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flash player unsafe operation

by slybo / July 20, 2006 11:45 PM PDT

When I get online with AOL and still on the welcome screen I get this message from Flash player that it has stopped a potentially unsafe operation. The following application mad:\\2E7531DE-83D2-4310-9978-078DC52886A6\default.html is trying to communicate with the internet-enabled location twx.2mdn.net. I tried to go to twx.2mdn.net it came up with a page with a link to DoubleClick an advertising company, the first time it came up with a microsoft site. Maybe this has something to do with an advertisement on the AOL Welcome page? Anybody else getting this? I hope this has nothing do do with the AD-Aware problem I have posted futher down, I do not believe it does. slybo

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Gone
by slybo / July 21, 2006 12:54 AM PDT

This was happening on both my computers and I just got online with both and did not get the error. I guess it was an advertisement on AOL. slybo

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1 reason I Won't Touch AOL. You Might Want to Run a Scan....
by tobeach / July 21, 2006 5:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Gone

with a trojan hunting program or an online scan. Seems odd coming & going via flash player! Generally, Double Click is just cookies. Happy

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Scan
by slybo / July 21, 2006 5:59 PM PDT

Yes I ran scans with Norton, Ewido, Ad-Aware, and Windows Defender, all showed clean. On the AOL forum they said you could change the setting in flash player on the Global Security Settings to always deny to stop this but I left it alone since it stopped. I may change it in the future if it gives me problems. On the flash player site it says this can happen when a site uses an older security system. slybo

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Experiences with AOL & Ad-Aware identical to yours - BUT
by Prandy / July 22, 2006 2:15 AM PDT
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But, I did not waste the time to fix them. AOL problem with macromedia error messages simply went away.

Just wanted you to know you are not alone.

First, Lavasoft is apparently doing a SCAM job to get people to buy the paid for version of Ad-Aware 1.06 by making everything as difficult as possible.

Ad-Aware Build 138 finally installed and works fine without doing anything on this computer despite the fact that I am first directed to download the "free $29 to buy" version 1.06.

The other computer my wife uses (see my cnet profile)went through a lightning strike that went through the surge protector and we had to call someone in to fix it (power surges are not covered under DELL warranty).

Now, the other computer works PERFECT except for Ad-Aware. It now will only give error messages that Ad-Aware definitions are 58 days old and we need to install version 1.06.

AOL spyzapper catches the most stuff of all six anti- spyware programs I run. Since all Adaware-SE ever catches is tracking cookies, it is easier to hit the ''delete cookes'' button on the internet options window than to worry about what happens.

I just deleted the Ad-Aware program from the second computer since Trend Micro Security Suite 12 and AOL anti spy catches EVERTYHING. Miccosofts Defender & Windows Anti Malware program full scans, Spybot, SBC/Yahoo anti spy, have never detected anything on either computer.

AOL spyzapper catches all the keylogger, trojans, etc. that McAfee and multiple spyare programs miss so it really is not worth worrying about. Good luck and I hope you are able to quit worrying about spyware and get on with a real life!!!

BTW: Assume you know it but for others that may read this, when you have a hardware router with a good firewall in addition to a good software firewall, your chance of getting a virus are from nil to zero unless you spend your life on porn sites and/or open SPAM emails.

Thanks

Best wishes.

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AOL Spyzapper does not catch them all - I deleted it.
by DarCLew2 / November 1, 2006 7:22 PM PST

www.lavasoft.com has both the free and paid versions. www.filehippo.com has the free version(I just installed it 5 minutes ago)Ad-Aware SE Personal. Windows Antispyware is the present Windows Defender.
Yahoo had Antispy but the present name is Norton Antispyware. Spybot S&D is from http://www.safer-networking.org/ and is also on www.filehippo.com.
The latest updates for Spybot now breaks it down to Keyloggers,Dialers, Malware, PUPS, Security, Spybots,
Trojans and more. It deletes atdmt.com, atwola.com and another item that is AOL's. I don't have any errors with Macromed since I unchecked the box of CCleaner.
In short, AOL does not catch all spyware, tracking cookies, et al. atmdt.com was picked up by Antispy from yahoo as Atlasmdt.com & a year ago, I got 16 spyware from AOL. I have been on AOL since 1999. If you have the other AOL AIM (newaol.com), you have spyware from viewpoint. That is a fact. Darrell Lewis

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Update: Sublime Irony, Indeed! At 4 AM Last Night, I Ran....
by tobeach / July 23, 2006 6:06 PM PDT

an Adaware Scan and (almost unheard of for me) came up with 11 new critical objects ALL Flash related!!!
All had to do with Pop Cap game loader (active-X).
Strangely enough, I have Flashkill (for IE) toggled to OFF (only use Mozilla for browsing). Since, I have found a batch file to allow me to toggle of Flash in Mozilla's'& Firebox's' plug-ins(migrated from IE). Just have to figure out how to use it!!!Don't quite understand some parts of instructions.
If anyone's interested &/or needs it, it can be downloaded free from :
http://www.worldtimzone.com/blog/date/2002/11 Sheesh! Grin

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