Newb pls help bypass survey

pwnedbyd

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Hi how's it going I'm very New to all of this and was hoping someone might shed light on how to bypass a survey to download files and such I need... I mean they all say free download this and that then you get caught out on a survey you have to do in order to get your download. I do not have a credit card nor do I want one and I'd just love to access the things I'm missing out on...


Many thanks in advance...
 

AngusThermopyle

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Any legit site offering
legit free software
does not require credit card information.
 

essellar

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In general, you need to be very careful which of the eighty-seven "Download" buttons you click on freeware sites - one of them (the smallest and least conspicuous) actually downloads the file you want (or at least sends you to the actual site where the files are kept), the other eighty-six (the big green ones that look like they'd probably be the real ones) are ads.
 

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Perhaps you are looking for more legitimate download services like
http://www.download.com/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/
http://www.softpedia.com/

Anything that you get from a "survey" site is almost certainly loaded with malicious software one should always be extraordinarily careful when obtaining software from suspect sources, ESPECIALLY! as a domain administrator, if your computer is not clean, then that can compromise your administrator password. If this happens and your domain is put to illegitimate use under the terms and conditions of this hosting company you may and most likley be fully liable for any damages occurred to the businesses that are also hosted here.

i would strongly advise checking out any software that you think may be suspicious with https://www.virustotal.com/ there is also: http://www.threatexpert.com/

Chances are, that your computer is already compromised avoiding being infected these days takes quite a bit of experience at detecting what is legit, and what is malicious especially when it comes to download buttons. Here is one of the many places that you can go to seek help for free, however there is a limit to what they can do.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/

If you wish to learn more, there is this particular secret hidden forum where you can get training from Microsoft Most Valued Persons.
http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/topic/130139-boot-camp-anti-malware-training/

Also looking at a deeper level, there is also internals books, videos, forums.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb545021.aspx

its also good to have a firm understanding of networking
http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Complete-Reference-Brian-Hill/dp/0072192801

if you find the above a little overwhelming perhaps start here
http://www.elithecomputerguy.com/

The scary thing is that rootkits are getting so sophisticated nowadays once they are in you hare highly unlikely to ever really dig them out short of a format, its always good to have a computer (firewalled, locked down, and isolated from the rest of the network) or virtualized operating system, for suspicious files.

As for what your probably after by going to a survey site, i strongly suggest you read the news, and do your homework, there are many legal, ethical, financial and privacy implications not just for you but the internet as a whole. http://torrentfreak.com/

As for website security, that im only still learning.... These are somewhat useful, and more direct to the point.
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Main_Page
http://hakipedia.com/index.php/Category:Web_Application_Hacking
 

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Even the "legit" sites (apart from places like github) are pretty well-polluted these days, and the installers (for binaries) tend to bundle things you don't really want on your machine (not necessarily malware, but crapware and adware) by default. Running an adblocker if you can (not as a matter of course, since that's what keeps a lot of the more desirable sites up and running, but certainly when you visit download sites - just be warned that some of them won't load the links if you don't let them load the ads) and being vigilant about the checkboxes and the wording of the checkbox items in installers ("Yes, I don't want to not select the option to fail to not install...") is more than just a good idea.
 

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Never trust CNET download. Once, it installed a useless program even though I've disagreed and deselected the stuff I don't want. The unauthorised program that was installed was also identified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).
 

ifurn0

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i honestly foregot about the "download manager" its been such an age since i have been to download.com
 

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Even the "legit" sites (apart from places like github) are pretty well-polluted these days, and the installers (for binaries) tend to bundle things you don't really want on your machine (not necessarily malware, but crapware and adware) by default. Running an adblocker if you can (not as a matter of course, since that's what keeps a lot of the more desirable sites up and running, but certainly when you visit download sites - just be warned that some of them won't load the links if you don't let them load the ads) and being vigilant about the checkboxes and the wording of the checkbox items in installers ("Yes, I don't want to not select the option to fail to not install...") is more than just a good idea.

It is good to use Malwarebytes to remove any adware/malware one gets during bundled installation. It is a free tool. I am using malwarebytes (www.malwarebytes.org) in addition to my main AV - Avast. Malwarebytes helped me with delta-homes (http://scarybearsoftware.com/news/delta-homes/)
 
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