal address anyway
Macrosoft software . Mislead house . Conanyone road. London. Sw1 5ny
i mean you could even put a phone number 66 666 666 666
Your postal address idea in many cases works but i do think you need use it as an extra tool not as a rule.
That is why i questioned your validity of telling members here to look for a postal address which is no way of ensuring you are on a legimate site.
The software you are using is a good tool the Mcaffee. Which i would recommend any member to try.
As for the postal address thing that to me is a total waste of time and as i said shooting yourself in the foot. And i would advise any member to take this advise as an indicator but certainly not as as rule.
www.download.com is a listed multi million pound company which has existed since the early ninetys and as i said a example of non easily findable postal address.This site is probably one of the most safest places to download software from on the internet and if it isnt safe you wont get it through download.com.
i suggest you look there and i think you will realise that then.
i suggest you contact download .com
Im sure a multi million pound company would love to know they are offering dangerous software to the world.
if you are getting actual results like that i would question how good is this mcafee you are using is ?
If true they would delete all the ones you suggest within minutes.
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I am now much more careful when it comes to downloading software that comes from a third party server such as download dot com. I even ask myself if the download is really necessary, and is it obtainable from a (possibly) more secure and direct source such as its manufacturer.
This discipline goes hand in hand with: Regular sweeping with AdAware, my Vista pop-up blocker on my PCs, and regular use of my Mac.
two trojans later it was wiped,never even got to try it.
to make it worse it had the all clear from my site adviser.
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