That's quite an answer as to your set up and for the most part Firefox is what you are accustomed to?
I can't say that anymore. I constantly have both Firefox and Chrome running. I segregate "the activities" that I do on each. I have BC, other tech forums, the Washington Post website, and my business gmail account always running under Chrome. I have my personal gmail account, some automobile related forums I participate in, the local weather forecast on my favorite weather website, and a couple other things always running under Firefox. It just works well for me.
And let me ask, if Google Chrome is other browser, I mean, don't they just pluck right into the NSA database because I figure in their domain, or using anything straight off of them is like putting it right in to the Nsa themselves. That's why I was hesitant to go with that browser part or Chrome, that is, when I first heard of, etc....?
I shall simply say that I have no idea why the urban legend of Google = NSA persists. Google has plenty enough motivation to collect data for their own business reasons, and so do others, too.
I use the synchronization feature on both Firefox and Chrome because I like having my bookmarks, browsing history, and the like follow me to whatever "guest machine" I might end up on. All I have to do is to log in to the browser itself, and remember to log out.
I am far less concerned with the companies that out and out state that they collect data, and most often tell you the nature of that data and what they use it for, than I am about entities that actually attempt to snoop/spy/steal without my knowledge or consent.
By the way I reinstalled the IE 11.
Did that resolve anything?
I saw on your specs. that you have AVG as AV, i used to have same but one of the guys on here showed me 360 Total Security and I've been running it for (well since my last help on here and that's probably going on a year) but it's decent AV and isn't too McAffee-fied at all or that is doesn't take over, etc...just thought I'd mention that in case you wanted or care to take a look at that specific AV.
That information is ancient. I use all sorts of AV products. This computer is protected by Windows Defender, others in the house have Panda Cloud Antivirus, AVG, and Microsoft Security Essentials. I've used Avast! as well. I've also never had one detect anything because I've developed pretty good "browsing hygiene" over the years. Most people get viruses (most, not all) because they can't resist clicking at virtually any "shiny thing" that shows up on their screens. When I'm browsing the web it's most often with a purpose, or wandering at random around the websites of reputable publications or entities. You don't tend to catch viruses from, say, the New York Times or the HP Support website.