FireFox for my web browser, with the Adblock extension installed --I like this message the best, I only block ads that are especially annoying or misleading (or CPU hogging in the case of one or two Flash ads I've found), as there are plenty of sites I visit (like this one) for free that operate off of ad revenue.
As for malware removers, I use a combination of the following:
Spybot Search & Destroy
Pest Patrol (non-free)
I'll put MS AntiSpyware on someone's system occasionally, but I'll postpone doing it more often until a final version is available that doesn't expire. Like Pest Patrol, it has a memory-resident detector, something I'd like to see more of. AdAware Pro has this, but in testing, I never saw it do anything so I can't say how well it works.
EDIT: I use these mainly for others' machines, not my own. I've only ever gotten a malware bug once, through a vulnerability MS apparently hadn't patched yet. I haven't got a virus since Windows 98 first edition. As for firewalls for those not using WinXP, I usually install ZoneAlarm. Sygate is good too, but ZoneAlarm is somewhat n00b friendly. I use NAV 2004 or SAV Corporate 9 on my machines, and AVG Antivirus 7 Free Edition on others'.
Last edited by LoneWolf
on Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:42 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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