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Chad K    Posted 09-29-2004 at 06:03:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
...2 thumbs up! I put it on the old computer first so I could decide if I liked it. Well, I do.
I have a question for the experts. Probably sounds like a dumb question, but I keep hearing the only dumb question is the one not asked. So here it goes...
Do I need to do anything about my virus protection? Or is it doing it's job regardless of what browser I'm using? Just want to keep my butt covered...

Chad


Peanut    Posted 09-29-2004 at 07:18:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
As long as you keep your anti-virus software updated, you are fine. Nothing special is needed because you are using Firefox.

Keep in mind that anti-virus software generally protects you from viruses arriving via email. OK OK OK - before everyone chews me out for saying that ... I know anti-virus software protects from viruses on downloads (manual and automatic) too. No matter though. Never disable your anti-virus software while you are online. Keep it updated. Happy surfing.


Oh yeah    Posted 09-29-2004 at 07:33:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Firefox actually blocks more than Internet Explorer does so your anti-virus software does not have to work as hard.

- Peanut


Chad K    Posted 09-29-2004 at 10:20:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the reply. I didn't figure there would be anything to change, but better safe than sorry!

I was getting so many popup windows with IE that I figured what have I got to lose by downloading Firefox??

BTW, I'm open to suggestions on how to stop those popups on IE.
I like Firefox..not so sure my wife will...


Peanut    Posted 09-29-2004 at 11:04:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'll need some type of pop up blocker. Google offers a fairly good one. Here is the link:
http://toolbar.google.com/

Here is a Yahoo blocker:
http://toolbar.yahoo.com/

I would recommend against picking a pop up blocker from a company you have never heard of. Sometimes you are getting a free dowload off the internet and you think you are doing something good for your computer when in fact you may be allowing additional spyware because the pop up blocker is actually disguised spyware.

Here is a link from PC World that compares different products:
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,8060,00.asp


Clod    Posted 09-29-2004 at 11:25:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also,, ZONE ALARM seems to be great.I have that on each PC here.Its free. BUT it ask..Do you want to let this one in?? I see generic win 32 ,For example. Well.That is needed to navigate so,I say yes.Then check a box to let it in everytime. Several come up.Yahoo messenger.I say yes.But NETBIOS comes and I do not know if I should allow it or block it.I have always blocked it. A couple of times one came that said SPOOLER. I dont know what that is so I blocked it with zone alarm. Zonealarm sure can detect a lot of intruders,, But if you do not know the good from bad you will wonder about what you blocked or let in.


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