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  1. #1 New toolbar and update for IE 6, it is really great! 
    Forum Radioactive Isotope cosmictraveler's Avatar
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    Check it out if you already have IE 6. They are working on IE 7 but it won't be released until next year. I've installed the updated toolbar and it is a real treat to see what they did. They now are on par with Opera and Firefox.

    "NEW] - Advanced Searchbar for Windows is an easy to use and very customizable free toolbar for Internet Explorer. You can search using more than 99 search engines. It eliminates annoying pop-ups and pop-unders. Includes auto form filler, RSS news ticker - easily add your own news providers, home page protector, screensaver launcher, 78 free games, adult content blocker - keeps the Internet safe for children, web page translation (for 12 plus languages), 69 news providers, 38 email providers, browser tracks remover with file shredder, (removes: Cookies, Cache, IE Autofill, History, Temp Directory, Typed URLs, MRU File List, Recycle Bin, and Clipboard) - keeps what you do and where you go on the Internet private. Zoom In/Out of web pages, auto highlighter for search terms, Alexa information for web sites, Archived pages of web sites, driving directions, weather lookup, movie showtime's, All the Yahoo links for MyYahoo!, Easy access to blog hosts and free greetings.
    Advanced Searchbar integrates with Windows calculator, media players (WinAmp, Quicktime Player, Picasa, Microsoft Movie Maker, DVD Player, Real Player, Windows CD Player, Windows Media Player, and DivX Player) , system utilities (Control Panel, Program Add/Remove) computer disk utilities, Windows registry utilities, instant messengers (AIM, MSN, GAIM, ICQ, mIRC, Trillian, Yahoo Pager), e-mail programs (Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird, FoxMail and IncrediMail), installed game programs (Solitaire, FreeCell, Pinball, Spider Solitaire, Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, Reversi, and Hearts) and spyware-removal programs (Spybot - Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware SE, PestPatrol, SpySweeper, and MS AntiSpyware). Advanced Searchbar contains no advertising, and has no spyware, no adware, and no malware." more info at:http://www.advancedsearchbar.com/

    To download the new toolbar and all the new goodies it has click here:
    http://www.advancedsearchbar.com/asbsetup.exe


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    I use Firefox, IE sucks.


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    I have no faith in the most minutely inspected OS and IE browser staying secure any more than past incarnations managed.

    It has taken Microsucks to actually lose use to Firefox before they would even make the attempt to correct any of the issues involving IE. This doesn't actually inspire me to jump on their bandwagon again. If they have the market sewed up, they could care less of the user problems with their software and time and again I have heard them blame the user for software errors and problems. Many of the errors and security holes have been reported to them without attempt to rectify those errors a year later. Not exactly on the ball or just don't care. I would pick the later. That is the reason lots of people are leaving the MS fold for other products. In using other products it seems to be the only way to get Microsucks to actually DO something with the overprice crap they are distributing.

    The idea that they have tied that many functions into IE only leaves me to suspect they have also opened far more security holes than they have closed. Like (In)Sanity, I will pass on IE and retain Firefox for use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    I use Firefox, IE sucks.
    Wait until you see what changes they made to IE, I didn't think it was as good as Firefox ....that is until now with these new improvements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    I use Firefox, IE sucks.
    Wait until you see what changes they made to IE, I didn't think it was as good as Firefox ....that is until now with these new improvements.
    It's still IE, the more they add the less I trust it.
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    If you don't even give it a chance, how can you condem it? I gave firefox as well as Opera a chance but returned to IE after seeing they really weren't that much better. True, when I used them they did have a bunch of "toys" to play with but the heart of the browser wasn't that much different than IE. IMO.
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    Still no stabbed browsing eh?
    Up the workers!
    Down Mcdonalds and their evil McCholesterol McShite
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    If you don't even give it a chance, how can you condem it? I gave firefox as well as Opera a chance but returned to IE after seeing they really weren't that much better. True, when I used them they did have a bunch of "toys" to play with but the heart of the browser wasn't that much different than IE. IMO.
    The speed improvment alone on Firefox is worth it to me. IE supports active X and thus is highly insecure. It's the #1 way people end up with spyware on their PC's. ActiveX also is no longer officially supported by MS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Communist Hamster
    Still no stabbed browsing eh?
    What's that, I've never even heard of it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    If you don't even give it a chance, how can you condem it? I gave firefox as well as Opera a chance but returned to IE after seeing they really weren't that much better. True, when I used them they did have a bunch of "toys" to play with but the heart of the browser wasn't that much different than IE. IMO.
    The speed improvment alone on Firefox is worth it to me. IE supports active X and thus is highly insecure. It's the #1 way people end up with spyware on their PC's. ActiveX also is no longer officially supported by MS.

    I guess that because I have 3 Gig's of Sdram, 3 Gig processor and cable DSL I really don't see any differences in the time it takes me to use any of the browsers I mentioned. The new improved IE 6 is just as fast , to me, as before. I don't really need the "toy" on the toolbar but some of them do come in handy and make it easier to use now.
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    Part of the "services" offered for the new IE by your list is the same things that I battle to ensure never get on my pc to begin with. They are leaders of spyware and phone home; both of which I intensely dislike.

    The toolbar is one of the biggest security holes yet to come along. It allows hidden programs to execute and the average user can't find where they are to even stop the loading for them. Not to mention that trojans, worms, and viruses make use of those same holes to install, update, and feed yet more undesired programs into your pc.

    The idea that they are finally coming to the point of recognising what early warning organizations have been telling them forever is source holes to access machines through malware is a sign that they are now finally having to deal with the reason computer users are leaving IE. Anytime a government organization issues security warnings telling computer users to change browsers because of security issues there is something seriously wrong with the program. Microsucks responce to that was to come out with sp2, which was a poorly tested update and caused countless problems for computer users that didn't run standard machines and programs. Now they are finally trying to address the holes in IE. What? 2 years later?

    Home page protector had to be gotten third party. In many cases just changing the name of IE had the effect of rebuffing malware attacks and Microsucks has done nothing till now to even acknowledge this problem. For the same 2 years I have been running third party apps just for that one issue.

    Spyware programs for the most part take care of the mru list, temp internet cache, cookies, autofill history, typed url list, and recycle bin to name a few. Since the default for IE was set more for access than for user security it is always a pain to go in and change everything that needs changed. The average user has no clue where and what to change and that is the way Microsucks wants it. They don't make it easy to secure your machine. They sell licenses to those same spyware and adware companies to allow such behavior and access to your machine. I don't like the purposeful setting up of such violations of privacy, especially to make a buck on my info.

    My personal machine does not support Media player, IE browser, nor Outlook. It is a continual pain to go into the registry keys to delete the spyware, phone home programs, altering of hex data and the like everytime the OS needs reinstalled. These are those that Microsucks puts in without the help of third party addtions you get from surfing the net. Would that I could remove the IE totally I would but alas some is necessary to the displaying of the desktop and therefore can't be entirely removed.

    Activex, VBScripts, Java and Flash are also large security holes. Not to mention the allowing of third party cookie sites. These are just basic everyday things that have to be altered from defaults in order to half way secure your machine. We won't talk of how easy it is to hijack your machine through hosts file.

    Dealing with just the few problems and holes I have mentioned is why I am not to particular in trusting Microsucks to do the right thing. These are by no means a complete listing of holes but rather the very basics.
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    Anytime you start your OS up your vunerable to a hack or security breach no matter what you use for a browser. Installed in all OS are ways to "watch" what you do and where you go. So just remember that your browser isn't the real problem , it's your OS that is.
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    Installed in all OS are ways to "watch" what you do and where you go.
    This coming from a guy who's probably only ever used windows!

    Linux is very secure. If you turn on encryption and use your computer as a diskless system, it would take many millions of years to discover the first few keys you pressed (though it is possible.) OpenBSD is another option.


    The only modern OS that is insecure by default is windows.[/quote]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xerxes
    Installed in all OS are ways to "watch" what you do and where you go.
    This coming from a guy who's probably only ever used windows!

    Linux is very secure. If you turn on encryption and use your computer as a diskless system, it would take many millions of years to discover the first few keys you pressed (though it is possible.) OpenBSD is another option.


    The only modern OS that is insecure by default is windows.
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    You are correct, I have used only windows and have had very few problems and the ones I had were caused by myself, not the OS. I find that Win XP Professional is even better than my Win 98 2Ed was and would recommend it to anyone not paranoid of someone watching them.

    Why do you need all that security and why are you so concerned about who watchs what you do? I'm not worried for I fear very little in life, especially OS.
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    You should at least try other operating systems before haughtily knocking them as paranoid. When it comes to sensitive information, one can never be too secure.
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    I would always have 2 HD's, one for online and the other with sensitive info in it that I don't want anyone to see. I do have 2 HD's but don't worry about who see's what's on it for it is only my bak up for all of my software and work.By having 2 HD's there's no way that anyone can find out that you have 2 so there's no way they can do anything to it. Just keep offline with it as I do.


    I don't want to be switching my OS every time a bew one hits the market place for it alwats takes time to learn the system and to recopy all of the stuff you have on your HD to the new one. There have been at least 46 OS that were out there at one time or another and I'm not going to keep trying something new when what I have works great already.
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    Just to let you know this forum runs on Debian Linux. I use Windows XP for day to day work. Linux absolutely rules for a server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Just to let you know this forum runs on Debian Linux. I use Windows XP for day to day work. Linux absolutely rules for a server.
    That's interesting to know. I'm glad that it works so well for you. Have you tried Windows for a server if not why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Just to let you know this forum runs on Debian Linux. I use Windows XP for day to day work. Linux absolutely rules for a server.
    That's interesting to know. I'm glad that it works so well for you. Have you tried Windows for a server if not why not?
    Of course I have, I started out pro windows and still have many clients that use windows servers. The fact of the matter is Linux just makes a better server, more stable and a lot faster. It also tends to just do more with far less. I'm not all that fond of 2003 server, I have a couple clients running it and so far it's not proven it's worth. 2000 server was just as good in most cases. Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Just to let you know this forum runs on Debian Linux. I use Windows XP for day to day work. Linux absolutely rules for a server.
    That's interesting to know. I'm glad that it works so well for you. Have you tried Windows for a server if not why not?
    Of course I have, I started out pro windows and still have many clients that use windows servers. The fact of the matter is Linux just makes a better server, more stable and a lot faster. It also tends to just do more with far less. I'm not all that fond of 2003 server, I have a couple clients running it and so far it's not proven it's worth. 2000 server was just as good in most cases. Just my opinion.
    Thank you for your thoughts.
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    double post..
    where oh where is sciforums?
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    http://slashdot.org/articles/05/05/2....shtml?tid=109

    I don't want to be switching my OS every time a bew one hits the market place for it alwats takes time to learn the system and to recopy all of the stuff you have on your HD to the new one
    Funny you say that. Microsoft is best known for planned obsolesence. They no longer support win98, and win2000 will be in the same bucket soon.

    Put windows 98 box next to redhat 7.3 one(also unsupported.) In a few months, one of them will become a zombie. The other will be as solid as its first day.

    There are so many reasons to choose *nix above windows(besides security), but in the end most dogs are unwilling to learn new tricks. To the glue truck with them, I say! haha



    One last question though-- Do you physically unplug the extra HD everytime you're connected to the net? That seems a little extreme. You may as well purchase a thumb drive.
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    Yes, I physically unplug it when I'm online. Since I keep my tower open it is very simple to "pull the wires" so that I have no worry at all about someone getting into that drive. Why buy something else when just doing as I do works so well for years. I really don't have to do that but I got into the habit when I was using Win 98 SE for it would crash due to my foolishness downloading stuff I shouldn't .

    I still have my Win 98 SE on my first PC with a 1 gig procesor and 1 gig of SDRam. I fire it up once in awhile just to keep it up to speed with any updates for the drivers on it that I have. It's good to have a back up PC even if it doesn't come close to what I'm using for if this one should fail I know that I can still get online if need be. It is true that MS doesn't support Win 98 SE any longerper say but it still works and they do have references for any problems in their archives if I need to find something out.
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