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[SOLVED] Remove the Arcade

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  • [SOLVED] Remove the Arcade

    While the games are fun, an arcade isn't a necessity. Futile plugins are always dangerous, and in this particular case it is almost inviting an exploit.

    ibProArcade v2.5.9 is not a safe extension. Just my two cents. I have not run a scan on your server, as that would be intrusive and un-invited, I'm simply talking on experience. I have witnessed exploits on arcade add-ons countless times.
    Last edited by Transient; 12-24-2012, 09:49 PM.
    Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
    -John von Neumann

  • #2
    Umm, what?
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
      Umm, what?
      Run a virus scan over the servers. It might be a targeted ad on his part though. I will say that certain toolbars are just Trojan horses that are a serious pain to remove, and should be removed ASAP. I've heard about certain game apps being such as well.

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      • #4
        Oh. I haven't seen an ad in years. Do people really not get ABP?
        Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

        An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

        My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
          Oh. I haven't seen an ad in years. Do people really not get ABP?
          Off-topic:
          I guess there are people that don't use Firefox (or Chrome). But ads? I guess some people still like to use Micro$oft's Internet NextHorror (aka Internet Exploder), though I haven't a clue why. It's blissfully absent on my laptop.

          On-topic:
          I have clicked precisely once on the arcade link, somewhere in 2007 if memory serves.. It doesn't serve any purpose, but there are more elements on the forum bones I would see removed or changed (the links on the right side and the dead CF ad). I would've done so already if I [1] knew how (the easy part I reckon) and [2] had access to that part of the board (which we don't).
          Have you read the Forum rules?

          Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
          Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
          Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
          Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
          Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
          Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
          Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
          --Red Dwarf

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          • #6
            When I hear of people using Internet Explorer, I also wonder if they use rotary phones and an Atari game system.
            Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

            An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

            My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
              When I hear of people using Internet Explorer, I also wonder if they use rotary phones and an Atari game system.
              I still use a rotary phone...Well, it's still hooked up as an extension, though it hardly ever gets used. On the plus side, the batteries never run down.

              I don't use IE, though.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                When I hear of people using Internet Explorer, I also wonder if they use rotary phones and an Atari game system.
                When asked if I had a smartphone, I answered that I, at least, was smarter than my phone would ever be.
                Hmmm most things rotary went out of style. Still, I'd really like a good rotary valved flügelhorn; someday I'll have one.
                Have you read the Forum rules?

                Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                --Red Dwarf

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                  Umm, what?
                  What I mean is that having an arcade is an easy way for you website to be cracked.

                  Originally posted by JustMe View Post
                  Run a virus scan over the servers. It might be a targeted ad on his part though. I will say that certain toolbars are just Trojan horses that are a serious pain to remove, and should be removed ASAP. I've heard about certain game apps being such as well.
                  The arcade is not malware itself. A virus scan will do no good. They can run something like Nessus, a vulnerability scanning software, but I'm not sure if that lists plug-ins.

                  The arcade version they are using can be exploited.



                  @Perseus,
                  I see that you all have an active set of moderators, are there any active admins? If not that is a bit ridiculous. If an admin isn't willing to take care of things, it is time for a few trusted moderators to be promoted or an experienced VBuller administrator to be brought in.
                  Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
                  -John von Neumann

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Transient View Post
                    @Perseus,
                    I see that you all have an active set of moderators, are there any active admins? If not that is a bit ridiculous. If an admin isn't willing to take care of things, it is time for a few trusted moderators to be promoted or an experienced VBuller administrator to be brought in.
                    You're preaching to the choir here. As far as I know, we have one admin (StuntPope), who owns this forum. He bought it back in the day from the previous owner (Greg). Greg hasn't been here since the takeover and I imagine he's no longer admin. StuntPope's last visit was 28 october this year. He registered on this forum about half a year after I did, reaching his current number of posts on 24 august: 84.

                    He did bring in a fellow to administrate once, but if memory serves, that didn't work out somehow. I believe the PGN viewer is from that brief period.
                    Have you read the Forum rules?

                    Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                    Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                    Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                    Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                    Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                    Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                    Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                    --Red Dwarf

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                    • #11
                      Wow, that really does suck. Not only for you all, the moderators, but for the community. This website has great potential. A wonderful domain name and some great members.

                      I know this may sound a bit drastic, but maybe it's time for him to step up or lose the community. I would happily follow the current moderators to a new domain.
                      Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
                      -John von Neumann

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                      • #12
                        I have no idea what the current owners purpose is with this site. As he seldom log in here, is it a interest for chess or what? It's must be something, because there are fees to pay for the web hosting. And I can't see any ads here either, so the incomes from the site must be very small if any.

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                        I reminds of a bicycle site here in Sweden, where the owner never logged in. Because I have an interest in web design and bike a lot, I asked if I could buy the site (which have a good site name). I thought the price would not be so high, because there are few ads, and not so many active users (maybe 100 or less). I was very surprised when the owner asked for an huge amount of money (at least $ 20 000). I can't understand that. Why do anyone own a web site, and just let it go, without any promotion? And have a ridiculous high price tag on the site.
                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself

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                        • #13
                          I think that the arcade link should be removed and chess links be put in. The arcade is sort of irrelevant to the site in my opinion. I have never used it so I am not sure that there are viruses in it.

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                          • #14
                            It has been ages since I posted this thread and went on leave, but I happy to return to see this issue has been resolved. Furthermore it is great to see an active administrator.
                            Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
                            -John von Neumann

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                            • #15
                              And now remove the Arcade menu item
                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself

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