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    I was 'surfing' last night and made a discovery that I hope I can help you all avoid. I was google-ing, and yahoo searching for quilt images. All I typed under images was the words "free quilt patterns". I saw hundreds of patterns. I was drawn to the Bargellos since I want to try one. If I had been on an IBM, I would have fried my computer! EVERY Bargello I clicked on, came up with an automatic 'Apple' warning of it being an 'attack site! Thank the angels above, I bought a Mac. Please be careful and DO NOT click on any Bargellos! (An 'Apple' warning means that the site has been detected to have virus', worms, trojans, etc.) I want to stress that EVERY Bargello image said this, I checked for you. Play safe on the 'net. -Kelly

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    Thanks for the warning. IBM's get the same warning that you do if we have the right protections (virus protectors) in place. I use McAfee's site advisor which shows a green check mark if the site has been deemed safe and a red X if unsafe. I only click the check marks. We are not totally vulnerable. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Thanks for the warning. IBM's get the same warning that you do if we have the right protections (virus protectors) in place. I use McAfee's site advisor which shows a green check mark if the site has been deemed safe and a red X if unsafe. I only click the check marks. We are not totally vulnerable. :thumbup:
    I thought I had virus last night but Admin said there are such things as false virus. No i don't understand either. I have Mc Afee too. It is okay now.

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    Thank you for the warning!

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    The word 'free' is an automatic virus and spyware invitation. Never do a search for anything free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trueimage
    The word 'free' is an automatic virus and spyware invitation. Never do a search for anything free!
    Very interesting, didn't know that. I was searching yesterday for free knitting patterns and didn't have any problem. I have McAfee too and had no warnings.

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    Thanks for the warning!

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    Thank you for the info. My laptop will disconnect fom the Internet if I try to visit a site that is infected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trueimage
    The word 'free' is an automatic virus and spyware invitation. Never do a search for anything free!
    I didn't know this. Thank you..

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    Thanks, Kellie- nice to know we take care of each other. HUGS

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    I do searches for "free" all the time and don't have viruses. Actually, it's a protection thing rather than actually having a virus. It's like putting the word "sex" in so your kids can't pull up porn sites. I would find that VERY aggrivating (preventing 'free', not the porn bit hehehe). You probably have your virus protection set at maximum. I don't have that -- have NEVER had a virus (knock on wood)....I just don't open e-mails when I don't recognize the sender and I don't go into sites that are "suspect"....

    Meanwhile -- while testing this, I found the neatest pattern for a bargello............. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by trueimage
    The word 'free' is an automatic virus and spyware invitation. Never do a search for anything free!
    Not to be sound hateful, but this isn't true. Some sites will be flagged by your virus program for POTENTIAL problems. It may just be that they leave cookies. (for definition of a cookie, see here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie) which sometimes can just be a saved web page.

    As long as you have antivirus AND spyware protection, you will be fine. Its VERY, VERY, VERY important to use both of these programs, and there are a LOT more spyware problems lately than actual viruses.

    Just because you are doing searches for "free" things has nothing to do with whether you will catch a virus or not. Some sites are known as being worse than others , such as facebook, myspace, etc. But, that still doesn't mean that you will catch one just because you use it.

    Our antivirus programs err on the side of caution. I use "free" downloads from "free' sites every single day. And have for years. In the last 5 years, my antivirus (AVG, by the way,one of the best there is) has "caught" 4 viruses before they came in. Thats it, in 5 years. And all of those were from Facebook, myspace, or an IM program my boys were running.

    Now, one last thing. Almost ALL porn sites have viruses, LOL! Not that you were using them, LOL, just thought I'd throw that in there, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    I was 'surfing' last night and made a discovery that I hope I can help you all avoid. I was google-ing, and yahoo searching for quilt images. All I typed under images was the words "free quilt patterns". I saw hundreds of patterns. I was drawn to the Bargellos since I want to try one. If I had been on an IBM, I would have fried my computer! EVERY Bargello I clicked on, came up with an automatic 'Apple' warning of it being an 'attack site! Thank the angels above, I bought a Mac. Please be careful and DO NOT click on any Bargellos! (An 'Apple' warning means that the site has been detected to have virus', worms, trojans, etc.) I want to stress that EVERY Bargello image said this, I checked for you. Play safe on the 'net. -Kelly

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    Please don't be afraid to searh for free Bargello patterns. EVERY pic DIDN"T have a virus. It was probably just a "warning" because anything your computer downloads has a "potential" for viruses.

    Think about it, each one of those are from a totally different site. All of them are not going to have a virus. I just did a search for "free bargello" and got over 5 million sites. Do you see what I'm saying? Thats at least 5 million different blogs, websites, stores, etc. ALL of them couldn't have a virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    I was 'surfing' last night and made a discovery that I hope I can help you all avoid. I was google-ing, and yahoo searching for quilt images. All I typed under images was the words "free quilt patterns". I saw hundreds of patterns. I was drawn to the Bargellos since I want to try one. If I had been on an IBM, I would have fried my computer! EVERY Bargello I clicked on, came up with an automatic 'Apple' warning of it being an 'attack site! Thank the angels above, I bought a Mac. Please be careful and DO NOT click on any Bargellos! (An 'Apple' warning means that the site has been detected to have virus', worms, trojans, etc.) I want to stress that EVERY Bargello image said this, I checked for you. Play safe on the 'net. -Kelly

    Quilter's unite!
    Please don't be afraid to searh for free Bargello patterns. EVERY pic DIDN"T have a virus. It was probably just a "warning" because anything your computer downloads has a "potential" for viruses.

    Think about it, each one of those are from a totally different site. All of them are not going to have a virus. I just did a search for "free bargello" and got over 5 million sites. Do you see what I'm saying? Thats at least 5 million different blogs, websites, stores, etc. ALL of them couldn't have a virus.
    Thanks stef for your advice, it is most welcome. It is the first time I have ever had a problem in years of using computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    Quote Originally Posted by trueimage
    The word 'free' is an automatic virus and spyware invitation. Never do a search for anything free!
    Not to be sound hateful, but this isn't true. Some sites will be flagged by your virus program for POTENTIAL problems. It may just be that they leave cookies. (for definition of a cookie, see here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie) which sometimes can just be a saved web page.

    As long as you have antivirus AND spyware protection, you will be fine. Its VERY, VERY, VERY important to use both of these programs, and there are a LOT more spyware problems lately than actual viruses.

    Just because you are doing searches for "free" things has nothing to do with whether you will catch a virus or not. Some sites are known as being worse than others , such as facebook, myspace, etc. But, that still doesn't mean that you will catch one just because you use it.

    Our antivirus programs err on the side of caution. I use "free" downloads from "free' sites every single day. And have for years. In the last 5 years, my antivirus (AVG, by the way,one of the best there is) has "caught" 4 viruses before they came in. Thats it, in 5 years. And all of those were from Facebook, myspace, or an IM program my boys were running.

    Now, one last thing. Almost ALL porn sites have viruses, LOL! Not that you were using them, LOL, just thought I'd throw that in there, LOL!
    Well said! I also now know who to ask for tech info....lol! Hugs!

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