EEK, Zemana and ADWCleaner have not detected these pests?I thought this was funny. I grabbed this machine from one of my techs today. (I work at a larger managed IT services firm - MSP) UTM Firewall on the network, paid, well rated AV on the desktops. Domain environment with restricts, AD, Radius, managed updates/patching, updated firmware, no Java or other junk installed.. Simple average joe that uses the computer daily for general browsing, quickbooks, etc. Chrome with uBlock as the browser. Nothing else. "odds are greatly in their favor they they can run for years and years unscathed by badguys".. Nope.
Would you look at that? Would you! That's after EEK, Zemana and ADW Cleaner have already been executed and allowed to perform removals.
EEK, Zemana and ADWCleaner have not detected these pests?
After you finish everything, tell us the results, for kindnessZemana found 12. ADWcleaner had 2 pages of crap found/removed. EEK found a few but not all. I'm running through the rotations. Right now Combofix is finishing up since it is a Win7 box. It's going to be a long removal process and some manual work. I'd prefer to wipe it but not always an option in a corporate environment for a variety of reasons.
Not sure what you are trying to tell us but obviously, that system was not left at the defaults. It is also not W10 which is what I was specifically talking about. W7 is already nearly 9 years old. So more FUD that has nothing to do with the OP's question.Would you look at that? Would you!
I'm disappointed in everyone who supports Chromebooks. Own data and privacy obviously do not play a role in this forum. Safety is your top priority.
A Chromebook is cloud-based. If someone has your login data, your data is not safe in Google Drive. Your location data and e-mail anyway not. A Chromebook does not protect against phishing sites. Windows does not protect against malicious e-mail attachments. You should use an operating system that is flexible and that is Windows and not Chrome OS.
Since it will probably be a couple years before reliable, effective, new CPU designs hit the pipeline, I think I will pass on any hardware purchases for now...
Would the new CPUs from AMD that coming out later this year be affected at all?
Consider that it probably takes a few years to design and manufacture a new CPU, the ones in the current pipeline for release this year will probably not have had the opportunity for permanent design changes to eliminate the recently disclosed flaw, and will probably remain dependent on workaounds or band-aids for the near future...
The average user is not running VMs on their computer. Therefore, these flaws are not likely to affect the average user. So there is no need for him or her to replace their hardware at this time. Just make sure the OS is updated, as is their security and, regardless the OS, don't be click-happy on unsolicited links, downloads, attachments and popups.Would the patches to Windows 10 and browsers alone be enough to protect the average user ?
The average user is not running VMs on their computer.
It's also crucial to not take what charlatans say to heart. Some people are those 'old guy' IT dudes, they think nothing evolves and their old tactics are still valid today. They run around fixing PC's for grandparents and get worshipped by average Joes that know 'just a bit less' than they do but seem like geniuses. We run into these guys a lot, they are annoying, they cause more harm than good. They're a dying breed that has no business in IT.As always, it is important to take what fanatics, biased people and salespeople say with a big hunk of rock salt.
Are Chromebooks subject to Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities? Absolutely! Are Chromebooks immune from such attacks?
Is Chromebook as big a target as Windows or Mac OS devices? No. Why? In part because in comparison very few people use Chromebooks. Why? Because Chromebooks are very limited in their capabilities. If you need a productivity machine, a gaming machine, a file management machine, a media playback machine, a photo and video editing machine, if you value choices in hardware options, if you value browser options, and much much more, don't get a Chromebook.
And if you are worried about your privacy, don't get a Chromebook! That's right! Google is much more a privacy threat than Microsoft or Windows 10 any day of the week.
And local storage for personal data files are very limited with Chromebooks.
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