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Dangers of Screensavers

 
 
Reply Sat 9 Sep, 2006 02:22 pm
Danger: Screensavers Come With Strings Attached
Thu Sep 7, 2006 1:50PM EDT
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What could be more innocuous than downloading a screensaver to dress up your PC? "Well, the reality is that screensavers are some of the riskiest pieces of software that you can download to your computer," says Shane Keats of McAfee, Inc., makers of a variety of PC protection software.

Keats says, that while serious techies know they shouldn't download screensavers from the web, there are 15 million screensaver web searches each month. Those who end their search with a download are likely to find adware, spyware, or worse tagging along for the ride.

McAfee found the most dangerous screensaver this summer was Miami Vice, and that sites offering baseball or World Cup soccer downloads also were high on the risk list.

Story from Yahoo
 
hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 9 Sep, 2006 02:45 pm
i could really never understand what the advantage of a 'screensaver' is , never installed one .
hbg
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 9 Sep, 2006 02:52 pm
I put mine in stand by.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 9 Sep, 2006 04:46 pm
There's No Such Thing As a Free Lunch.

TINSTAFL.
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Equaliser
 
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Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 01:52 am
"Free" screensavers and smilies are often used as a tempt to the younger element of socitey. The purveyor then installs malware in to the computer in addition to the screensaver/smilie.

A company to AVOID in this connection is FunWebProducts and it's offshoots.

Screensavers are useful if you have a CRT monitor but not really necessary for TFT/flat screen monitors.

Edgar .... how are you getting on with your other thread and fixing the troubles?

E
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 03:18 am
Wouldn't have a screensaver on any of my machines. All of my 'puters are on pretty much 24/7, set to douse their displays after 15 minutes of inactivity, and to go into standby after another 45 minutes of inactivity. My scheduled apps are set to wake the machine if necessary, and they're all configured to "Wake on LAN" so I can access any of them over my network whenever I want to.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 04:53 am
Equaliser wrote:
"Free" screensavers and smilies are often used as a tempt to the younger element of socitey. The purveyor then installs malware in to the computer in addition to the screensaver/smilie.

A company to AVOID in this connection is FunWebProducts and it's offshoots.

Screensavers are useful if you have a CRT monitor but not really necessary for TFT/flat screen monitors.

Edgar .... how are you getting on with your other thread and fixing the troubles?

E


I haven't had any incidents lately, since I ran ad-aware, bot check and registry scan programs.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:19 am
@hamburger,
hamburger wrote:

i could really never understand what the advantage of a 'screensaver' is , never installed one .
hbg

Merely to please ones aesthetic sensibilities.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 03:17 pm
What are screensavers?
robertpuzio
 
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Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 04:20 am
@edgarblythe,
Generally Screen saver is use for saving screen resolution. And your computer.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 04:41 am
@robertpuzio,
The thread was essentially started because some free screen savers were, possibly still are, being used for a ruse to add malware to computers. It was never meant as a diatribe against the use of screen savers.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 07:05 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

What are screensavers?

... candy for your computer monitor.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 09:19 am
@edgarblythe,
Quote:
It was never meant as a diatribe against the use of screen savers.


Just a friendly warning, eh, ed? I must have been born under a lucky star (knock-knock) , or maybe my security programs do their work. I change mine seasonally. Have done for years. Like the one I linked to earlier this morning at "Coffee".

There's more out there other than Windows' Great Plains Scenery, imo.

Wouldn't do it with the company's computer at the office, tho. Hey, you never know.

Gotta watch out for those websites that stuff cookies into your temporary internet files - stay away from them, like, stay at home.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 11:20 am
I started this thread so many years ago, my information may no longer be relevant.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Oct, 2012 11:32 am
In the early days of PCs, when people left them turned on all day (especailly in businesses), there was a very real risk of burning a "ghost" image on the screen. Those were two-tone (usually black and white, or black and yellow) CRTs--cathode ray tubes, which means they were just cheap televisions. The screen saver literally did that, it saved the screen from having an image burned into it. Screensavers became a purpose in itself, though, soon enough. Monitors became more sophisticated, and as the technology of televisions and computer monitors became cheaper but more efficient, so the screensavers were actually no longer needed. It was highly unlikely that you would burn an image into the screen, which was a very real danger with the early, cheap CRT monitors.

Now people just like to have such an image. I am into RPGs--role playing games. I've downloaded lots and lots of sword and sorcery images for use in the games. I just sized the images in photoshop, and made a file of them, which were rotated as the screen saver. You don't have to download a screensaver, you can create your own from any reliable image on your box.
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