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Drive-by downloads

I really need to log on to this website. It is important that I do so.  I know I can trust this site, it is the school district web address for employees and parents. I am both.  My Norton security has a big red X everywhere. I then googled the district website and it is still flagged. What is going on?  This is probably only happening to me.  The treats are called Drive-by downloads. There are 3 of them. Can I test this out?  Should I ignore my warnings or is there a virus waiting around the corner for me?

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Re: Drive-by downloads

sactogal916:

I would not assume the site is safe: even trusted websites can be hacked. Are other employees/parents reporting any problems or warnings on their PC after visiting the website?

It is also possible that your Norton is in error, or its security settings are set too high. If you want to send me a private message with the website's address  just click on the Contact link at the bottom of my post, then on Start a conversation with joe53, I could check it out for you, and see what my security reports.

Don't post the web address link publicly here.

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Re: Drive-by downloads

I did send the links under "start a conversation" did you get it or should I send it in the email part?

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Re: Drive-by downloads

sactogal,

please give Joe a chance to respond.   be advised that he... and virtually everyone else here... are "merely" computer users like yourself... that do their best to help out people in our free time.   we do not work for dell --- meaning we're not "on the clock".   Joe's a great guy, and I'm sure will get back to you at his earliest convenience.

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Re: Drive-by downloads

I justed wanted to clarify what I was doing. If starting a conversation means 'chatting" then I will have to do it later. I am on my way to work. If I typed something on the message screen under 'start a conversation' I was wondering if my message would be there whenever he logged on or not.

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Re: Drive-by downloads

if you typed-in a message to Joe in the "start a conversation" window.... and then pressed the "start a conversation" button, it should have been sent to Joe, and will be there whenever he "arrives".

you should be able to confirm you sent it:   on this page, right hand side, toward the top, you should see a list of your private conversations.   (if the arrow there is pointing toward the right, click on it to expand the list)

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Re: Drive-by downloads

Sorry for the delay. I worked last night, and have been catching up on other communications. Private messages are not as quick as chat forums, but I did get your message.

Anyway, I visited your links, and found no flags or warnings about either. I'm sure my defenses are highly unlikely to miss any malicious drive-by downloads.

Which leads me to think your security settings are set too high. I don't use Norton, and can't advise you how to lower them. If you provide the exact Norton program/suite version you are using, perhaps someone can help.

I think you are safe to ignore these warning in the meantime.

Most driveby downloads these days come via 3rd party programs such as Adobe Reader and Flashplayer. Make sure you have the latest versions. A quick scan by Secunia's Online Scanner will alert you if you have older vulnerable versions: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

Good luck!

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Re: Drive-by downloads

I have been getting pop ups to upgrade Adobe and I think Flash player but I have been ignoring them, I didn't think I needed them. Why is Adobe and Flash player important?  When I visit the link you just provided will it tell me what upgrades I need to do? Should I wait until I get another Adobe pop up or can I upgrade it from the link you provided?

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Re: Drive-by downloads

You  do need them.

Older versions of Adobe Reader and Flashplayer (and some others) contain vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious websites to download malware to your PC.

You should always keep up-to-date by using the latest versions, and making sure older versions are uninstalled.

That Secunia Online Scanner will alert you to the presence of older vulnerable versions on your PC, and provide links to the vendors websites where you can download the latest, safest versions, for installation offline from your desktop.

Edit: I should clarify that Adobe Reader, Flashplayer, and other 3rd party (ie non-Microsoft) programs are never strictly speaking necessary to have, but they are useful and common programs that enable internet content, and thus are often targeted by malware. If you have them, you should keep them updated.

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Re: Drive-by downloads

Thank you and thanks to ky331. I will work on this tomorrow.  Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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