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protection from pop ups, how?


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#1 rp88

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:29 PM

sometimes i need to visit sites covered in pop-ups, and every time i do so i find myself paranoid that the pop ups are attempting to infect me(because,lets be honest, if you wanted to advertise any service, legit or not, you would hardly expect anyone to click on the advert to go to your service. so it is rational to assume that most pop-ups are attempting to infect someone as otherwise the person who bribed the site to host pop ups would have nothing to gain) so what i wanted to ask was how to set up a browser, probably firefox in my case as i have it installed already, so it is as armoured against pop-ups and any browser exploits as possible. the browser needs to be set up so display of images and download of files (zip, jpg,png,7z,rar,avi,gif) will still work  BUT so pop-ups(especially those activated when clicking on a link) will not open at all, anything that makes the browser vulnerable will be unable to run and drivebys will be impossible(the only potential source of infection would be the actual files deliberately downloaded, which can be scanned once on the hard drive to ensure they are virus free). is there a way to do this, i would prefer one requiring as few (extensions)/(plugins)/(downloads of software) possible and preferably a setup where all necessary changes to the browser could be carried out by tweaking settings(normal or advanced). please advise on a method of setting up one of my browsers to be invulnerable to pop-ups, exploits and drivebys. thank you


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:28 PM

Just add the AdBlock extension to your browser and you'll be fine. You won't see any of those ads.

 

Here:  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

 

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

having: just installed (for firefox) both that adblock plus program (https://adblockplus.org/en/firefox) and an extension called noscript(http://noscript.net/) and disabled all plugins in firefox to "never activate" except for "intel identity protection 2.1.42.0" which is set to "ask to activate"(i assume it is important?), is my firefox browser now safe to go anywhere online without risk of infection?

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:00 AM

Adblock only stops ads from popping up. It is not to prevent virus infection. That is the job of your antivirus snd yourself who does all the clicking and downloading. You should be aware of what you do online.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:04 AM

 Nothing is 100% safe, but I use Firefox 30 with Adblock Plus and haven't had any problems.  I also use Chrome and IE11.  When you say "go anywhere online" though, there are sites that can put malware on your computer.  There's nothing that can prevent "operator error", so you have to think before going anywhere on the Internet.  


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:19 AM

 though, there are sites that can put malware on your computer...

does that mean put it on if i deliberately download a file that contains an infection or put it on via driveby without me having to do anything more than visit the page?


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