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Belkin -- igNobel contender

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    Belkin -- igNobel contender


    Best Buy offers this great gadget B2B128 (made in China) by Belkin (California-based) that offers USB 3.0 PC-powered hub and Gigabit Ethernet for the latest ultrabooks that do not have Ethernet ports.

    In the manual, and I think it was stated on the box, that the drivers are included with Win 8 and 8.1. IOW, plug and play. Only it didn't play.

    Belkin support website offers a driver download. Thankfully it didn't warn away this 8.1 user by telling me I already have it.

    Quick as a whistle, the .zip file was downloaded, taking up a little over half of the 4kb block it now owns. There must be a mistake. No driver worth its salt, even if it's compressed, is that small.

    The clincher: there was a 2MB .rar file inside the .zip file. Windows OS extracts a .zip file out of the box, not some rare .rar. That was one hell of a compression and Belkin did not offer any utility to decompress the .rar file. I don't even know if Norton can scan a highly compressed file and determine it to be not a risk. Edit: actually, it saw the two zip and rar file and declared the two safe.

    This is a time I wish I knew how to and I'm running a virtual sandbox to dump this imp into.

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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    Best Buy offers this great gadget B2B128 (made in China) by Belkin (California-based) that offers USB 3.0 PC-powered hub and Gigabit Ethernet for the latest ultrabooks that do not have Ethernet ports.

    In the manual, and I think it was stated on the box, that the drivers are included with Win 8 and 8.1. IOW, plug and play. Only it didn't play.

    Belkin support website offers a driver download. Thankfully it didn't warn away this 8.1 user by telling me I already have it.

    Quick as a whistle, the .zip file was downloaded, taking up a little over half of the 4kb block it now owns. There must be a mistake. No driver worth its salt, even if it's compressed, is that small.

    The clincher: there was a 2MB .rar file inside the .zip file. Windows OS extracts a .zip file out of the box, not some rare .rar. That was one hell of a compression and Belkin did not offer any utility to decompress the .rar file. I don't even know if Norton can scan a highly compressed file and determine it to be not a risk. Edit: actually, it saw the two zip and rar file and declared the two safe.

    This is a time I wish I knew how to and I'm running a virtual sandbox to dump this imp into.
    sandbox>7 zip(for .rar)>scan with malwarebytes
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    Something weird just happened!

    I logged off earlier from this forum after posting this new thread. When I returned to this thread as a guest, I noticed the word d6iver and d6ivers were links to a tweakbit.com d6iverupdater. When I logged on to report this, the links disappeared.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    Something weird just happened!

    I logged off earlier from this forum after posting this new thread. When I returned to this thread as a guest, I noticed the word d6iver and d6ivers were links to a tweakbit.com d6iverupdater. When I logged on to report this, the links disappeared.
    I bet you're using chrome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    Something weird just happened!

    I logged off earlier from this forum after posting this new thread. When I returned to this thread as a guest, I noticed the word d6iver and d6ivers were links to a tweakbit.com d6iverupdater. When I logged on to report this, the links disappeared.
    I bet you're using chrome.
    Chrome has nothing to do with it. The OP either used a Torrent, or bad/malware site.
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    Somethihing weird just happened!

    I logged off earlier from this forum after posting this new thread. When I returned to this thread as a guest, I noticed the word d6iver and d6ivers were links to a tweakbit.com d6iverupdater. When I logged on to report this, the links disappeared.
    I bet you're using chrome.
    Chrome has nothing to do with it. The OP either used a Torrent, or bad/malware site.
    Yep or that annoying ads that convert some words to links automatically.
    And that happens in any browser unless it has a ad blocker installed
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I've never had that problem in IE, but even with ADP in Chrome those darn green text underlined flash ads pop up(like on majorgeeks), and if you kill them you have an incomplete sentence because words are missing, that's one of the reasons IE has been my favorite browser, but Chrome 64bit is REALLY fast when the bells and whistles are turned off.
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    Something weird just happened!

    I logged off earlier from this forum after posting this new thread. When I returned to this thread as a guest, I noticed the word d6iver and d6ivers were links to a tweakbit.com d6iverupdater. When I logged on to report this, the links disappeared.
    I bet you're using chrome.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    I've never had that problem in IE, but even with ADP in Chrome those darn green text underlined flash ads pop up(like on majorgeeks), and if you kill them you have an incomplete sentence because words are missing, that's one of the reasons IE has been my favorite browser, but Chrome 64bit is REALLY fast when the bells and whistles are turned off.
    That's the ads I talked about. They are done by the website, not Chrome (I don't use IE but they happen on any other browser too, ff Safari...)
    I use Adblock (not plus) and I haven't saw them again.
    That also explains why they appear when logged off and not logged in

    Yep Chrome + 64 bit + adblock + hardware acceleration + the latest dev or beta release = fastest thing ever



    BTW Ialways have a VM with win xp and completely isolated as a sandbox. with a snapshot so if it gets infected I can revert to a clean state without reinstall
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Oh well electricity, ISPs and servers cost money, need to pay for them somehow...On my favorite sites(like here) I always keep my adblocker off set IE to allow ads too. (Hooray for Designer Media Ltd
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    I block ads due to flash is used for most of them. They slow down my computer unacceptably making scrolling choppy and eating RAM. When they drop flash in ads I will unlock them. Not all we can get a super powerful computer
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