Yes, I have a Window's Vista Toshiba laptop, Service Pack 2. We have fibre optic service through our local phone company and a router in the house.
I have my browsers set to open to https://www.google.com for the sole purpose of phishing prevention. If this is not what I think it is, please correct me on this first point. When I don't have a secure connection, a message pops up saying the connection isn't secure. I've assumed this was phishing. Again, is that a correct assumption? Second, when I have that message appear, often I've disconnected the router and plugged it in later, and for the most part that has 'solved' the connection problems......but, that gets old. Especially since these issues happen often multiple times a day.
My current security is Microsoft Security Essentials, which I know went obsolete with XP, but is still good with Vista (?). I also have as a back up, Emisoft Anti-Malware (free) for scanning purposes. I tried their 'Protection' which is given in the beggining on trial with Security Essentials deleted, but stopped it before it's time trial was up because of how slow it made the computer. Also, I've tried Malwarebytes Real Time Potection with similar results. I then used HitmanPro, first on free trial, than after that was over for awhile, I decided to buy into it's annual cost. HitmanPro, I have found, scare's off the 'phish'er's most of the time when I use the scanner, so I don't have to disconnect the router every time I have an issue. HitmanPro, of course, uses cloud technology, and while that in itself makes me nervous, I feel I can trust them. Cloud tech also doesn't slow the computer.
So, the question.....
How can I prevent phishing without slowing down my computer? I'm not really interested in shelling out more money. It may be little in cost, which may be okay, depending on how little. I've been pleased with HitmanPro so far.
Edited by Joni62, 13 November 2014 - 03:16 PM.