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    HOUSECALL ANTIVIRUS.

    For several months I`ve used Housecall online virusscan as an extra security.
    But when I,wanted to scan online yesterday (May 31st).
    It prompted me to install "Xscan53.cab"from Akamai.net.
    Now why does it do that,I`ve already got housecall installed on my machine?
    Does anyone know what this is and is it save to install it?

    Greets:Liberator.

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    Re: HOUSECALL ANTIVIRUS.

    Doing a Google search for Xscan53.cab, shows entry in German, which is translated.
    Xscan53.cab is ActiveX control from akamai.net and not from the Trend Micro site...
    downloaded files from Xscan53.cab lands in Windows listing and not inthe Housecall files.
    States that since this happens, when one wants to uninstall the Housecall program, the user will have a difficult time removing all of the files because of this download.
    Perhaps you can read the FAQs at the website for more info or on the forum, if a forum does exist.

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    Re: HOUSECALL ANTIVIRUS.

    In addition to routinely updating the "pattern file" that contains virus signature, Trend Micro issues new "scan engines" for its products a couple times a year. My guess is that this is a newer version of Housecall that corresponds to the product updates. (Unfortunately, our firewall does not recognize the Akamai network as a trusted source of ActiveX controls, so I can't actually try it out myself.)

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    Re: HOUSECALL ANTIVIRUS.

    Thank you,for the info,I,checked out the web-site you refere to and it has some info on Xscan53.cab but it doesn`t say why it asks me to install it.
    It could be a new scan engine but i`m not taking any risks with Active X controls.
    So if anyone knows of another FREE online scanner I,would be glad to hear so.
    Thank you all for reflecting on my post.

    Greets"Liberator.

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    Re: HOUSECALL ANTIVIRUS.

    Akamai, in this case, is simply storage space, the download is certified by trend micro. I tried it and found it slow but harmless. No warnings appeared. Akamai did not set any cookies but TM did. There was no modem activity during the test that I could detect, though I am using a new firewall. There was no return to Akamai after the test. Lots of companies use Akamai servers including Microsoft, for some things, because the server is close to you and will deliver faster. Many ads are served from Akamai and it did have a questionable name in some circles, but in this case it APPEARS, to do no harm.

    Roland <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

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