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    Maybe why Boot disk didn't work well !!

    I've been having an issue with Acronis boot disk ---- but nothing else!!

    All of a sudden this morning;

    MS essentials detected this and while doing a full scan, makes me wonder why sooooo late --- I run it every day along with Malwarebytes and CCleaner.

    I'm careful where I go and what I download for the last 10 years and all has been fine and "Well" it's a weird happening.

    I pay all my bills and bank on-line though this XP os and have for years without a problem.

    I don't feel my XP is safe any more, any suggestions ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jagworld View Post
    I don't feel my XP is safe any more, any suggestions ??
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    I don't feel my XP is safe any more, any suggestions ??
    MSE did it's job, no reason to switch AV/AM software arbitrarily.

    The best and most 100% way to feel safe about your OS would be a total format and clean install. (minus the Java software of course)
    But simply getting confirmation with a couple of other tools to ensure there is nothing else on the system would be prudent.

    Having Java and programs that specifically use Java is becoming an increasingly bad software choice, especially on an old OS like XP.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2012-08-14 at 23:13.

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    Run Malwarebytes' Antimalware, SuperAntiSpyware, and Hitman Pro.
    If all those run clean, you are likely to be as OK as XP can be...
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    3 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
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    @CLiNT;
    When Sun Java wants to run/update all the time, should I even have it ?

    Please explain the nittie-critty on Java "if you will, i'd appreciate it" !!!


    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    MSE did it's job, no reason to switch AV/AM software arbitrarily.

    The best and most 100% way to feel safe about your OS would be a total format and clean install. (minus the Java software of course)
    But simply getting confirmation with a couple of other tools to ensure there is nothing else on the system would be prudent.

    Having Java and programs that specifically use Java is becoming an increasingly bad software choice, especially on an old OS like XP.

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    Please explain the nittie-critty on Java "if you will, i'd appreciate it" !!!
    Simple: It's insecure.
    I've dumped it the last few years of using Windows XP. It's just too much of a liability.
    No program imo is worth having to install it.

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    3 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
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    Good to know, I'll remove it. Whats your opinion about the JavaScript install ?

    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Simple: It's insecure.
    I've dumped it the last few years of using Windows XP. It's just too much of a liability.
    No program imo is worth having to install it.

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    Clint,

    Ok, I'm taking the challenge. I've uninstalled Java and see if I can live w/o it!
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Now you guys got me curious.
    What programs do you use that require Java to run in the first place?

    It's been a few years and last I recall there was a really decent BT client that used it that I had to dump.

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    Well here, the government website where you file your tax returns requires Java. That's why I still have it installed.

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    I dumped Java a couple of months ago and have not run into a situation where I needed it.

    JavaScript is not the same as Java. JavaScript is a programming language used by many modern day browsers. An excerpt for the linked page: "Nowadays almost all web pages contain JavaScript, a scripting programming language that runs on visitor's web browser. It makes web pages functional for specific purposes and if disabled for some reason, the content or the functionality of the web page can be limited or unavailable."
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    Most websites won't require Java, but a few will. A bigger number will require Javascript, though and lately Javascript is becoming more and more important in modern web programming, since browsers are getting better at it and JQuery brought a small revolution in the usage of Javascript for web developers.

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    @CLiNT;
    ""But simply getting confirmation with a couple of other tools to ensure there is nothing else on the system would be prudent.""

    What couple of tolls are you talking about?

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    Sorry CLiNT I FAILED the challenge and it didn't even take 2 hours!.
    First, Arachnophopia wouldn't work...well I'm not doing much web work right now so I have time to look for a replacement. But I do like it!
    Secondly, and the last straw when I fired up my Kies Air application on my Galaxy S II to transfer pictures it would only transfer 1 at a time w/o Java installed. I had about 50 pictures to transfer so Java got reinstalled pretty quickly.
    Don't know what else I run that needs it but since I haven't had any infections while running it I guess it stays on the machine to avoid the pain of not having it.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jagworld View Post
    @CLiNT;
    ""But simply getting confirmation with a couple of other tools to ensure there is nothing else on the system would be prudent.""

    What couple of tolls are you talking about?

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    The ones BATcher made mention of.
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