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    Best is to uninstall ALL adobe products. The only...

    Best is to uninstall ALL adobe products. The only site I find that needs Flash is the BBC, and I can live without their videos. "Krebs on Security" has other suggestions, like, using Chrome, and ONLY...
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    I regard the GWX Control Panel as a second line...

    I regard the GWX Control Panel as a second line of defense. The first line is to identify the trojan patches and not install them at all. That is why I think Patch Watch should have a regularly...
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    My biggest fear with updates, after the usual...

    My biggest fear with updates, after the usual problems of BSOD etc, is that they will initiate forced update to Win10 by the back door. Can we add to patch watch please, a regular checking of all...
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    Beware the cheap sticks -- they look like thumb...

    Beware the cheap sticks -- they look like thumb drives. The ones I bought were a waste of money. I ended up buying a Netgear USB Wifi Ariel with a 50cm lead. Enables me to experiment easily with...
  5. I forgot to mention another key. Offline...

    I forgot to mention another key. Offline preparation of forum messages using a clipboard extender and screenshot saver. I could not live without it. Have tried several, and really like Clipmate. This...
  6. I have gone from dialup at a dollar per minute...

    I have gone from dialup at a dollar per minute under Dos, to ADSL (ie on a fixed line) with a marvellous 4Mb speed. But sometimes the internet cuts, more usually the speed is variable. Here I am GMT...
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    What I do is have a cheap portable external USB...

    What I do is have a cheap portable external USB drive. These drives in my experience are not very reliable, but they have worked for me several times when it was crucial.

    This is the solution for...
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    Post script. The photocopier technician at work...

    Post script. The photocopier technician at work said that in his view, printing from USB could potentially damage the copier, and he preferred to set things so we could scan to USB but not print from...
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    Thanks. Very helpful comments

    Thanks. Very helpful comments
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    Networked multifunction and viruses

    Just bought and installed a networked multifunction. It also has a convenient USB slot, for direct printing, and direct scanning. I thought I would restrict my friends access to this slot, rather...
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    I was just doing my homework and taking...

    I was just doing my homework and taking precautions. Several times in recent years I have been severely inconvenienced by a patch, so I am always cautious, and I do not want Microsoft to sneek in a...
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    Thanks. The explanation I wanted is at the end of...

    Thanks. The explanation I wanted is at the end of that thread.
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    Any idea why therefore the other patches are...

    Any idea why therefore the other patches are listed?
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    Which forced win10 patches should I avoid?

    Long ago I set Windows Update to manual, and usually follow the advice to wait a few days, and use the advice from patch watch.

    To avoid a Win10 upgrade, it is clear that KB3035583 should be...
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    Concerning MS intention to dictate updates. I...

    Concerning MS intention to dictate updates. I thought that could be blocked by a well behaved firewall. I hope so. Surely there will soon be a list of microsoft download sites, which can be blocked....
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    Beware the new versions of Malwarebytes. The old...

    Beware the new versions of Malwarebytes. The old standalone version, free and paid, worked well with paid versions of Online Armor and Emisoft Antimalware (ie antivirus). Despite setting exclusions,...
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    "In other words, all updates will be installed...

    "In other words, all updates will be installed automatically, whether you like it or not. If you fear and loathe Microsoft's Automatic Updates as much as I do, that's a bitter pill to swallow. Time...
  18. I agree, Windows Update is always risky. It has...

    I agree, Windows Update is always risky. It has been the most frequent reason for a lockout in my experience.

    I would first of all make sure the Firewall and AV were up to date. I was locked out...
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    Yes, scan each one before opening. What a pain! I...

    Yes, scan each one before opening. What a pain! I would still like to see if there is an answer to my original question, could I open them in another program, safely?

    Mbam, see the first post....
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    True, code has to be run. Bear with me, I find...

    True, code has to be run. Bear with me, I find this strange. People are surprised when they hear that pdf files can be carriers of viruses, and how much room in a pdf file is there for code? Hence it...
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    OK. I found it under tools/options and have now...

    OK. I found it under tools/options and have now disactivated most macros as you say. That solves the problem with Macro viruses, but what about Word viruses in general? The standard practice with pdf...
  22. Thread: Rescue disks

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    Well actually, I started out collecting Repair...

    Well actually, I started out collecting Repair Disks then came across the i386 folder and wondered what it was and if it could be used to make one, and if so, what tools would it have. The topics are...
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    Using Word 2010. For Antivirus I use Emisoft...

    Using Word 2010. For Antivirus I use Emisoft Antimalware, which may be checking the file when opening. I doubt if it is checking on downloading because when I scan the attachments folder it finds...
  24. Thread: Rescue disks

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    Thanks for the links to the Dell site. Quite a...

    Thanks for the links to the Dell site. Quite a lot to wade through. I have an Optiplex980 so the links work well. The computer has the factory restore partition, which really would be a last resort....
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    I have a Dell desktop, Optiplex. Out here you buy...

    I have a Dell desktop, Optiplex. Out here you buy them from a dealer, and when I asked for an installation disk I was told they were already on my computer. I do not know if this is general Dell...
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