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      • #1843265
        woody
        Da Boss

        If Firefox suddenly forgot all of your passwords in the past day or so, blame Avast. It looks like Avast Antivirus and AVG Antivirus are both blocking
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      • #1843396
        Philomene123
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m glad I saw your post about that issue. A user was complaining about it on a French site earlier today,  had not found anything about it at this moment. Now it makes sense, AVG and Avast released quickly a fix.   The user said the issue resolved by itself.  Thanks!

      • #1843608
        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        Always been suspicious/ dismissive of browsers as password storing locations, after all, it’s predominantly a browser with bells and whistles. Remember it’s the first point of contact with the internet. Bearing this in mind I personally prefer to use a dedicated encrypted password manager with only one humongous passphrase to remember.

        This NCSC article may assist:
        https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/what-does-ncsc-think-password-managers

        rant on – I’m reluctant to mention either of these snooping bloatware security products to anyone as a course of device protection – rant off


        No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created Pebcak
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        • #1844022
          walker
          AskWoody Lounger

          @Microfix:  Hoping that someone other than myself has problems getting graphics into their email program (Yahoo).   Suddenly I have no way to get graphics sent in my e-mails, and suspect that it could be Firefox instead of Yahoo.  Anyone else having problems with this??

          • #1844032
            Microfix
            AskWoody MVP

            @walker, you may get a better response if you start a new thread on the issue as this is veering off topic. Thanks


            No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created Pebcak
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      • #1843790
        _Reassigned Account
        AskWoody Lounger

        I stopped using AVG years ago when it began to bloat up with more then what I needed in a AV solution. Defender works well in the background and does what I need it to do.

      • #1843993
        Charlie
        AskWoody Plus

        I write my passwords down on a paper memo pad.  No problem, but that’s me and I don’t hundreds of passwords.

        • #1844263
          anonymous
          Guest

          I do the exact same thing. I don’t trust things like password managers. Like what happens if those get hacked? A notepad is 100% hack proof. Won’t stop someone if they get a hold of your notepad though.

          As for Avast, it was an AV I used to absolutely swear by. But it started doing some things. I don’t want to say shady. But I remember it would give me pop ups saying things like “We have a gift for you” and it was a link to buy the full version of the AV. Also I found it just started slowing down my computer. So I ditched Avast in favor of Malwarebytes years ago. There is one Avast product I still use which is CCleaner. But even that is starting to do some shady stuff. I’ve heard people say that it installed Avast on their computer without asking for example. I use the portable version of CCleaner which doesn’t have that issue. But still.

      • #1844601
        agoldhammer
        AskWoody Plus

        I use PasswordSafe which is not linked to my browser and has been ported to Android OS so that I can use it on both my phone and tablet with the same master password.  It can be configured in a lot of different ways and I never have to worry about something going wrong when there is a Windows or Android update.

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