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    Virus Help

    I just got hit by a string of persistent "inappropriate" popups which wouldn't close. All of a sudden my virus scanner popped up telling me it had caught a virus. I dealt with it, closed that screen... of course another popped up and another and another all with viruses.

    It blamed ActiveX as holding the viruses.

    My question is this: I have now disabled all ActiveX in IE6... Is this enough?
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    Have you done a complete system scan to make sure none of those infected files were saved on your hard drive?

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    No.. I will do in a bit. I have come up with a problem though that I have been browsing a few sites since, and I didn't realise how many actually used ActiveX controls -- I keep getting a popup message telling me that the site might not display properly because ActiveX is disabled.

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    MSIE uses ActiveX controls for just about everything -- flash, applets, quicktime movies, etc. If a site has any active content there's a good chance it involves an ActiveX control in some way.

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    Re: Virus Help

    Originally posted by weirdbeardmt
    My question is this: I have now disabled all ActiveX in IE6... Is this enough?
    In my opinion disabling aciveX isn't worth it. I have too many sites that I visit that utilize ActiveX. It sounds like your anti virus software caught the virus in the pop up. I would just rely on the anti virus software and make sure it is up to date as much as possible.

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    i think activeX is a defacto standard in that even Netscape uses it now...

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    Re: Re: Virus Help

    Originally posted by MissingArrow

    It sounds like your anti virus software caught the virus in the pop up. I would just rely on the anti virus software and make sure it is up to date as much as possible.
    Well my virus scanner (Kapersky) has its defn updated everyday, so I guess I will rely on that. I am already behind a [ZoneAlarm] firewall, so my only {give or take...) threat is normally ActiveX so I have experienced.
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