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For what! Top Russian Nuclear Secrets! Jeez, can't anyone just leave harmless alone?

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They are still looking for the missing emails!!

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Not a laughing matter folks. The Routerforum.com got hacked a few weeks ago. It necessitated a reset of everyone's password. It caused no end to the grief for some of the members.

 

I just got off of the phone with another member that believes that he may have picked up some Ransom Ware from one of the RF ads. He apparently caught part of the software before it could activate but several orphan lines, embedded in his registry, have been preventing him from accessing things like YouTube videos. Not  an easy fix as the lines are password protected. He has to "Hack" the code in order to delete the problem lines.

 

All I can suggest is that you keep and maintain several different types of "antis"; Malwarebytes, antiviruses, CCleaner, Spybot, whatever. Run them regularly and keep your hard drive clean.

 

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28 minutes ago, schnewj said:

I just got off of the phone with another member that believes that he may have picked up some Ransom Ware from one of the RF ads

It's not a laughing matter at all.

It's also not a laughing matter to ambush visitors with a million popup ads, that really peeves me to no end. Like Bill said, keep your stuff clean, run Malwarebytes, it is a good software and open source free. 

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37 minutes ago, schnewj said:

Not a laughing matter folks. The Routerforum.com got hacked a few weeks ago. It necessitated a reset of everyone's password. It caused no end to the grief for some of the members.

 

I just got off of the phone with another member that believes that he may have picked up some Ransom Ware from one of the RF ads. He apparently caught part of the software before it could activate but several orphan lines, embedded in his registry, have been preventing him from accessing things like YouTube videos. Not  an easy fix as the lines are password protected. He has to "Hack" the code in order to delete the problem lines.

 

All I can suggest is that you keep and maintain several different types of "antis"; Malwarebytes, antiviruses, CCleaner, Spybot, whatever. Run them regularly and keep your hard drive clean.

 

ditto...

psssssst... check your clock...

it wasn't an RF ad but a google placed (not within the forum) ad that had nothing to do w/ WW or routers..

 

the gist..

You may have heard reports recently about a security issue involving VerticalScope. We would like to make sure you have the facts about what happened, what information was involved, and the steps we are taking to help protect you.
What Happened?

On June 13, 2016, we became aware that February 2016 data stolen from VerticalScope was being made available online.

What Information Was Involved?

Community member usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, community userIDS, community website, and the IP address the username originally registered with.

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1 hour ago, John Morris said:

For what! Top Russian Nuclear Secrets! Jeez, can't anyone just leave harmless alone?

there must be some deep dark secret we're not privy to or a bored teenager w/ time on their hands..

posting to the internet gives them ''cred''...

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18 minutes ago, John Morris said:

It's not a laughing matter at all.

It's also not a laughing matter to ambush visitors with a million popup ads, that really peeves me to no end. Like Bill said, keep your stuff clean, run Malwarebytes, it is a good software and open source free. 

google does those pop ups... that forum is google based..

Malwarebytes seems to be running a vendetta against ransomware.. it's some seriously good stuff...

 

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Have several things running on mine....Iorbit scans at least once a day......Ghostery wipes out any Trackers,AND blocks all ads....Every night, Windows Defender does a full scan. 

 

Had Malwarebytes for awhile,  Tried Iorbit instead....

 

Running Mozilla Firefox   There is an Internet Explorer set up in the computer, I let the "bad stuff" land in there.   Everything else is ....elsewhere....

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3 hours ago, Stick486 said:

it wasn't an RF ad but a google placed (not within the forum) ad that had nothing to do w/ WW or routers..

 

Ads from google, or anywhere, do not get onto a website period, unless the webmasters allow them. If a google ad does not advertise content related to the website, that does not mean the webmaster did not allow it to display.

 

Google ads can be displayed two ways, first way is to have ads related to the content of the website. Second way is to allow Google to learn your browsing habits, and display ads that are relevant to your browsing habits. So if for instance, you are shopping for a truck, a Ford Truck, and you then visit a forum that allows google ads, if the parameters are set to advertise based on your browsing habits, then you may see an ad for Ford Trucks on a website that is completely unrelated to trucks or automobiles. All websites allow cookies to be attached to your browsing of their website. It's what they allow those cookies to do that makes a difference in how your browsing habits are used.

 

If a webmaster allows a Google ad, with the parameters set for content related advertising, then the webmaster flipped some Google ad switches to only display advertising related to the website you are viewing, and that is a good thing. That means they did not allow Google to attach cookies to your browser, to learn where you have been.

 

On the other hand, if you are viewing Google ads that have nothing to do with the content of the website, such as a Ford Truck, or a Trip to Hawaii, then the webmaster has allowed Google to attach cookies to your browser, to learn your habits. This means the webmaster is sharing your information with Third Parties.

 

On The Patriot Woodworker, we also install cookies as you browse our website, we have too, it's how your able to navigate efficiently and quickly. But that is where it stops, once you leave our website, the cookies are not active, they just hang on the sidelines until you return to our site, and then the cookies jump up again in excitement and celebrate your return, then they go to work again to make your browsing experience pleasurable on The Patriot Woodworker.

 

We do not use Google Ads, it's a very popular way to earn money, the webmasters get paid per click, when you click on the ad, a trigger is activated, and funds get deposited to the Webmasters account. Thus the deceiving practice to place those Google ads every where and anywhere they can throughout the forums, to get you to click on those ads. Is it wrong? No, as long as you know that is the type of site they are running, then it's fair game. They should have a "Cookies Policy" displayed. 

 

Our Cookies policy is here at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/privacy/

It can also be found at the bottom of our site, under Privacy Policy, and you also review the Privacy Policy before you sign up to our community.

 

Frankly and openly, without passing judgement on what other webmasters do in their own communities, I dislike the entire Google Ads on websites, they are cheesy, without class, and they wreak of commercialism and profit at the cost of a web users experience, and privacy. Not too mention, they slow the site down considerably, I love a fast website, I want our users to be able to use our site efficiently, get what they need, and be happy with the experience. A slow site, equals an unhappy user.

 

 

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29 minutes ago, schnewj said:

Not a laughing matter folks. The Routerforum.com got hacked a few weeks ago. It necessitated a reset of everyone's password. It caused no end to the grief for some of the members.

 

I just got off of the phone with another member that believes that he may have picked up some Ransom Ware from one of the RF ads. He apparently caught part of the software before it could activate but several orphan lines, embedded in his registry, have been preventing him from accessing things like YouTube videos. Not  an easy fix as the lines are password protected. He has to "Hack" the code in order to delete the problem lines.

 

All I can suggest is that you keep and maintain several different types of "antis"; Malwarebytes, antiviruses, CCleaner, Spybot, whatever. Run them regularly and keep your hard drive clean.

 

MalwareBytes has a couple of lesser known products to assist in preventing some of the drive-by exploits. Malwarebytes Antiexploits both free and paid- https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/. Also Malwarebytes AntiRandsom (Beta)- https://malwarebytes.box.com/s/znlajk1tlmzbm2x3vb4enkik7lreqxd9. There is another product from Foolish IT called Crypto Prevent-  https://www.foolishit.com/cryptoprevent-malware-prevention/ . These 3 products can all run at the same time. I would also recommend adding a script blocker to your browser. Script Blockers are available fro most browser. These can be a bit of a pain to setup but no where near the hassel of removing virus/malware.

 

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2 hours ago, Stick486 said:

google does those pop ups... that forum is google based..

All due respect Stick, I beg to differ. RF is built with V Bulletin software. Not google based at all.

If you ever want to see what a site is built with what, you can go to the link below and plug in a  website address and see what technology the site is using.

http://builtwith.com/

 

You can plug in our website as well and see how we are built. Have fun!

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On 9/7/2016 at 4:21 PM, schnewj said:

Not a laughing matter folks

 

this is getting down right hysterical....

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Goes right alongside of  THIS

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1 hour ago, Grandpadave52 said:

Goes right alongside of  THIS

 

and this....

not to mention...

didn't every buddy know???

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protect yurself... use old tech...

a palm pilot should be old enough...

 

BEER PALM PILOT.jpg

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