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  1. Unless you 'manually opt out' of Amazon's new Sidewalk feature it has been "enabled 'by default' since June 9th" to most Amazon smart devices. What is Sidewalk? It can use your neighbor's Wi-Fi to increase the range of your existing Amazon smart devices & visa versa. It works by increasing the range & efficiency of the devices by using some of the neighboring Wi-Fi's bandwidth it can connect to. Amazon said Sidewalk uses just a small fraction of your Wi-Fi bandwidth. Amazon also claims that measures have been implemented that will ensure that the connections are secure & anonymous but some privacy/security experts have been sounding the alarm that it could also be used for nefarious purposes by tech savvy hackers. Here are the devices that are affected by Amazon's decision to go ahead with Sidewalk: Ring Floodlight Cam (2019) Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019) Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019) Echo (3rd gen and newer) Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer) Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer) Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer) Echo Plus (all generations) Echo Show (all models and generations) Echo Spot Echo Studio Echo Input Echo Flex If you're not comfortable with the possible future security/privacy issues that may arise and/or are not thrilled with the idea of sharing your Wi-Fi with your neighbors your only option is go into the settings for each device and manually disable Sidewalk. To turn off Sidewalk with Echo first open the Alexa app -> navigate to 'More' then select 'Settings' -> open the 'Account Settings' tab -> find the new Sidewalk section -> select 'Off' To turn it off with Ring first open the Ring app -> navigate to 'Control Center' -> find the new Sidewalk option -> select 'Disable' Regards, Ritchie...
  2. Although Immunet won't work there are a few AV solutions that will actually still work with XP. Some are free, some not. Here's a link you might find useful from the folks at WindowsReport. https://windowsreport.com/antivirus-windows-xp-service-pack-3/#:~:text=BullGuard%2C Panda Security Cloud Antivirus Free%2C Kaspersky Lab%2C,free%2C while others come with a price tag. Having an AV that will provide virus protection is one thing but keep in mind that there exists security vulnerabilities with the XP OS itself that no AV can protect you from. For that reason, you might want to seriously consider not using your back-up computer for 'any on-line usage' especially any on-line banking or shopping where you have to submit sensitive data. That's my suggestion for what it's worth. Cheers, Ritchie...
  3. Immunet hasn't supported XP for some time now as you're aware of. Any older builds of Immunet that was compatible with XP (both 32 & 64bit) will no longer work even if you have it already installed or have or some (very questionable) old, off-line installer package. The servers will not process these types of connection requests to the cloud. Here is a link to the official home page where you can view the requirements needed to use Immunet. https://www.immunet.com/index Regards, Ritchie...
  4. Yeah, I've seen the same behavior before too. If you try to scroll down the list too quickly you might get an error message. I would still highly recommend you apply those custom Exclusion rules just to avoid having to go through that again.
  5. The Immunet team would like to wish a happy & safe Memorial Day to everyone! Also, for the families that have had a loved one pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect our democracy and way of life, you are not forgotten by us!
  6. Ok, thanks for the additional info! That's helpful! If you're sure nothing actually malicious is going on with Thunderbird then try creating a few custom 'Exclusion' rules with Immunet. First create an exclusion rule for Thunderbird's process which is thunderbird.exe. Thunderbird.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—normally C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\. Also create an exclusion rule for the 'Profiles file path' which will look something like this, C:\User\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\RANDOMDIGITS.default Although not recommended if the issue persists after creating these two exclusion rules one last option would be to create an exclusion for Thunderbird's 'entire Program Files folder' directory. Let me know if that corrects the issue or you need any instructions on how to create these exclusions. Cheers, Ritchie... P.S. - I'm not unfamiliar with Mozilla products as I have been an alpha/beta tester for them in the past. In fact, I was a die-hard Firefox user for years until I switched to Edge recently as I find that browser to more secure.
  7. Normally when a file can't be restored or deleted from Quarantine it was just a temporary file to begin with. The program that created the .tmp file automatically deleted it when you closed the program.
  8. No, I can't recall anyone else reporting a similar issue like this to be honest. Have you tried to create 'custom exclusion rules' for both OneDrive & Dropbox's 'entire Program Files folder' directories with Immunet? If not, give that a try to see if that corrects the issue.
  9. Microsoft has decided to end all support for Internet Explorer 11 after Aug. 17, 2021 which still currently remains a very popular browser worldwide after being around for about 25 years. They have been pushing their Microsoft Edge browser to IE users for a while. Microsoft recently issued a press statement basically saying that IE11 is getting old, slow and increasingly more vulnerable to security issues & encourage every IE user to upgrade to Edge. For IT professionals: this will also affect apps or services that rely on IE. More info can be found at this Microsoft documentation article regarding this. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/announcements/internet-explorer-11-support-end-dates Regards, Ritchie...
  10. Some folks claim PrivaZer is one of the best drive cleaning/optimization tools out there, even preferring it over the venerable CCleaner. I would suggest you submit a False Positive report at this URL. https://www.immunet.com/false_positive You will need the correct SHA256 hash for the program to submit a proper FP report. If you don't have that info contact the original developers or download & install a good third-party checksum calculator like HashCalc to get the required info yourself. It's freeware & doesn't require a degree in computer science to figure out how to use it btw. https://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/HashCalc.shtml I included some extra help when submitting the FP report. Here's the MD5 checksums for both the free & paid versions of PrivaZer's processes I got from the developers. Just copy & paste this info to the report. MD5 (PrivaZer_free.exe) : DE4553DFDCD8DBCF3DF99F1C77D3CE1C MD5 (PrivaZer.exe) : 1D75A70EACAF32DADD277A2D643C7178 Cheers, Ritchie...
  11. One other thing. Is anyone ever going to look into this forum's EX0 sever error messages that has continued for about a year now? I continue to have forum members complaining about this error & I can't blame them as I find it really annoying too! "PLEASE FIX THIS!!!"
  12. Hey zom, One way you can access your Private Messages without dealing with the "ever present EX0 server error" is first log in of course, click on the Private Message envelope icon located on the upper right hand side of the home page & then click on 'Go to inbox' instead. Then just click on the message you want to read from the PM list.
  13. Hi bbrez, There has been a report that there is a problem (once again) with the ability to update the ClamAV module with the newest build. This issue has been reported in several of the last builds as well. Here is a link to the most recent posted topic in the Immunet Support (Issues/Defects) section of the forum by zombunny regarding this issue. https://support.immunet.com/topic/12578-still-no-clamav-updates/ Regards, Ritchie...
  14. Hi all, With many states within the U.S. easing COVID-19 restrictions as new cases & deaths diminish many people have the urge to travel for a much needed vacation or to see loved ones. Because of this people are increasingly using booking sites to get the best deal on an airline ticket. Scammers have also taken notice of this uptick in activity to these sites. The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning stating that scammers are spoofing legitimate sites with look-alike copies or are using fraudulent customer support/service numbers. Here's what the BBB had to say on this recent, alarmingly increasing, criminal activity. How the scam works: BBB Scam Tracker is receiving reports of con artists creating fake airline ticket booking sites or customer service numbers. If you are buying airfare, use caution and double check the URL or phone number before providing your credit card information. While doing an online search for cheap flights, you come across what seems like a great deal with a major airline. You book the flight—either through the website or by calling a customer support number—and receive a confirmation message. However, when you look more closely at the email, you notice that you never actually received your ticket. In another version of this scam, you book a flight on a travel website offering deals on airfare. You pay with your credit card like normal. But shortly after making the payment, you receive a call from the company saying that there's been a sudden price increase or an extra charge to finalize your booking. This is something a legitimate company would never do! In either case, you call the airline to follow up about your flight. After talking to an agent, you find that they have no record of your booking. It turns out you accidentally purchased tickets through a scam website or a phony customer service number. One victim told BBB Scam Tracker: "I received a phone call right after [I booked the flight] stating that they wanted $100 per passenger to finalize my flight." Then, after calling the airline to complain, the victim discovered that "the flight wasn't available to begin with. The flight was never booked... this company just charged my card." How to Avoid Travel Scams: Do your research. If you come across a company you haven’t dealt with before, research it before making any purchases. Look on BBB.org https://bbb.org/ for reviews and feedback from previous customers. Double check the URL before you enter personal and payment information. It can be easy to click on a sponsored ad or imposter website without noticing. Before you enter any sensitive information, double check that you are on the right website and that the link is secure. (Secure links start with “https://” and include a lock icon on the purchase page. Be wary of third-party websites. Some websites appear to offer a legitimate service but are only fronts for a scam. Be suspicious of websites with no working customer service number and no physical address. Typos and grammatical errors can be indications of a scammer’s handiwork, too. Make online purchases with your credit card. Fraudulent charges made on a credit card can usually be disputed, whereas that might not be the case with other payment methods. Unfortunately, there is no way to get back the personal information you may have shared. For More Information: To learn more about planning a getaway during COVID-19, check out this tip from BBB. For ways to protect yourself from travel scams, go to BBB.org/TravelScam. https://www.bbb.org/article/scams/16913-bbb-tip-5-top-vacation-scams-to-watch-when-making-travel-plans Read more about customer service number scams. Stay one step ahead of scammers by subscribing to BBB's weekly Scam Alert emails at this link. https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=00196SK7jbUtroqhxOlPMyQySrJnhMSucQH8wVtD9Mr0eo4Hbe6y2tvOesXAb2OO219f6RQzT6ZVsyCWVkCJ1NWv15CyVNyYs4NYfc2hPxtfNYHPfs5zQJ7JWN65hO6jHN0FKJZ0-w-oLbrfE9KbDiTmrwiI_tcRpa0XRKD7Pl5gzHi5MaiT3cpeyw1_PbdV_Ezs0kS2fj0VPD3e-Jbkm0e6v4otALFFcCG If you’ve been a victim of an airline ticket or other travel scam, please report your experience at BBB.org/ScamTracker. https://bbb.org/scamtracker By doing so you can help others to avoid falling prey to scammers.
  15. Hi Airguy, Like I mentioned if the quarantined file was just a .tmp file it most likely no longer exists. That would be the reason for the quarantined file not being able to be restored. I keep the 'Ask Me' option enabled with those settings so I can decide what to do myself. The four parent processes for Immunet are cscm.exe, sfc.exe, iptray.exe & freshclam.exe (if using the ClamAV module). Make sure nothing is blocking or interfering with iptray.exe accessing in-coming & out-going internet traffic too. That's the process that controls the UI. Older builds did use a process called agent.exe at one time. It got changed to sfc.exe. I was told that whenever a new build is rolled-out the latest open-sourced version of ClamAV is incorporated. That's not true that ClamAV hasn't been updated in two years. Cisco also owns ClamAV btw. It does seem though that most of the FP's do come from ClamAV. For that reason I am sometimes glad I don't use the ClamAV module since I have Immunet configured as a companion AV to a different paid AV product. When Immunet is used in this manner it is recommended that the ClamAV module be disabled. Hi 03-K64, It would be really nice if someone would take the time to fix that EX0 error, it does make my job that much more difficult. I usually use Edge but I do have Google Chrome installed so I'll have to see if the work-around you described does work. Thanks for the tip!
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