Posts tagged ‘browsers’

A Link Reference From a Bing Search Result

DO NOT FOLLOW THIS LINK.  This is the top link for “update microsoft silverlight” on BING:;_ylu=X3oDMTB2NjJ0cGtlBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNvdi10b3A-/RV=2/RE=1440303485/RO=10/


it appears to be [**HTML does not allow dashes, by the way.]

I entered it to mark it bad and got a drive-by, apparently.  I suspect this removed Internet Explorer (I noticed immediately but “accidentally”); I was running in Firefox anonymous mode.  I managed to mark it bad.  I apparently have a root kit.



If this convinces even one person to not accept top results from a search engine and to do some research before entering sites on the Internet, it was worthwhile.  I can do that for various reasons, starting with experience.

Because of said experience, can you guess what I’m going to do? This will be tweeted; tweet @oregonnerd if you cannot guess my next move with my poor little Acer.

If you carefully examine the link above you will find the title that I quoted you hidden.  This is a beautiful example of; SEO (Search Engine Optimization, what a misnomer), misdirection (and a version of the shell game no less)–and the insertion of a drive by virus with the **added attraction** of a stolen domain.  The moment I saw Internet Explorer missing I knew I had been hacked to some extent.  If I don’t find a virus easily I’ll reinstall–not refresh–Windows.  Well, come to think of it I do have ghosts.  This may be simple except that…it was really hard to update to 8.1 and it still hasn’t made it to 10.

August 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Keeping Your Browser Current

Do that.  A recent study shows that a mere 637 million Google users (remember, only Google users) don’t keep their browsers current.  Unfortunately, that means they’re begging for problems.  Browser updates cannot break your Operating System.  Keep your browser current.


July 7, 2008 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

A handy tip on shortcuts; Pandora; Firefox vs. Avant, One actual source for motherboards plus CPUs in one purchase and OEM Windows software

You can put one of those “http” addresses directly on your desktop as a shortcut, and your default browser will go right to that page.  That’s right, it will open it too (the browser, not something embarassing).   This also means that if you really like Pandora Radio like I do…you go up to that address bar, right click and choose copy, and go to the desktop and choose “paste” or if it gives you the option “paste shortcut” just to be creative and get that little arrow.  In some future class we may discuss getting rid of those pesky little arrows and other things but I don’t feel like it right now.  Incidentally, what I’m using Firefox for right now is listening to Pandora.  I already set up Outlook Express for an IMAP with Google and I’m incredibly lazy (I also very much subscribe to “If it works don’t fix it–stupid”), so I leave OE/IE as default and do actual browsing on Avant, which I’m just flat pleased with, just as with WordPress.  I don’t know why, but actual correct grammar crept in there.


Final note, I actually checked the site and Newegg is an actual place for purchasing (as mentioned above) motherboards with CPU’s (the very idea of doing this in separate purchases somehow makes my blood pressure rise; if anyone asks I’ll explain why) and for buying OEM Windows–Vista–software.  This latter is still valid by the rules as written.  That I’m building one computer instead of a thousand doesn’t vary my rights, though it will change the price I’m charged.  Which means the best Vista home system for under a hundred bucks, and as I said if I get some requests I’ll do a bit of research.  I haven’t seen a hard release date yet for the next version, although it’s pretty obvious Microsoft is playing its usual tricks at this point of hinting heavily but only hinting, and unattributably.  Realistically, if it’s produced in time for Christmas it’s pretty well guaranteed to have major flaws because of lack of time for testing on major changes, and because few if any of the vendors will have had any chance to  provide driver compatibility with the new OS.


It does look like it’s probably time to switch to Vista if your computer is capable of it.  Limited coverage is just that, and an OS is by nature integral.  I’m also considering doing Linux on the other drive.  However, I’m still contemplating a switch in boot drives that should have required a change in hard configuration as far as Master/Slave.  I think.  I doubt I’ll ever buy a computer for myself that I didn’t build.  Particularly since documentation can vary from flawless to basically non-existent.


Back to The Houses On Taylor Street, I think.  This looks possible to write, but there’s one absolute requirement.  I have to write it.  Talking about writing won’t do a dam’ thing.  Ah well.


June 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

ZDNet, take on Firefox vs. IE

The headline pretty much covers it.  This is one current article, again.  Over the years, at least since Netscape’s demise, there has been unceasing coverage of some, of any, competitor to Internet Explorer.  I’ve never really heard of a competitor for the Apple/Mac market, though admittedly I’ve also never followed it closely.


Avant has amazed me since the first try, and continues to rather surprise me.  It surely didn’t on first acquaintance (I seem to remember it being touted as the production of a college student or two in their spare time, with no interest at all in sales, documentation or anything else).  This is version 11 and I couldn’t easily be more pleased.


Don’t get me wrong.  I like Firefox, just as I liked Mozilla.  The fact that Firefox requires Thunderbird for e-mail capabilities doesn’t particularly please me.  The idea of a web-based OS for everything related to the internet continues to intrigue me.  It seems there are a lot of possibilities there for making badware harder to to use.  Weed out the executables somewhere along the way…but then there are Power Point addicts.  And the like.  For me Active-X and the like are generally things that slow down site response.


I like IE 8 a lot better than anything since something like 5 or 6, although rendering is in fact back to hit-or-miss.  WordPress’ response was ‘it’s a beta and not supported’ which is quite reasonable.  The only current free browser I’ve seen that has anything in particular to commend and recommend it is Avant.  The only one to definitely avoid (if you’re running Windows) is Safari.



June 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

About Alternative Browsers

This is a scary subject for most people.  They don’t know (quite) what a browser is in the first place and after that it keeps getting a bit more vague.  My main advantage is experience.  I couldn’t get formal training in programming because I wasn’t good enough at math to qualify for the curricula for that particular discipline.


You probably use Internet Explorer.  Firefox is a good alternative for browsing the web, and a bit easier to use.  It’s also generally safer than Internet Explorer.  The main reason that I mentioned this is that Firefox has just released a new version.  I have already tested the beta rather thoroughly and had no problems at all with Windows XP (I only have a gig of RAM and a moderately fast computer so it’s a fair test).


May 19, 2008 at 8:13 am Leave a comment