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#1 Heyoldman


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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:51 PM

Does using aim cause viruses or something? I dont know whats going on... Need advise

Mod Edit: Moved topic to a more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 Herk


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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:48 PM

Any instant messenger program can be used to trash your machine. Usually, it's an attachment that you click on, thinking that your friend sent it to you, when it was really a hacker who was masquerading as one of your contacts. But it's safe to use instant messengers as long as you don't open attachments. Personally, I use MSN Messenger and no others. Yahoo Messenger plants things on your hard drive that you don't want, clutters things up a bit.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 12:31 AM

Just don't allow anyone to send any files to you unless you know who is sending them and exactly what they are.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 10:01 AM

I use both Trillian and GAIM 1.3 chat client. You cn use IRC, YIM, MSN, AOL, ICQ all at the same time. With GAIM I have 12 chat room in three different windows going at he same time. I monitor all the BC IRC chat room with a privte one for myself, and 3 other IRC sites. At the same time I have a YIM, AIM, MSN, and 2 ICQ identities online at one time with just 1 application. If you tried that with all the stand alone IM clients your computer would crash from the deminished resources.
They are both free but Trillian does have a paid verison.
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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:29 AM

I use PalTalk and thats exactly like Trillian :thumbsup:
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Posted 21 March 2006 - 12:25 PM

Any IM can be used to transmit malware. You can avoid infection by never clicking on links or opening attachements that are not part of a normal IM conversation with people you know and trust.
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