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Old 03-18-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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One of the most important things users can do is to decrease what researchers refer to as their "attack surface." That means uninstalling things like Adobe Flash, Oracle Java, Microsoft Silverlight, and other third-party browser extensions unless absolutely required.
Here is the full article: Big-name sites hit by rash of malicious ads spreading crypto ransomware [Updated] | Ars Technica

I also use Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension. Also have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (paid version which my current computer is grandfathered into).
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This is why we block ads at work.

I use Firefox w/ the uBlock Origin add-on. This is why I avoid Adblock Plus RIP: Adblock Plus
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I use Firefox w/ the unlock origin add-on.
Source for this add-on please?
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This is why we block ads at work.

I use Firefox w/ the unlock origin add-on. This is why I avoid Adblock Plus RIP: Adblock Plus

I think he means Ublock Origin.

For Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/fir...ublock-origin/
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I think he means Ublock Origin.

For Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/fir...ublock-origin/
Yep, that's the one! (fixed the typo)
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OK, I'm going to try Ublock Origin and have disabled Adblock for now.
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OK, I'm going to try Ublock Origin and have disabled Adblock for now.
Me too.

Working well so far.
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Glad I use Ubuntu Linux, only Windows machines are vulnerable to this.
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I had Ublock Origin running several months ago, On the one Windoze machine I have and on two Linux machines. All have Firefox as browsers. Ublock is great. Oh it is also on DW's laptop. I don't like ads on Linux either
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Glad I use Ubuntu Linux, only Windows machines are vulnerable to this.
I'm sure I speak for many of my fellow Windows users when I say, "Good For You!"
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Thanks for the Ublock reference. I am giving it a try.
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Also from the article, "Windows users would also do well to install Windows 10 and use Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit."
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Also from the article, "Windows users would also do well to install Windows 10 and use Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit."
Has anyone loaded this up? It sounds good but I am leery of beta products in my dotage.
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Has anyone loaded this up? It sounds good but I am leery of beta products in my dotage.
The product title - only a product manager in a megacorp could come up with a name like that LOL
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Also from the article, "Windows users would also do well to install Windows 10 and use Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit."
Another reason for me to finally install Win 10.
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I think the recommendation was for Ublock Origin (not Ublock which is different).
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This is why we block ads at work.

I use Firefox w/ the uBlock Origin add-on. This is why I avoid Adblock Plus RIP: Adblock Plus
Thanks, Glenn.

I just now uninstalled Adblock Plus and Chrome (for other reasons) and installed UBlock on Firefox (which has improved to the point where I am happy to return to it).
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