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Postby Patches37 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:04 pm

Why is my ad muncher red??
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Postby Patches37 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:23 pm

I answer my own question.. My grandson had just gotten off the computer and he had disabled the filters without telling me. Its back to being itself now....
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Postby Shamurai » Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:24 pm

Because you have ad muncher disabled. Right click the icon and choose enable filtering.
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Postby jeromy » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:52 pm

OR, double-right click to quickly enable/disable Ad Muncher. :)
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Postby Jeff » Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:26 pm

@Patches37

You should set a password so he can't disable it.

It can be dangerous to surf the web with Ad Muncher disabled, especially with IE.
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Postby alfred » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:36 am

Jeff: "It can be dangerous to surf the web with Ad Muncher disabled, especially with IE."

WHY is it DANGEROUS to surf without with IE?? I thoght Ad Muncher blocks adverts, and adverts are annoying, but not dangerous??????
By the way- surfing with IE........ :-(((
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Postby alfred » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:38 am

Correction: WHY is it DANGEROUS to surf without AD MUNCHER with IE
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Postby war59312 » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:08 am

Well, most of us consider IE dangerous no matter what other software you use, admuncher or not. ;) lol

Why? Um:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe ... tnG=Search

IE is the cause of many headaches, mostly due to spyware.

But yeah lets please not get into a browser war.

Anyhow AdMuncher does block many dangerous sites out there with its default list. Not just ad sites, but sites that log personal information and have had spyware infections in the pass or still do.

And lots of ads and popups out there that admuncher blocks also link to sites that are either infected or are trying to sell you a product that will cause you to become infected (most of these are fake antispyware companies).

Internet Explorer is at way more risk because that is the browser that most of these types of sites target (because IE is by far the most popular). Most of them dont even work if you use another browser like Opera or Firefox. That is, they cant infect you automatically (you can still get infected if you download something you shouldn't from them). Most of the sites use activex which is pretty much an IE only feature.

So yes by using AdMuncher with IE it minimizes the risk but by no means eliminates it and yes admuncher's main function is blocking of ads. But you will always be safer using a different non IE browser simply due to the fact that none of them are targeted like IE is. And for the FIREFOX fan boys that does not mean IE is more secure. ;) In fact I believe Firefox this year has had more serious security problems than IE. So there.. But I still use Firefox over IE any day...

And remember ad muncher is not anti-spyware nor is it anti-virus. It is simply a tool for combating ads and other crap on the Internet.

You should be using a secure browser such as Firefox or Opera (pretty much anything that is not IE based) , a software firewall, a router, anti-virus, and many different anti-spyware (such as spyware blaster, spybot search and destroy, ad-aware, hijack this, etc.) Be careful when it comes to choosing anti-spyware products, do your research. Most of them out there, 99% of them are fake and are in fact spyware/adware. So be smart. Dont just download anything.
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Postby alfred » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:16 am

Thanks! by the way, I am using firefox! :-)
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Postby war59312 » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:21 am

Excellent, in that case be sure and check out the noscript add-on if you have not already:

http://noscript.net/
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Postby alfred » Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:21 am

war59312 wrote:Excellent, in that case be sure and check out the noscript add-on if you have not already:

http://noscript.net/

thanks, no need- I have ZoneAlarm security suite. blocks scripts everywhere you want....
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Postby Jeff » Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:51 am

Ad Muncher blocks scripts as well, no need for noscript.
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Postby war59312 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:48 am

Noscript does not just block scripts though, it also prevents many XSS attacks.

Besides noScript turns of all java-script not just the bad guys. I prefer to surf with all scripting off and only enabled for trusted sites, so that is why I continue to use it, that and for XSS protection.
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Postby The Seeker » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:56 pm

Jeff wrote:Ad Muncher blocks scripts as well, no need for noscript.


I just read this article detailing an exploit for Firefox. I was wondering if Ad Muncher will handle this, or is there in fact a benefit in using NoScript in conjunction with Ad Muncher?
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Postby Jeff » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:17 am

Just disable java.

Select Options in the Tools menu. From there, select Content on the top, and then make sure the checkbox next to "Enable Java" is off.

noscript breaks just about every site you'll ever visit.

If you enable it for a site you do trust, that trust may be misplaced and you can get infected anyway.

Disabling java until either Sun or Mozilla fixes this in an update is what I would do if firefox were my main browser.
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