LinkScanner Pro

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Rico, Apr 9, 2007.

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  1. Rico

    Rico Registered Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Today I made the mistake of trialing LinkScanner Pro:thumbd: . The install went smooth; however, my first 'Google' search took 5 min. & then all sites only had question marks. The question marks were very surprizeing, considering the search query was for 'Sex.'

    Ok! Uninstall LinkScanner resulted in a broken LSP, than goodness Prevx1 repaired the broken LSP.

    My resident security is: NOD32, Prevx1, Comodo. Nothing in LinkScanner cautioned about these security apps..

    Take Care
    Rico
     
  2. CogitoErgoSum

    CogitoErgoSum Registered Member

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    Hello Rico,

    I am sorry to hear that you had problems with LinkScanner Pro. Taking a quote from an Exploit Prevention Labs knowledge base article.

    "There is a known issue with NOD32 and LinkScanner Pro. The issue is due to the way that NOD32 tries to reorganize the network stack after LinkScanner Pro is installed. It can cause, failed installations, loss of network connectivity, or LinkScanner Pro not functioning properly.

    The resolution to any of these issues is to install LinkScanner Pro before installing NOD32. If NOD32 is already installed on your system, you will need to uninstall it, install LinkScanner Pro and reboot, then reinstall NOD32 to resolve this issue."

    Hopefully, this helps.


    Peace & Love,

    CogitoErgoSum
     
  3. Rico

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    Hello CogitoErgoSum,

    Thank you very much!! I did see something about known issues, but I seem to remember it being about ZA. Wow! It took allot of time to get NOD32 configured, to BlackSpears recommendations. If I can save NOD's config. for easy re-install, perhaps I'll try again. It seems fair to me, that LinkScanner should fix the problem.

    Thanks & Take Care, neighbor in the OC
    Rico
     
  4. CogitoErgoSum

    CogitoErgoSum Registered Member

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    You are very welcome.


    Peace & Love,

    CogitoErgoSum
     
  5. Rico

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    Hi Guys,

    Does using NOD32 make 'LinkScanner' an un-necessary application? Or would LinkScanner + NOD32 improve malware protection??

    Take Care
    Rico
     
  6. ASpace

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    Link scanner and NOD32 are completely different things . Although NOD32 is an excellent application to prevent/eliminate malware , another opinion about www is always good .

    I recommend you completely leave LinkScanner but use McAfee's SiteAdvisor instead . It does not hook the Winsock so there will be no issues between it and NOD . SiteAdvisor has very "full" library of sites so I think it would be OK .

    NOD32 has a function of blocking bad sites (such as malware distributors) and SiteAdvisor will also has its second opinion.

    McAfee SiteAdvisor
    http://www.siteadvisor.com :thumb:
     
  7. LoneWolf

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    Sorry to hear your having a problem with LinkScanner Pro Rico.I have had both on my machine for quite a while now with no problems at all.I know there are reports from other members that say theres a problem with compatibility. LinkScanner Pro IMO is so much more (and better) them site adviser,but if its not working for you then go with what does.Whatever it takes to make your pc as secure as possible while still running fast and no problems.Had to abandon a few apps I kinda liked that would not work with others.Good luck with whatever you go with.
     
  8. korb

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    btw,linkscanner doesen't seem to work in opera.it did not advise on the search in google
     
  9. lodore

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    it has only just got support for firefox.
    before it was IE only.
    so give it a bit more time for opera support.
    or email them and request it.
    lodore
     
  10. iceni60

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    here's a podcast with the developer of linkscanner -
    http://news.com.com/Security Bites Podcast When the Web attacks/2324-12640_3-6193085.html?tag=item
    the download is where it says Download mp3 :D

    i heard it earlier today when i was on a train, i wasn't listening too closely, but they mention something about attacking iframes. was the site exploited through vulnerable iframes?, or are the users who go to a hacked site attacked by exploited iframes? i want to know if iframes have started to become a problem for browsing the internet :cautious:

    does anyone globally disable iframes then enable them on a site-by-site basis? or is that not really a problem?
     
  11. tamdam

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    exploits in the way IE (and maybe FF, not sure) rendered iframes allowed a compromised webpage to automactically download and install .exe files without you knowing. But Microsoft has patched up that vunerability. Basically, if you are always up-to-date with these patches, you significantly reduce your chance of visiting an webpage using exploits to install malware. Of course, there might be unpatched vunerabilities floating out there. This is where LSP is supposed to help you out - blocking "unknown" exploits as well. Having said that, I personally wouldn't use LSP because there are other solutions out there:

    1) using FF and not IE makes you far less vunerable to exploits
    2) using something like free SiteAdvisor should steer you away from known exploit webpages
    3) a good HIPS will stop or isolate exploit-based "drive-by" downloads anyway - if you have a good HIPS, then LSP becomes redundant
    4) some AVs like Kaspersky detect known exploits as part of their signatures

    Of course LSP is a nice product but I suspect many people at wilders, especially those who use firefox, don't need it.
     
  12. smith2006

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    Hello,

    You may want to try running this exploit test with and without LinkScanner Pro.

    http://www.explabs.com/test/

    It shows different results
     
  13. lucas1985

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    SiteAdvisor is slow at flagging newly hacked sites.
    The best way to deal with exploits is Firefox + NoScript.
     
  14. CogitoErgoSum

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    Hello iceni60,

    FYI, I personally disable iframes globally within Opera. According to "elio", a poster here at Wilders, all web browsers(Internet Explorer, FireFox, Opera, etc..) are vulnerable to cross-site scripting(XSS) and solutions to combat this threat include, other than disabling javascript, using Firefox with NoScript(w/Anti-XSS). Additionally, he mentions that no HIPS can protect against XSS. I have posted links regarding XSS that may be of interest to you.

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=999599&postcount=33
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=999715&postcount=35
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1002678&postcount=38
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1007738&postcount=20
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1019305&postcount=69
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1022642&postcount=24

    I am pleased to announce that Jon at Exploit Prevention Labs support has recently confirmed that Linkscanner Pro offers protection against XSS. In addition to being the first product of its kind to scan URL's in real-time for exploits, possible future plans include the ability to report false positives and add websites to an ignore list via the LSP console and real-time scanning of email links.


    Peace & Love,

    CogitoErgoSum
     
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  15. iceni60

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    great, thanks for the help. i use opera mostly so i'll try disabling iframes globally and see how it goes, i'm using linux though so it's probably not such a problem, but i'll still try it out.
     
  16. Carver

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    In Opera9.21 buld 8776 Tools/preferences/Content/Advanced/styles uncheck inline frames seems to work in this test http://www.explabs.com/test/
     
  17. Espresso

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    You don't need to uninstall NOD, just disable the IMON component and reboot. After installing LinkScanner you can enable IMON again and reboot.
     
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