OH F....., Lost everything

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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby NickyJ » Sun May 02, 2021 1:36 pm

MikeWest502 wrote:Just because you're not familiar with ISP tactics or never heard of anything close is because you've never worked for an ISP provider or have 27 years of Information Technology, network engineering or Cyber Security awareness like I have. I wouldn't make a claim if I didn't have first-hand knowledge! You crack me up Revanfan, seriously! :lol: :roll:

So which specific ISP was doing it?

ISPs can't install anything on your computer without consent. Every virus and piece of malware that goes on your PC needs the user's consent. The consent is given through deceptive means, trying to trick people into thinking they have viruses that need to be removed by a Microsoft tech with a Pakistani accent that has to be called on a 1-800 line. The more benign malware that simply tracks computer usage is bundled into other software, but it's all something you have to personally approve of.

Have you ever tried installing an antivirus program on a Mac? It's honestly not worth it; Mac's these days are so locked down that you're going to have approve just about every single action that antivirus programs provide. Which defeats the point of needing antivirus programs on a Mac in the first place. It takes so many permission requests to make a legitimate program work, you're going to have to go through the same permission requests for malware too.

I have installed MacOS on many Mac computers, new and old. Not a single one has asked for permission to install a tracker for an ISP or to install a program that I didn't specifically choose to install myself.
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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby BUS36 » Sun May 02, 2021 10:21 pm

hey I don't have the savy of you guys ...Mike didn't go into any details other that the HD fried and there were traces of a hack. I will get a new HD from him and I will go from there. So I will be able to reload tuff on it, via sticks and dvds.
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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby MikeWest502 » Mon May 03, 2021 7:02 am

NickyJ wrote:
MikeWest502 wrote:Just because you're not familiar with ISP tactics or never heard of anything close is because you've never worked for an ISP provider or have 27 years of Information Technology, network engineering or Cyber Security awareness like I have. I wouldn't make a claim if I didn't have first-hand knowledge! You crack me up Revanfan, seriously! :lol: :roll:

So which specific ISP was doing it?


Your personal/professional experiences with computers are your own. I've worked for AT&T, Verizon and Comcast/Xfinity ISP's in my past. I have my own computer service business as well, established in 1994. It's ok for you to dispute things you are not aware of and may also demand proof. But that doesn't mean the issues presented aren't true. Nor does that mean I need to write you a certified letter of facts and answers. Again, lack of knowledge of what goes on under your nose or behind the scenes with today's technologies is something you can't see or smell. So the less you know will always keep you on a consumer level!

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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby BUS36 » Mon May 03, 2021 10:10 am

I believe it is time to lock this topic out before war starts up.
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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby RevanFan » Mon May 03, 2021 10:39 am

BUS36 wrote:hey I don't have the savy of you guys ...Mike didn't go into any details other that the HD fried and there were traces of a hack. I will get a new HD from him and I will go from there. So I will be able to reload tuff on it, via sticks and dvds.

Well, good luck. If you want recommendations for antivirus software and ad blockers, I use Ublock Origin (for ad blocking) and BitDefender Free (for antivirus.) Those two things right there should keep you pretty safe. Ublock Origin is an extension that can go on any web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, etc.), and is easily the best ad blocker. BitDefender Free is one of the best free AV solutions out there. Kaspersky is also great, but a lot of people in the US don't trust them because they have had links to the Russian government in the past. They shouldn't be used on government computers, but for a normal person, they're fine and it works very well. BitDefender and Kaspersky both have paid versions as well, should you want even more features, but I find the free versions work very well.

One other thing, if you're interested in a web browser that blocks ads by default, Brave is a good option. I use it on all of my computers and on my phone. It blocks ads by default, it's based off Chromium, so it looks, feels, and acts a lot like Chrome, and it is free and open source, so you can look into the code and fork it yourself if you know programming. Free and open source software is generally more trustworthy than proprietary software. Ublock Origin is also free and open source. Speaking of free and open source, Firefox too is free and open source, but it doesn't block ads by default.

https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
https://usa.kaspersky.com/free-antivirus

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... iagm?hl=en
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... ck-origin/
https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/add ... hpchacaeak
https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/ublock/

https://brave.com/
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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby MikeWest502 » Mon May 03, 2021 10:50 pm

BUS36 wrote:I believe it is time to lock this topic out before war starts up.


Yeah, no problem with that. As a matter of fact I'll cease & desist, last post on this. In the real world Apple/Mac computers have never been an industry standard on any level. All of the enhanced (enhanced = 5000+ employees) business organizations I've work for, including the colleges and public schools never use Apple pc's or servers in administration, teaching, training, accounting, human resources, litigation or day to day office use or anything significant.

Apple/Mac pc's are solid, cool and a bit more reliable that windows bases computers, so what! Again, they've never been an industry standard or widely used in corporate offices, schools or colleges across the US. When anyone applies for a IT position, knowledge of Apple/Mac is not mandatory even if you apply for a job at Apple, where as having certifications like MCSE, MCSA, CNE (any programming skillsets like C+ or Visual C) or even A+ are more valuable in securing the opportunity!

Edit: I've dealt with detractors before!

My cease & desist is now in effect!

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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby BUS36 » Mon May 03, 2021 10:57 pm

On my Windows 10PC ..I have Firefox (w/Ublocker)and Microsft Edge, Malwarebytes and Defender antivirus & Bitdefender. the HD that burned up was on my PC that had 8.1..not my newer PC
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Re: OH F....., Lost everything

Postby RevanFan » Tue May 04, 2021 12:19 pm

BUS36 wrote:On my Windows 10PC ..I have Firefox (w/Ublocker)and Microsft Edge, Malwarebytes and Defender antivirus & Bitdefender. the HD that burned up was on my PC that had 8.1..not my newer PC

The computer with the old OS is even more in need of strong protection. 8.1 won't be supported forever, after all. Personally, I don't think any system should be running anything older than 10 anymore, but I do understand that some software works better on older systems.

Regardless, I believe 8.1 is still being supported for now, so you should be fine if you go back to that when you get the new drive.

Side note: Part of me has really wanted to set up an old computer with XP or something, and just leave it disconnected from the internet. Use it exclusively for old games. But I've found ways to get most of my old games to work on my Windows 10 systems.
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