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Postsongib67 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:52 pm

A while back there were problem with Mediafire. I am wondering if it is now safe to use as I always get a risk warning when I try to use it. It seems most of the downloads I want use it. So is it safe or not? Thanks!
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Postcroiduire on Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:44 pm

I've never had any trouble with it. What anti-virus are you using?



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Postanidup on Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:27 pm

I am not using mediafire for my own cc anymore, but I am still able to download form there and never experienced any problems with it.
I am sorry to hear that you have encountered problems with it, Renee.
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Postsongib67 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:19 pm

I have had McAfee for about seven years. Never a problem. I know there was a problem with Mediafire recently. if I try to download I get a red warning. Everything else is fine.
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Postcroiduire on Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:12 am

Let me quote PC Magazine, one of the most reliable resources available. I've bolded one line that I think applies to your situation:
Software has flaws, and sometimes those flaws affect your security. Prudent users keep Windows and all programs patched, fixing those flaws as soon as possible. The vulnerability scan offered by some antivirus products can verify that all necessary patches are present, and even apply any that are missing. You expect an antivirus to identify and eliminate bad programs, and to leave good programs alone. What about unknowns, programs it can't identify as good or bad? Behavior-based detection can, in theory, protect you against malware that's so new researchers have never encountered it. However, this isn't always an unmixed blessing. It's not uncommon for behavioral detection systems to flag many innocuous behaviors performed by legitimate programs.

McAfee is known to be twitchy, and Mediafire itself shouldn't be a problem. However, if you use Mediafire, you also need a good ad blocker. There are often adverts on Mediafire download pages. If you use an ad blocker and script blocker, you are safe from these; however if you lack them, then you run the risk that the adverts on the download page (like adverts anywhere else) could be used for drive-bys. This isn't a problem specific to Mediafire; it's a problem on many websites, including large, completely legitimate, "household name" sites.

One final caveat. Mediafire is as safe, or as dangerous, as the file that has been uploaded. To make sure you are fully protected, sandbox your download and check it before installing it.



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Postanidup on Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:08 pm

This is good to know, Conny!
I did not realize this, and you are correct, there are so many sites around having ads, I will definately have to explore this mare in detail. Though I have a security program, it is not set to block ads.

May be I will have to change to a better one for the future.
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Postcroiduire on Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:54 pm

I use uBlock as a Firefox add-on, and am very satisfied. It doesn't slow down my system, and it's easy to disable for the sites I trust that are supported by ads (and don't serve me malware and pop-ups).



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Postsongib67 on Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:58 pm

Thanks for this info Croduire... I will certainly look into this! I have to say I am probably not as cautious as I should be.
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Postcroiduire on Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:52 pm

Good luck!



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Postsongib67 on Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:20 pm

Thanks!
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Posttilly on Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:03 am

I've just insalled the ad blocker you recommended. Works great, thank you for that
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Postcroiduire on Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:31 am

Glad I could help, Chief! :)



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PostGuest on Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:45 pm

If I can reassure you I have got Adblock plus and Ublock Origin and Ublock and I have no troubles with mediafire .I even got ghostery and noscript installed.However I can't download from many adfly links since I installed anti adblock killer script.
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Posttilly on Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:03 pm

LiliBones, I love your real name. That made me smile a lot! giggle3
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Postjordana on Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:46 am

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