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Old 3rd June 2009, 14:20   #1
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For the second time in a week whilst browsing The Tribune, Chandigarh, India my PC has churned into life with lots of HD activity and then some lovely spyware (spywareprotect I think) malware pops on the screen.

Last week I thought it was just conincedence but now I am thinking it is linked to the tribuneindia web site. Is there any way of scanning a web site for malware ? Always happens in firefox as well.
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You cannot scan a website for virus!

What you can do is have a good anti-virus software which has real time virus scanning option. Norton, McAfee, et la.

So, which anti-virus do you use? (So that I can keep away from it! )
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use firefox and install the noscript addon. A pretty safe combo
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It might be the particular page which can have spyware or something. You can not scan any web site for viruses etc. Rather user online protection in your Antivirus. I use Symantec, never had this issue. Moreover keep updating defination files too.
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So, which anti-virus do you use? (So that I can keep away from it! )
AVG, Spybot, MS Defender, Ad-Aware, Spybot all running with realtime options running where applicable.

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Will try that and see how it goes.
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firefox by itself is far more secure than IE. And noscript just makes it bulletproof.

Noscript is like a wirewall. it disables javascript and other stuff sites use to infect PC's - and you have to manually enable javascript if you are missing something, and are sure that the site is safe
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MS Defender picks the malware up after it has installed AVG and the others do not detect it in realtime mode.

Just installed noscript and it is worth installing if you run firefox.
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Woah!
that site really has some thing.
Avira immediately warned me and blocked the script.
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Firefox + Adblock Plus + Flashblock. Noscript's author was caught doing unethical things with Adblock's blacklists, so I don't trust noscript anymore.
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Use firefox, with the extensions. Tribune India site often gets malware, and every time this happens, the office firewall blocks it.
At home though I have AVG internet security which usually warns me.
However if you use noscript, it will take care of all infected websites
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I know a journalist who works at Tribune. I might drop her an email about their dodgy site.
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You could also try using OpenDNS.

It will warn you when a site has been detected to have malicious content - its not 100% protection, but it helps.

OpenDNS > Solutions > Overview

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For people without a "proper" antivirus suite - I'd recommend that you try "Avast home edition".

Its a free antivirus product available as a download from their website and IMO - it works atleast as well as the ones that we pay 2-3K for (a google search will get you to the download link for the latest version). The virus definitions are updated regularly and there's no annoying advertisements/spam either.

I've been using it on my home PC for almost 2 years and Avast catches everything that the Symantec corporate edition catches on my company provided laptop.
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One solution bests them all

Use firefox with an addon named WOT

WOT >> Web of trust

Basically an online database of websites, with ratings for websites based on their trustworthiness. Checks the websites as you are browsing in an unobstructive manner.

As soon as you try to navigate to an unsafe site, it warns you with a full page alert, and advises you to close that particular website.

Get it here https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3456
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use firefox and install the noscript addon. A pretty safe combo
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Firefox + Adblock Plus + Flashblock. Noscript's author was caught doing unethical things with Adblock's blacklists, so I don't trust noscript anymore.
Linky: Adblock Plus and (a little) more: Attention NoScript users

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For people without a "proper" antivirus suite - I'd recommend that you try "Avast home edition".

Its a free antivirus product available as a download from their website and IMO - it works atleast as well as the ones that we pay 2-3K for (a google search will get you to the download link for the latest version). The virus definitions are updated regularly and there's no annoying advertisements/spam either.

I've been using it on my home PC for almost 2 years and Avast catches everything that the Symantec corporate edition catches on my company provided laptop.
+1. Have been using this for about 6 years now on my systems. The free version is good enough. You only need to register on the site and they send you a serial key that is valid for 14 months. After 14 months, register again.
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