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What is the best way to prevent viruses?


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#1 CherieB

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:52 AM

I work part time from home for a company that works for a major search engine. Basically what I do is help the company refine search engine results. While I am working, I am constantly browsing hundreds of different, random, (and weird!) web pages. As a result, despite having up to date Malwarebytes and ZoneAlarn installed, I have gotten two really bad viruses on my computer (the last being the 'Safe Fortress' one). Would using FireFox in safe mode help (I read about it but I don't really understand the purpose of Firefox safe mode). Is there some sort of safe browsing mode that I can utilize that would make getting a virus less likely? Do you have any recommendations? I would really appreciate any help! Between the two viruses, I have already lost five working days in total getting my laptop cleaned up. If anyone is kind enough to help, please keep in mind that I am a work from home mom and that I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology (in other words, you may really have to dumb it down for me!).

Thank you so much!!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:57 AM

You ask an often repeated question and with that in mind I'll start you off with two pinned topics that address this. Once you have read them over if you have further questions please ask here. Hopefully this will help you understand more.

How did I get infected? With steps so it does not happen again!
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Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewal

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

I apologize for not seeing those pinned topics and for asking such a repeated question! That must be very frustrating for you. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. Would using Firefox in safe mode having any application in preventing viruses or is that just used when you are already having problems with your computer and you are trying to fix them?

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:25 AM

Oh it is not a bother at all. That is what we are here for. In response to your Firefox question I am not a Firefox user. I employ another default browser (No not IE) so I am not qualified to answer your question. I'm sure there are avid Firefox users who will see this topic and offer their support.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:45 AM

Firefox's safe mode feature is used for troubleshooting purposes by allowing you to temporarily disables all the custom settings, themes and extensions.

BTW, also read How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected which explains the most common ways malware is contracted and spread.
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