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Browser protections for malicious scripts

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#1 thommo14


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:27 PM



I have been using Firefox for years with Adblock Plus and NoScript and have enjoyed the peace of mind the latter gives me when it comes to protection from malicious scripts.


The most recent build of Firefox regularly crashes for me which is annoying to the point where I'm considering switching to Chrome. I know Adblock Plus is available, but as far as a NoScript alternative is concerned, it's proving more difficult. I would appreciate if someone could offer advice on such alternatives.


Is a script blocking extension even required? I am pretty careful when it comes to where I go on my Windows 10 browser, but drive-by malware is always a concern. I keep everything up to date and questionable sites are always browsed on a tablet, just in case.


Thanks in advance for your input!


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#2 HyperHenry


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:47 PM

If you like firefox but it's giving you trouble download Comodo Ice dragon. It's an exact clone of firefox, uses the same addons with almost no problems. Some here swear by Google Chrome, I'm not a fan myself. It just depends on what one is used to using. For firefox UBlock origin is the best ad blocker out there.

Edited by HyperHenry, 25 August 2017 - 07:49 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 01:35 AM

For firefox UBlock origin is the best ad blocker out there.


not just for FF.

uBlock Origin is available for most browsers (certainly for Slimjet, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Waterfox which I've recently all been playing with).

it certainly rates higher in my books than AdBlockPlus since ABP sold its soul and allowed paid-for ads to get though.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 11:09 AM

I think that it is a waste of time to play around fixing each site you visit when NoScript corrupts them. It does a very good job at blocking *almost* all threats that can come in through your browser, but it is an overkill - assuming that you are not intentionally browsing potentially dangerous sites then chances that you'll be hit with a working exploit are very, very low.


If you migrate to Chrome then it's even lower, it has a better built-in security than FF. Also consider switching to uBO as dropbear mentioned, it is better than ABP (faster, more functions)


Do you have a reliable antivirus ? If you do then chances that you'll get infected by hitting an exploit while using Chrome + uBO are second to none these days.

Edited by Daniel_Boringcliffe, 26 August 2017 - 11:11 AM.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

ESET Antivirus (and Smart Security) also includes script-based attack protection which protects against javascript in web browsers and Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) protection against scripts that try to exploit Windows PowerShell.
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