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Posted on 01/14/2013 6:55:52 AM PST by palmer
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IMHO, a home computer user would have to be out of his mind to use IE at all. At a work site I’d only use it for the occasional business site which simply din’t function with other browsers.
While its true that certain types of sites have a higher incidence of malware it is not that simple.
Sites which focus on content intended for children, celebrities, porn, gambling and a few other areas have a higher risk for malware.
Sites such as Foxnews, Drudgereport, Walmart and many other mainstream sites have been compromised to serve malware. Visiting those sites was enough to allow malware into your unprotected computer regardless of the OS.
This is often done through the advertising content those sites use to generate revenue. The criminal writes the malware and inserts it into an ad. They submit the ad to the advertising company which puts it on the mainstream sites. In other cases the sites themselves are compromised when the owners fail to maintain it properly and they get hacked.
We had one customer who had a linux site compromised when they failed to properly patch the installed software.
The only virus I ever got was from a very mainstream U.K. news site. Just make sure all your filters are up to date.
The govt doesn’t need to install backdoors into IE 6, there are plenty already provided by IE 6.
If you have a computer connected to the internet it can be hacked. If you do crazy things like post to FR or talk about the Constitution then the govt has probably already visited your PC.
You can do windows update without IE through Control Panel/System and Security. Just be sure to pick and choose what you update. For example, one of my “optional” updates is to use Bing as my desktop (I’m running Win8). No thanks.
Also those pop-up websites that lurk under everything that you don’t see until you close your browser. Close that through task manager or from the task bar. I’ve learned the hard way to not touch the frame.
More than likely one is already built in to the OS.
Bump for later.
Not being computer knowledgeable I have little idea of what your speaking. Please explain for those of us who are not up to date.
I got one from one of Drudges connections two days ago. It came on as warning that there was a virus and I needed to click on the warning to clear it. The warning looked like a legit microsoft logo. I physically disconnect my modem and then work with my installed anti-virus software. In the past I’ve gotten caught with one of those just trying to clear the logo.
I see the whole web page, but in place of annoying ads or flash running and doing things I don't want, I see a gray box labeled flash. When I click on the box, it runs the flash so I can see a movie or radar animation or other flash content that I want to see without being bothered by the rest of it.
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