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Symantec Blocks Pro-gun Sites
ma-firearms ^ | 11/3/03

Posted on 11/03/2003 7:17:59 AM PST by pabianice

Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 14:59:30 -0500 (EST)

From: [ ]

To: ma-firearms@world.std.com

Subject: Symantec Says No To Pro-Gun Sites

You might want to reconsider buying Symantec products:

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/02/1729239&mode=thread&tid=103&tid=153&tid=99

"A recent American Rifleman contained small column that said that Symantec's new Internet Security 2004 would block pro gun rights sites (i.e. NRA sites), while not blocking similar anti-gun rights web sites. Being the eternal skeptic, this claim was tested by downloading the trial version and running some tests against it. To my surprise I found the every NRA site was blocked and was in the category 'weapons.' This even included the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. Some sites that were not blocked where such notable anti-gun rights site such as The Brady Campaign, and Good Bye Guns. The only anti-gun rights site that was blocked that I could find was Hand Gun Control's web site."

"My rather informal test still raises the spectre that a large corporate entity may be clandestinely trying to sway you or your child's political views by censoring content from one side of a political debate. This is indeed chilling, especially considering that such software is required to be used in libraries to protect children. Is this political slant common in censorware? Have slashdotters found similar glitches in other 'parental control' software?""


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To: GladesGuru
I've been known to mispell my own name on occasion.
Only by a letter or 2!
I wish proofreading helped but I always notice something 0.5 seconds after I click on "post."
41 posted on 11/03/2003 11:01:20 PM PST by FormerlyAnotherLurker
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To: martin_fierro
Martin,thanks again for the links but help me with a little more knowledge if you can,please.

I've just started mailwasher and am getting used to it.Of all the links you gave above,I haven't yet tried the firewall tests or alternate browsers.

Shoot the Messenger seems to "not" apply to me because I am running Windows 98.Am I correct?

With the Windows Updates I download "direct x 9.0b" but can't seem to find or execute it.All other updates I've gotten easily.Any ideas?I'm not computer savvy and your help has been greatly appreciated.

All the other links you gave are working together very well for me,I'm really tickled with them. :)

42 posted on 11/18/2003 8:11:28 AM PST by Free Trapper (One with courage is often a majority)
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To: Free Trapper

43 posted on 11/18/2003 8:52:07 AM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_(_起甍起)_oooo_____)
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To: martin_fierro
I've got the firewall from your link working but haven't used the tests yet.I will later today.

The direct x 9.0b downloads to me and shows on Windows Update to have downloaded but each time I check for updates,the Updates site tells me I need to download it again,even though my download history shows it to have successfully downloaded several times.

Oh well,I've gained a lot and am learning as I go.

Thanks again and if you ever need any problem critters removed from your place,maybe I can return the favor.:)

44 posted on 11/18/2003 10:35:02 AM PST by Free Trapper (One with courage is often a majority)
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To: martin_fierro
I am on a dialup and anytime I'm on the computer,it's because I'm on heavy prescribed pain meds that knock my mental functions all to heck and I can accomplish very little elsewhere or even move around safely.

I've now put to use every link from your post #39 except an alternate browser and all are complimentary to each other.If I can put these to use in my condition,anyone should be able to and get these free safetys installed for themselves.I still can't figure out why the Windows Update keeps saying I need the DirectX 9.0b but that's no big deal.

I don't quite understand what an alt. browser will do for me yet.Would you suggest I try Mozilla or Opera as an alternate browser or will I have to make many changes in trading over and possibly become confused in the swapover?

Also,are there any simple,basic things I should be doing,like running the scandisk and defragmenter,that I may not know about or be doing through my simple ignorance of computers?

I can't put into words how much your tips are appreciated and any other thoughts you come up with can only put me even deeper,happily,into your debt.:o)

45 posted on 11/19/2003 6:14:33 AM PST by Free Trapper (One with courage is often a majority)
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To: Free Trapper
I like the Opera browser.

It gives you good control over what cookies (if any) are placed on your system and has internal popup control.

It also imports MSIE bookmarks well.
46 posted on 11/19/2003 9:31:16 AM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_(_起甍起)_oooo_____)
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To: martin_fierro
I tried the "trial" freeware Spybot/Spykiller. It misidentified a genuine library in my TaxCut software for 2000 as a keylogging trojan. When it had listed that and some real ad software, it refused to clean them unless I paid 40 dollars for the full deal. (I wasn't in the mood, especially after researching the so-called "keylogger" and finding it spurious.) Then it didn't uninstall itself when I ran the "uninstall" procedure. (Had to manually delete the folder.)

Not a good impression.

47 posted on 11/19/2003 9:41:00 AM PST by VadeRetro
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To: glock rocks; NormsRevenge
FYI
48 posted on 11/19/2003 9:47:40 AM PST by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: pabianice
I'd be interested to know if it blocks fas.org

now THERE's a weapons site!!
49 posted on 11/19/2003 10:07:42 AM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: pabianice
AAARGH!! I just downloaded Norton 2004 anti-virus. Damnit!
50 posted on 11/19/2003 10:09:22 AM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: ImpBill
I'm with you Imp, I've been using Norton products since the middle 80's and have alway found them to work very well ~ I'm currently using Norton Systemworks 2003 and it's great.
51 posted on 11/19/2003 10:21:26 AM PST by blackie
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To: pabianice
I work for a military contractor and they block any pro-gun sites also. Probably for the safety of management .... he he.
52 posted on 11/19/2003 10:23:49 AM PST by richtig_faust
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To: ChefKeith; martin_fierro
Thanks for the ping, ChefKeith.

great posts & links here re: stuff. Thanks MF!

MailWatcher seems to run pretty well, btw. Now if I could only get it hooked up to my yahoo account. I get more damn spam there lately than a sailor at sea, I reckun. I'm too damn cheap to pay 'em off to use their tools.
53 posted on 11/19/2003 12:02:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .....)
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm too damn cheap to pay 'em off to use their tools.

Me, too, although they now offer *some* degree of spam filtering with their free e-mail accounts.

54 posted on 11/19/2003 12:18:36 PM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_(_起甍起)_oooo_____)
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