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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by md2lgyk, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk Thread Starter

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    I recently installed the WOT add-on for Firefox. To my surprise, many of the recruiting and job search sites I visit are red flagged (Constructionjobforce.com is one example). Why in the world would this be??
     
  2. 20_2_Many

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    The ratings are provided by users. WOT allows you to review the ratings posted for a site, then decide for yourself. Even good well known names can have a bad site rating because they sell ad space without control of the content of that space, or because you actually need their download for functionality, but their download is tied to installing garbage search engines (sometimes multiple) or asks for your email , then you get spammed to death. Generally they get the rating they deserve, and you can review it and decide for yourself.
     
  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Any time ratings are based on user input you have to take it with a grain of salt. Although there is often merit, users can do what they want and if they see one ad on a site they may give it a poor rating as a result. :)

    In addition to WOT, I use two others to verify sites as well, McAfee Site Advisor and Norton Safe Web, where sites are rated by McAfee and Norton respectively and user input is limited to comments only. But I don't install them, I just use them on-line to check web sites I'm not sure of:

    http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=Constructionjobforce.com

    http://www.siteadvisor.ca/sites/Constructionjobforce.com
     
  4. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk Thread Starter

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    I undestand how the ratings come about, but job search sites don't have ads (except for an occasional one for some college), don't offer any downloads, and don't install anything.
     
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    Looks like the example site is OK for McAfee. With the great links cookiegal provided, you have a couple good tools to help you decide.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    It clearly states in their privacy statement that they have advertisers who use cookies and web beacons to collect information, which is common practice, and that they send e-mails with offers/promotions/newsletters, hence, I suspect, the comments about unsolicited e-mails. This does not make a site malicious. :)

    http://www.constructionjobforce.com/mkt/content/js/default.asp?pg=privacy
     
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    Firefox will warn you if you try downloading the add-on from that website.

    Download the add-on from HERE instead.

    When installing the add-on, be careful not to install any foistware the program is offering. Simply do not agree to it.

    You can also remove the LinkExtend toolbar and simply use the right-click context menu.
     
  9. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the clarification. Guess I should've read the privacy statement LOL. I use Ghostery to block the stuff that tells websites I've visited them so that probably explains why I get no ads or unsolciited e-mails.
     
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    SpywareBlaster has a much larger database and doesn't slow down your computer nor your browser. It blocks a lot of ads as well.
     
  11. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    You're welcome. :)
     
  12. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk Thread Starter

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    I know. I use SpywareBlaster too.
     
  13. Phantom010

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    I recently tried LinkExtend. I must say it doesn't work very well with my version of Firefox, which is the latest. I've contacted the developer about it, which might not even respond or update the app, so for the time being, I've removed the add-on.

    WOT is usually accurate enough for me.
     
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