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Consumer Reports AV rating

by Willy / May 14, 2014 5:05 AM PDT

I just came across this upon reading the Jun/2014 issue.

The recent posting of Norton not be capable or less than so has another hurdle here in the article. From the rating list, it was 3rd from the bottom of 14 rated, just above MS Defender.
the top three are 1-ESET, 2-G Data, 3-F-Secure, none of the popular reported magazine listing offhand, IMHO or what many would think of. I leave it at that. read the article yourself or get the magazine.


Check the above link to zero-in of aspects if you like. You know CR, pretty much tests quite well and reports are solid.

tada -----Willy //:)

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(NT) Do any block Conduit?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2014 5:20 AM PDT
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Unable to say, 100%
by Willy / May 14, 2014 2:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Do any block Conduit?

The article was short and didn't what or how it tested, just the rating of result standing. I don't recall any mention of Conduit concerns. IMHO, I have found ESET pretty decent when I did use as demo/trialware but don't know if that's available still.

As for Conduit, while malware its more of annoyance ware if not re-cooked and released again, basically you can get rid of it as supplied. Any other form that's re-cooked in order to become full malware, you have to be diligent before it installs as that's the only time I've ever stopped it w/o fancy removal methods. Just don't visit iffy file sources, is about the only defense some users have. What?, yeah right why are they there in the 1st place. Some users offer they get it also from trusted websites? Which then I refer to re-cooked file(s) and released again. -----Willy Happy

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Conduit cooks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2014 12:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Unable to say, 100%

The latest versions appear to be closer to a root kit and will damage XP if you uninstall it.
Read http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/522327/uninstalling-conduit-searchprotect-deletes-ntldr-making-windows-xp-unbootable/

The talk here is that the antivirus makers are not protecting against it due to the malware maker filing lawsuits against antivirus companies. The short version is "Hey you called my software a virus. It's not a virus."

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Libel+suits+by+spyware+developers finds that these folk cooking the antivirus companies.

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Did it quack?
by Willy / May 15, 2014 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Conduit cooks.

Well, I guess we'll be doing business as usual if you can't call something a duck when it quacks. It seems I've done just as much malware work as h/w repairs. Adios -----Willy Happy

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Conduit cooks
by gene_71 / May 16, 2014 11:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Conduit cooks.

In My opinion , anything that someone installs on Your PC Without Your knowledge or consent is a virus no and's if's nor buts. I hate coduit

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Ahh but we warned you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2014 11:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Conduit cooks
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Where did Conduit come from?
by rje49 / May 17, 2014 12:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Conduit cooks

For me, it came from a CNET download of Foxit a few weeks ago. I had NEVER fell for extra added junk when downloading/installing free software before. I thought I knew all their tricks. But this time, Foxit, via, CNET got me. I was so PO'd over it that after getting rid of Conduit, I un-installed Foxit and went back to Adobe Reader.
Coincidently, there was a CNET survey, asking my opinion of their downloads site. I honestly answered, mentioning the added malware episode. I got a reply back, stating "there is always an option to decline". Yeah, I thought so. You just have to find it.

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Better PDF reader
by Ronied1 / May 20, 2014 11:22 AM PDT

rje49 - If you want a simple, fast launching, light weight PDF reader with no included crap try the open source SumatraPDF reader. I've used it for several years with zero problems. If I had one complaint it would be that it doesn't auto-update but that is a minor inconvenience. If there is an update the program alerts you when it opens and gives you a link to download the update. Download and run the installer. It installs over the existing version. Try it, you'll like it.

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