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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by pxsant on Today at 03:57:16 AM »
On my home phone, I just turn the ringer off and only answer calls when they're leaving a message. If they don't try to leave a message, I don't answer.

That is exactly what I do.  I have Vonage for a home number and have it forwarded to my cell phone just so I can see what the calling number is.  But I never answer it and let it go to voice mail.   No message, I write it off.
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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by The Gorn on September 20, 2017, 06:22:51 PM »
...what a great loss to the tech support community to find out that these help utilities are infected with malware.  Its just sickening.

Maybe something happened when the company was bought out, that surely is possible like pxsant said. 

I always believed that the PC desktop industry had a bit of a soul and some integrity, more than the smartphone industry, for instance. Companies like Spinrite and CCleaner and Malwarebytes always seemed like shining examples of good citizenship.

Fast forward to 2017 - fuck our customers, we can cash out BIG because we have this 30+ year old reputation we can trade off of, and it'll become someone else's problem.
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by unix on September 20, 2017, 06:10:54 PM »
That's not a bad idea. Another idea is not to answer any calls not in your contact list.

I am sure there is an app for that.

I got my VM full and then forgot the password. Haven't bothered to recover it. WTH for. All the important stuff is either via email or text.

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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by unix on September 20, 2017, 06:06:37 PM »
This is the kind of shyte I only hear about on this forum. I don't read mainstream technology stuff so I had no idea.

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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by JoFrance on September 20, 2017, 05:35:55 PM »
What bothers me a lot is that people that do tech support depend on a lot of free utilities to solve problems.  Sometimes they buy them, sometimes not, but what a great loss to the tech support community to find out that these help utilities are infected with malware.  Its just sickening.

Maybe something happened when the company was bought out, that surely is possible like pxsant said. 
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by I D Shukhov on September 19, 2017, 07:53:43 PM »
On my home phone, I just turn the ringer off and only answer calls when they're leaving a message. If they don't try to leave a message, I don't answer.

That's a great idea!

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Discussions - Public / Re: The two best articles I've seen on the Equifax Hack
« Last post by benali72 on September 19, 2017, 05:01:56 PM »
So you have utterly no control over your data. They take it without your consent.

Absolutely. Most people have no idea how big the data brokering business is and how much data these companies hold on them.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_broker

Individuals ("the people") are losing their privacy and their power and this is one big aspect of it.
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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by The Gorn on September 19, 2017, 04:49:31 PM »
CCleaner has been one of the most innocent programs around, right up there with Malwarebytes. Amazing.
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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by benali72 on September 19, 2017, 04:48:35 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up.

This article tells how to tell if you've been infected and how to fix it --

www.bleepingcomputer.com/how-to/security/ccleaner-malware-incident-what-you-need-to-know-and-how-to-remove/

Not all versions of CC were affected, apparently.
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by benali72 on September 19, 2017, 04:34:48 PM »
ID, thanks for sharing your experience with Nomorobo. I was wondering how good it was.

Here's how to reduce spam calls for landlines --
www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2017/04/30/how-beat-robocallers-and-telemarketers-your-landline/101041228/

and here's how to reduce spam calls for smartphones --
www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2017/04/16/how-to-stop-robocalls-on-iphone-smartphone-android/100474848/

My dad gives to several charitable organizations. His "reward" was about 10 to 15 spam calls per day on his landline. I was able to reduce it to about one per day by a buying a call-blocking-box. But that's as good as I could get it.

On my home phone, I just turn the ringer off and only answer calls when they're leaving a message. If they don't try to leave a message, I don't answer.
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