How many programs do you have open?

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BicycleTree said:
Well, I never had that happen to me, and anyway I have ZoneAlarm to block unauthorized traffic. I have gotten computer viruses (and still have them) but through Messenger Service, not IE, and that bug has been fixed, although since I have ZoneAlarm I have yet to download the fix.

Zone Alarm can't stop the browser from taking over the computer, because zone Alarm only blocks ports your programs aren't using(as any firewall is supposed to). But when a website uses IE to take control, it uses the port allowed by ZoneAlarm.
 
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Well, it has not happened to me. Maybe you're talking about an old version of IE.
 
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Well IE has been version 6 for almost 4 years, so I doubt it.

Here is secunia's securit report on IE 6 (the current version with all security patches, iirc): http://secunia.com/product/11/
 
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Two speculative severe problems. In both cases the wording is that it "may" allow arbitrary code execution; they did not say they had confirmed this. They had confirmed that there is a problem but not that it definitely can be used for arbitrary code execution.
http://secunia.com/advisories/14820/
Firefox isn't perfect either.
 
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BicycleTree said:
They had confirmed that there is a problem but not that it definitely can be used for arbitrary code execution.

I can tell you from experience, it can definitely be used for arbitrary code execution.

Of course, i no longer run IE (hardly run Windows for that matter) so its not an issue.
 
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I have no bloody idea what Firefox is, other than a great book and movie. Same for IE, except for the book and movie part.
My system memory is extremely low, so I keep it to a minimum. I'm currently on Explorer, Photoshop 6, Finder, and PictureViewer. Sometimes Illustrator, when I'm working on one of the cartoons or a diagram to make it postable.
 
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Huck at your 6 again. I think IE is an acronym for Internet Explorer. I don't know what Firefox is though. I don't think it's anything I've ever used.

I keep two or three IE windows open. Hardly have a need for anything else. Those damn popups accumulate in my task bar if I don't keep on top of them.
oh, there's one now! :grumpy:
 
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Franz, you're a security expert who is positive exactly which flaw was causing the problems you described?
 
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Huckleberry said:
Huck at your 6 again. I think IE is an acronym for Internet Explorer.
Thanks again. I try to keep those windows to a minimum as well. I've had up to about 15 or so, but then it tells me I don't have enough memory to go farther. :grumpy:
 
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Danger said:
Thanks again. I try to keep those windows to a minimum as well. I've had up to about 15 or so, but then it tells me I don't have enough memory to go farther. :grumpy:
You don't have as much to worry about, between running a Mac, and using such an old OS on that Mac, it's highly unlikely anyone is bothering to write viruses for it anymore or that there are enough other users left with that OS to spread around any existing viruses. Sometimes it's good to be behind the times. :biggrin:

Firefox is another browser. I've been warned that the version for Macs is not very good (and I don't know if it would run on anything earlier than OS X anyway), so either stick with explorer or when you upgrade someday, you'll get Safari with newer operating systems. That's not perfect either, but I've grown to like it better than explorer.
 
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Moonbear said:
either stick with explorer or when you upgrade someday, you'll get Safari with newer operating systems. That's not perfect either, but I've grown to like it better than explorer.
Thanks for the info. I also have Netscape Navigator 4.7 on here, but I didn't like it any time I tried it.
 

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