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Why users should use browser security add-ons?

 

Because when you search online for software or services, links to malware or rogue is around.

 

Because when you click on a page or link, malware or rogue installers are around too.

 

So what browser security add-ons do you use?

 

We have a discussion at Calendar of Updates on September 2007 and I bump it today by updating what browser security add-ons is effective still and what is the new add-on that is also effective:

 

http://www.dozleng.com/updates/index.php?s...amp;#entry71229

 

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:08 AM by donna

http://msmvps.com/blogs/donna/archive/2008...ty-add-ons.aspx

 

I use SiteAdvisor on my XP Pro system and WoT on my XP Home system and a HOSTS file on both but I do add the latest sites to the HOSTS file as soon as I see them.

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If you consider ad blockers a form of protection I use one on all my browsers along with Sandboxie. I never get anything though.

 

Edit: Forgot I also use a tin foil hat :lol:

This guy has a cool one:

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-pla...2008/#clip34059 <== at 4:35 into the video

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What is that? Not familiar with it. I use Ad Block Plus in FireFox.

 

I didn't actually install it. It came with Firefox, and the first I knew of it was seeing it in Opera:plugins.

 

t324_Superadblocker.jpg

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I've been jogging my brain about this, and I remember it was pre-installed in Firefox 3. There seems to be some debate over this:

 

http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla.sup...abf257?lnk=raot

 

http://adblockplus.org/forum/viewtopic.php...9b561c0316ea00e

 

My install definitely came with it, and I remember reading about this being pre-installed before I tried FF3, and it was there in the add-ons window.

 

I think I took it out of FF 3 before I binned it and went back to the version I have now, and simply put it in the plugins folder.

 

Works a treat as well.

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Works a treat as well.

 

What does it do and how? Is it just an ad blocker and if so is it as good as Adblock Plus?

 

When you say it's a plugin do you mean an extension or it's actually in the plugin folder with Flash and the rest of them?

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What does it do and how? Is it just an ad blocker and if so is it as good as Adblock Plus?

 

When you say it's a plugin do you mean an extension or it's actually in the plugin folder with Flash and the rest of them?

 

Apart from my hosts file it's the only ad blocker I have, and I've never used "Ad Blocker". With FF all I ever needed was my Hosts File and Flashblock.

 

I know this thing is blocking flash ads from what I can't see when I visit Deezer, a site I use a lot.

 

With FF it's obvious from the little Flashblock activation buttons what's being blocked, but with Opera I don't see anything.

 

If you look at the screenshot above, that's all it is, npsabffx.dll file in the plugins folder.

 

 

Humpty: I have no idea squire. It's there, it works, and that's all I needed to know. :D

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Hi

I installed WOT in FF 3 my question is if this is necessary to Register and if i can use this in other browsers too like IE or Opera and if possible how??Sorry if this is not topic related ....

 

Thanks.........

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Just Adblock Plus and NoScript. I was about to add Sandboxie but generally, it's not considered as an add-ons. Nevertheless, it provides security we can trust.

 

I stopped using MVPS Host file in my desktop and another laptop running Vista. The slowdown I experienced with the HOST file at start-up truly bogged me.

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Just Adblock Plus and NoScript. I was about to add Sandboxie but generally, it's not considered as an add-ons. Nevertheless, it provides security we can trust.

 

I stopped using MVPS Host file in my desktop and another laptop running Vista. The slowdown I experienced with the HOST file at start-up truly bogged me.

 

I know Sandboxie is not considered an addon but it protects the browsers better than any if the addons mentioned here and that's why I use it in place of them.

 

I don't use a Hosts file for the very reason you mentioned. I experience no slow downs with the ad blockers I have in my browsers so I see no need to change.

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I don't get any slowdown with MVPS Hosts. Just out of idle curiosity I've just timed my startup with Hosts on and off.

 

More or less identical startup times.

 

Sorry if I'm asking the obvious, but you guys do have DNS Client disabled in Services don't you? Absolutely essential for a Hosts File.

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My DNS Client is enabled. For some reason, I feel a bit slow response in surfing the net when that service is disabled and does well when the service is enabled. It's probably just an effect of a placebo. I'll try again using it with DNS Client service disabled and time it, as soon as I got back from vacation.

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Opera (my default browser): JavaScript & Java disabled globally. 3rd party cookies not allowed. Referrer disabled.

 

IE7: Internet zone set to "High". Microsoft.com along some other sites added to Trusted sites zone. 3rd party cookies disabled. Java disabled globally. Remember that some IE settings affects to other MS programs too, like WMP and OE (even though i use Thunderbird)

 

Ad Muncher, SpywareBlaster.

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I don't get any slowdown with MVPS Hosts. Just out of idle curiosity I've just timed my startup with Hosts on and off.

 

More or less identical startup times.

 

Sorry if I'm asking the obvious, but you guys do have DNS Client disabled in Services don't you? Absolutely essential for a Hosts File.

I get a big slowdown when I have both hpHosts and MVPS HOSTS files active and the DNS Client Service is active.

 

HostsMan will offer to disable the service when it is run.

 

HostsMan is showing 63,473 Host names active in my HOSTS file.

 

I just saw this:

http://forum.hosts-file.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=684

 

I don't have a problem with DNS lookup times even though I do not have the DNS Client Service active but I do use OpenDNS:

https://www.opendns.com/start?device=windows-xp

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