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  1. Well I'm no security expert. I thought a virus put into an picture was a virus. I thought to INSTALL a virus it would need to be .exe or something. I thought all that would be needed to infect a computer in that way would be for the picture to get onto the HDD of a computer. Am I misunderstanding some stuff?
  2. LOL! HAHAHAHA! G5, macintosh-G5 logitech mouse-Very clever-AND FUNNY HAAAAAAHAHAHAHA! But seriously What he said. Also could the mouse cable be faulty in any way? Possibly there is loose wire(s) at the USB connector or mouse end.
  3. Actually I was referring to things like pictures, music etc which could contain viruses could be embedded into a web page. Using limited user accounts doesn't stop media like .jpg or .gif files from loading does it? I don't know what you meant by "install" but I don't think pictures would need installing. I think internet explorer downloads stuff like that to the temporary internet files folder. Like you said
  4. Odd. I thought I read on the apple site that they were only going to make leopard for X86 macintosh only.
  5. First off, I'm no security expert. I just think if you really do find HTML email and attachments useful then you should use some antivirus software that works. Second of all, as to what you said in above quote, HTML mail is useful because it's basically a web page in an email. It is the same as a web page. It's useful because you can do the same as what you would do when you're making a website. Instead of attaching stuff like pictures, music, videos etc, you could just embed the media into the email, providing the media is on the internet that is. If you ask me, as I said before, if something embedded into HTML email is a virus it's probably from an untrustworthy source (unknown email address), so the odds are you won't accept it if the email address is one you don't recognise-IF you aren't a computer idiot. Easy solution-don't accept it if you don't recognise the address. The problem is, if somebody you know (trusted source) has sent you an HTML email, not knowing that something they embedded into it is a virus, then you probably won't be suspicious of it, and simply open it not thinking what they found could be a virus. I think outlook can block all content that could be a virus within HTML emails unless you give it the OK to recieve the content. Technically you have the same risks as using the internet in general. A site you go to could have been hacked and it could contain viruses planted by the hacker. Same thing really. And you can't stop infection by that if you don't know that viruses are on a website. Only way to stop infection that way is by using antivirus software. Most antivirus software can quarantine viruses to stop them from working, and that's about enough to protect you and others in most cases. AVG is a good option and it's free. No need to pay-no loss. Might as well get it. If you ask me, security is not about blocking yourself off from useful features, but going through the right procedures to make sure that what you receive is safe. Again as 8210GUY said Amen 8210GUY. Enough said.
  6. Searching for a file name could work. If anything in the media is infected, it could be known. Providing the media (e.g. picture, music etc) was created by the virus author, it could have been found to be a virus and there could be a warning about it on the internet somewhere. Heck, somebody could have found it to be a virus and posted a warning on their blog. Even a photo that couldn't be seen you could be warned about. Better yet the email address of the virus sender could be noted. Welcome to the internet. Great invention ain't it? If the virus was put into some sort of media, which the virus author didn't create, but simply modified to make a virus, then I imagine you probably wouldn't find anything useful by typing the file name. There could be thousands of the media on the internet, and you wouldn't be able to find if the one you were sent is a virus or not. And anyway, the odds are, an HTML mail msg with something nasty embedded into it would be from an untrustworthy address, which you wouldn't open unless you're an idiot. It's the attachments from trusted addresses that could be a problem, which is what 8210GUY's friend has issues with. If you really find HTML email and attachments useful-which most people do, antivirus software is probably the best option. With the need to transfer files from one computer to another over the internet, email is the best option in most cases, and really the only way is to adjust to protect yourself from the threats there are that can be passed on through email, and if you really want to use attachments and other email risks such as HTML mail, then there really is no reason to not get good-FREE antivirus software. It's better than not using useful features anyway. To quote 8210GUY I agree. There REALLY should be more tutorials on PC security with more accurate details on what to do if your PC does get infected. People just don't realize that they could get their bank details jacked just by reading an email from an untrustworthy source, or opening an attachment.
  7. Note the term foolishly. If you do a search for the file name, you might find out if said file IS a virus. There are more uses for email than simply communication, and most of us want those uses, so who really has a choice but to use antivirus software?
  8. Didn't think there were free antivirus programs just as good as or better than norton. Think I'll scrap plans to get new antivirus software that I'd have to pay for. I was thinking of getting norton as my next antivirus and firewall software. I'm gonna go search for some free antivirus programs that good.
  9. SimonSmith

    Linux on a PDA?

    I have a question about this. Would it be possible to install one of these mobile linux applications on an ipaq as the main OS? I mean could you install it to the main memory instead of booting it from a flash card?
  10. Norton antivirus for macintosh probably WOULD find any windows viruses on your friend's mac so he needn't worry about spreading them if he had any. Here's a link to the norton macintosh security products. http://www.norton-online.com/uk/mac/ Quote from the site And BTW, how could you UNKNOWINGLY send windows viruses from a macintosh computer through email? They would need to be put into an attachment, and to do that you would need to attach it yourself, the virus couldn't put itself into the email if said virus doesn't work with Mac OS 10. If you are talking about programs that you could send, not knowing they are viruses, then tell your friend that before he sends it he could just do a web search for the file name he wants to send to make sure it isn't a virus and if it is don't send it. But I still recommend norton for macintosh to find windows viruses that could be on his mac. If you ask me, even though they can't do any damage to the macintosh, if any nasties HAVE got on there then as well as being a risk to other people's computers they are just a waste of space on the HDD, so it's better that they are discovered and wiped out anyway. That's another good reason to get norton for macintosh.
  11. Though the OS still is unaffected by windows viruses, I'd say that macintosh computers were probably even safer when they were PPC as X86 programs can't even run on a different type of processor. Geez! It's like viruses that can only affect certain animals but don't affect others or humans. I recommend your friend gets norton antivirus for macintosh, he should also get norton firewall for macintosh as it will ensure nobody hacks into his macintosh and puts any viruses on the HDD.
  12. But there aren't linux drivers specifically for the BT/2Wire adaptor that I want to use! I understand you could use windows drivers with a tool like ndiswrapper as bg1256 pointed out, but how many companies make drivers meant for linux? And what do you mean installing drivers from a LiveCD is beyond my skills? Could I find a tutorial on it, and would it require using my slow older Pentium 4 computer (my only one working properly) which I REALLY don't want to use. Third of all, for your FYI right now I can't really try linux properly as my RAM is faulty and I can't install it to my HDDs as there are important factory reset files on my main one and I don't want to risk messing them up or deleting them. And my external USB HDD has files I managed to back up from the main drive stored on it, and if I install linux to it I will lose all my data I backed up to it. I can't back up my files that are stored on the external HDD as I don't have any burning software while my main OS (Windows) won't work properly. So yeah I'll try Ubuntu, and if I like it, when I can back up my external HDD's files to CD or DVD, I could install it on that. Right now the only reason I need to use a linux LiveCD is because of it's BadRAM feature. Just a quick FYI on my problem. And xXenXx sorry for taking so long to reply to what you said but I KNOW I have bad memory because I ran Memtest86 ages ago before I even knew what was wrong and memtest found thousands of errors. I need to use the linux BadRAM feature to avoid the bad memory sectors because I can't fix the ram yet.
  13. http://www.2wire.com/pages/pdfs/USB_Adapte...nstallation.pdf I think the adapter in this instruction manual is mine but I'm not sure. It looks like mine though but still I'm not sure. The reason I'm not sure is because the adapter that I have was sold by BT, and though it has the 2Wire logo in red on it, and device manager reports it is a 2Wire network card, it was sold with the name "BTVoyager1050 Wireless USB Adapter" which is what BT call it. Anybody outside the UK probably won't know what BT are, BT are a well known telecomunications company here in the UK and they do broadband and phone line connections as well as selling routers. I'm not sure if they still sell Wi-Fi adapters though. That's why I'm not sure that's my adapter, 2Wire sell it but I don't know that's the version that BT sell. I thought maybe BT modified it to work better with their routers. But by the looks of it there's only one of those adapters, and it looks like mine. If anybody from the UK knows what I'm talking about please help, and thanks in advance. EDIT:I found a link to the BT (British Telecommunications) website for support with my adapter so I thought I'd post a link in this post. http://www.voyager.bt.com/wireless_devices...roduct_info.htm No. I haven't tried any other distro. Does Ubuntu 7.10 work straight from CD or do you need to install it to hard drive? I don't want to do anything to my HDDs as there are important files on them required to restore the system back to factory status, and I don't want to risk messing them up or deleting them. Besides that my RAM is VERY faulty. But it doesn't see the card I want to use! It sees 2 built in cards, a wired LAN card and a (supposedly) USB Wi-Fi card to use, which I don't think is USB as I assume it's either built into the MOBO or in a PCI slot somewhere. I don't know of any internal USB devices! Are there even any USB ports on the MOBO? I dunno what my PC manufacturer medion did, and they don't supply too much info about it. Anyway the 2 cards my PC came with it does see are labeled as eth1 and eth2 and I don't know which one's which. I know they can't be the one I want to use as eth1 and eth2 are still detected when I unplug the external BT/2Wire card. Windows WINDOWS WINDOWS!!! I don't know why things have to be windows only. Why can't companies make drivers for linux too? Since when did everything revolve around windows? Linux is the way forward for PCs.
  14. If you do as it says and "Press Any Key To Continue" then you're not really doing anything, you'd be better off just holding in your comp's PWR button. Complicated... You do as something says and it doesn't work. It should say "Hold In Power Button For 10 Seconds Because Windows Can't Do Anything About This Crash"
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