In Spybot S&D
add the host file available in advanced mode. TOOLS
keep it updated for both IE & FF. It'll block over 3,000 bad activeX or Java applets for you. It does it without even running as a system resource hawgg, too.
In Internet Explorer
you're taking more chances than if you use Firefox since it's vulnerabilities aren't exploited as much
In Spybot S&D
use resident protection. If a bad site doesn't want to slip a virus into your PC, that doesn't mean it won't try to change your system settings to accomodate it's desires. TeaTimer alerts you to ALL registry changes before they are allowed by you to occur. I've caught a few slick operators with it. Anti-virus is just anti-virus
In downloading files
, both Spybot S&D and AVG (or others, too) give you pre-scanning options to employ before you open any file. Anti-virus scanning available by right-clicking ANY file, anytime. (automatic scanning whenever the anti-virus program is running) Using both gives you an edge over simply checking for viruses. Again, use advanced mode, SETTINGS/Directories to include anti-malware scanning in Spybot S&D 1.3.
Your best defense is always goin' be updates, updates, updates. period.
Finally, the point I'm still weak in...understand the way your firewall behaves
and learn how to set it for your particular needs.
BTW, thank you COMPLET... good link & good point, too.
Edited by phawgg, 07 December 2004 - 02:35 AM.