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  1. #1


    Texas
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    Windows 8.1

    Trustworthy Sites


    Several days ago, I read about Cryptolocker malware and that it's very hard to get rid of.

    Of course, there were several replies to the thread, which is normal. Most likely all of the links in that thread are valid in that we can trust what we find there. However . . .

    There have been times I've gone to a site and downloaded stuff that gramma's lye soap won't take off my system! I've learned through experience to be cautious of where I go and what I click on. Not everyone has learned that lesson yet, especially those new to computers.

    Which brings me to my question: Do we have a listing of trustworthy sites in these forums? Or, is there a list of sites to avoid at all costs?

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    to Avoid?

    Freeze.con, Software Informer, en.softronic.con, these are the ones that show up the most in Googol. There are hundreds though. ANy site that makes you download what you are looking for in a special DOWNLOADER. Sometimes Cnet does this. It usually contains iLivid of some other such cack. Usually d/l's from Cnet are Ok but if you allow the special downloader to run, it will infect you.

    Trustworthy- Softpedia.com, which sometimes has older versions of software that are needed, as well as Oldversions.com.

    Basically as a rule, avoid all sites that lave huge lists of software you can download. Cnet is on the border.

    I'll add to the lists of Avoid as soon as I remember them all. Always download software trials from the Sites for the company that makes it.

    Oh yah, there is a site that offers fixes for various problems - They offer a "Fix" file, but it is a virus. I'll try to find that one, it is insidious.
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  3. #3


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Possibly best in the security section of the forum, but search Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File in Google and see the first link returned as a good place to start if you wish to help secure your computer against sites that are not trustworthy. The hosts file on your system (whether Windows or Linux) allows you to block unwanted, and especially known malicious connections.

    The "downside" of using such hosts files is that many ads do not display on your browsers, and that sites that you visit that rely on advertising revenue will not get any revenue from your visits. You can selectively unblock sites by editing the hosts file.
    Last edited by fafhrd; 01 Nov 2013 at 06:03.
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ads on the side of a page are another issue, by default I treat them ALL as malicious.
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  5. #5


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, Zwe. I had wondered about Softpedia and haven't gone there when I search with Bing and it shows up. Good to know.

    Did you mean .con in the list to avoid? I don't think I've ever seen a site something.con.

    At any rate, they're going onto the evil witch list (in appreciation of Haloween).

    I'll put Softpedia in the good witch list.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I spelled it that way, so the automatic URL thing would not put a link there - I don't want to post links to those places!

    Softpedia is generally OK, but you have to know exactly where the actual download link IS.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    On Softpedia, there will generally be 3 links right under the software name. The one you want, is the dark blue link with the arrow facing to the right and the word "Download" on it. The green "Download" link is an ad, and there is a "Buy" link underneath, dont use that either, on the page that shows up when you hit the blue Download button, it usually has a link to the dev site.

    Filehippo, thats another good one.
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  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    soft32.coN - Add that to the BAD list.

    The reason why I use NOD32 is because it BLOCKS these sites for me
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  9. #9


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    here's Softpedia without a hosts file modification
    Click image for larger version

    and here's the same with a hosts file mod

    Click image for larger version
    all the bad ads vanish
    Last edited by fafhrd; 01 Nov 2013 at 06:05.
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Thats great! Thanx for that. the same can apply to any hosting site that has a superfluity of ADS.

    LO4D dot CON,

    Looks legit, but when you download something, AV program kicks in.
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