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Digital Signatures

Post by Chris from Milwaukee » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:16 pm

Just a quick question, what is a broken digital signature?

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Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:07 am

Chris from Milwaukee wrote:Just a quick question, what is a broken digital signature?
In what context?
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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by Chris from Milwaukee » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:51 pm

I was running my virus software and it got rid of a Trojan and it said that another application had a broken digital signature. Just not sure what that's all about.
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Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:31 pm

Chris from Milwaukee wrote:... it said that another application had a broken digital signature.
The digital signature is put into the application by the developer so that it is possible to verify that a file has not been altered (by, say, a virus). It sounds as if there is something wrong with that signature, though. Do you check your hard drive periodically at boot time with CHKDSK?

Which antivirus are you using? The free ones (such as the free version of AVG) are prone to false positives. Even the better commercial antivirus programs sometimes err on the side of caution and give a false positive (such as flagging executables packed with a pirated packing utility). You might consider contacting the developer or vendor of that application to see what they think.
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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by Chris from Milwaukee » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:35 pm

Currently using the Free AVG stuff. The "Creator" likes it and for the most part it works really well.
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Post by radiowave911 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:35 pm

I switched to Avast! for Windows boxes. AVG got too bloated for me. Avast has a pretty decent track record, too.
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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by Tim Burke » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:28 am

Microsoft Security Essentials is a pretty good choice, as well. And it's free...

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Post by bogointeractive » Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:16 pm

Avast is working well for me. I even have some of the college IT peeps around here say they use it as well on their servers. AVG is bloatware these days. I would rather use something that is fast and simple. MS SE does an OK job but it does not seem to update itself like Avast does. I have to run windows update or something to get it going. I get it is an attempt by Microsoft to CYA but it fails for me. Avast is OK for now just like things to scan and run in the background without annoying the heck out of me.

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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by Deep Thought » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:56 pm

No problems with Microsoft Security Essentials updating here on five different computers running three different OS versions (Vista x64 and Win7 32 & 64).
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Post by bogointeractive » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:54 am

Just not a big fan of MS product. It just seems the product is not doing a good job like a good AV should be.
Deep Thought wrote:No problems with Microsoft Security Essentials updating here on five different computers running three different OS versions (Vista x64 and Win7 32 & 64).

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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by BroadcastDoc » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:28 pm

I agree with Deep Thought - Microsoft Security Essentials works very well. I run it on all my Windows machines. Fixed problems that Symantec couldn't.
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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by rockmanac » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:32 am

BroadcastDoc wrote:I agree with Deep Thought - Microsoft Security Essentials works very well. I run it on all my Windows machines. Fixed problems that Symantec couldn't.
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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by radiowave911 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:53 pm

Another nice thing about Avast - you can set the language to Pirate :) WHen it tells you the virus database has been updated, or other spoken message, it uses a pirate voice...
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Re: Digital Signatures

Post by bogointeractive » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:05 pm

I am using CA from Time Warner Cable now. A bit overkill on some stuff it has but so far it is OK for free to me. Now if I can just get my 3 radio streams on my 5 meg up to stay on all the time.

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