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By cs3585 ·
I have Firefox because I was told Internet Explorer was the worse site for downloading a virus,malware or spyware,when I was using Internet Exployer I had trouble 3 times with downloads over a 3yr. period now if I don't know the web site I create a restore point by typing in the word before in the create a restore point there was a forth time my modem became corrupt I downloaded free wallpaper an I couldn't delete it I still download wallpaper but from the same site every time

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Horseradish

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to virus

and garlic both contain excellent anti-viral properties.

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Be nice.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Horseradish

I suspect the new person is new to computers; or maybe I'm just reading too much into the 'Retired' description.

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I was.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Be nice.

New to computers doesn't mean new to using written language...
For that matter, the keyboard/s I use are not significantly different from the typewriter I was using 40 years ago.

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by cs3585 In reply to Be nice.

I'am not new to computers what was downloaded I couldn't delete an my computer wouldn't work rite I want some feed back on this,don't tell me you never had any problems

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I am beginning

by santeewelding In reply to new

Not to like you; not at all.

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OK, I'll have a go at this.

by seanferd In reply to virus

cs3585, you are a bit difficult to understand. If you could use sentences and be more explicit in your description, we'll try to help. But at this point, I'm not even sure what your question is.

I'll try to parse this and answer in segments.

<i>I have Firefox because I was told Internet Explorer was the worse site for downloading a virus,malware or spyware</i>

Firefox (FF)is a nice browser, and it can help keep you a bit more secure if used properly. There are also some Extensions that can help quite a bit in this regard, but we'll explore those later if it seems useful to do so. Internet Explorer (IE) is a bit more improved in terms of security in its recent versions, but I'd agree that there are some behaviors which cause me to not like it so much either.

Note: Internet Explorer and Firefox are browsers - programs on your computer that enable you to access the internet. They are not sites - web sites are the "places" you visit on the internet by using a browser.

<i>when I was using Internet Exployer I had trouble 3 times with downloads over a 3yr. period</i>

Can you explain what this trouble was, in general? Was it that you could not download something, or that the downloaded file did not work? Or were the downloaded files the cause of computer problems?

<i>now if I don't know the web site I create a restore point by typing in the word before in the create a restore point</i>

Do you mean that you create a System Restore Point in Windows every time you visit a site that you have not visited before? This is not really necessary, and probably not useful - System Restore will not necessarily eliminate a malware infection. Also, you could be filling up your hard drive space with System Restore points if you have not limited the space available to System restore as the restore points tend to be on the largish side.

Best to keep your malware protection up to date and be careful about the sites you visit. Don't be paranoid, just don't stay at or download from shady-looking sites. But even perfectly legitimate well-known sites are subject to being hacked to serve malware, so use good, up-to-date malware protection and a firewall.

A program some people use to help with this is Sandboxie, which keeps everything done in the web browser from touching the rest of the system. Temporary files and downloads are kept separated from Windows unless you explicitly choose to keep them.
http://www.sandboxie.com/
It's very tiny, and the Sandboxie site explains it well.

<i>there was a forth time my modem became corrupt</i>

I'm not sure what this means. Modems do not become corrupt from downloads. Could you explain the symptoms? (if you have time and can remember.) There are all sorts of things that can "break the internet" for you, but I can't begin to guess what happened there.

<i>I downloaded free wallpaper an I couldn't delete it</i>

This is odd behavior. Could you still change the desktop wallpaper or no? You couldn't delete the picture file that was used as wallpaper? Was there a program for the wallpaper that you could not uninstall? (What was the name, and which site did it come from?)

<i>I still download wallpaper but from the same site every time</i>

Downloading stuff is fine, as long as you are comfortable with the wallpaper from that site and it causes no problems. Tell us the name of the site, and we can confirm whether it is a good site or not. There are plenty of sites that offer things like wallpaper, screen savers, smileys, toolbars, and whatnot, which do serve malware on purpose, or they install adware/spyware - frequently with the users permission (if people click "yes" without reading the terms of use, they have still agreed to have adware/spyware installed, even if the software didn't make it terribly obvious that this is what they were agreeing to).

So now, do you have a particular question, something specific you need help with?

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by cs3585 In reply to OK, I'll have a go at thi ...

I just want some feed back on the problems anybody had with the 2 browsers and solved the problem of not being able to delete a file my online repair service repaired my computer and modem problems

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Well, it isn't the browsers.

by seanferd In reply to input

It is the stuff you choose to download, and the sites you visit. You can get malware nearly anywhere, at one time or another. Having a good firewall, a good anti-virus and a good anti-malware product like MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will help.

Something should be scanning your downloads before you run or install them.

Files that you cannot delete can frequently be deleted by going into Safe Mode to do it. If an online repair service can do it, you can. If, in the future, you can give us specific information on a problem, we can give you specific information on solutions. Without knowing much about your system security, there is only so much generic info we can offer. For example: You don't normally log on with Administrator privileges, do you? Always log on to a limited user account for normal use of a computer. Malware will be limited in what it can do to your computer, and when the Administrator account is uninfected, it is much more useful in cleaning out other infected accounts.

Online Armor is a good firewall with a Program Guard feature (Spybots S&amp has a similar feature, as do others) which will only let things run and install with your permission. There is an excellent free version, and the paid-for version has even more features.

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