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Janie
Posts: 104

A few weeks ago I was told and shown an article where it said IE wasn't safe and they themselves said, for a while, until the problem is solved, to use another browser. I installed Google Chrome, which I don't like because when I go on webpages, there are flashing ads for this or that all over the place. If I open up my IE on those same webpages, those ads are gone. Anyway, is it safe now to go back to IE for my default browser? If so, how do I go about doing that? :)

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whs
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IE9 is safe. The default setting is in Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Default Programs

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Hermitt
Posts: 1310

Janie, I have never had any problems with IE being unsafe.
To make IE your default browser, click Tools in IE, in the popup, click Programs and set IE as the default browser.

whs, you beat me by 30 seconds. LOL

Jim

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LadyFitzgerald
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No bowser is completely safe. It also depends on how you define safe. Safe from what? Intrusions? Infections? Ads? Chrome is reputed to be the safest browser but Google is infamous for being nosy, collecting data, such as browsing habits, from people. One result of that data is what you have observed: targeted, annoying ads. I personally don't trust Google any further than I can spit upwind in a stiff breeze.

FireFox has been extremely popular but that popularity has been waning lately because of the frequent (and, thus, annoying) updates it has been doing lately.

I personally feel IE has been getting a bad rap because of it's less than stellar history. IE6 was a piece of work and IE7 wasn't much better. IE 8 was pretty decent and IE9 is even better (I use IE9 and like it; I've tried FireFox and just didn't like the way it was set up but that is just personal taste). IE10 has been getting good reports on the beta version. I'm going to wait, however, until the final version has been out for a while to see what the reviews are since “final” versions are often different than beta versions (and are often buggier than a flophouse bed).

Even more important than which browser you use for safety is how you use it. Avoiding dodgy websites (porn sites are notorious for being malware ridden), good passwords, and using a good AV and other malware programs contribute more to browser safety than the browsers themselves.

There are many AntiVirus programs (AVs) one can choose from. The paid suites contain everything you would ever need but usually contain too much which can slow your computer down. They also have to be renewed every year which can get expensive. However, they are they are the easiest and most convenient to use since they do everything for you. There many free alternatives, most of which are much lighter than the paid suites but require you to manually run scans and, often, download updates.

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is what is most frequently recommended on the various computer geek sites. I’ve had problems with it not updating because of the way it is designed to operate is dependent on the computer being on at a specific time of day. I also found it was letting some tracking cookies in (they usually aren’t dangerous but some can be). I personally prefer AVAST! Free. It automatically updates several times a day, more often than MSE, and does so no matter when you are on the computer. I’ve found it better for blocking malware than MSE. If one doesn’t use too many of its extra bells and whistles, it doesn’t slow one’s computer down any.

The free version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) is a good program to have in your antimalware arsenal to catch viruses, trojans, etc. that slip past your computer. Super AntiSpyware (SAS) is another good one for catching spyware, such as tracking cookies.

All of the above programs will play well with each other as long as you never have more than AV installed at a time.

Web of Trust (WOT) is great for alerting you to known and potentially dangerous websites. AVAST! Free also has a similar feature but, since it depends on reports from users and hasn’t been around as long as WOT, it’s not quite as good. It is getting better. I use both and it doesn’t seem to slow my computer any.

Ads are more of an annoyance than a real danger as long as you don’t click on them or roll the mouse pointer over them. I use the paid version of Simple AdBlock (it’s a lifetime license) to get rid of the vast majority of ads. I resisted doing so for years because ads are what pay for websites but so many of them were becoming obnoxious (such as loud audio and/or annoying, distracting animations) or intrusive (popups that obstructed viewing the site’s content) so I finally broke down and installed the ad blocker.

Firewalls are an important line of defense against malware. Win7’s fire wall is excellent and is the one I recommend for most people since it works in the background and doesn’t require any computer chops to use it. I prefer Zone Alarm’s free firewall because I can easily control which internet transmissions are to be permitted in or out. Many people don’t like Zone Alarm because of the frequent popups when it is first installed but I’ve found if one takes time to read the popup before clicking on it to get rid of it, the program will quickly train itself and the popups will become rare.

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presence1960
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One of the best defenses is to browse in a Standard User account, not an Administrator account & to avoid shady sites. One must not be like a child in a candy store when surfing the web. Temptations are abundant, avoid them.

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StringJunky
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Add this to chrome and the ads are gone: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock-plus/cfhdojbkjhnklbpkdaibdccddilifddb?hl=en-GB

Then get EasyPrivacy by clicking on Add EasyPrivacy To AdblockPlus in the EasyPrivacy section in the following page which sorts out the tracking:

http://easylist.adblockplus.org/en/

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presence1960
Posts: 280

Nice StringJunky. I don't use Chrome too often but will definitely give this a whirl.

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hArLtRoN
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I have AdBlock Plus for Chrome as well and it works really good. I have it on Firefox too.

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StringJunky
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If you really want to nail the tracking in Chrome you can block the Referrer Header which tells the next website where you came from by right-clicking on the Chrome icon that you use to launch ON THE DESKTOP then in Properties > Target add this to the end of the path starting with a space first:

--no-referrers

So it looks like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --no-referrers

You can then drag the icon onto the W7 tasbar if you like to launch from there but you must do it this way because you can't set it up from an icon in the taskbar first. To check it works. Click this referrer test link to check it's working. It should read "No referrer/hidden". It must be entered exactly as above or won't work.

http://www.whatismyreferer.com/

Comodo Dragon has a setting to disable it in Settings > Advanced Settings > Privacy > .......Suppress Referrer Header

Tony

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Janie
Posts: 104

Thanks for all these suggestions. I really do appreciate them! :) I will give those links a go a little later today, when I get time. Thank you so much!

BIG HUG,
Janie

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Janie
Posts: 104

Hey there StringJunky, what do I do after I add EasyPrivacy To AdblockPlus in the EasyPrivacy? Do I change something on the Adblock Plus Options? Do I do anything there?

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

If your Adblock Options page looks like the second item down that's it...all set.

Tony

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Janie
Posts: 104

My top Enabled item says EasyList, my second Enabled item says EasyPrivacy. Is that ok?

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Janie
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After I changed to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --no-referrers (<< I copied that from what I put in, so it's right, isn't it?) , but when I click on that test link, I get the following:

Your referer:
https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/internet-explorer-browser-safe-now?replies=1

That isn't right, is it? You said I should get "No referrer/hidden". What did I do wrong? I put it exactly as above....I copied & pasted to show ya what I put in Target path.

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Janie
Posts: 104

Yeahhhh! It's RIGHT now! I copied the link and put it in my browser (I had just clicked on it before) and got the following...

Your referer:
No referer / Hidden

No more annoying adds either!!!! Love it!!! THANKS, StringJunky!!!! BIG HUG!

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StringJunky
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Make sure the Chrome icon you use is the one you launch with. Spelling, space and dashes must be the same as below image.

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StringJunky
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Glad your sorted! ;)

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Janie
Posts: 104

LOVING this NO ADS popping up and dancing around ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!! haha! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

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Janie
Posts: 104

Will that AdBlock Plus work on IE? My hubby wants me to put it on his machine but he uses only IE.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Yes. I use it on IE9 on my machine.

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Janie
Posts: 104

The link that StringJunky sent me above is to add it to Chrome. How do I get it for IE?

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Check here.

The free version has unlimited blocking for the first 30 days. After that, it will block only the first 200 ads a day. Whether that will be enough depends on how long one is online in a day and how ad rich the sites visited are. It's amazing how fast that 200 limit can be reached.

The Pro (paid for) version (which is what I have) is unlimited and can be installed on up to three computers. You would have to contact them to see if you can have the Chrome version and the IE version on the same license. Even if you can't, at least it's a lifetime license.

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StringJunky
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To adblock IE9, click on the two links at the top of the page in the link below: Add TPL for Fanboy Adblock List and Add TPL Fanboy Tracking List

http://www.fanboy.co.nz/ie.html

If you click IE9 Settings > Manage Addons > Tracking Protection you should see this:

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

For IE;

http://simple-adblock.com/

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Janie
Posts: 104

First off, is my adblock plus for Chrome only a 30 day trial? I didn't notice if it was. :)

Next, StringJunkie, what does it do if I click on that you told me about above - clicking on the TPL....in your last message? Does that make it NOT be a trial version for IE9 or what???

How much is that PRO paid for version of Simple Adblock for IE?

I know I ask some crazy questions, but I'm learning as I go, thanks to you ALL! :)

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StringJunky
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Everything I've linked to is free with no time limits. It will add those two items in the image I posted. By default I never link to a paid app without saying so just like LF has rightly notified you about her link. :)

Note: You must click on those links in IE9 to add the IE9 TPL adblocker .

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Janie
Posts: 104

Who or what is fanboy? Is that you, StringJunky? :) I know I ask a lot of questions but I always ask if I'm wondering. Guess I'm a bit over cautious.

Also, after I add adblock to hubby's IE9, can I then go and and hide his referrers also?

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

In the link I posted, clicking on the Products tab will show the price ($29.95). If I recall correctly, the only download is the free version and one buys a key to unlock the Pro features. I suggest downloading the free version and use it for the first 30 days. If, after the 30 day trial period runs out, the 200 ad daily limit kicks in, and you find it to be too low, then buy the license. You can always try the license on the second installtion to see if it will work on both. As I said before, it's essentially a lifetime license so you have to pay only once (assuming you and your husband even need it).

Nothing wrong with questions. They are how you learn and are much better than dumb mistakes arising from not asking them.

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StringJunky
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Fanboy is one of the original adblock list compilers...he's very well-known in those circles along with a guy called Rck who started EasyList but has since died. Other people maintain the Easy list now in his memory. Fanboy's list and Rick's Easylist are the ones I use and Fanboy has modded his list to work in IE9 amongst other browsers. The grandad of them all is Wladimir Palantz who started Adblock Plus.

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Janie
Posts: 104

Thanks for explaining that to me, StringJunky.

Can't really tell what I did to IE9 is doing anything for hubby's PC, like the Adblock Plus I added to my Chrome. There are NO ads at all on Facebook or Youtube, etc...in my Chrome now, but I still see the adds to the right...in hubby's FB, with IE. Boo Hoo! :(

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LadyFitzgerald
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Odd that. I don't use Facebook so I can't check it out but I almost never see ads on other websites (and, at least, they aren't the obnoxious or intrusive kind when they do show up). Try right clicking on the little circle with the diagonal line at the very bottom of the page to make sure Adblock was enabled.

Another thought just struck me (ouch!). Did you use the Adblock you downloaded for Chrome on IE9 or did you get the download from the link Mike and I supplied?

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vistamike
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A lot of 'social networking' sites track you into oblivion once logged in.

Consider how you share, like, etc. You really are showing your persona to a community that will suck everything from you.

I don't have these issues because I don't get involved in any of them.

It seems the issues are with the sites you visit.

Mike

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Janie
Posts: 104

I did what StringJunky said to do for IE9. It was free so I did that, but can't tell any difference, I don't think??? If it's blocking some ads, maybe I just don't notice, since it's not blocking all the ads, like Adblock Plus is on my Chrome.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Try downloading from here, install it on the computer using IE9, and see if it makes a difference.

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StringJunky
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LF

Simple Adblock doesn't work on Facebook and apparently nothing will because all ads are delivered from the FB servers. This means in order to block all the ads you have to block FB, at least for the way adblockers work in IE9 anyway. I've tried several things today at this issue including a css script and I'm at a dead end now.

Janie

If you go into the tracking protection section of IE9 you will see a link under the list called Get Tracking List Online. Try some of those out by adding them and see what works best for your old man. None work on FB though.

Tony

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LadyFitzgerald
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And there is yet another reason I will never use Facebook.

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StringJunky
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LF

FB is a virus! :D

Janie

Do NOT add the TrustE tracking protection in that list. It actually enables tracking for certain preferred companies and stops the blockers! ;(

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Janie
Posts: 104

Well, the Adblock Plus you told me how to add, took the adds and JUNK off my FB! :) I have noticed I have to open my Chrome browser first and then they'll be gone when I click on my FB icon. IF I click on my FB icon first, they aren't gone yet.

My hubby wants me to ask why the tabs for each of the pages he opens is not showing anymore at the top of his search engine, since I added that Adblock, like ya showed me, StringJunky (or is it Tony?)? Only 1 tab will stay up there at a time. If he clicks on another page, then he loses the prior page he had open (not at the bottom, just the tabs at the top).

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Janie
Posts: 104

Where is the tracking protection section of IE9?

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Settings (cog icon) > Manage Add-ons > Tracking Protection. You can enable/disable/remove a list by clicking on one and clicking the appropriate button..

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Janie
Posts: 104

Thanks for all the help, everybody! Have a great day! SUNNY and GLORIOUS here in SE Lancashire!

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Hermitt
Posts: 1310

By Janie - How much is that PRO paid for version of Simple Adblock for IE?

Janie, DO NOT purchase Simple Adblock Pro. It is a ripoff. Even if you pay for it, it still works just like the free version.

Jim

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StringJunky
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Jim.

I don't think it's a rip off. You don't get much extra for buying Piriform products for example but you are helping supporting them for their time and costs. It has likely taken years to acquire the skills to make these products. If I had the means I would donate to all the free apps I use.

Tony

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Hermitt
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Sorry Tony but I disagree. I bought Simple Adblock Pro last year and it turned out to be worthless. I contacted their support and got NO reply and NO refund.
When I buy a product I expect it to do what it claims it will do.

Jim

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LadyFitzgerald
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@ Hermitt. It's true simple Adblock Pro works just like the free version. The difference is the free version only works for the first 200 ads it finds and blocks; the Pro version doesn't limit the number of ads blocked. If someone is a light surfer, the free version could be adequate. I needed the Pro vesion and it works just fine for me.

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Hermitt
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@LF - I understand both Simple & Pro differences.
What I'm saying is that the Pro version claimed unlimited AD blocking but stopped blocking AD's at 200 just like the Simple free version.
To me that's nothing more than SCAMware.
Bear in mind, this happened to me more than a year ago so I guess it's possible their software now does what it claims it will do.
If that's the case then I'll stop bashing their product. :)

Jim :)

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LadyFitzgerald
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I've used Pro for well over a year (more like two or more) on both XP and Win 7 and it has worked just fine for me. There may be an incompatibility with your system, you may have downloaded the wrong version, you may have blocked a cookie, or something like that.

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