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lose internet in july maybe true

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pokerace, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July - KPTV - FOX 12



    This may be true.

    Going pick up my computer tue. Had one hell've virus. My computer geek said he had
    never run in one this bad before. However he got rid of it.. My advast let it just walk in, malwarebytes didn't get it either.The geek found it with AVG but AVG couldn't get rid of it.I've got to go buy a good firewall-antivirus.
     
  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Run a Linux distro. Problem solved.
     
  3. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    What is it. link?
     
  4. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Bingo. Been running virus free on mine for about a decade.





    It's an operating system. So is Windows, Mac OS X, and others. It is more configurable to your needs than the others. If you stay with a vanilla config and keep it updated they're pretty secure.
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Linux
     
  5. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    Does this mean I can replace windows and how easy is it to navigate? I've heard lots of good things on the net, but would like to get the opinions people currently using the system. Any downsides to Linux?
     
  6. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    It has a bit of a learning curve.
     
  7. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    No bubblegum, I never would have guessed that.
    :thumbup:
     
  8. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    What I mean is that each distro has its own idiosyncrasies. There are a few that are built to be replacements for a Windows OS, Ubuntu and Linux Mint come to mind.
     
  9. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - I'll be looking into Linux. As long as I don't get constant error messages or see that damn hourglass symbol with Linux then I'll be happy.
     
  10. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Mint has plugins to make things like browsing and playing videos easier without searching if I remember correctly.

    The overall interface is different. Most work well without forcing you to figure out what's going on in the configuration files. Several years ago this wasn't the case.

    Most non-server versions allow you to try it out without installing it by using a live cd. I believe most also walk you through setting up a machine that can boot to Linux or Windows. If you play PC games you almost to certainly won't be able to do that on Linux. If you surf the web, work with office documents, and play music/video files you should be able to do all that in Linux.

    Coastal feel free to pm me if you run into questions.
     
  11. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Me? I'll use that xtra time to make Punji Pits
    Enjoy! (Ibring laptops)
     
  12. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    99% of the people use windows so it would behove you
    to check your system..

    www.dowg.org
     
  13. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    Naw. Go with BSD. PCBSD is fairly decent for a beginner. It doesn't even have a learning curve, it's actually more like a learning cliff to climb. B-)

    I notice that the dowg.org link is incorrect. It is actually DCWG | DNS Changer Working Group


    elsie
     
  14. dmancornell

    dmancornell Portland, OR New Member

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    LOL @ using linux to avoid malware, kinda like using a shotgun to kill a fly. The learning curve is too steep for 99% of users.

    OP, just switch to chrome, use a script-blocker, switch to AVG and stop installing malware.
     
  15. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    are you using chrome?are the virus leaving it alone??i now have AVG what do you mean stop installing malware??? do you mean malwarebytes. my geek left it on my computer..
     
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    dmancornell Portland, OR New Member

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    By stop installing malware I meant stop clicking on suspicious links and executing email attachments from random people. :)
     
  17. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    Linux is a personal computer subset of Unix, which is one of the original large computer OS. I don't know Linux, but I do know several versions of Unix and I will say...yes, much more flexable, but you will need to actually learn how to use it and some software will not run with it.

    Once you understand Linux, you will like it a lot better than Windows, but it WILL take effort on your part to learn how to use it.

    I use AVG (always have). It catches most everything, and updates daily (or actually, min daily, otherwise, every time you turn your computer on.
     
  18. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I always support people who are interested in running Linux because it is possible for a home user to run if they're willing to put some time in to learn some concepts. Running Windows in a competent, responsible manner also eludes many users. Modifying browsing habits and using software to eliminate user behavior are helpful steps. I've managed to convince people to set up a user account for their day to day usage. They still have an admin account but don't use it for web browsing. Antivirus software is necessary for Windows.

    Linux is a distinct operating system with similarities to Unix Operating Systems. It is ran on a lot of servers and supercomputers so it not only for personal computers. Linux has many similarities to Unix OSs but it is a different OS. The experience for users of a traditional Unix OS and Linux should be similar. I agree with your statements regarding flexibility, learning curve, and software compatibility.
     
  19. MarkAd

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    Right now Linux Mint is the best desktop version. As soon as I:
    mow the yard
    fix the fence
    clean the kennels
    clean my car
    load my ammo
    clean and rearrange the office
    prime and paint the bathroom

    I will install Mint. So tomorrow night sounds like a good time to do it.
     
  20. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    I haven't had a computer virus in about ten years now. I can't say the same for my family members though, seems like I'm always either fixing their computers or removing viruses. I've between using Google chrome ever since it released and I highly recommend it! Fast, sleek, and prevents a lot of malware. I also recommend avira anti virus, has one of the best detection rates out there.

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