- Google Chrome – Google’s web browser, much safer and more secure than Internet Explorer
Not only are ads on the internet intrusive and annoying, they have also become vectors for malware infection Here are a few examples:
Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware (Oct 2014)
Forbes Visitors Forced to Disable Ad-Block See Malware-Ads (January 2016)
Angler Exploit Kit Strikes on MSN.com via Malvertising Campaign (August 2015)
MSN Home Page Drops More Malware Via Malvertising (January 2016)
Fortunately there is a way that you can simultaneously protect yourself from malvertising and make your web browsing experience more comfortable. Adblocking. Currently the best adblocker out there for both Chrome and Firefox is called “uBlock Origin” and it is Free. Make sure to follow the links on this page to install it as FAKE versions of uBlock often make their way into App stores.
But what about adblocking for Internet Explorer? Don’t use Internet Explorer! It is the least secure major web browser available. With Chrome and Firefox both being free, there’s seldom a reason to use IE and never a reason to use it as your “daily browser.”
If you have Windows 8 / 10 you already have virus protection in the form of Windows Defender. We don’t recommend Norton/McAfee as they are not much more effective (and often less effective) at preventing viruses, but they do use up a lot of system resources and slow down your computer. If you are on Windows 7 you can download Microsoft Security Essentials, which is the Windows 7 version of Defender.
In addition to Defender/Security Essentials we also recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It is available both as a free version that you can manually run each week, or as a paid version that runs all the time protecting your computer from viruses as well as spy and adware.
- WinCDEmu Portable – If you have a CD Image (ISO) and just want to mount/use it without burning a CD you can use this